3BY Note: Here is a Guest Blog from Bill MacDonald, who is coming to Portsmouth on Sunday October 26th from 9:30-11:30am for Your Brain On Yoga. Bill and Bjorn trained together last year during their 500 hour teacher training.
I remember when I started practicing yoga and I assumed that the more yoga poses you could do, the more enlightened you would inevitably become. What I witnessed was that; some, but not all, people can do a lot of yoga poses, but have a heaviness on and off the mat. But others with limited physical practices have a lightness surrounding them. This lightness spoke to me and I quickly realized that there was more to yoga than getting into scorpion handstand to prove I could spiritually levitate.
Really, everything begins with a thought. I didn’t just appear in my first yoga class, I thought about it first. Thoughts turn into thought patterns, some of these patterns are in the form of hardwiring we are born with, and some of them are from our life experiences. All of these patterns are interwoven and this weave can become so dense and strong that it can hold us back. Clearly, we do not have to be physically constrained to be held back. We hold back because of what we think. The physical practice of yoga is a set of tools that can enable us to deconstruct old patterns of movement and thinking that will help us work towards the life we want to realize. We can take yoga from practical to tactical. This is what “Your Brain On Yoga” is about. This workshop will help bridge that gap.
Over the years I have taken workshops with chiropractors, studied body language specialists, read books on neuroscience and yoga, and practiced with some of the great teachers in New England and beyond. My main guy is Rick Hansen, author of Buddha’s Brain. He has really brought what yoga is about down to earth, which is exactly where we need it. I’m really looking forward to coming up to 3 Bridges and sharing with you what I have put together.
Cost is $15 Members, $20 Non-members, $25 day of drop in. or register at any studio or over the phone. There are no refunds or exchanges for this class.