The Connection That Yoga Inspires. OR...On Becoming Tethered (a message from Co-Director Aowen)

This is a topic very dear to my heart. I think that a sense of alienation—disconnection—from others, from meaningful relationships and community, is a primary cause of issues with addiction and mental “illness,” and a direct result of trauma. For me, personally, feeling alienated and isolated was a major part of most of my life. If you know me at all, you’re going to be familiar with the following story (so feel free to skip ahead!). It offers a powerful visual for the feelings of disconnection and alienation.

The 2013 movie Gravity opened with a scene in which Sandra Bullock’s character is outside her spaceship performing a routine maintenance check, safely tethered to the ship. While out there a satellite breaks apart and the debris field comes flying at her and the ship before she can safely get back inside. She becomes un-tethered from the ship and begins a slow spin into deep space. She has no control or power over her situation as she slowly tumbles round and round into utter darkness. Over and over, in slow motion, she keeps getting glimpses of this bright, blue, beautiful earth full of life and all of humanity and then her new reality: deep space, an abyss of deadly darkness. Something deep within me identified with that feeling of being un-tethered, alienated from humanity, and being utterly alone in this devastating darkness. Long-term trauma had left me disconnected from any sense of self or community.

Enter the practice of Yoga. Yoga is so much more than just a physical practice—it’s a way of life. It’s a way of reconnecting deeply with ourselves and with others. It’s a way of healing from the inside out, and a practice that, in the right setting (like SKY!), can provide meaningful connection with others. Yoga offers the possibility of discovering one’s inner power and strength, of tethering oneself to something deep within and something Universal. With that sense of connection and belonging to oneself it becomes easier to connect with others. We begin to realize we’re all on the same journey, just at different points along the way, and we actually have a lot in common with the other people in the studio where we’re practicing. Yoga offers the time and the space to begin to connect with these others, to feel a part of something instead of apart from everything.

From finding connection and support in our new group RISE for women recovering from trauma, our Trauma Sensitive Yoga series, and our class Yoga and the Recovery Path, to our many drop-in classes and workshops, SKY offers all kinds of possibilities for tethering, connecting, and healing. And when one finds deep inner healing and connection that opens the space to then take that light out into the community and offer hope to others.

SOME SPECIAL EVENTS COMING UP:

The Heart of Our Practice: The Origin Story of Samdhana-Karana Yoga on April 10

Cultivating Resilience on April 23-24

Peace Is The Way: An Urban Immersion of Service, Community, and Yoga on May 20-22 (Early Bird pricing ends April 1st so go sign up!! Even if you don't want to sign up, follow the link to see Vania and Kate overcome by giggles on YouTube. Seriously.)

Whoever you are, wherever you are in your journey, we invite you to join us -- with open arms, hearts, and minds we welcome you into this healing space that is SKY!