June 7 to 9 2013 – a weekend of amazing grace, companionship, networking and growth. Graced to be a scholarship recipient, and humble to be among such phenomenal people. This will be a series of what I heard, what I learned, and what it meant to me and the trajectory of my mission.
I found myself taking notes constantly. I knew my mind could not hold it all: the wisdom, the knowledge, the understanding and the passion. Every presentation was meaty and full of ah ha moments, and times when I was reassured (“I do that!”, “I have felt that way.” and “I am inspired; I know I am going in the right direction!”). There are times when my mind exploded with the realities that were being shared. And we had opportunities to walk and talk with one another – debriefing and knitting together our community. We had moments to be alone and contemplate.
Beryl Binder Birch started us off with a “lovely” talk. Weaving together the duties of a benevolent social activist with the meaning of true compassion, she set the tone for the whole weekend.
Nikki Myers led the morning practice, exposing many to recovery infused yoga for the first time . Slow, definitive movement performed contemplatively prepared us for the day. She also presented a workshop “The Issues Live in the Tissues: Addiction Recovery, Trauma Healing and Yoga.” She has phenomenal command of the information. She has touched so many with her work, and here at the conference it was no different. I am proud to have her as a friend.
The schedule from the 2013 Yoga Service Council conference will show you everything that was available. The breakout sessions, the group presentations and the panel discussion were phenomenal. There was room for questions, room for discussions and room for true dialoge – with differences of opinions thoughtfully and skillfully expressed. This was a conference of true learning and knowledge exchange.
Scientific data, both from experiencially based research as well as from brain imaging studies validated what we knew to be true. Yoga changes lives. Yoga changes your body, it changes your emotions, your energy, it can have an impact on your spiritual life AND it changes your MIND.
I tell you that to tell you this: it is all in your head. Not in the way you might think – but it is all in your head.
I will explain this in my next entry.
Kyczy Hawk E-RYT200 is the author of “Yoga and the Twelve Step Path“, a leader of Y12SR classes, and the creator of SOAR(tm) (Success Over Addiction and Relapse) a teacher certification training she holds with her good friend Kent Bond E-RYT500. Find out more about her, her classes and the training at www.yogarecovery.com