WHY THE WORKOUT?
SoulCore is a practice born from the desire to nourish body AND soul through prayer and core strengthening, functional exercises.
The need to involve the senses in interior prayer corresponds to a requirement of our human nature. We are body and spirit, and we experience the need to translate our feelings externally. We must pray with our whole being to give all power possible to our supplication. (Catechism of the Catholic Church 2702)
Uniting BODY, mind & soul in prayer makes our prayer more powerful!
God seeks worshippers in Spirit and in Truth, and consequently living prayer that rises from the depths of the soul. He also wants the external expression that associates the body with interior prayer, for it renders him that perfect homage which is His due. (Catechism of the Catholic Church 2703)
By uniting BODY with internal prayer we offer God more PERFECT worship/praise!
"Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God - this is your true and proper worship." Romans 12:1
WHAT DOES THE WORKOUT ENTAIL?
The workout involves a combination of core-strenghtening and isometric exercises, stretching and overall strengthening of the entire body.
We begin with some basic stretches to warm up the body and recite the Apostle’s Creed. Push-ups are done throughout each of the Our Father's. The movements vary for each of the Hail Mary's. And a stretching position of surrender brings us to each Glory Be. Each Mystery begins with a scripture verse and a reflection, offering a time of rest. The end result is a feeling of relaxation, strength and renewal – of body, mind and soul. We recommend you watch the DVD or download in its entirety prior to doing it for the first time. This will give you a good basis of what to expect and where you may want to modify.
Please note: We strongly recommend that you consult with your physician before beginning any exercise program. By participating in the SoulCore experience you agree to do so at your own risk and assume all risk of injury to yourself.
SoulCore is lifting our minds, hearts, and bodies to God to be filled with His graces and to be transformed into His image, so that love, mercy, and compassion is revealed, who makes all things new." - Paul, Office of Catechesis, Lafayette Diocese