The interesting thing is, when I first wrote my About page I talked about happiness and how yoga got me there. I talked about habits that stopped me from being happy, and how when I was sad yoga made me feel better.
And then, as the path deepened, I realized it’s not all about happiness. It is, but it isn’t. It’s really about Presence. It’s about Authenticity. And it’s about Truth.
What I’ve actually found in yoga (and I hope you’ll find too) is a sense that all the messes, the weird relationships, the anxieties – all of that external stuff – gets to be soothed a little. It all gets quieter. YOU get quieter. And in those moments, you find who you really are: You are Presence. You are Authenticity. You are Truth.
Yoga and meditation are deeply experiential practices. That means that you can read books or articles about them but you don’t know how they feel until you actually step on your mat or sit on your cushion, and do the work.
But that doesn’t mean it has to be hard! I like to approach yoga and meditation the same way I would conduct an experiment. I like to think of this work as “Reverent Curiosity.” What can you find out about yourself? What are you actually feeling in the moment? Where in your body are you restricted? Where are you open?
Tapping into our body’s sensations, and greeting them as beloved friends, you’ll find a wealth of wisdom, and you’ll get closer to yourself.
So no, I’m not always happy. I’m not always calm. But there’s a deeper sense of who I am, and that feels like the best metric of success.
My classes bring a little bit of everything I’ve learned from my teachers and my personal practice: awareness of the body and the mind, openness to the present moment, and frankly, not trying so damn hard.
Yoga: Each yoga class is unique, but you can expect moderately gentle movement with plenty of meditative elements. Although this practice won’t suit those with serious injuries, I take limitations into account and try to provide a great experience for all levels of practitioners.
Meditation: The body-based practice I teach is great for beginners or those who haven’t had a satisfying experience with meditation in the past. I’m interested in offering a space for you to explore your inner landscape, so that when you’re off the cushion and in the world you’ll know how you feel and how to follow your intuition.
(Registered Yoga Teacher, RYT-200)
I loved Whole Yoga in Denver from the start – it’s so open and accessible to every person, not just to the people who can do handstands in the middle of the room (not me!)
Whole Yoga is part of the Shambhava Yoga lineage, a heart-centered, meditation-focused practice that emphasizes paying attention to what’s happening in the moment.
I’m a lifelong student – yoga philosophy, spiritual traditions, movement + biomechanics, anatomy, psychology, embodied meditation… the list is constantly growing. For a list of what I’m studying and loving, click here.
Love Notes from Valerie
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