Self Empowerment Through Yoga
Return to Yourself!
A five day workshop for yoga teachers and experienced practitioners. Finding judgement, self doubt and shame in the yoga world seems like it should be an ironic joke, however it is everywhere you look. This workshop is a call to return to yourself, to the practices that felt like home from the start, to your ability to be empowered through what you cultivate and looking deep within regardless of what anyone sees from the outside.
The rise of judgement, self doubt and shame in yoga has been avoided as a topic for too long. For many of us, we have witnessed an undercurrent that is strong and yet via fear of backlash on Social Media or criticism within our studios from fellow practitioners most people have kept quiet about it. It is disguised in so many ways, often as “authentic authority”, “Spiritual seniority”, or threat of being ousted from our community of yogi’s. As social media takes over how we view our worlds, communities and practices the intimidation sets in, we question as teachers and students, are we good enough? Do I have enough followers or am I teaching the "right" stuff? Is this really yoga or not?
What happened to our inner call to slow down and be integrated with ourselves? We've been whipped up into a frenzy of right and wrong, traditional vs. modern, this school of yoga against that school, sporty yoga against soft yoga, us vs. them. When did it become ok to be judgemental about being non-judgemental? One of the comments I hear most as I travel around the world is: "I don't know if I fit in the yoga world anymore". But perhaps it's a question of "Do I want to fit in the yoga world anymore?" Have we lost community or sangha? Have we allowed ourselves to feel disempowered by what we see happening in the yoga world?
Now is the time to investigate what drives us and what limits our ability to be empowered through yoga. Here we get to stop second guessing and utilise the practices in their ingenious design to become aware of what arises from within. When we truly look at ourselves, vulnerability arises and this can be extremely uncomfortable in the current climate of, not only yoga but, the world. But vulnerability is the only place that creativity can arise. A place where we can find sanctuary and with that a grounding that can anchor us despite what is going on in the rest of the world.
This leads us to gain insight into the Limbic system and its programming patterns of thought, emotion and movement (or lack of) based on our addiction to sensation. We will be driven back to the “known” sensations, even if they are no longer useful for us.
When we examine our personal stories and look at the science behind how we pattern our behavioural responses we can begin to re-connect and ground ourselves in trust. This workshop is about re-inspiring ourselves to own our practice with confidence. Giving ourselves permission to be exactly who we are as people, yogi's, students or teachers. Not just on our mats but in our lives. Much of the Yogic philosophy is rooted in compassion, non-judgement and non-harming. We need to weave that into a daily relationship with ourselves. Yoga is not ultimately about a practice, it's about how we show up as human beings, for ourselves, for others and our communities.
What to Expect
Julie will use movement/asana exploration, somatic meditation, group discussion and sharing, writing, sacred dance and more to unlock our fullest potential and reclaim ourselves in each moment.
Each morning we will start with a movement and meditation practice that is based on personal development. Letting go of self judgement and discovering what arises in the body. Through the movement of energy and somatic meditation, we will tune into a sensory practice that allows us to open up from the inside, physically, mentally and emotionally.
In the afternoons we'll address what causes our disconnection and discover how we can re-connect .
Overview of our pathway to the current environment in yoga communities: How did we get here?
Seeing how our basic need of belonging drives us in our practices and need for community and how this is often manipulated to “fitting in” versus a sense of true belonging. This can internalise as “imposter syndrome”
Power and powerlessness: The effects on the body and brain when we are in submissive positions as students. How we can cultivate healthy relationships in our yoga community based on support, trust and accountability.
Examine the relationship of the nervous system and how it can rewire our brains in shame and guilt. This is where our lack of self worth rises and even within the yoga community we can experience a powerlessness. It is a response in the body and when we tune into that response we can work with the breath and movement to unravel it.
Gain knowledge of the Limbic system and other brain functions that regulate our behavioural patterns in stress, trauma or fear. Even if these elements are small they are constantly effecting how we show up for ourselves.
Learn the importance of holding space for yourself and others as a critical element of transformation.
Each afternoon will involve discussion of above topics as well as practices to cultivate our grounding, deep self knowledge, freedom from our fears and self empowerment. These practices include movement, pranayama, mediation, pratyahara, journaling and dance.
Open to teachers and experiences practitioners looking for a deeper insight into human behaviour and how that has transcended the yoga world, and most importantly how we can empower ourselves and others in our communities.
January 12 - 16, 2020
Morning sessions: 10:00 - 12:00
Afternoon sessions: 13:00 - 16:30
Regular AED 1950 Early Bird (by December 8) AED 1750
About Your Teacher
Julie Martin wants you to think outside the box, get off your mat, shake up the old dogmas and find freedom to unfold into the beauty of a yoga practice that emerges from the inside. With over 25 years of experience and an international following of students and teachers alike, Julie’s greatest aim is to inspire. Her particular passion for human movement means continual investigation of new anatomical approaches, working with natural movement, range of motion, integrated stability and letting go of some of the old asana myths in order to move with the body and not against it. The practice is always an enquiry, a somatic exploration of sensation, movement and stillness.