Part 2 of my chat with Kent Brun. We finish up our talk about trauma, and have an awesome discussion about how tattoos are a practice in non-attachment and reminders of yogic and life teachings. Then, by request, I share some ghost stories. Enjoy!
Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy combines yoga, embodied mindfulness, and humanistic psychology to help you become present to the felt-sense of your embodied experience – physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. Using your body as a vehicle to engage the present-moment helps you gain clarity, enhance self-awareness, uncover limiting core beliefs, reduce stress and anxiety, process trauma stored in the body, and take tangible steps toward the life you want.
Starting June 6th 2016, I’ll be leading 30 min meditation classes on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:30-8pm after my 6pm Flow class at YYoga Downtown Flow.
I started a meditation practice in 2002 while living in New York, and over the years it has evolved greatly and become a very important part of my life. In particular after I sustained a head injury a few years ago, breath work and meditation became an essential daily practice to manage anxiety that resulted from traumatic imprinting in my nervous system. I would be a very different person today if it weren’t for meditation!
I think it’s important for beginners to know that meditation isn’t always going to be blissful in the beginning, but that it gets easier with practice. The reality is that we are engaging in unconscious practices all the time. For example, we practice anxiety by unconsciously establishing ourselves in worry about the unknown. We are the architects of our own stress and negative thinking patterns. What’s empowering about that, however, is that we can choose to consciously engage in mindful practices that help us manage stress, anxiety, depression, trauma, and physical tension. It’s a practice!
Whether working one-on-one with clients as a yoga therapist, or when teaching a yoga class, my intention is the same: to help people become more consciously embodied beings. This intention stems from my experience with Embodied Mindfulness, the practice that is at the heart of the Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy approach. What I love about Embodied Mindfulness is that it makes meditation accessible for beginners, and that it is a tangible practice of embracing our humanness.
Meditation is about shifting from a thinking state to an aware state. When we are in thoughts we aren’t present; our mind and body are in different places. Thoughts transport us to the the past, or future, or immerse us in evaluation, meaning making, and judgement. On the other hand, awareness is about entraining with what’s happening now without judgement. From the Embodied Mindfulness perspective, present moment awareness is achieved when we are fully inhabiting our bodies, without the need to fix or change.
In my meditation classes at YYoga I’ll be offering various styles, including Embodied Mindfulness, moving and seated practices, breath work, basic chanting, visualization, and more. This is to give students an opportunity to experience different techniques and to find a practice that works best for them in the hopes that they will develop a home practice.
I find it’s easiest to calm the mind after yoga-asana, and so I hope students will come for my 6pm flow class and stay for meditation, but students are also welcome to just drop-in to the meditation class…Click here to visit YYoga.
Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy trainings in Vancouver!
Accredited by the International Association of Yoga Therapists.
Level 1: April 28th-May 1st, 8:30am-5:30pm $765*
Level 2: May 3rd-7th, 8:30am-5:30pm $995*
*financial assistance and scholarships are available. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for info.
Join YYoga and Grouse Mountain for a special mountaintop yoga and meditation class in the magical hiwus feasthouse. Begin the evening under the stars with a 15-minute guided winter walk through our twinkling Light Walk. Come prepared with snow-appropriate footwear or strap on your snowshoes for the journey. Once you arrive at the feasthouse, enjoy a 1.5 hour yoga and meditation session by candlelight with YYoga instructor Shivani Wells.
COST: The event is complimentary with the purchase of a Grouse Mountain general admission ticket, ski/ride ticket, or membership. The cost of your admission is not included with registration. Tickets and passes are available for purchase at Guest Services at the base of Grouse Mountain. Online registration is still required to save your spot.
SNOWSHOES: Snowshoe rentals are available at the Fireside Hut at the top of Grouse Mountain, located directly beside the Skate Pond, for an additional cost. Please ensure you leave enough time to pick up your rentals prior to meeting the group.
CONTACT: If you have any questions about the event, or can no longer make it, please contact email@example.com
WHEN: Saturday, 6 February 2016 from 5:45 PM to 8:00 PM (PST)