When you hear the word community, what is your response? Does it call to mind great friends? Positive organizations? Unwanted drama? Overcommitment? Refuge? Anxiety? Neutrality? Likely it depends on the group, and more than one of these often applies.
But here's the thing: Community is necessary for our health and well-being.
When I was training to be a Yoga Therapist, I was surprised to find out that this is one of the components of a new client intake. Regardless of the reason for requesting a session, part of our conversation is about the client's connection to community. This is considered an important piece of the puzzle when working towards systemic balance, happiness, and a long life.
In the yogic pancha maya kosha model, we are made of five layers, or sheaths: body, energy, mind, personality, and spirit. (Different lineages express this differently, but the overall ideas...
I'm sitting at my little desk in my home yoga studio, and I'm thinking about the mind-body connection. Nick and I just talked for a couple hours about what chakras are and why I work with them, etc. And it's not because I was explaining things to him. He was doing most of the talking, and it's everything I needed to hear.
You see, I have been learning and thinking about the chakras for so long, I see the complicated interplay, I know the history, I know they're not something to "fix," and you can't poke them with a stick. And yet there they are. A beautiful map of...of what? I was having trouble getting to the basic idea of what's going on here and why it works.
Nick said it: mind-body connection.
If you've reached adulthood and have any amount of personal reflection and self awareness, you know you have patterns. You know you keep doing something that isn't helpful, and is possibly...
Last week's Christmas holidays meant there was a lot of family, fun, games, gifts and gluttony over at the Goulding house, I must admit. I hope your holiday time is also charged with the beauty of the season. And if this time of year is hard for you, I'm sending you love and courage. You are not alone, regardless of what it seems like out there. And if you're missing someone special, extra hugs to you as well.
Frankly, we could probably all use some extra hugs. As we all know, these last couple of years have been a DOOZY, and there’s stuff we could all release from that time in order to move forward better.
To me, moving forward doesn’t mean running away. It simply means continuing on with courage, wisdom, and hope.
I think we also realize there’s no “going back” to the way things were, and yet a “new normal” still doesn’t seem quite possible. This is when yoga is...