Janice Cleary's Story
Former Yoga Advocate
After receiving the book, In Search of the True Light, I was touched by the author’s personal story. Having had similar things in common with him; I too was raised Catholic, I too was a Yoga Teacher, and I too am a truth seeker, and knowing he was coming soon to my residential area to speak on his book, I was thrust to speak with him. After an intense evening of dialogue, I openly submitted to re-dedicating my life solely to Jesus Christ. This was not a difficult decision for me, although I didn’t realize at the time how my life would soon change. Now, 2.5 years later, I realize this was the most important step in my life. I am now complete, I know who I am, I am at peace to live or to die, and I know where I’m going. My life is one of complete trust in God, and living in communion with Him.
Since rededicating my life to Jesus Christ, I have come to study the Bible and am amazed at the truth through the Word of God. I have been a truth seeker for more than 25 years, and after spending 15 dedicated years to seeking the truth through Raja & Hatha Yoga, I now realize that Jesus Christ is the fulfillment I was always striving for. I am grateful for the years in Yoga, as it taught me how to calm my mind and keep a strong, supple body, but the missing link was Jesus Christ. My upbringing in Catholicism and path in Yoga has given me and emphasized my deeply devotional nature, and together with my new walk in Jesus Christ, I am at peace knowing the search is truly over. My Omnipresent Father loves me so much and He teaches me through the Holy Spirit, how to be more like Him, through His Son, Jesus Christ. The triune God is a mystery and amazing grace. As Yoga Practitioners and/or Teachers, we don't have to adopt all the Hindu deities and Hindu philosophy that is often taught in Hatha Yoga to be a part of the practice, or to be a good Yoga Teacher. As a Christ follower, I realize worshipping Hindu deities is not the truth, it is not for me, and it is not my path. Either we are for Jesus Christ or we are not, there is no in-between. My new walk in Christ has also taught me that it is not about me, it's about Him. By turning our life over to Him, the Holy Spirit leads and guides us what to do. It is no longer about what we want, it's about a life of service to our Creator.