What is LIVING YOUR YOGA SERIES – THE CHAKRA MODEL OF SUBTLE ENERGY IN PRACTICE?
Have you ever asked yourself what it is exactly that brings you back to your yoga mat again and again? And again?! Whatever this intention, this resolve, this person, this place, this event that gets you to persist in practice, now ask yourself this: “How can I have the richest possible experience in this moment in this pose in this practice?” If we extrapolate this practice to how we live our lives, are we able to apply this same mindset to how we relate to others and to as many moments in everyday life as possible? It may sound like a lot of effort at the outset; but if the pay-off is our freedom from fear and pain and suffering…Then wouldn’t the exertion be worth every ounce of persistent presence?
The multi-faceted methodology of yoga is a blueprint for living a life (relatively) free of suffering; the chakra model of subtle energy is a social-emotional roadmap; and the instructions and wisdom we receive along the way, a GPS of sorts to keep us centered when we deviate, intentionally or unintentionally. The directional cues we get have the potential to take some of the effort out of trying to figure out how we are going to get to where we think we are going; help us to re-orient when we feel distracted or distraught; and remain focused on really being present with what is showing up in our current sphere of awareness. Some part of us may well make an executive decision to reject the cue (Thank you Siri, but no thank you!), shift course, take a more scenic route, maybe pause a little longer to appreciate the view, or dive into a detour for the sake of a little adventure to try something new, strike out without quite knowing where we’ll end up, and very possibly bring us up against our own discomfort with what is…In all instances, we always have the option of asking ourselves, “How can I make this moment the richest experience possible?”
Nicole’s style of teaching is trauma-informed and uses discerning verbal cues, demonstration and gentle hands-on assists (optional) to guide the practitioner through a wisely-sequenced yoga practice that embodies the chakra model of subtle energy and explores the yoga of action (kriya yoga). In this way, mind and body co-regulate so that the innate intelligence of each posture unfolds moment to moment, and this experiential intelligence manifests in how we engage with living. The overall intention for these classes is to bring the yogic wisdom into our embodied practice of asana and into practical application in our relationships and daily lives with less pain and suffering. Become curious about the ways in which we can all access and experience our yoga practice as a powerful path to taking full responsibility for ourselves in relationship and in community. All levels of practice welcome.