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“Before, every time I did yoga, I pushed myself,” she said. “I used yoga to beat myself up – like all my other exercise. But now I see a totally different way of being with myself. It’s like I’m retraining my nervous system.”
I’ve found the English word “surrender” to be a rather bitter pill to swallow.
Surrender to whom? To what? Why would I surrender? Am I being attacked or something? What would I surrender?
When I started to think about practicing and teaching surrender, I realized that I could use softer sounding words like “let go”, “release”, or “hold lightly” to express the concept more compassionately and in a more trauma informed way.
When you’re talking about the physical plane, there’s never a simple or straightforward connection between visualizing and making stuff manifest. There are karmic and/or genetic factors, samskaras, as well as psycho-social and geopolitical limitations to our individual access to physical resources.
“Yoga, mindfulness, and meditation are all at the top of the list of the direction in which things are moving,” she told me, “because the conversation is centered around finding ways to promote and reward personal accountability for health.”
I love California – the sun, the sea, the optimism, the creativity! I lived there for a few years and I love going out to visit my sister in LA and take yoga classes.
And. . .it’s no secret that there’s a dark underbelly to the culture. I would argue that it’s this shadow side of the sunshine state that creates a fertile breeding ground for perpetrators like Bikram.
Wow. Sexual misconduct under the guise of “yoga adjustments” gets called out in The New York Times? This sh#t’s getting real.
Over the past few months I’ve seen a lot more cries of outrage at the Instagram craziness that plagues the cyber yoga world – which is great (and such a long time coming!). Yoga teachers use Instagram images of postures to promote themselves and that’s fine – but hypermobile posture art is not only dangerous for the teachers, it also conveys the message that yoga practice is basically a quasi-spiritualized Cirque du Soleil performance.
So, here are three yoga books that have been helpful for me over the years that I thought I’d share, with the hope that they can give you a little inspiration when you need it!
But, when I’m really honest with myself about it, I think I taught for free mostly because I didn’t value my time or my energy, in fact, I didn’t value myself very much.
HOMECONTACT VIEW CART SHOP UPCOMING EVENTS IN-PERSON COURSES ONLINE COURSES When life seems a bit noisy, I sometimes like to imagine the ancient yogis sitting in their Himalayan caves, the snow softly falling outside, as they meditate for long hours. Perhaps...
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