Nirodhaḥ Yoga Blog
What is your approach to teaching?
Since I started teaching, my perspective of yoga changed. I began seeing yoga as a liberating path of unconditional compassion for ourselves and others. I pride myself in guiding creative transitions, which nurture a more thoughtful and articulate dynamic within. It brings me joy to encourage each yogi to practice according to their body, mind, and soul connection aligned with each present moment. Given it is normal that our practice will feel and be different day to day, even hour to hour, this idea opens individuals up to staying centered and inquisitive. Due to the universal law of nature, everything is temporary and we are in constant change. To adapt this into our daily learning, it is vital to take the time and meet ourselves exactly where we're at; bringing awareness into play instead of judgement.
Why do you choose to teach at 5KY?
The moment I walked into Five Keys Yoga's sacred space, I felt remarkably calm and knew I wanted to facilitate classes there. The deep-rooted peace within our studio was so righteous to me, that's all it took. Erin's attention to detail in maintaining a near angelic lightness amidst the city of Chicago is absolutely divine and I am both honored and inspired to be able to do my part in taking care of a transformative practice space.
What makes your soul sing?
Connecting (and belly laughing) in person with loved ones, disconnecting from my phone/social media/modern virtual consumption, and submerging fully into mother nature. A great deal of my creative expression is also influenced by live music, and being able to share in the groove and honor raw talent with friends and strangers alike. I am a big personal advocate for the idea that there is no wrong way to dance!!
Our theme for August is Creativity, Uncertainty and Courage. On my first try at this article, I came up with a bunch of words about how being courageous means being in a position where you don’t know what the outcome will be, but you show up anyway (ala Brené Brown). Creativity is innately courageous, since it’s making something and not knowing exactly how it will turn out.
But it seemed trite, not creative or courageous at all. I realized that if I reeeeeally wanted to say something about uncertainty, fear, courage, and the creative state, I just needed to inhabit that state (blame my theater training).
Creativity connects us. It can allow us to recognize the same feelings or thoughts in one another. It can build empathy, sharpen insight, and give meaning.
Some people make physical art, perform, or dance with friends. Some garden or cook, others like to party-plan or decorate. And of course, moving our bodies on our mats is an expression of devotion and creativity.
The point is, we all feel the creative impulse in some way. It is as natural to us as being born.
It reminds me of meditation - which after all, creates (drum roll, please) new neural pathways. Realizing the true nature of “The Self” is like an unveiling. We all have the ability to self-realize because that understanding is already within us, we simply have to uncover it.
Similarly, we all have the ability to realize and express our creative and courageous nature. I hope you will take it for a spin this month.
Without any further ado, my humble creation.
There is a moment
A moment when you sink in.
A melting into the water
Where you’re floating.
A dissipation into the ether
From which you came.
No one knows how you got there.
You’re not sure you’ll ever go back.
That is the moment
Just some thoughts about yoga as I go...
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