Relaxing your feet, relaxing your legs, relaxing your SELF!

Young people spend an inordinate amount of time taking care of their image. The grooming, the hair, the make up or body products – all to create a persona.

That persona often becomes the mask that we carry throughout adulthood until, for some, it becomes to heavy to bear – then comes the nervous breakdown, the visit to the psychotherapist, the first yoga class.

The vulnerability has been hidden for too long. Bene Brown’s TED talk on vulnerability and her subsequent novel, were very popular, tapping into the power of vulnerability or as we say in yoga “letting go”.

In the seminal work on early womanhood, The Red Tent (Anita Diamant), there is a beautiful episode where the young Dinah experiences her first period of adolescence and she describes it as “loud, obnoxious, smelly” as her senses are heightened and exaggerated.

Many of us spend the rest of our lives trying to drown out those heightened senses through alcohol, drugs, prescription drugs or chocolate, over work or over busy-ness!

Coming to a yoga mat switches us off from the drowning out – we are brought to a space of safety through our own breath and our own body, which become the portal through which we step into the dawning of a new subtle experience of life itself.

The yoga class brings us to a full stop, to stillness. It gives us permission to feel again, safely and in community.

Many a time, I have witnessed students sobbing gently in the corner, undisturbed in the half light, feeling again – coming alive, like the flower after a long winter. This awakening of the subtle body is achingly beautiful and a privilege to witness.

After this experience, many students are drawn to yoga like a plant is to the sun, it is giving them the release they need to rediscover their joy, their vulnerability and their alive-ness.

The mat has become their healthy attachment. Finally, there is a sweet, kind and non-judgmental atmosphere where they can loosen the tight, critical mask and become their beautiful broken, imperfect self again.

When this happens in adolescence, the tightly bound persona, loosens easily and drops away, to reveal a beautiful soul ready to stun the world.

When it happens where there is trauma, it could have the effect that the trauma will not be a shadow, dimming their light through adulthood only to result in a mid-life depression. Instead, the yoga making sense and releasing the trauma can build a compassionate and strong soul who meets adversity with wisdom of one who has understood how to  heal herself.

The power of yoga – your own yoga practise becomes your secure attachment![:]