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Introduction to Trauma Sensitive Yoga

Being traumatized means continuing to organize your life as if the trauma were still going on—unchanged and immutable—as every new encounter or event is contaminated by the past.

Dr. Bessel A. Van Der Kolk, clinician, researcher and author

Today’s my last day of yoga teacher training and I still can’t believe I decided to do this, and that I got through it! I’ll need some time to really process and absorb everything I’ve learned, but in the meantime, I wanted to share some of the work I did on my final project.

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Bookworm, Writespo

The Best of Octavia Butler’s “Positive Obsession” Essay

I just finished reading Octavia Butler’s Bloodchild: And Other Storiesand I was struck by the simplicity of her characters and the complexity of their worlds. Especially in Bloodchild, where she depicts a very nuanced relationship in a new world order. If you have the opportunity to get the Audible version, I highly recommend it; The narration by Janina Edwards is excellent.

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Essays

Lessons Learned: My One Year Yoga Anniversary

The first time I set foot in a yoga studio I regretted it immediately. It was 6 a.m. on a weekday (already a bad idea) in Santa Monica (oof), and I was about to begin my first hot yoga class (double oof). The room was filled with lithe white girls wearing Lululemon, and there I was, in Target athleisure, with a Pilates mat to boot. The feeling was nothing new, I’m used to being the only brown girl in white spaces. It usually doesn’t bother me, but I was already feeling insecure and out of place, and the white gaze only heightened those feelings. I don’t think this yoga thing is going to be for me, I thought.

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Essays, Yoga

Yoga Teacher Training: First Impressions

 

I’ve been practicing yoga with regularity for the past two years, but I hadn’t considered teacher training because I never thought of myself as a teacher (of any kind). I also didn’t think that I would be physically capable. There are several poses I still can’t get into, whether it’s a lack of strength or a mental barrier. The whole proposition intimidated me, and yet I decided to do it anyway. I’m in Week 3, training at the Yoga Bliss studio, which is filled with amazing yogis that follow all the limbs of yoga, not just the physical ones. I’m thankful I found them, and that I’m sharing a class with excellent humans who are just as eager to learn and grow.

So far, I’ve been surprised by how quickly it’s had a positive effect on my yoga practice. The incredible thing about mindfulness is it can start working immediately, all that’s needed is practice! I feel reinvigorated and have already had a couple of epiphanies.

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Essays

Rod Serling’s Social Commentary in ‘The Twilight Zone’

I’ve been digging through my archives and found this awesome college paper about The Twilight Zone! The show is a childhood favorite, so I was incredibly happy when I had the opportunity to write about it in a film & TV class focused on the fifties and sixties. This particular paper centers around two episodes in which Rod Serling’s biting social commentary on then present-day anxieties are particularly visible. Enjoy!

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