Sometimes, I share with you pieces about what I’m going through, lessons I’ve learned and the like, but I don’t dive too deep into it all the time nor do I tell you what my spiritual practice actually looks like.
However, I feel called to share with you a little more about my spiritual practice.
Before I begin, let me clarify what I mean by spiritual practice. I define this as: what you do to heal and tune in.
For me, this is what my spiritual practice looks like: yoga & meditation. every morning.
Sometimes it’s messy.
Sometimes I miss a day. Or two.
Sometimes it’s easy.
Sometimes it’s really f-ing hard.
Sometimes it’s 20 minutes. Other times it’s 90 minutes.
Sometimes I also journal.
Sometimes I pull tarot and oracle cards.
And sometimes I feel called to share with you what I’ve learnt along the way.
But not always… And that’s okay. I think there’s something sacred in keeping your spiritual practice to yourself and not always announcing it to the world.
I don’t have an exact method to it, but I know that sitting in stillness and solitude teaches me more than movement on my mat does about myself because it forces me to eliminate distractions and to look at the challenging parts of myself. And that’s why I meditate. My mat is a place for me to passionately enjoy the physical practice that I love so much, find my way back to presence, ground into my body, release what I’m holding on to, and create physical space for healing (on all levels) to occur.
My yoga practice is where I open up my body to release unhealed or blocked energy. Meditation is where I work through all of the tough stuff that came up and unearthed itself as a result. Meditation is where I receive universal guidance, awaken to deeper truths and wisdom, heal, work through the hard questions, seek clarity, and everything else that helps me peel the layers off and connect to myself on a deeper level.
Both my yoga practice and meditation go hand in hand for me to create my spiritual practice.
In my teachings, I largely focus on the physical asana and challenge you to explore your body in new and creative ways, all while using the breath to create space and let go. I’ve known for years now that one of my purposes for this lifetime is to help people heal, but recently, I’ve found myself with the question, “Am I doing enough right now as a yoga teacher to fulfill this purpose?”
Sometimes, I feel like I should make my classes less about the physical asana and cue more to the inward practice. But whenever I try to do that, it feels forced, inauthentic, and less fluid. Teaching physical asana while inspiring you, my students, to release, let go, and find more space using the breath is my language. This is what comes so fluently to me… Sometimes even to the point where I’m leading a class and words start coming through me that aren’t mine with wisdom about asana that I didn’t know I had.
It’s taken me a while to be okay with accepting this as my gift because I always felt like a “good” teacher should be able to lead their students through a spiritual, emotional or inward experience with their words. When in actuality, I already am. Even if it’s not in the way that I pictured.
I’ve learned that showing up on your mat is a spiritual practice in and of itself, no matter the words that come out of my mouth or the poses that I lead you through. The power of the physical practice of yoga is that it opens up your body, unearths blocks and repressions, and creates space for healing to occur as a result. And that’s what I teach to.
These moments of release and healing might come through as emotional surges, energetic shifts, clarity, a sense of grounding, or really anything else. They could happen on your mat or off your mat an hour, a day, or a week after practice. Whenever and however these moments of healing happen, I believe that the inward work comes from sitting in solitude and stillness to inquire and shine awareness on whatever it is that came up for you as a result of your yoga practice. This inward work is your meditation.
So my question for you is, how are you showing up for yourself to continue you on your own personal movement and healing journey? What is your spiritual practice?