About Yoga Somatics
How to listen with the body?
How do I give and how do I receive? How do I, in Yoga Asana (postures and sequences of movements), organize my body in relation to the earth (yielding) and to space?
Instead of giving more attention to poses or copying the teacher’s postures, we make our listening more acute. So, we listen to our body, not to our thoughts. We listen both in stillness and in movement. We listen through our hara, navel, heart and other organs and through our fluids, bones, basically all our body parts.
In this way our sense of being (which is what we are trying to rediscover and enhance) is expressed through the relationship between body and gravity-space. We develop increased awareness of our individual body and by so doing, begin to understand better how to play with gravity and space, depending on both our needs and our body’s capabilities.
This approach helps us to create unique Asanas that align better with our body’s capacities and the we interact with gravity and space. It encourages us to explore, play and experiment with our body, whether from day to day, from moment to moment, in stillness or in movement. We can then say, “this is our yoga, this is us expressing ourselves in the world”.
By listening to the body in this way, we develop a tool which guides us on how to be in the world and how to move around it – without depending exclusively on the rational. We develop individual ‘bodily intuition’. This is the intention of my Somatic Yoga classes.
The classes offer space for us to develop bodily self-awareness and to listen to and re-discover our physicality. The Yoga Somatics approach helps us to create more open, sincere, supportive, human and healthy relationships without losing our unique sense of self. It encourages us to discover ourselves, for ourselves; to depend less on gurus or lineages and to become instead our own gurus, our own teachers.
Yoga Somatics does not aim to “fix” us. Yoga Somatics deepens our understanding of ourself and our body, of its capabilities, its limitations and how we move in the world (through gravity and space). Whilst Asanas and props are taught / used during classes, these are not an end in themselves, but simply conduits for self-discovery.
The Yoga Somatics approach has similarities to learning a musical instrument. You will need to practice listening and finding the tones. But at the same time, the way in which you will learn, understand your instrument (body), enhance it and express yourself, will be unique to each of you. Nobody can teach you how you feel inside your body, which tone you need from moment to moment. This is something you need to re-discover for yourself. What my Yoga Somatics classes can do is to guide you on how to find the space for you to return to your senses, to sharpen the listening of the body, to develop ‘bodily intuition’.