But then you probably guessed that…
Yoga gave me a safe way to feel my body. My childhood- not a good one – (please note that it’s a story of abuse and might trigger you) and the coping mechanisms I developed (drinking too much, eating disorders, body dysmorphia, obsessive-compulsive disorder) had made me quite certain that being able to feel my body would be dangerous.
And then there was the overanalysing. Man, when you get stuck in your own head, it’s amazing the sh*t you can come up with…
It’s through yoga that I’ve channelled this unfortunate tendency into something useful: Svadhyaya, or enlightening self-study. It’s a cornerstone of my practice, this self-reflection-without-judgement – and it’s helped me reframe my relationship with my world.
There’s something about yoga: something really powerful.
It can knit together all the separate parts of ourselves, remind us that we are ONE, body mind and soul, not just a bunch of different bits for different occasions.
I felt pretty fragmented for most of my life but as I became physically strong, balanced and capable in my yoga practice, I developed the emotional strength to deal with the nastiness of my past, and start to heal.
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In the thousands and thousands of classes Ive taught, I’ve seen yoga work its juju with other people too. I’ve seen how people move out of pain, how they get stronger, more flexible, more emotionally stable. People tell me they are sleeping better, that their headaches and backaches are gone. People say that they have begun to reconnect to their spirituality. And all this from a bit of breathing and stretching.
Gotta love that.
My style, grounded in a decade of practice, study, and teaching, is what I’d call slow and strong: fluidly repeated movements to build flexibility, followed by long holds to increase strength and stability. Those long-held poses are a great place to practice self-examination: asking questions like -
Am I as comfortable as I could be here?
If not, does anything need to change?
Do I give myself permission to change or come out of the pose if I need to?
Do I want to move because I am bored? What happens if I stay?
A yoga practice, done in this way, can provide amazing emotional change, and powerful integration of mind, body and breath.
If you’d like to practice with me,
I specialise in yoga therapy to help you cut through the B.S. and offer those sessions in-home if you are in Melbourne, or via Skype. Read more and book here.
I run free public yoga classes from time to time – get on the mailing list to hear about those.
You could also come along to one of my events or retreats.
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