I deeply appreciate Laura Monica’s commitment to offering an alternative to yoga. Before becoming a Christian, I was a student of a… guru and a teacher of Kundalini Yoga at four universities in Florida. I fully understand how the practice of yoga can carry a person into deep spiritual deception. I see Laura Monica as a Spirit-empowered missionary in a world full of new age ideas. She offers clarity on issues that desperately need to be addressed with reason, intelligence and compassion. Surely God has brought her into the Kingdom for such a time as this.
WHAT INSTRUCTORS ARE SAYING ABOUT THE SPRING RETREAT 2013
(I read these over whenever I get discouraged. Thank you to all! – Laura)
Thank you so much for such a wonderful retreat. I learned so much from you and I left really inspired. Thank you for taking me under your wings and watching over me. I can’t wait to roll out WholyFit in LA. Keep praying (for my) class! Thank you again for everything! I had so much fun and I am now really going to try to rely on the Lord for strength. - Rebecca
Thank you so much for a wonderful Gold Retreat! It was such a blessing to see and hear how God is moving in the hearts of women (and men) to find WholyFit, and to compel them to bring the ministry to others! Being in CA was so eye-opening……hearing the stories of spiritual warfare regarding yoga, and learning of the faithfulness of these new instructors to God’s call. As always, I am feeling filled and renewed – ready to bring the ministry and fellowship of WholyFit to my classes, and to new instructors as God leads. -Blessings, Karalyn
The Gold Retreat was a beautiful and challenging immersion for me into WholyFit. I tend to learn by hearing and doing, being in an atmosphere, being with people relationally, more so than over computer and in books, so it was important for me to be at the retreat as I begin WholyFit. I came to WholyFit out of a longing to keep fit in a Holy Spirit-filled context, rather than in a worldly context, as most health clubs are. I am especially sensitive to music, so I have really missed the aerobics class set to worship music that I took 20 years ago in a church basement. When I talked about this longing with my friend Millie, she told me about WholyFit. I also worship the Lord expressively with my body, and so the merging of exercise and worship seems natural and necessary to me. -Ingrid
I so appreciated the devotion to the Lord, His Word and His Spirit at the Gold Retreat, as well as the palpable love of the Savior coming from the leaders, trainers, coaches and “big sisters.” I also loved the tender inclusiveness of WholyFit, embracing every level of ability and fitness. I also appreciated the excellence of the program, how carefully the positions are designed for safety and benefit. The contrast of the experience of WholyFit with the teaching about yoga was almost painful and really motivates me. I will recommend WholyFit far and wide and begin my silver certification online on May 15, the Lord and our computer willing :>) - Mildred
I can’t stop thinking about the meaning of WholyFit that The Lord showed you. Our physical bodies and human natures are definitely made of clay. But how wonderful that His desire is to refine us on the inside, our hearts and minds and character, to be precious metals. Gifts and offerings fitting for our King! The urging I felt to pray to declare Jesus as King of the retreat and of our hearts just so goes along with what you shared.
It was so great to review The Armor of God routine again. Asking to be equipped with God’s strength and protection and purpose. Trusting and
knowing that He will give us everything we need to face any circumstance. Answering the question again in the Yoga vs The Bible session: who’s side are you on? We choose to be in God’s army, aligning ourselves with His will and perfect plan of redemption. WholyFit helps me do that personally and gives me a way to encourage others to do the same.
I love that He is still revealing new things to you about His plan with WholyFit. Be encouraged that you don’t need to have it all figured out! It really is His ministry, we just need to say “Yes Lord!” when He asks us to join in. Thank you Laura and the rest of the WF team, for all the time and energy you have given to teaching and equipping the rest of us to reach out to the church and the world through WholyFit.
- I must tell you all how much of a gift it was to be able to attend the Gold Retreat last week.
- I have returned home encouraged and uplifted from spending time with like minded and like hearted new and seasoned WholyFit instructors.
- I am emboldened and enriched from hearing from The Lord and His Word lifted up in praise and worship and prayer.
- I am inspired from hearing all the testimonies of how each new instructor has been called to WholyFit in their own unique way and
- I am privileged to have had the experience of being allowed to help the Silvers learn layers 2&3 and encourage them to grow in their
- confidence and abilities as teachers.
- I am excited to incorporate all the new moves and cues we learned in the workouts and being able to get off my mat and give more one on one
- attention to my participants.
- I am challenged to grow in my faith and daily relationship with God so that I can share it more authentically and generously with those who
- come to my class.
- I am so thankful to be part of a life changing ministry with leaders who care about what God cares about -people’s hearts, not money or
- worldly achievements.
- I pray that each one of you will be able to go to a Gold Retreat in the future- you will not be disappointed!
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT DVDS & CLASSES
“It has always been hard to find the time for either exercise or devotion with demands of family life and a job, but I think that is why WholyFit works for me. Both the prayer and the exercise are good for me and I feel like I’m not just exercising for the exercise now. I’m better about doing it because I know that during that time I’m also able to devote time to prayer. Thank you, thank you.” – Michele
“What closeness to Christ we can experience by combining His Word and the physical movements of our bodies. This is an awesome way to reach so many seeking souls in our community and beyond. What a fulfillment and completeness they will experience, body soul and mind. I can’t wait to practice, practice and practice some more.” – A.C. The Woodlands, TX
“After exercising so many ways regularly for so many years, Wholyfit is the only class I would reccommend to anyone, that finally connects the mind, body, and soul in one. Wholy fit has brought the strengthening, coordination, flexibility, balance, and cardiovascular exercise together without high stress or impact on the body. It clears the mind and cleanses the soul by giving praise to the Lord in a safe and christian way.” – L.M. The Woodlands, TX
“WholyFit allows me to be in touch with God through The Holy Spirit… Inwardly, by granting me the fruits of the Spirit (Gal 5:22-24), upwardly, by praying (Rom 8:26) outwardly, by pouring God’s love into my heart (Rom 5:5) and by reminding me of the strength I obtain every day through Christ and Christ alone (Phil 4:13).” – L.P.The Woodlands, TX
“I love Wholyfit because it is the most fulfilling form of exercise. You have the opportunity to push your body and fill your Spirit at the same time. It truly is a mind,body, spirit experience and there is nothing else quite like it.” – L.N. The Woodlands, TX
“I needed this in my life.” – R.Y. The Woodlands, TX
“It has been such a blessing in my life.” – J.C. The Woodlands, TX
“I haven’t felt anything like that for a long, long time. I’m really looking forward to the next session.” (Expressing a sudden knowledge of God’s love during a WHOLYFIT class:) – Lori
“What a wonderful, God-honoring way to get the benefits of yoga and God’s Word together. I’m sorry I didn’t join you sooner!” – S.L. The Woodlands, TX
“I used to have arthritis. Just getting up and down from a chair, about 10 years ago was painful. I used to also have to go to the chiropractor twice a month. But since doing all this strengthening, and stretching I don’t have to go to the chiropractor at all, and I have no arthritis in my hips at all. I feel like there is more space in my joints, therefore no pain.” – M.B The Woodlands, TX
“I am so excited to find WholyFit! I am working on the women’s ministry team to develop a Christ focused fitness program where I am a member. I started out searching for some DVD workouts with worship music. I had no idea a program existed right here in The Woodlands for “immeasurably more than I can ask or imagine!” I will attend on the 9th. Looking forward to it!” -S.A. Houston
“As I read the instruction manual, my heart overflows. I can hardley contain my emotions. It is a long story. Let’s just say for now that you have brought to fruition a dream and passion that has been in my heart for 20 years. God bless you and the ministry. My prayer has been recently that God would give me a passion for my profession.” D.T. Dallas
WHAT TEACHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT GOLD RETREAT 2012
The following excerpts are answers of WF instructors/trainees who attended Gold retreat, to the question: What did you learn about God, yourself & ministry?
“God is the provider of every good gift. He has a plan for me…before I gave my life to Christ exercising was only for me – my satisfaction, my vanity so I could look like I wanted to. But God changed that through WholyFit. Now exercising is a time to spend with Him. He has given me purpose. WholyFit allows me to redeem for God’s glory, fitness and health, in my life and to help others do the same thing…God is redeeming people seeking wholeness (physically & spiritually) through WholyFit…” SA
“Ministry is God’s work not mine… all that power, peace, love, healing, deliverance, saving, forgiving God does so wonderfully and miraculously through me as I stay completely surrendered walking in faith in Him and His promises.” – BB
“Ministry is about being a broken vessel, an obedient servant, available to listen to God and just let Him work through you so that His grace can be revealed to others. God really does want to use me in my uniqueness by leaning on His strength and love and faithfulness. I don’t have to be afraid of sharing how He has carried me through the trials in my life. – MW
“Thus far through my journey with WholyFit I’ve learned so many things I don’t know where to start. As far as what I’ve learned about God is that His dreams and purposes for my life far exceed anything I could ask or imagine! he is faithful to bring to fruition and complete whatever he has started in me. He is revealing Himself to me daily and confirming what my heart already knew – that WholyFit is a perfect fit for me! He will equip those whom He has called!” – TA
“WB (A fellow instructor) stopped me on my way out tonight. She said, ‘I know this is going to sound weird’… ‘I think I am supposed to bless your feet.’ My feet? Before I could respond she is on the floor with a hand on each foot praying Scripture that I shod my feet with the Gospel of peace – she prayed for my ministry of sharing the Gospel with the lost. I just praised God because she hadn’t known I was crying over the lost (in yoga.) How beautiful is our Lord … not only was I blessed, but the women around me were blessed.” – TM
“A gift of God should be used according to His will. I also realize that I must go deeper in His Word so that I will know and understand Him better and to …be better equipped when confronted or tried by trials.” – CM
“What I have learned about ministry: That I am a minister and that ministry is giving everything of myself without expecting anything in return. I do ministry out of love, out of my love for Jesus first and I do ministry for Jesus. Luke 4:18 says, ‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He has anointed me to preach the Gospel to the poor; He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and rcovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised.” so by the power of the Holy Spirit… Christ within me is ministry.” – KC
“Serve Him in Hispanic ministry sacrificially, faithfully. It’s not about me- it’s about … Jesus.” – MD
“I am a strong woman of Christ in God’s eyes, and the way He sees me is all that matters. It’s not up to me to be good enough to serve God effectively – I can do my very best, but in the end, it’s God that will change me and draw me to Himself forever and always.” – LM (16 yrs old)
“I thought I was coming to this WholyFit Retreat for one reason – and as it turns out God brought me here for another – His Reason. Servant-hood… that word has grabbed me by the heart and has squeezed tight these last few days. I will go back home and prayerfully seek God about how He would use WholyFit to glorify Him in my life. Not my agenda – but His Kingdom. I do not this, He gives us the desires of our hearts. Moreover, our desires are placed there by Him when we earnestly seek Him. He has placed WholyFit in my heart and i will seek Him so that I might become a good steward of this beautiful, powerful, God-glorifying ministry.” – KL
“GOD NEVER MISSES IT! Although I’ve heard this so many times throughout my life, it was really important for me to be reminded that God never misses it when we do WholyFit classes for no money and often for no recognition. He knows ALL the sacrifices we make here on earth and He will reward us abundantly in heaven. THAT is ENOUGH!!” – KS
“I learned that I can do this! That I do have all the strength and power to do WholyFit and I can bring people closer to Christ which is so awesome!…I learned that WholyFit is one of the best kind of ministry there is! I mean you get a great workout and learn about God at the same time! WholyFit has been a huge blessing to me and my mom.” – VC (10 yrs old!)