There has to be another way. This I said to myself while forcing my body to get out of bed and run with a sinus infection.
There has to be another way. This I thought to myself when needing a nap after a 90 minute hot yoga session.
There has to be another way. This I knew when having a panic attack on the bathroom floor of a former workplace.
There has to be another way. This I heard while listening to the reproductive endocrinologist tell me that my system had “shut down.”
For years, the idea of really listening to my body was unfathomable to me. Sure, I could totally see my body as an instrument, as vehicle, but not in the sense of actually listening to its needs…more so to utilize this vessel to perform and do and look a certain way. If I’m honest, I’ll probably always have these moments of struggle.
And, I know that I am not alone.
I know so many of us are freaked out by not getting in enough “workouts” during the week.
I know many have a hard time understanding the days we need to move and move more, and the days we need to rest.
I know many want to hurry up and “fix” a physical or mental symptom so they can just keep going in life.
I know many of us don’t wake up to the needs of our bodies until they are screaming at us - a serious illness, injury, infertility, depression, pregnancy and/or postpartum pain.
I know many of us are frustrated and confused by the options laid out before us (medical care, special diets, holistic therapies, etc.) and don’t know where to turn next.
I believe there is another way. I believe that by learning to listen to and nourish our bodies, we in turn nourish our hearts. I believe that we all have an immense ability to heal, and that through honoring this body in all its layers (physical, energetic, mental, etc.) we can work our way back and maintain whole being wellness. I believe we are our greatest teachers. In a sense, we’re learning to work with our symptoms.
For years, I’ve served this community in the spirit of vinyasa yoga and yogic philosophy, and that will absolutely continue in very specific ways. You already know that my work is evolving to more one : one yoga therapy sessions.
And, now, I’ll also share that I will be taking a turn into the depths of women’s health, too, including an understanding of the masculine and the feminine, our unique experiences of anxiety/depression/loss (including during the perinatal periods), the challenges that arise from choosing to begin and/or raise families, working with the women’s cycle, and more all from a yoga therapy lens.
If you’re subscribed to the Yoga Dear letters, fabulous. They will continue on roughly an every other week basis with a focus on yoga therapy and making yoga practical for your everyday life. I’ll also be re-starting the Yoga Dear Mama letters, coming out every other week. These letters certainly involve supporting those who identify as women in their journey towards/through motherhood, but also “mothers” in the sense of all nurturers. You can subscribe to those here.
Please stay tuned for special email series that take a closer look at particular health topics in a condensed format. And, if these new directions aren’t something you’re interested in, I completely understand and thank you for your months and years of reading and love.
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