Yogah Chitta Vritti Nirodahah 1.2
Yoga is the uniting of consciousness in the Heart
Yoga means to yoke (yui), join or unite. This connection begins within oneself every time we come to our practice. I felt this the first time I ever practiced yoga (15 years ago) and it’s kept me coming to the mat ever since. For most of my life I lived in my left brain; it was hectic and linear. Daily life left my body/mind craving peace, harmony and inner stillness.
It has been said that the longest journey we will ever make is from our head to our heart. This journey began for me 15 years ago when I felt for the first time something other than stress in my body/mind. It happened in a yoga class. It was an opening to inner peace and I liked it, it felt spacious and kind.
One of my teachers, Sarah Mclean, describes stress as a toxic trickle like dust softly falling on a glass table top. We don’t really notice it until we can write our name in it or we develop an undesirable symptom. This is how I was living and like many people it was experienced as normal, until I experienced something else.
As I continued to practice, I continued to create a new normal. A normal that not only made me feel better, but made me stronger, more flexible, calmer, kinder and more compassionate. I started to question the left brain world I lived in and wonder why I wanted it. The deeper truth was that I didn’t. I was just conditioned to accept it. I could feel the new difference in my body/mind and the left brain way began to feel like an old worn out disappointment. It seemed my new normal was gradually tipping the scales.
As time went on I could no longer live what felt like an internal lie. My heart was longing for change and I felt ready to make it. I was working in Health Care at the time and decided to leave this traditional world and start teaching what I love full time… beginning with yoga. This transition occurred in 2011, beginning with Matters of Heart Yoga, my local home studio, which has grown into what is now Heart Centered Life.
Heart Centered life is a way of living and being in the world. Yoga, Meditation and Writing have been instrumental in my journey from head to heart and into the wholeness that comes with integration but ultimately this journey can take many paths. I am inspired by all people who are aspiring to live in their heart centered consciousness and to make the world a better place because of it. Living with heart consciousness challenges us internally (we meet fears) and externally (we meet cultural norms); it requires courage, commitment and growth. There are so many heady scientific and clinical ways this journey can be described (and I enjoy reading about all of them) but ultimately the path becomes an alignment with your own soul and then living your authenticity from there.
At the Heart Centered studio you can expect small classes and a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. I teach from a strong anatomical base, with a gentle approach that allows opportunity for reflection, integration and connection to your own wisdom. I am passionate about the places where science meets mystery and often incorporate poetry, quotes, interesting facts or inspirational words into our classes. If you would like more information about my class schedule please use the contact form below.
It was Einstein who said that we cannot solve the worlds problems with the same thinking that created them… I believe the journey from head to heart will bring the inspiration and personal genius needed for a better world. This space, my words, our time together are all pieces to that intrinsic puzzle.