Yoga: Self-Service

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Yoga can be a transformative practice, and that’s exactly what it is: practice. When we practice bringing our attention to breath, we are learning how to come back home…to our body. Our breath is such an innate, wise tool that can be understood and honoured in a way that offers knowledge about what’s happening on the inside, be it physical, emotional, or spiritual. In my experience, yoga has helped me become more connected to my body, and in practicing this I have learned how to speak to my body, and even more important, how to listen to my body.

At first, a student of yoga must learn the shapes, shifting from one posture through to the other whilst developing muscle & mental memory around how their body best embodies asana. Once a basic felt sense is established, both the physical and emotional rewards of practice will begin to surface. It is at this exact point that transformation can (and will) begin, either consciously or subconsciously. Students may become aware of new sensations in the body and feel more connected and wholesome with Self. As the communication strengthens between body and mind, the spirit is freed to experience, which is commonly referred to in yoga as “expression”.

For example: you have found an even balance of weight between both legs, your front thigh is lunged knee over ankle, your back thigh is straight and strong, while both feet press evenly down into the ground. Your arms are lifted, parallel with the ground, and your shoulders are soft with the blades tucked inward. Your gaze is focused, yet calm, and rests over your left fingertips. Alas, you are in Warror II, Virabhadrasana II. Great, so now that you are physically aligned in posture, what’s next? Well, where is your breath? Inhale-inspire, exhale-soften, repeat. Suddenly, your emotions, feelings, and sensations gain clarity: you may feel strong, inspired, powerful, content, or you may feel like you’re not good enough, or experience irritation or anger.

All emotions, reactions, and experiences are welcome in yoga, they are all an important part of the journey back to Self. Thus, it is in these experiences – the ‘fully in-body’ experiences – that we as practitioners express asana. Through expression postures evolve to be more than just physical shapes, they become recipes for evoking sensations, challenging the patterns and stories we hold, and releasing imbalances in the body so we can feel light and grounded.

In order to be a supportive partner or friend, to be successful and inspired in your work, and to feel curious and excited about your own journey, you must actively exercise your body, mind, and spirit. It takes passion, commitment, focus, connection, reflection, and humility. It takes time, but in return it gives so much more. The benefits of yoga, self-service, are infinite.

I enjoy working with students of all levels of experience, ranging from “No, I mean your other left” to “I eat 108 sun salutations every morning for breakfast”. I can provide challenging and strengthening sequences that are balanced with restorative and nurturing intentions and adjustments.

I work within a specific niche of Mindful Functional Movement, directed through a spiritual lens. Now, when I say spiritual, I want to clarify that spirituality belongs to no dogma; you are simply honouring your Self – your Highest Self, to be specific. And, it is in this approach, that we will use your physical body in shape to access your emotional and spiritual experience in the Now. You will leave practice feeling more contained and grounded, through spinal strengthening and awareness, while deepening your inner connectedness through spiritual contemplation and exploration.

If this perspective in movement resonates with your journey then check out the various studios I teach at in K-W or contact me to talk further about private sessions, or arranging a private class series with you and your friends. Ask and you shall receive!

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