I get a little chatty when I teach yoga, just ask any of my students
Sometimes I feel like I’m channeling words that come from…I dunno. I like to call it the collective wisdom of teachings that were given to me by my teachers, who were given the same teachings by their teachers, and so on.
It feels as though I’m teaching from a place that’s not just about my own personal experience, but as if I’m “plugging in” to Source… the energy and wisdom of yoga that’s been around for an absolute age.
Nevertheless, the words that come pouring out of me are flavoured with Amanda-isms. Of course!
Anyways… I thought I’d share some of that wordiness with y’all right here.
Typically, like most yoga teachers I’ll start a class by asking students to orient their awareness to their body and breath.
But lately I’ve found myself expanding on the concept, a little bit like this:
Ask yourself, how are you today? We say “hi, how are you?” to the people we meet all day long but rarely do we offer ourselves the same inquiry.
So: How are you? On a physical level? Mentally? Emotionally? How are your energy levels? How is your breath moving in your body? How do you feel at this point in the day, the week and the year?
We can become so out of touch with ourselves, right?
For example. We all know the automated drill of “Hi, how are you?”, don’t we?
If you’re not feeling “good” (i.e. the stock standard answer), then saying “I’m good” sure doesn’t make us feel any better, does it?
Sure, you might not want to share exactly what’s going on in your life with everyone who asks how you are… BUT as a result, we can take on an attitude of not honestly acknowledging stress or upsets in our life, or their root cause.
It becomes a habit – we don’t tell anyone else how we feel (except perhaps our closest friends) – so we tend to stop being clear with ourselves, too.
When you’re not feeling great but you’re not sure why…
I think those words came to me for my yoga students due to a combination of both my kinesiology and yoga practices.
Yoga tends to focus on physical sensations of the body and the breath. Whereas a kinesiology session connects you with whatever your Higher Self wants you to know about and learn from.
Both are equally important, I believe.
I witness a lot of relief in my yoga students and kinesiology clients when they recognise a pattern of movement, thoughts or actions that haven’t been serving them.
Right up until that moment of acknowledgement, there might be a feeling of discontent, stress or unhappiness that just niggles.
Sometimes if it’s taken a really long time to understand what’s going on, that niggling feeling might’ve turned into something else: defensive behaviour, anger, fear, confusion, overwhelm or hopelessness.
Because when we don’t know what’s going on for ourselves except that something isn’t right… we can feel like nothing will ever change.
That life won’t ever get any better.
With enough inner work, eventually something WILL shift
Inner work is about being really honest with ourselves, taking responsibility for how we’re feeling, and doing whatever is needed to untangle ourselves from the stories and pain that keep us living in a place of unhappiness.
Sometimes just shining the light of awareness onto those patterns is enough to shift them.
But depending on how long your patterns have been in play, more work and more awareness of what’s going on might be required. Clearing some of my own long-held patterns took years.
The inner work “tools” I use are kinesiology and yoga. That’s what Return to Source Wellbeing is all about. 🙂
Holding on to patterns that don’t serve us takes up a LOT of energy
Ever noticed that when you’re feeling sick, stressed depressed or anxious, you also feel completely zapped of your energy?
It can feel like you can’t ever get enough sleep; that no matter what you do you’re EXHAUSTED.
Newsflash: Those old habits and patterns that you’ve never been able to get rid of? They’re busily using up your energy reserves!
Pretty sneaky, huh?
Here’s an analogy: imagine driving a car full of really heavy bags of concrete; then imagine driving a car that’s carrying just you. You know for a fact that you’ll use up a lot more petrol driving all those bags of concrete around, right?
Yep. The more unresolved “stuff” we carry around with us, the “heavier” life feels. And the less energy we have for living our lives joyfully.
Practices like kinesiology and yoga are designed to help us “unload” the heavy
This is what most of us in our modern-day life are very much in need of: unloading the heavy.
But it’s not always easy to do that on your own, because like that old saying goes… sometimes we can’t see the forest for the trees.
So step up, if you’re ready to try another way.
Your inner work is waiting for you. 🙂
Ambha Amanda Roberts is a Kinesiologist, Intuitive Healer, educator and facilitator based on the Sunshine Coast, Australia. She offers Kinesiology sessions both in-person and via Skype/Zoom all over the world.
Ambha Amanda is the co-creator of Adventures of Staria, which includes a series of Staria cards, and an upcoming book for children (including inner children).