Prison Health and Fitness Ministry

The goal of the Missionaries of Grace Ministries Health and Fitness Program called The Yoga Edge is to teach and promote a healthy Christian body, mind, and spirit.

The Yoga Edge is a Christian based health and fitness program for women and men of all ages and levels of fitness. God desires for our body, mind and spirit to be in healthy balance. The Yoga Edge helps you to achieve that Christ-centered balance through the teaching and practice of a Christian fitness program. The Yoga Edge is the end of the old unhealthy you and the beginning of the new healthy you. In Christ, the end is only the beginning.

Exercise has been proven to be an effective method in training inmates to rehabilitate themselves on every level: the physical, the psychological, the social, and the spiritual (body, mind and spirit).

World renowned and respected medical institutions such as Mayo Clinic and Cedars Sinai Medical Center have given fitness/exercise its strong endorsement for both the prevention and treatment of various acute and chronic diseases. Some of the many benefits of The Yoga Edge health and fitness program are: reduces stress and anxiety, improves stamina, stability, alignment, and balance, improves focus and calms the mind, strengthens muscles and joints, strengthens major organs, stimulates digestion and elimination, stabilizes blood pressure and metabolism, improves circulation, enhances your body immune system, The Yoga Edge teaches you to relax, and brings more balance, awareness and joy into your life no matter what the circumstances. Having good health habits helps to reduce the cost of prison medical expenditures.

It is well documented that a large majority of the general population of America prefer to see rehabilitation services are available to inmates both while they are in prison and after they have been released from prison. The citizens of America recognize that the rehabilitation of our prisoners is essential to the security and creative evolution of our society. A fitness program can and does play a part in lowering the recidivism rate by helping inmates develop positive and creative thinking, making them better equipped when they are released to face life's challenges with a more positive self-image and with greater self-confidence.

GOD IS USING YOGA. At The Yoga Edge we believe with all our heart that God is using our desire to have strong, healthy bodies as a way, to help us develop a deeper, more intimate relationship with Him. God has opened the door for Christians to practice yoga, without fear of compromising our beliefs. God is using yoga as one of the many creative approaches to get outside the chaos of this world and move into the rhythm of His Spirit. No matter what the world tells us, what life is really about is: The Trinity; finding God (the Father), hearing His voice (God the Holy Spirit), and sharing Jesus' (God the Son) love with the world.

Your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your Spirit which are God's.
I Corinthians 6:19-20

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Office Address:
Missionaries of Grace Ministries
1922 Kimball Avenue
Bluefield, Virginia 24605
Phone: 276.245.9568