Location: West Bucktown, 2528 W Armitage, Chicago, IL 60647.
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What is yoga? Many people would answer this question by defining yoga as a series of postures aimed at strengthening and lengthening one’s physical body. While this answer scrapes the tip of the iceberg, it fails to address the deep, broad, spiritual core that is yoga. The word yoga comes from the Sanskrit term “yuj” which means “to merge, unite, or integrate.” We practice yoga as a tool to merge the mind, body and soul, to unite the individual consciousness with the Universal Consciousness, to integrate the part into the whole. The physical element of yoga represents only one expression of the practice. In fact, Patanjali, the author of the Yoga Sutras (Guidelines of Yoga), wrote about the eight main principles of yoga, with asana, or physical postures, comprising of only one part.
We use the body as a tool to come into contact with one’s Higher Self, or soul. This part of you works moment by moment to help guide you towards your best life. This part of you brings you to a workshop. This part of you tells you it’s okay when you’ve made a mistake. This part of you reminds you of life’s impermanent nature. In today’s society, we sometimes hush this part of ourselves because another louder, more obnoxious player, the ego, enters the scene. The ego shouts while the soul whispers. If the mind is cluttered and noisy, we cannot discern which voice is which, let alone hear the soul speak.
This workshop, Soul Speak, is an opportunity to grow and expand your practice. We will incorporate three of the eight limbs of yoga--meditation, breathwork, and asana--to bring your mind, body and soul into alignment. These different tools will help quiet the voice that screams that we are not good enough or that one workshop will do nothing for you and start listening to that softer, more gentle whisper insisting that you deserve this time. After cultivating silence and stillness in the mind, the soul’s voice emerges. Bring yourself into the present moment for just two hours on December 12th and observe the shifts that can occur.