Danielle Hoogenboom founded Love Light Yoga as an expression of her yoga practice and creative interests both on and off the mat. She is passionate about yin yoga and its ability to heal, change and transform ourselves and the world around us. Believing that all people are invited to the healing of yoga, Danielle teaches a diverse schedule of classes and workshops that range from the practical theory to the mystical and sacred parts of yoga.
This is an excerpt from the manual “Meridians and Emotions” by Danielle Hoogenboom, E-RYT.
The long slow holds of Yin yoga, and more importantly, the slow, mindful transitions between poses help to make the practice one of nurturing rather than harm, providing that practitioners and teachers respect the need to more slowly. As a sloe, simple, meditative practice, yin helps us learn to respond instead of reacting. This helps us stand in our courage-remember courage is not the absence of fear but the ability to feel afraid without being paralyzed. The intense sensations that come up in our bodies during our yoga practices allow us to sit in the physical discomfort, with out trying to fix it, change it or push it away. This provides the perfect training ground for sitting in our emotional discomfort and to be courageous in the face of fear without resorting to harmful actions.
Yoga helps create balance.
In being able to sit with ourselves and not compare our learning to others, we practice the concept of non-violence.
Violence is nuanced and can take on many faces beyond physical action. In talking about race, power, and privilege, there are so many ways that we get caught up in replicating the unhealthy patterns of white supremacy. When consider ourselves to be more advanced practitioners (we believe we are “better” at being non racist, we make judgments about others for where they are at in their process, we hide the places where we fail to meet our ideals) we are acting out white supremacy, we are creating spaces of violence. These ideas of white supremacy hold us to concepts that claim people can be “better” than others, that hierarchy is natural and exists in all spheres and that there is an endpoint to growth and understanding. By placing individual over collective, we highlight one of the most damaging tenets of white superiority, we underline that power is paramount and that using harmful thoughts and actions are the best ways to get us to where we want to be.
Justice and Equity work are deep internal processes, without attending to our own internalized racism and superiority, it is almost impossible to make lasting change. Yoga and the foundation of yoga theory is one system that can provide support in beginning to examine different ways of being.
We get to practice action rather than reaction. Through facing our physical blocks, emotional fears, and limiting assumptions, we can develop empathy for the many faces that systems work takes. We can start to see that each of us is at a different place in our journey and support the forward momentum rather than persecuting folks for not being as far as we think we are.
The idea of non-violence asks us to examine all the ways in which violent action has been coded into our coping mechanisms. It asks us to investigate the intentions behind that violence and whether our long term outcomes can really be achieved through the subjugation or physical harm of another. It also gives us time to examine how much harm we do to ourselves when we lead with violence toward another.
Yoga provides the method, the outcome can be transformation.
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