No one ever warns you about the emotional stuff in yoga. And when the emotions begin to rise to the surface, it can hit hard and out of the blue.
It did for me anyway.
My body loved yoga. My mind enjoyed meditation, but I lacked the tools to navigate my emotions.
Yoga teachers would tell me to keep practising as if pigeon pose would resolve my emotional issues.
Meditation teachers would tell me to watch and observe my emotions with detachment. I did that for years, and nothing changed.
New age teachers would talk about good vibes only, positive thinking and affirmations, but that just felt like avoidance to me.
Too many ‘spiritual practices’ treat feelings and emotions as problems to be overcome or transcended. They bypass feelings, leaving them unresolved, and for me, these approaches created a deeper rift between my mind and my emotions.
I found a better way when I started practising feminine spirituality. Rather than ignoring, suppressing and bypassing, I found healing through feeling, acknowledging and listening to my emotions.
It wasn’t until I went deep into my subconscious mind and explored my emotional layers with curiosity and acceptance did things change for me. When I finally faced all the emotions that I had suppressed and made friends with the parts of myself I had disowned, I was able to heal and transform.
My intention for Yoga Alchemy is to guide other seekers on this inner journey. Everything I teach I have applied to myself.