Free yourself from unconscious conditioning. Respond authentically, instead of react, to circumstances in your life. See your patterns with clarity and understanding to create true freedom.
With some simple practices and perspectives you can dramatically improve the quality of all your relationships. Anyone can learn to create all new levels of connection and understanding.
When we celebrate and what makes each of us unique, we realize just how much we all have in common. Healing and understanding starts when we feel seen and celebrated exactly as we are.
Sometimes creating profound connection is as easy as looking just beneath the surface with whoever you are with. There is a simple art in learning how to truly be with one another, as we are.
Many of our modern life rhythms discourage a sense of community, connection, and balance within, leading to many people feeling isolated and alone even as they are surrounded by people or constantly connected to social media. Connection, relationship, and play are skills we can practice and even enjoy. With greater relational flexibility and awareness, profound and meaningful connection is available to each of us in every moment, and with whomever we’re with.
What is Relational Yoga and what is it for?
Yoga is an ancient art based on a harmonizing system of development for the body, mind, and spirit. In Sanskrit, the word ‘yoga’ is used to signify any form of connection. Yoga is both a state of connection and a body of techniques that allow us to connect. Conscious connection, mindful and aware connection, allows us to feel and experience a thing, person, or experience in a deep and profound way. Awareness, then, is the secret of yoga.
Relational Yoga takes this ancient, mind-body-spirit practice and brings it to the modern, interpersonal realm. Relational Yoga is ‘practiced’ through highly interactive partner and group games that invite participants to explore personal and interpersonal mindfulness: new ways of seeing, connecting, and appreciating oneself and others at a deeper level. A facilitator leads a group in activities designed to increase flexibility and awareness in relationship- to an authentic and accepting experience of ‘this’ moment right now and the person you are with. During the exercises, you will be encouraged to share what you want to share and not to share what you don’t want to share. Relational Yoga is a sacred and safe place to come as you are, and participate as you like.
Participants should come with an open mind and comfortable clothes as they may be asked to sit, stand, or walk around the room. You can bring a friend or come alone. No props or physical agility are necessary to participate. Individuals with disabilities are welcome. Relational Yoga is appropriate for ages 10 and up. Workshops can be structured to last anywhere from 2-4 hours or full day (typically six hour) sessions.