When I enrolled in my first on-line Esoteric Yoga Stillness Program For Women session, I had just retired from a very hectic and very demanding teaching career. I always had deadlines to meet and well-regulated tutorial sessions to prepare for, deliver, assess and evaluate. My mind didn’t know how to relax, nor did my body, and as a result I was in constant motion and drive to achieve ‘something’.
In reality, not only was my professional life in constant motion of doing things, my personal and family life operated with the same busyness.
I recently completed a six-week online program with the Esoteric Yoga Stillness Program for Women. After many years of being an active participant in a few different styles of yoga including hatha, Iyengar, Ashtanga and Bikram (hot) yoga, I can say that Esoteric Yoga is like no other yoga I have ever experienced before.
I have participated in a number of Esoteric Yoga programs in the past six years, however one of my most recent experiences with the Esoteric Yoga Stillness Program for Women supported me to bring a deeper quality of stillness and presence with my body into my everyday life – to a level that I had not previously experienced.
I recently completed an online six-week course with the Esoteric Yoga Stillness Program for Women. The effects of the program, and what I have discovered, have been life changing. Esoteric Yoga has supported me to connect deeper to my body and take the time to listen to its constant communications. This beautiful practice has also allowed me to feel the fact that I have an essence – a feeling within that is truly and deeply precious, beautiful, untouched and unscathed by anything that has occurred in my life – an essence that is always there no matter what.
I have always believed that when we are ready for something, be it a challenge, a delight or a new pathway, we find our way to it, or it to us… So it was with Esoteric Yoga.
I had known of Esoteric Yoga for some time but continually dismissed it as ‘not being for me’ until one day that changed. I became consciously aware that when it was mentioned I felt something different inside and when I heard about the Esoteric Yoga Stillness Program for Women and its accessibility online, I absolutely knew that this felt right and that I needed to follow this through. Imagine my frustration when I realised the program ran in six-week blocks held at intervals throughout the year, and I had to wait! I can be very patient or, as I realised, want instant gratification – the learning had begun…
I’m not the same woman today, as I was when I joined my first program with the Esoteric Yoga Stillness Program for Women. What’s more, today I feel that I am a woman, whereas when I first began I felt as though I hadn’t grown up in many ways. I was reactive to so many situations, and felt that I was a bit of a chameleon, changing the way I was with different groups of people to fit in, and to be what I thought they expected me to be.
I recently participated in an online six-week program, with the Esoteric Yoga Stillness Program for Women and it was both deeply beautiful and equally revealing.
Words were spoken by the facilitator during the first session of yoga, which resonated deeply:
"It's just you and your body…"
and, "It's just you and your breath…"
When I heard this, I could feel and hear my breath enter my body, and I felt my body respond, becoming deeply still. Everything then fell into a kind of order. I felt uncomplicated, focused and very present with myself.
“Woah!” I thought. “I am THAT! The quality, my breath, this space I occupy…
This presence – is ME.”
In the last year I have participated in several courses with the Esoteric Yoga Stillness Program for Women and from the support of these amazing programs I have come to a far deeper understanding of the relationship I have with my body. Through the program – the simplicity of the movements, and taking the time to stop and connect in each session – I have been able to connect to a stillness within me that I had never felt before.
I was drawn to Esoteric Yoga, and the Esoteric Yoga Stillness Program for Women after hearing what other women were sharing about the program. The opportunity to express myself in participating in the program was something I found to be of enormous support, as I found myself rediscovering more of the amazing woman that I actually am.
In each online session we were able to share with the practitioner and other participants about how our program was unfolding for us. Additionally, and most inspiring for me, was that over the six week period I also had access to a private online forum for participants in the program, which allowed me to share my journey along the way.
Well the title sounded good… and I liked the idea of stillness but I had no idea of how to reach that or feel that in my body.
You see, I am a solo parent, I work full time and I also run my own small business so I am rather busy and the concept of stillness seemed quite foreign and far away.
I have lived my life always in a bit of a rush, with a to-do list that never ends and taking time out for me, is a rare luxury. After all I am a busy woman.