This is a personal story that only you can understand.
You the student who knows yoga is more than a pose, and you the seeker who desires healing and growth.
Storytelling is a timeless practice, and listening to stories is a universal experience.
Over the past few years, I’ve been studying with Kaya Mindlin, a practical, mystical and traditional teacher who deeply believes in the power of storytelling as a yoga practice.
This what she has to say about stories…
“The yoga tradition suggests that story telling is not only delightful when we are doing well internally and externally, but essential upāya [remedy] for the times when we feel stuck.”
“Listening to stories helps stabilize the mind and make life more yogic and meaningful.”
“The truth is, we are all telling ourselves stories and listening to stories all the time…. the script in your mind, the default modes, the information we allow in…. these are ALL stories. But what do they lead to? The stories foster deep feeling and meaning and stimulate curiosity, surprise, healing, ṛelease, motivation, transformation and enlightenment itself.”
With Kaya’s thoughts at the forefront of your awareness, I’d like to now share a story with you.
I attended my husband’s company holiday party, which they always hold after the holidays & new year (btw, I think the timing of it is such a great idea).
Like any work function, there was a lot of small talked involved, and as I circled the room with my visibly round belly, I kept having a similar conversation…
- How’s the yoga business now that you’re pregnant?
- Is it getting harder to teach?
- Are you starting to slow down?
I tried my best to explain that my approach to yoga doesn’t just include postures, but when it does, the intent isn’t to break a sweat or achieve a stretch.
Each posture embodies a core quality, and it’s this quality that stretches beyond the mat.
I also went on to share that my personal practice hasn’t changed much with either of my pregnancies as I’ve been naturally slowing down for years.
Each conversation led to a similar outcome…
Me stating all of the above while the person nodded in agreement with a confused expression.
As I woke the next morning, feeling hungover from talking too much & standing in heels, I reflected on these interactions & just how misunderstood yoga (still) is.
Even the people who sorta-kinda understood mainly spoke about yoga as a way to stretch or trying it once, not being flexible enough and never returning to the mat.
It’s conversations like these where I’m so appreciative of my yoga journey & your choice to be here with me.
You may be a community veteran or brand new to our holistic approach, but I know we can all agree that yoga is not just the physical practice that the vast majority sees.
Yes it’s beneficial to stretch & break a sweat, no one’s arguing that, but yoga is rich like dark chocolate & vast like the depths of the ocean.
It’s not just one wave that comes and goes, it’s all of the oceans, rivers, streams and lakes.
The teachings are timeless, ancient and yet relevant today.
Yoga exists to reduce your suffering, mature your mind, offer stability, and reveal your inner luminosity.
Yoga doesn’t care how well you do a pose, it cares about your healing & growth.
To wrap up this story… I hope you realize that as you unroll your mat & practice differently, you are part of the change that yoga needs.
Please keep practicing, please keep learning, and please keep seeking.
Bit by bit we can help change the story!
Hey! I’m Allie.
I’m a self-growth student, freedom-seeker, yoga teacher and the founder of a tight-knit online yoga community: the Body Mind Soul Studio. I’m here to teach you how to transform your life on-and-off-the-mat with a holistic yoga practice.
I wanna learn it all!
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