I've been thinking about my intentions much more these days in an effort to better get to know myself. Who is Leah Jo apart from the Leah who, when asked to introduce herself, would generally default to the elevator speech that sounds something like this: Hi! I'm Leah, I'm a Social Worker that works for the…Read more Want Vs. Should
I'm not going to apologize for that title because of the MANY incredible discoveries that were made this weekend in our yoga training together, I would like to lead with this one. On Saturday, we had a guest yoga teacher speak to our group about Chakras and the Energy Body. Now, in my work at…Read more No Wonder I Can’t Poop!
"If you're scared of going forward, then you're not going anywhere" Attending a full weekend workshop of Undoing Racism has felt similar to me (and as scary) as being asked to jump from an airplane without testing the parachute beforehand but being told that it works and to trust in your ability to pull the…Read more Valuing the Cube
I've been thinking about space lately, as it relates to the space we hold for others to either be welcomed and embraced, saying, "You are welcome here" or to turn others away with an, "I'm sorry you must go". These two differing gestures hold an immense amount of transformative power. A power that can either…Read more Space as Refuge
During this weekend YTT, we talked through an example of "How we would design an asana series with a client based on their current feelings of hopelessness." Students began describing different postures that related to feeling secure, safe, coming inward and protecting oneself. Some postures included child's pose, rabbit (a modified child's pose), crocodile (lying…Read more The Stealthy Thief
I was again reminded today at just how grateful I am to be a part of this year's yoga teacher training cohort. The space that has been provided to each of us here during our weekend classes has provided space to bring authenticity, vulnerability, and healing. This discomfort, I hope, is a conduit of learning,…Read more Space as Gift
Tonight in class we read and discussed Howard Gardner's identification of seven distinct intelligences. His idea is that, because each mind is unique, individuals may possess different types of intelligences that guide how they think, act, perform, remember, and learn. The seven themes he's categorized vary from individuals who learn better when rhythm is involved,…Read more The Fluidity of Self