From Russia with Love--A Christian Alternative to Yoga

Considering that Moses was 80 when the Lord called him to start his ministry, Missionary to Russia Pat Mohney is a Certified PraiseMoves Instructor with an encouraging word to people who are called at ANY age, “YOU CAN DO IT!” and “To God be all the glory!”

Pat Mohney, CPI – Missionary to Moscow, Russia at 72 years young!

As I have listened to the testimonies of CPI instructors, I have been impressed by how many have had a background in some area of exercise or physical fitness. Well, my LACK of physical exercise is what brought me to PraiseMoves!

Since reaching the golden age of 70 two years ago, I’ve noticed a considerable loss of energy, as well as muscle tightness in my feet, legs, and hip that would last for months at a time. My increasing lack of mobility scared me and served as a wake-up call. As a missionary serving in Russia with a medical organization and living in physically challenging circumstances, good health is a necessity! It’s not optional!

By God’s design, on my way to Russia five years ago, I met CPI Trainer MaryAnn Haslett at a writers’ conference. We’ve kept in touch ever since and I remembered how she shared with me about PraiseMoves.

Last winter, as I explored the PraiseMoves Website and began corresponding with Laurette, I got excited but at the same time I was hesitant. Doubts flooded my mind: What if my brain isn’t capable of absorbing all the names of those muscles and postures? What if I get down on the floor to do a PraiseMoves posture and I can’t get up again!! If you are considering PraiseMoves certification, let me encourage you! You can do it!

As I prayed about it, a vision of how God could use PraiseMoves in Russia began to emerge. Russia has an aging population with the bulk of the people being over the age of 50.

This age group does not exercise and their steady diet of potatoes, sausage, bread, and cheese contributes to their poor health. In a nutshell, my vision for PraiseMoves in Russia is to introduce older adults to a healthier lifestyle and the Word of God through PraiseMoves classes.

(Below right, Pat teaches a group of young Russian people PraiseMoves, scriptures and English – “God always surprises us!” she says.)

I wish I could tell you that this ministry has taken off like “wild fire,” but things don’t happen quickly in this country. However, a few weeks ago I had my first opportunity to share PraiseMoves with a group of young people (God always surprises us!) who came to my apartment to study English.

During one of our breaks, I took them through Walking Wisdom Warm ups. This is just a tiny beginning of a powerful work God wants to do through PraiseMoves in Russia. And to encourage me, every few days in my study of God’s Word, one of the core scriptures used in PraiseMoves comes across my path!

Incidentally, God has healed my aching muscles since I completed the PraiseMoves certification last March and have been doing WWW (Walking Wisdom Warm-ups) and the PraiseMoves postures. One of the great blessings of PraiseMoves is that it is so “forgiving”! By that I mean, I was encouraged to start where I was at physically. I was amazed to learn I could even sit down and get benefit from a stretch posture if that was all I was able to do!

Thank you, Laurette, for this wonderful ministry; also NolaJeanne and MaryAnn for your prayers and encouragement. To God be the glory!

Pat Mohney, Russia – August 9, 2012

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