Mindfulness and Feminist Spirituality with Melanie Klein

By Sarah Nannen

Surrounded by loss, Melanie discovered Yoga and it became her companion. More than just moving her body into interesting shapes, Yoga became a healing balm, responding to her agitated nervous system - unresolved grief, trauma, anxiety she couldn’t name or touch. “The egg has been cracked, and I am the yoke running free.” By quieting the mind and reducing stress in the body, we can make decisions from a place of power. Furthermore, we can celebrate the female body and heal the wounds between women.   Tender curiosities: Learn how to access peace of mind and move from “following the thought train.” Learn how to listen to your body vs. doing what your mind thinks you should be doing. How does grief show up in my body?  What to do when you feel trapped with racing thoughts.  Feminist Spirituality can transform the way we relate to ourselves, other women, and the world. It allows us to step into our power, and step out of our own way. It can fortify, strengthen, and uplift us.   Resources: In Yoga and Body Image, an incredible, first-of-its-kind book, twenty-five authors, including Alanis Morrisette, Seane Corn, Bryan Kest, and Dr. Sara Gottfried, discuss how yoga and body image intersect. With these inspiring personal stories, learn how yoga not only affects your body but also how it affects the way you feel about your body.  Collectively, we can make space for yoga that is body positive and accessible to the full range of human diversity. With a special emphasis on how you can take action to build community and challenge destructive attitudes and structures, Yoga Rising is a resource for the continuing work of healing ourselves and our world as we move toward liberation for all.

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