We call them stories. Or shadows. Sometimes even trauma. We give many names to our life experiences, the ones that have shaped us for the better or worse. Mine include a laundry list of drugs, alcohol and self-inflicted harm. I did most of that, because I truly believed I didn’t deserve any better. I felt that way for a long, long time until I decided to get to know my pain. My shadow and trauma work started in yoga. The practice gave me the container to feel safe enough to hold what was there. As a teacher, I never want to force a student into a pose or position they’re not comfortable or ready for, physically or emotionally. Holding space for all of that requires a certain kind of mindset!
Mia Togo @miatogo and I have been in each other’s orbit and I finally caught up with her to chat and go deeper into the wide world of shadow work. She has a unique gift of creating a container, whether that be in person or in online environments where she helps people feel safe to go in and excavate what is going on inside. On this week’s podcast, she and I dive deeper into shadow work and how important this work is. Given the context of our world right now and that we’ve all just been through something that shook up our lives, I found that this episode gave me hope. Listen and enjoy, yogis.
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