First, in a series, that will be an on going project. I will be interviewing studio owners and yoga teachers that I find are doing the dharma! To share that we may come from different backgrounds, for different reasons but we all experiences difficulties along the way. Through talking about this, I hope to help inspire those of you who are just starting your yoga journey to keep going and know that you are not alone.
Diane Boenker - Owner of Lifesource Yoga
How about “Tune in to your body”?
This is a phrase you will hear throughout yoga classes anywhere you may go. At first, this phrase, “Listen to your body” may seem confusing…our bodies don’t speak to us like people do, how do we listen to them?
When you hear this you may wonder, “How do I listen to my body? What does that even mean?” You may think, “My body doesn’t talk to me, how am I supposed to listen to it?” All valid points. This is a confusing phrase but, also, a complex phrase. In taking time to write this, I’ve found it difficult to condense my thoughts to clearly show and explain the true and deep meaning of this phrase: “Listen to your body.”
It’s true that our body does not “talk” to us as we talk to other humans around us. However, our bodies do communicate to us. They communicate to us through gentle, subtle ways in, what I’ll describe as, feelings. So gentle that the communication can be easily missed or overlooked. So subtle that we may take it for granted. Or, these feeling can be quite powerful and strong, so dynamic and compelling that they cannot possibly be ignored. We’ve all experienced what we term as that “gut feeling.” Another term I use for this experience is “knowing” or “a sense of knowing.” This gut feeling makes itself known, it’s in your face with the message, “Listen to me, or else.” This is a form of communication to you through your body and this is one of many.