Back in January I presented a class at the Yoga Expo in Pasadena. It was a combination of gentle yoga movements and Somatics, that I called “Slow your roll”. In a somatics yoga class, you slow down, in order to pay attention. The good news is with all the spare time I’ve had recently, I finally got around to recording the class for YouTube.
I don’t know about you but I’me slowly beginning to lose track of time. Every day slowly rolling into the next. One thing that’s keeping me on track is my google calendar. Scheduling time to record videos, so I can provide some relief in this troubling time. We all need to relieve some stress. I really hope this class resonates and provides some ease in these troubled times.
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Somatics Yoga Class
What is somatics? When we do movement we generally tend to focus on what our body looks like. Often moving mindlessly through a movement pattern. Instead, in a somatics yoga class, we focus on how the body feels.
How well does it integrate? What’s the experience of the movement?
In noticing this internal experience we can become aware of patterns of body behavior that are different. Whether this is in range of motion, or how the body moves in gravity. This allows us the opportunity to be in the experience of the movement and not the expectation.
One thing I see a lot in somatic work is people wanting to do large movements. Quite often we can be more introspective if we allow ourselves to do less. By moving slowly, and doing less we allow ourselves to move into the parasympathetic stress reducing state.
Do less, to relieve stress
Honestly it’s been interesting to see people struggle with doing less during this time. And, hearing struggles of isolation. I think this is a great opportunity to work on ourselves and confront those shadow sides that perhaps harbor concealed emotional trauma.
When I first began doing somatics it was tough for me. As someone who is type-A I have the urgent need to “do things right”. However, with somatics there is no ‘right’. Just what is. That was a big lesson for me to learn. And has helped me embrace imperfection and just getting things done.
I really hope this somatics yoga class helps in this time of uncertainty. Please share with anyone who needs a free yoga class, or to simply unwind, relax and de-stress. Let’s come together as a community and spread good karma!
- Have you heard of somatics before?
- What do you do to relieve stress and relax?
- How well do you cope with doing less or nothing?