Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.
I love the word EMBODIED. Why? Because in my opinion and experience, it is the gateway to feeling fully alive, comfortable, and safe in your skin. When embodied, it allows for a greater sense of stability and confidence in the body, mind, spirit, and all external experiences and relationships. It heals. It is why I often call "my" yoga Embodied Movement. It is what I Practice. It is what I Teach.
What is Embodiment? It is a continuum of awareness: which invites us to ask the questions: 1. Exteroception - "what's happening around me?" 2. Proprioception - "where is my body in space?" 3. Interoception - "what's happening inside my body?"
How might we discover this continuum in our body - in a yoga class? It's all about functional and mindful movement. Finding ways to move that support you not only on your yoga mat - but in your everyday life. We balance, we check-in, we breathe deeply, we watch our breath, we stretch, we strengthen, we twist and turn. We explore. We don't compare and we discover moment to moment awareness of our individual body. Sometimes this is done with a whole lot of props ranging from blocks, bolsters, and cozy blankets - to kettle bells and crystal bowls. And sometimes this is done by crawling across the floor on hands and feet - engaging the whole body, and then times of deep quiet conscious rest. Our continuum is broad and guaranteed to leave you feeling strong, centered, balanced, and present - discovering and welcoming both the familiar and the unfamiliar. Practicing all of this in a safe, warm, and welcoming environment.