Teachings on Yoga Practice: A Conversation with Rachel May (Part 1)


I’m tempted to give a lengthy introduction into how I met yoga practitioner and teacher Rachel May, and the impact our conversation had on me. In this case though, I would rather not detract from the conversation itself. Whether you are a yoga student or not, Rachel’s words are true teachings, and will lead naturally toward an awareness of your breath, your body and the workings of your mind. I’ve posted them, unedited, in their complete original context – I hope you enjoy Part 1.

Embodiment is the experience of being centered in the body. For most people, we’re not given a lot of tools in interactions in life when dealing with karmas and traumas and all of this to stay embodied. Our initial response is not to stay in the physical body, but to either go into the thoughts and emotions, or to shift into the energy body and not be embodied anymore. To the degree that, if you’ve been in a car accident before, you couldn’t tell me if you were here. It’s a complete disembodiment. Disincarnation, it’s called disincarnation. To the degree that people will be in car accidents and won’t feel trauma until a week later. They won’t even realize, my neck suddenly hurts. They’re in so much shock, [claps], they’re no longer in their body. And that’s why asana is so important as a practitioner, I think, especially in the beginning, and as you continue through, to create a foundation where, this is my center, it’s not the thought. I am not the thought. I’m centered in the body and this is my reference point, as opposed to whatever I’m looking at. Even with that, like when we look at things, we reach out, as if to center ourselves at what we’re looking at, as opposed to move from here [the body], witnessing.” – Rachel May

Find Rachel online on Facebook, in person Yoga Tree in Blooming Glen, Pennsylvania and Yoga Love in Yardley, Pennsylvania. For more about her lineage, Sri Vidya, visit devipuram.com. Check back next week for more of Rachel’s words in Part 2.

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  2. Great blog you have here but I was curious if you knew of any discussion boards that cover the same topics talked about in this article? I’d really like to be a part of group where I can get advice from other experienced people that share the same interest. If you have any recommendations, please let me know. Cheers!

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