Did you know that simply being a woman is a risk factor for developing thyroid conditions? You could explain this in a purely physical way, as it commonly occurs after menopause, during pregnancy, or at times of added stress when it is no surprise our hormones – with the endocrine system out of kilter – affect the whole body’s function. However from my own experience, I know that I contributed to the thyroid disorder statistics, by living a life where I was fighting my body, my own sensitivity and stillness. I had become a war machine against my own innate nature as a woman.
Life for me then was: not being able to sleep because my physiology was running at such a fast pace, where I was breathless at the simplest task, where I felt depressed and unlovable, yet convinced that I had to keep going as best I could, running my own business and bringing up a young family.
What brought me out of this and restored my health and vitality?
The realisation that I could have a relationship with myself through my body – rather than ignore the delicacy, sensitivity and innately nurturing qualities of my womanly body – changed my entire perspective.
Simply admitting that I could actually feel things in my body (as opposed to turning a blind eye) was the first step to knowing what was needed in my day – a shift in awareness that included consideration and care of ‘me’ in the equation of the day.
Once I became aware of the fact that I could feel things, by the conscious choice to not shut out those initially faint communications from my body, I was able to listen intently to them and actively invite them to speak up and inform me of what was needed in any moment.
Through this seemingly simple choice, we can understand and relate to the world differently. It is much easier then to accept that we matter, that our feelings are valuable, that we are worth listening to.
It was from that point that I started to care differently for myself, being led not by what I ought to do or what was on my list of things to do (and I’m sure I would have had ‘must wash hair’ on that list once upon a time), but instead guided by a natural care for myself where I could be responsive to what my body needed.
The surrender that we experience in an Esoteric Yoga session is the antithesis of the drive and the push that is so common and can automatically take over our lives and impact our health and wellbeing. We are not designed as women (or men) to live with that heightened physiology, completely wired and living at odds with our natural state of stillness. It is no wonder we are making ourselves ill when we divorce ourselves from what our body is telling us, constantly.
I learned the hard way as so many of us do, but there always and forever remains that tiny, guiding voice inside, that we simply need to become still enough to let it be heard and then to be our compass.
The restored awareness of what our bodies are communicating introduces caring points within the day which naturally develop as we become much more specific about what it is that supports us throughout the activity of the day. From simple foundations we get to build into our lives a way of being with ourselves, that instead of driving us to a point of exhaustion, allows us to blossom and thrive from the quality of stillness developed through Esoteric Yoga and through its application in daily living.
In those loving choices I began to restore my body to leave behind the devastation from just pushing through.
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Listen to Rosanna as she shares her experience of the support Esoteric Yoga has offered to her when she was dealing with a thyroid condition (8min 51sec).
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What does it mean to ‘live yoga’ – that is, to live in union with ourselves and the light of our soul – and bring this to a meaningful practicality on our everyday lives?
For true yoga in our times is in no way about seeking the seclusion, retreat and isolation of the mountains or cave. It is, in fact, about the union that is there to be lived – without perfection in this world of ours – in and through all that life presents.
And so, what if, living yoga is about our responsivity in particular, to all that our bodies present and speak to us? What if, living yoga is to live in and with a deep and intimate relationship with ourselves – the being we are – and our own body, and allow the body its true voice?
Hmmm… What does this mean, you may well ask – to hear and respond to ‘the voice of the body’? Well… it’s no rocket science at all, and you will already be well versed in its language (if not also well versed also, in putting this voice ‘on mute’ at times in your life).
Our bodies speak to us every single moment of every single day. They let us know when we are tired, they let us know when we are holding tensions and stress, they let us know at times through illness and accident, that we need to take stock, and take far deeper care than we well may have been honouring.
In a culture that encourages if not rewards us to over-ride the voice of our own bodies, this is a big deal. For as women in particular here, we are paying the price of our own negation, seen in our health statistics and ‘new normals’ of living with one or multiple conditions and/or stresses that impact upon our well-being enormously.
Esoteric Yoga offers us the opportunity to be a part of turning the tide for women, and thus for all, through all that it brings to us in establishing and deepening once again, an intimate, enriching and ‘listening’ relationship with our own body.
Put simply, we are offered a return to ourselves.
One where, through our own experience, we learn to honour the body’s voice, that we may deepen our awareness of not only our bodies, but how we – as the ‘beings’ that run them – are in relationship with ourselves, with life and with the all of which we are ever an integral part.
For with Esoteric Yoga, we are offered the opportunity to get to know something special beyond measure – the living stillness within, that once re-connected to (and yes, it is within each and every one of us), sets a foundation and developing framework for us to yes – ‘live yoga’ in our daily life, and move, work, relate and nurture ourselves and those around us from a basis that does not negate the beauty of who we are, but rather, cherishes and allows it to expand.
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