I am a life-long learner. I am constantly seeking out new modalities to work with my clients. So naturally, I stumbled across a program for a Professional Yoga Therapist that seemed right up my current interest alley. Since the first part of the program is offered via distant learning, I immediately jumped into the training with both feet.

In the first module, the instructor provides evidenced-based research on how she developed the program. And one of the pillars of her program is stability before mobility- which if you are familiar with yoga seems to go against what we think of. I see one of the superficial goals of yoga is to improve flexibility. I mean, after all, isn’t that what we all want out of life- to improve our flexibility be it mental or physical?

But what if we focused on stability first? 

What do I mean by this? I mean we have to reconnect with our core self, our deepest hearts desires, and find out who we truly are. We need to have this solid foundation [stability] before we can learn to move with flexibility and ease within the world. This can be challenging for many women, as we spend our whole life learning how to be what others want us to be. We do what our parents want, our teachers say, society… we get lost. Day by day we are chipped away until one day we look in the mirror and do not recognize ourselves.

Occupational Therapist help their clients find stability before mobility. Developing strength within the core so that they can be strong on the outside.

Can you remember who you were

before the world told you who you should be?

~Danielle LaPorte

One way that I have started to rediscover myself again is through Yoga Nidra. I have found YN to be different from other forms of meditation, in that I am learning how to detach from my thoughts and examine my emotions from a different level. [any meditation is good, you just have to find what works for you] I encourage you to explore not only Yoga Nidra, but various ways of exploring yourself including reading, journaling, and moving your body. This is a practice, not only finding what works for you but learning how to bring it into your life on a consistent basis. Be patient with yourself. And learn to enjoy what unfolds for you.

With gratitude.

Andrea