Yoga, for Well-being and Healing
By Leah Slagenwhite
Today, I am simply giving voice to something we all know: the reality of our experience here on this planet can be difficult to bear. Doesn’t it come as a relief, in some ways, to know that others also have difficulty bearing life?
Human beings are tender creatures. We are born with our hearts open. And sometimes our open hearts encounter experiences that shatter us.
Sometimes we encounter experiences that so violate our sense of safety, order, predictability and right, that we feel utterly overwhelmed — unable to integrate, and simply unable to go on as before, unable to bear reality. We have come to call these shattering experiences, trauma. None of us are immune to it.
Trauma may result from overwhelming physical experiences, or from difficult psychological and emotional experiences. Its impact may be sudden and dramatic — or the result of gradual and unrelenting violations to our very sense of self. Sometimes, we are not even aware that we’re experiencing trauma until weeks, months, or even years have passed.
Our understanding of the body’s response to trauma has brought encouraging news; we can intentionally and systematically intervene in the body’s own alarm systems and begin to turn them down.
Yoga is part of an ancient system meant precisely to address human suffering and particularly address it in the body, where it lives. Yogis, practicing intensively over the course of hundreds of years, learned to reach in and turn off the switches that control fear, terror and aversion. They learned how to turn down the volume on hatred and resentment, and to systematically begin to reestablish feelings of well-being.
Join us for our Fall Workshops and Events, including “Intro to Shamanism and Yoga” and “Aroma Yoga for Emotional Healing.” Visit: http://thewestendyogacompany.com/events for more information!