Casting + Directed + Shot + Edited by Carolina Aguirre
I had asked Aryn about her journey and growth through the first year of the pandemic, and how her teachings and practice reflected over the year. What she saw, she she felt, and how her world reflected with those around her.
"Growing up in the Bay Area as a Filipina immigrant descendant, my family's struggles were sometimes unknown to me (a product of protection), but were also loudly apparent in the resounding affects on my life's journey- a need to be understood and seen. Through yoga, I have been able to slow down the mind and create space to find intuitive understanding of my family and ultimately, with myself."
- Aryn Tuazon
During this time of unraveling, I indulged in a slow dance through liminal space and invested in decolonizing my time, identity, and understanding of wellness. This is an ongoing commitment not only to myself, but as a teacher, I vow to try my best to show up wholly for students. I returned to somatic therapy and spent 4 months with mentors who helped me re-emerge a lil less tangled + attached and excited to fuck shit up as a highly ambitious and creative, magical gal. That is the same idea I'd like to impart on anyone curious about yoga through movement, breathwork, and inquiry. We are in a modern world that requires us to die lots of deaths which challenge us to continuously seek truth within our most authentic selves. Investing in the tender care that's needed to do so is well worth the process.
In Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, Aparigraha is a virtue of freedom from greed and possessiveness. I'm learning that by reframing small tasks and habits in my daily life as ritual, I have the opportunity to let that shit go.
These are tiny shifts I find myself feeling into and changing beliefs I have about who I am. And usually they are feelings that strangle me with anxiety. By letting go through ritual and coming back to the Self, I'm reminded that whatever I've attached myself to or projecting isn't who I really am.
Ritual is a reminder and return to my home within.
I remind people you are practicing yoga through meditation and slowing down your breath, two limbs of the 8-fold path called Dharana and Pranayama. It’s not all about flexibility, inversions, and other physical postures. I will always remind students that how we’ve come to know yoga in the western world is not what yoga *really* is.
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