Cultivating a practice of self-discovery is an act of courage and if we stay brave enough to keep going, new patterns emerge within that serve to inform and guide our lives.The journey is different for all us and there are many paths that will lead us to similar places. My most recent journey started one year ago, when I committed to teaching a new approach to mind-body wellness by blending my therapeutic mental health skills with yoga practice.
It is a humbling, joyful path I am on, one that is testing my ability to perceive with my heart and listen with my entire body. I find great joy as both a student and teacher to learn to see “inside” myelf and others in a different way. The path teaches us how, as Ticht Nan Han writes “to taste stillness and know it is medicine”.
In my yoga classes, I reference both the inner body and the outer body as a way to distinguish the energetic pathways and to build awareness of the mind-body connection. The primary tool I return to again and again is the practice of breath awareness as it generates an intimate connection between the two “bodies”. As we notice the breath, the mind naturally settles and the rapid fluctuations slow. I encourage all of us to intentionally cultivate self -discovery, whether through asana, meditation, or mindfulness practice and take advantage of the miraculous healing that can take place, one breath at a time.
~ Martha's journey has led her to develop and lead an 8 week course, Yoga Body Mind Skills for Anxiety and Emotional Regulation. her next offering is Tuesdays, September 10 - October 29, 2013. Cost $179, limited to 10 students.