Yoga as Inquiry

Anyone who is interested in Yoga can find a Yoga class that suits their personality, temperament and needs. In my opinion Yoga should lead to inquiry. Inquiry into how we are living, what gets in the way of living our dreams, what habits get in the way of us living to the fullest, what holds us back from living on your own authority (which happens to be the name of the podcast I am part of)?

How can we utilize Yoga as a form of inquiry? I have explored how to use the body as inquiry, and have taught others how to use the body as a tool for inquiry for the last 25+ years. One way to do this is to use Yoga Asanas as a tool for inquiry. When you stay in a certain Asana for a longer period of time, what emotions, thoughts, ideas emerge from within you? Can you stay in the Asana long enough to also let the solutions emerge?

I look at Samskaras as habits and patterns that goes through our lives over and over in different contexts. Every habit has been useful to us at some time or we would not have developed them, but are your habits still useful, or are they causing you discomfort and holding you back? My background as a certified Feldenkrais Practitioner and Yoga Teacher/Therapist have fueled my interest in habits and how we can develop options to make “the habits less habitual!’ There are three key to successfully work with your habits and to develop options.The there keys are:

Identification

Differentiation

Integration

On the page that discusses the Learn and Perform the three keys will be discussed more thoroughly. For you Yogis out there know that those three keys are present in your Yoga and Asana practice, but to use the keys to unlock your habits you need to use Yoga as a tool of inquiry. You identify your habits, develop options in your Asana practice, and then integrate them in your nervous system.  You should try it. Your nervous system will like it, and you will have fun!