A HUMANISTIC PERSPECTIVE OF THE BODY,
A BODILY PERSPECTIVE OF THE WORLD
Our yoga practice can be instrumental in us learning about the way we live in our bodies. If they embody the lives we have lived, then the tension we hold can reflect the defences and coping mechanisms we have used to get through challenges to feel safe and protected.
As a tool, yoga can support us to pay attention to the habitual ways in which we organise ourselves, unravel the armour we no longer need, so we may better understand who we are, and our capacity to move away from an ingrained way of responding to our relationships and experiences in life.
If self-awareness can improve the quality of our personal engagement, then it can also deepen our socio-ecological connection with community and the outside world, broadening our perception of identity, culture and the environment, while rendering our sense of wellbeing more inclusive and all-encompassing.