Honor Yourself with Rachel Heron
A rainy day in New York City. I walk into the Jivamukti Yoga Center on 2nd Avenue and 10th Street. The walls of the yoga studio are purple. There is an altar with pictures of Ram Dass, the Beatles, Jesus, and almost every guru in every lineage of every eastern mystical tradition. The heavy scent of Nag Champa incense is in the air. I am transported from the chaotic streets of Manhattan into…I don’t know what. A familiar feeling of recognition and home in myself, a feeling that I am absolutely in the right place…and I have no idea why.
25 years later…
My perspective is this:
Hatha yoga (the physical practice) is a gateway toward the more contemplative practices.
It grounds us in the physicality of being human. We learn to breathe and feel. We learn to tolerate a certain amount of discomfort, not as a value or an attachment to pain, but as an inevitable aspect of life and a way to cultivate our inner witness.
I teach from a place of honoring.
• I honor myself and what is true for me about the depth of this practice and the related practice of seated meditation
• I honor my students by offering gentle guidance and encouragement to explore their bodies and minds without bias or judgement
• I honor what is profound about embodying presence, and experiencing ourselves in physical form
• I honor the limits of our physical bodies and guide practitioners toward exploring meditation and other contemplative practices
Please join me in this inquiry. I look forward to meeting you, exactly as you are.
Rachel Heron will be teaching our upcoming 3-week Intro to Yoga Series. She teaches from a place of deep intuition and a desire to share the potency of the practice. “Yoga has given me many things, but one of its greatest benefits has been increasing my ability to tolerate challenge and it’s accompanying uncomfortable sensations. I believe that when we can stay present in a pose, truly present to the fluctuations of energy, sensation, breath, thinking-we are able to take that experience into our day-to-day lives, and find a more harmonious relationship to the mystery of life unfolding.”
The Intro to Yoga series offers basic instruction of this contemplative movement practice, and the chance to explore the foundational elements of breath and mindful awareness. It also provides a way to become familiar with our studios and guide you toward the appropriate next level of classes going forward.
We’ll create a safe space where you can connect with yourself in movement and meditation, and be able to ask questions of a Namaste teacher (me!) who loves introducing people to this life-changing practice. Please arrive a few minutes early to settle in and lay down your mat. We invite you to have a cup of tea before or after class, and spend some time orienting to the studio. Learn more about the Intro Series here.