Owning Our Story Through Yoga
We went to see the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s production of Going Home Star on Saturday night. It was an incredible story of healing the wounds from a horrific childhood spent in the Canadian residential schools.
The dancing was phenomenal and the images created through the movement so powerful. I was made aware once more of how there are so many different ways to tell our life stories – through spoken word, dance, song, writing and art – and how essential to our well being it is to tell them.
I believe this world would be a very different place if we were able to tell our true story without fear of shame, rejection, or punishment – an understanding that first came from viewing Brené Brown’s life changing Ted Talk on the Power of Vulnerability.
And I firmly believe that yoga can guide us toward self acceptance, and then help us find freedom from the burden of concealing our stories so deep within ourselves that it has caused us to collapse inward from the weight. This is why we hear of so many people saying yoga “changed my life”. What often starts as a perceived physical need to stretch the body and let go of poor postural habits becomes a spiritual craving to open from deeper within, empowering us to be our truest self.
Breath work (pranayama) helps to ease anxiety and nervousness, teaching us that we do have control over feeling helpless. Repeated mantras help us understand that we can change our thoughts of low self worth to thoughts of self love. Yoga poses, or asanas, benefit us by showing us our true strength and ability to adapt to and safely move the body and mind through moments of stress.
This is a big WHY behind why I teach yoga and am so passionate about leading yoga teacher trainings. I want us to be able to recognize our own potential and to be empowered to tell our own story. I want us to be able to LISTEN to one another’s stories with less judgement and more compassion, even if we can’t truly empathize with the autobiography being shared. Committing to a 200 hour yoga teacher training is an immense and brave step toward reconnecting with your most authentic self and uncovering the courage to show that self to the world. And when we are better able to show ourself acceptance, we are better able to accept the lives of those around us.
Sky Yoga Teacher Training is not just learning how to teach yoga. It is truly an opportunity to shed some protective and defensive layers and come back to who you are. Our world is filled with deception when it shouldn’t be. Let’s begin to make a change and start by learning to stop deceiving our self.
Sky Yoga Teacher Training is holding it’s next four week intensive session in Winnipeg June, 2016. Please contact me with any questions you might have.