A different kind of practice.
I primarily teach Inquiry Yoga. Designed to facilitate the release long-held physical tension, Inquiry Yoga combines two familiar things in a unique way: (1) yoga and (2) a personal inquiry practice.
Let me take a moment explain what each of those two things actually means, in real life:
The “Yoga” of Inquiry Yoga
The yoga we practice in Inquiry Yoga is accessible for all human bodies, not just healthy, injury-free, or young bodies. The yoga we practice in Inquiry Yoga helps our bodies to recharge and rejuvenate, and to release soreness, tightness, injury, and other chronic physical limitations.
This yoga differs from the yoga we find in most traditional yoga studios and gyms because it is not broken into levels and is not intended to be physically demanding whatsoever (like, at all).
Inquiry Yoga is a fresh way to practice yoga that’s radically restful (and full of personal epiphanies).
The purpose of the yoga in Inquiry Yoga is to tune us into our bodies. Specifically, we tune into the voice of our bodies. This yoga that we practice in Inquiry Yoga re-establishes and deepens our connection to our bodies’ messages which can look like pictures, memories, words, sounds, flashes.
The yoga tunes us into the body-voice which brings me to the inquiry part of the Inquiry Yoga.
Because – the yoga poses in Inquiry Yoga are carefully chosen to support the “Inquiry” aspect of our practice.
The “Inquiry” of Inquiry Yoga
The inquiry we engage in through Inquiry Yoga is as simple as the word implies: we inquire of ourselves. Questions. “Inquiry” means introspective questions, questions that we ask ourselves and then answer ourselves. Or put another way: we ask questions of our highest selves. Or put another way: we ask questions of a higher authority that lives within ourselves.
The Inquiry in Inquiry Yoga invites us to pause, and instead of offering our superpowers of listening, supporting, giving and nurturing to others, we offer our gifts to ourselves to uncover what we need to thrive, to feel supported, to be nurtured, but maybe aren’t currently aware that we need.
We tap into the wild wisdom that lays dormant in our bodies to find our answers about career, love, everything.
The Inquiry we practice in Inquiry Yoga aligns with and complements other self-development and healing practices many of us embrace already, like therapy, coaching, counseling, and the other healing arts available to us (though none required for a successful Inquiry Yoga practice).
Inquiry Yoga teaches us to tune into ourselves and restore our souls via our physical bodies in this fresh and refreshing practice.
What actually happens during Inquiry Yoga?
In each Inquiry Yoga group practice, we explore a theme or idea relevant to our lives.
Stuff we play with includes:
boundaries, communication, healing, handling loss, how (and why) to feel our feelings, releasing past regrets, finding safety, healing our relationship with our bodies/eating, self-compassion, unpacking what our bodies and souls long for to feel satisfied, deep rest, and more.
You know, silly and meaningless stuff! Seriously, though, we often have the conversations we never find time for (or feel comfortable having) in our day-to-day lives, because these conversations are vital (like, life-or-death important) to our happiness and deepest satisfaction in life.
In class, we explore one question at a time relevant to the Inquiry Yoga class theme. We write down our answers during the class (materials for this are provided).
And the playlist of music is very carefully chosen to support this experience. I am a giant playlist nerd.
All of this is guided and supported by our class leader (that would be me). Class culture feels relaxed, nourishing, replenishing, safe, playful, grounded, light and sacred.
Our yoga progresses in step with our personal inquiry as we let go of what’s not serving us to lighten our emotional loads, bolster our energy, heal our bodies.
Through this group practice of Inquiry Yoga:
- We find out what we deeply want for our careers;
- We find out what’s holding us back in our wealth;
- We get some much-needed rest.
- We find appreciation for ourselves.
- We celebrate what needs celebrating in our lives.
- We give ourselves a break.
- We move past areas in our lives where we’ve felt stuck;
- We release obstacles from our pasts;
- We develop the skills (boundaries, communication, discernment) we need to elevate our lives.
We tap into the bedrock of what matters to us. And we find the lightness already present in our lives.
Physical + Emotional Shifts (that Stick)
Other physical stuff can happen through Inquiry Yoga, such as:
- Heal chronic pain, soreness and nagging injuries.
- Learn to tune into the clear guidance of our bodies.
- Become skilled at reading our (and other’s) energy.
- Release physical tension without it returning.
- Find clarity in life (that we don’t second-guess) by aligning with our physical sensations.
- Embrace our bodies.
- Release back pain.
- Take important steps to heal from addiction.
- Move through and past the physical challenges that come with living real life (like, having babies).
Maybe this list sounds impossible, like: how could a yoga class give me this level of breakthrough? I’m promising nothing in particular, as this particular list comes from the lives of men and women who have practiced Inquiry Yoga. Your breakthrough typically will be something entirely your own.
To grow a tree, you must nourish its roots.
To grow our physical, emotional and spiritual health, we must nourish and grow ourselves.
And to nourish and grow ourselves, we must learn how to nourish and grow ourselves.
So, together, we start there: we learn how to nourish and grow our very unique selves through Inquiry Yoga. And through our practice, we implement what we found.
We put into practice what we individually need to feel nourished, supported, safe, challenged, loved, excited, successful.
What people say:
My clients call our work together, “Life-changing,” “Impossible to describe but deeply profound and one-of-a-kind,” “A reintroduction to myself and my soul,” “Sacred work that needs to be done to be living a life I was born to live,” “A whole new aspect of myself and the answers that I needed desperately but never could have imagined” “Like finding my voice for the first time” and “Deeply satisfying, fundamentally restoring, my body has never felt better.”
Lighten Your Load.
Maybe you’re a helper who picks up other people’s stuff through your therapy practice or other self-development work in the world. Maybe you strengthen, heal and integrate bodies through teaching yoga class. Maybe you’re changing the world through your identity as a mom. Maybe you help one patient at a time through your work as a nurse, a doctor, a service-oriented human being.
Inquiry Yoga takes us deep into ourselves to restore us for our work in the world, which will always demand almost more of us than we believe we can give. We dive into the cold, clear waters deep within the wells of ourselves and our souls to quench our thirst, release our exhaustion, find relief, release our burdens. We emerge wiser, stronger, kinder, replenished.
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