Esoteric Yoga, back pain, what’s the link?
Updated: Jun 15, 2018
Esoteric Yoga Practitioner Marika Cominos interviews Julie Seager, who has been participating in Esoteric Yoga classes for 6 months. Julie shares her experiences and the enormous benefits of connecting to her body and to the stillness that Esoteric Yoga offers.
MARIKA: Julie, what keeps you coming back to Esoteric Yoga courses?
JULIE: Although I’ve only been doing Esoteric Yoga for 6 months, my experience to date has been really amazing. I’ve noticed some subtle changes. It can be very calming, still, and I’m more aware of how I am being out in the world. I feel like I am able to bring more of who I truly am to those I am interacting with. It is a great way for me to start my busy week.
When I’m in a yoga session I allow myself to be in a space where I can have a deep connection with myself. A lot of times I find I get so busy and caught up in other things I don’t want to give myself permission to take the time and go into that deep place of stillness that you can connect to. In an Esoteric Yoga session I have an hour with me where I don’t have any distractions and I can connect with my body and observe what I am feeling. I have had some really beautiful experiences listening to my body.
MARIKA: I can relate to what you’re saying because in Esoteric Yoga it’s about what your body is presenting and so there is no right or wrong, it’s the honesty of the body that allows you to connect to what’s going on in life and how you’ve been living. That’s actually one of the things that I love about Esoteric Yoga; the body is so honest and there is no hiding in how you’ve been living, because when you’re connecting with your body it can speak quite loudly when you stop. And it's not until you stop that you really get to feel what’s going on.
JULIE: Yes, that’s happened to me too Marika.
MARIKA: Do you want to talk a little about that?
JULIE: There were a couple of weeks where I was really struggling. I was doing things to distract myself on purpose because I just didn’t want to be aware of what was going on in my life and what I needed to deal with. When I came to do yoga my back was hurting and telling me that I needed to listen to my body more carefully and take better care of myself because I had been neglectful. It was a really good wakeup call.
MARIKA: So what did you do from there? Your body was talking to you – it doesn’t talk in words, but it talks in sensations, which it clearly was that day with your back pain. What did you do with that wakeup call from the body?
JULIE: I almost gave into my back pain and just repositioned myself to lay down again. But then I thought no, I’m going to observe this as we are always reminded in class to observe what’s going on rather than fight it or try to change it. So when my back started aching, instead of fighting I just sat with it, and in that I was able to let go and realize what was happening and what my body was telling me.
MARIKA: With Esoteric Yoga, as you say, you are encouraged to be with it, observe it, not react to it, not make it want to go away – but just observe with the wisdom of your body and surrender and let go and most importantly accept what is there to be felt and trust that the wisdom of the body will unfold it in the way that it needs to.
Time and time again participants feed back to me, and it’s my experience as well, that they are constantly amazed at how simple it is. That when they don’t react, but just allow the observation of the pain or whatever was coming up for them that seemed unbearable when they first started to feel it, they were surprised that it would just drop away. That is a common experience that participants have in an Esoteric Yoga session.
JULIE: Absolutely. When I was able to just be with the pain and observe and stop fighting it, it became so much easier. It was reflecting what I needed to do in a lot of situations in my life – for me to stop fighting the acceptance of things. To let things be and surrender and allow things to work themselves out.
MARIKA: Yes, when we listen to the wisdom of the body, which is what Esoteric Yoga is offering, it is very beautiful what we discover. For years I was searching outside of myself for answers, not realizing the answers were in my own body.
JULIE: Yes absolutely, the body is the key: the most challenging is when my mind wanders away from my body and it can do this very easily when I lose focus. But it’s great to know that I am not doing anything wrong as we are gently reminded in the session to not judge it, but just to come back to the body.
One of the things that I enjoy most about it is that I don’t have to try so hard – it just is.
It’s a really nice feeling being in a space with no judgment and feeling what my body is telling me and not fighting it.
I love starting out my week with Esoteric Yoga. When I get off track I can bring myself back to my movements that support my body by being gentle and nurturing with myself. It gives me a marker within myself that I can keep coming back to.