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EmbodiYoga Asana Class Study:
EmbodiYoga® is a yoga approach which offers yoga poses and meditation practices for all levels of practitioners. Props, mats, and a sense of kindness and ease will be available for you to enjoy the classes. Welcome!
EmbodiYoga Asana Classes
with Becky Morrissey
6:30-8 pm $10/class
EMbodied Breath Pranayama Class
6:30-7:30 pm $10/class
Musings on The Six Qualities of Consciousness: EmbodiPhilosophy
Tantra, or Tantrika, is a study of using inquiry to explore our layered of consciousness, body-mind. This philosophical school of yoga thought differs from classical dualism (Patanjali, Yoga Sutras) and from the studied dynamic of Maya emphasized in the Vedantic school of yoga philosophy. Tantrika offers another way to have a relationship with the world around us. Tantrika combines the two (dualism and the illusory self), adding the possibility of authentic knowing of our own freedom; to be complete as we are, to seek liberation in being our true selves in intentional relationship with the paradoxes and the at times illusory nature of life. Tantrika embraces the classical and vedantic views; it also encourages us to relate to all our facets of nature from a state of equanimity. Tantriks yearn to understand ego and desire as a natural human quality, a compass of sorts for developing and offering our gifts to the world. As Danny Arguetty writes, "the more we engage in conversation with various aspects that define who we are, the better we become at working with them. Instead of needing to squash them or alternately making them whole, we are invited to explore within a fractal plane of experience, knowing that each fragment can be attended to and skillful managed."
EmbodiYoga is taught with this in mind; the instruction seeks to integrate, not fragment. Intention relationship with gravity and levity provides a natural alignment of many layers of our being; contents and container, organs and skeletal body, active nervous system and supportive cellular system calm, using the feet evening to support optimal joint movement. Embodying our functional anatomy and movements, EmbodiYoga explores the layers of "knowing" ourselves beyond dualism and projection. EmbodiYoga is radical presence.
Sri: Sri is translated as "infinite abundance". Our consciousness has this quality, though we often fixate upon problems and miss the abundance. "Abundance is rarely about what we actually lack but is rather about where are not looking or what we are not seeing" (Danny Arguetty). Some beautiful inquiries into Sri: how do I allow my existence to flourish, intentionally cultivate and ground myself in a sense of deep fulfillment that allows me to fully thrive, and those around me? Am I fully present to "know" this abundance as a constant, moment to moment quality or am I swayed to think I need something from outside myself to "complete" me? In Tantrika, we are spiritually complete as we are; we explore the layers of our completeness to fully appreciate Sri in process; the process of us living our lives from a state of fullness.
Svatantrya: "Freedom is reality and has chosen self-awareness for no reason other than to experience itself." Douglas Brooks describes the translation of the sanskrit word svatantrya, freedom. Along with reverence for nature, Tantrika places an emphasis upon absolute freedom as an essential attribute of consciousness. We can not be fully consciousness if we do not have the freedom to inquire and explore knowledge. In Tantrika, realization or enlightenment is more than simply knowing, it is the fulfillment of our innate svatantrya, or freedom. Svatantrya is choice. EmbodiYoga is an expression of choices in pranayama, asana, and dhyana (meditation).
Chit: "Through our eyes, the Universe is perceiving itself. Through our ears, the Universe is listening to its Harmonies. We are the witnessing though which the Universe becomes conscious of its glory, of its magnificence." Alan Watts
In EmbodiYoga we often discuss tapping into body intelligence as ground for understanding ourselves in the context of intentional relationship with our inner and outer sensory capabilities. Concepts such as integration, differentiation, and stability are taught to us via body intelligence, a gift of consciousness and the foundation of philosophical knowing. It is through the gift of our bodies that we know, understand, and interaction with the world. We are living, breathing Yoga Philosophy loving all around us, complete and free to inquire.
Rahasya: This term is often translated as "conscious, guiding mystery". Rahasya is the process of celebrating our relationship with the mysterious nature of life. Danny Arguetty calls this "a useful boundary and a potential gateway to infinite possibilities." More musings to
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Other source contributions: Doug Keller's Heart of the Yogi: The Philosophical World of Hatha Yoga and Hareesh Wallis' Tantra Illuminated
May this work be to the benefit of all beings everywhere. Namaste'
Becky Morrissey, eRYT500, EmbY230, C-IAYT, ISMETA has a passion for the study of yoga’s intersectionality with embodiment, relationship, and consciousness. She has been inspired by yoga for 25 years, and brings yoga modalities to her work as a mental health clinician and counselor educator. Becky is an avid student of Lisa’s, having completed theEmbodiYoga® 230hr program and continuing to study with Lisa for the current EmbodiYoga® 300hr program.
Yoga’s mosaic of embodied guidance, meditation, and play are at the heart of Becky’s teaching practice. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, is the steward of the Red Lotus Apsara Yoga School, and co-steward of Sangha Yoga Loveland, where she offers EmbodiYoga® classes, individual yoga therapy, and specialized workshops and teacher trainings throughout Ohio and the Tri-State area.
To contact Becky, email: firstname.lastname@example.org