I am creating these "Yoga Extras" blog posts for those of you resonating with the public yoga classes & Yoga Teacher Trainings I am leading. Inside of these blog posts you will find extra resources that support our weekly class theme. The weekly classes I guide are themed according to the season & collective energetic "weather"--This is of course influenced by many things; for instance, not only national and global events but how masses of people are feeling about and reacting to those events. It is also influenced by space weather (see spaceweather.com) & the current movement/placement of celestial bodies ie: the sun, moon, planets, nodes, stars, etc. You can find me teaching currently at Black Swan Yoga (North-Anderson) in Austin, TX. I am on the schedule as "Erika K." Mention this webpage for a free class.
Physical Focus (Peak Pose): This is week 2 of a slower paced flow designed to help soothe as well as detox our systems from SO MUCH changing in our expanding/shifting/re-setting realities.
Philosophical: Connection. Without connection, a vacuum merely makes marks on the rug. If you want to be effective, do the "job" you're here to do, you gotta plug into a power source.
Hello, dear ones.
Last week in class we were acknowledging the energy of grief for the personal as well as the collective; the theme seemed to really hit home for many of you. On last week's blog I shared two exercises to help release some of the superficial (or closer to the surface) tension that the physical body can hold should we not express or release the energies of grief, sadness, resentment, etc (any of the energies that belong to the personality-self as opposed to the High or Soul Self). My studies and experience are pretty broad, but three biggies are yoga, the metaphysical (meta meaning "above") in general & Quantum Physics/mechanics in particular as it applies to Integrative Medicine. Same same, different languages. One of my favorite humans, Dr. Joe Dispenza likes to say: "Science is the contemporary language of mysticism." Agreed. According to the three areas of study mentioned above, energies (taking the form of emotion, memory & trauma, for example) have a starting point. And the starting point is not the physical body. The physical body is, in fact, the caboose on the train, or the end point. The root(s) lie in the meta ("above" or "beyond") physical bodies (see the image titled "Downward Causation" on the homepage of this website for clarification). Now, if I get asked a question, or a topic appears to me at least 3 times in a week, I tend to take that as a cue & it helps inform the public class themes I create and offer. This week the question has been "Who am I really?" "What/who is my Higher Self?" "How do I release all this bad-feeling stuff that is blocking me from who I really am?" Well, I've taken the questions to heart, and will do my best to offer my two cents. And I'll say this: there are many paths to the same summit, ie: sooo many ways to come back home to ourselves. There was an article published many years back in the NY Times that asked the question: Which "healing" modality is best? Talk therapy? Psychedelics? Hypnotherapy? Biofeedback? Energy work? Somatic work? etc etc." The answer was surprising and simple. It all came down to the level of Love that the practitioner held in their own field. What?! It took a while for that to initially sink in for me, but it makes all the sense in the world now. But everyone has to come to their own conclusion. And my knowing tells me that each of us is being guided along the most benevolent path for us. We cannot get this life-thing wrong. And as the acorn MUST become the Great Oak, we MUST become the highest expression of ourSelves. Periodt. Ok, enough out of me. I'm gonna make a short list of what first comes to mind as ways to enter in to this work of releasing what we are not in order to get closer to who we authentically are. See below.
In Love & service,
Click the image below for a class co-led by one of my very favorites in the field.
And besides the above...where is the Love?!
12 Step meetings. You don't have to have an obvious addiction to participate in certain 12 step programs. One of which I am a fan that I have suggested to many a dear being in my private practice is ACA (originally title ACAD: Adult Children of Alcoholics and Dysfunction). Now, who among us has not experienced some form of dysfunction? This may not be for you. But, could be worth a gander for someone you know and love. Click here: Austinaa.org for a list of several different kinds of meetings in town including ACA. For ACA in particular, you may like to see if you resonate with the characteristics that members share. See "The Laundry List."
2. A book and workbook that several clients have mentioned that I have recently read/worked through that I think offers some useful stuff: How to do the Work, Dr. Nicole Laperla.
3. A favorite local guide/friend/colleague in the field, Alyssa Malehorn. See her offerings: rawspirituality.com. She offers an extensive, high quality course called Lightworker Academy. I have worked through it several times, and wow!
4. Another very talented friend/colleague: Erika Ristovski
5. I myself have space for 2-3 new folks in my wellness practice. Should that change, spots open up regularly throughout the year so stay in touch. I tailor my work to you as a unique individual. For a free consult text MBQW 561-703-9150.
7. A new resource I just discovered! Drum roll please...our very own Grace Gould who you will find practicing daily at the studio. She is a local licensed therapist specializing in grief and loss, anxiety depression, life transitions and aging, chronic illness and ketamine assisted psychotherapy. Please check out her site: Moonstonecounselingcenter.com. And/or just go introduce yourself to this dear, lovely being in class:
I could go on but there are more weeks and more blogs ahead. Please feel free to reach out with specific questions via the MBQW text line or just flag me down in class. xo