I want to start with the lyrics from ShataQS songs called Phoenix.
“… they bound your wings and urged you to run, so you could fit in.
They taught you a sense of unworthiness, and you lost yourself.
You’ve changed your rhythm, and they loved you as you became lifeless within…”
Upon my first encounter with these lyrics, I deeply felt that many of us can relate to them. For years, I felt like a stranger within my own body. Instead of granting me liberation and empowering me to be my best self, it seemed to limit me. I distinctly recall the moment when this disconnection happened – a teenager struggling with hip issues. My parents took me to a doctor who, after a brief examination, informed me of the discrepancy in my leg lengths and an obstruction in my lower back. No therapy, no guidance, just a declaration that I would have to live with these limitations. And the worst part, I believed him.
Over time, I became increasingly detached from myself, and my body. Whenever I witnessed dance or gymnastic performances, I’d think, “It appears so effortless – I can do that.” Yet, my body betrayed me, resisting my attempts, leaving me disheartened and lost. I no longer felt secure or at ease in my own physicality. For years, I had lost my true sanctuary.
Then, I discovered yoga. However, yoga doesn’t always burst forth with thunder and lightning, like a knight in shining armor or Thor. Instead, it can stealthily infiltrate one’s life, quietly and gradually. Such was the case for me. Initially, it appeared challenging, even impossible, and I often wanted to quit. Yet, the mat continued to call me, and little by little, we forged a friendship. I began to observe subtle improvements and changes, realizing that with each class, I could bend a little deeper or hold a pose for a little longer.
The mat became a sacred space where my body, soul, and mind came together. There, they harmonized their efforts to free me from the shackles that constrained me – much like the phoenix’s wings in the song. It became a realm where I could find my true self.
Likewise, for you, the mat can be a place where you reclaim your life, awaken your inner wisdom and learn how to listen to your intuition
I recognize that this is an ongoing journey, filled with setbacks, dark thoughts, and comparisons to others. There may be days, even weeks, without practice. But you should always know that the mat awaits you – an unwavering sanctuary where you can return, reconnect with yourself, challenge your limits, and nurture self-care.
Our bodies serve as our primary home, granting us the strength to embrace wellness and feel the life force coursing through every cell. And it is through yoga that you can achieve this.
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LAST SPOTS FOR INDIVIDUAL CLASSES
During individual classes, we practice meditation, pranayama (breathwork), asanas (poses), and finish with relaxation and a massage that deepens muscle release. The practice includes personal adjustments, positioning, and support in getting into each pose correctly, to ensure that yoga will support your body’s health without causing any harm.
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