I am one who loves silence.
The practice of silence, of stillness, of listening fill my being with strength.
Perhaps, it is an excellent reality that I do; as a spiritual director and trauma informed yoga therapist it is crucial for my work.
I have spent decades in training.
The last few years have been full of training for yoga, yoga therapy, supervision training, spiritual direction continuing education.
It would be during a workshop on teaching yoga to cancer survivors and working with a case study of one who was in pain, that my heart and brain would find space together in regards to language.
It wouldn’t be the first time. Around 2002-2004, it was my job to watch the linguistics of others. Involved within a project that was training Christians to interpret dreams, we found all too often that individuals would revert to language that was familiar to them. We called it Christianese. Every culture has it, those go to phrases. That “in” and “in the know” terminology that sets an “us” within the culture grouping. Most within understand, most without don’t. The reality was to interpret a dream with a wide enough linguistic base that individuals weren’t being careless or thoughtless with their wording.
Jump to the future.
I had a dream.
I know the way I see the construction of the body and yoga therapy comes from my own journey of finding my way from dissociation and detachment to integration and inhabitation. My being used to resonate painfully with words and actions. It was not a place I wanted to dwell.
While, yoga and yoga therapy trainings have brought much healing; there is a topic that I feel very passionate about that gets very little coverage and yet as spiritual director, yoga teacher, and yoga therapist it is a reality I touch every day.
VERBAL Cueing. Dialogue.
Our words, the realities of what we speak and fill the air with and the intention of our doing so; this is what landed upon my heart as I woke up from the dream.
What do I want to say? What am I saying? Why? Where is it coming from? When am I speaking and pausing? How am I phrasing ?
These questions and others filtered in and through my being with a tenacity that would not let go.
What would flow seemingly effortlessly but built upon a lifetime of study and living, were these words, introducing as a summation the course, Verbal Cueing: A Posture in and of Itself.
“My heart for these moments together is that you begin to hold the words you speak, the cues you give, and the manner in which you give your cues, while cultivating vision for your classes and the students that take them.
We will cover some basics as well as go into speciality populations; such as, the aging and elderly, children, trauma populations, the injured or ill along with others.
We will talk about the history of words, linguistics, and language as well as your history with words; you will be asked to view and review how words have affected your life, how you feel about speaking in front of people, how tied up in yogic language you are and why you use the words you use. We will talk about listening before speaking, connecting to yourself and what will emerge forth from your mouth.
I’m going to ask you to think about words, expression, conversation and communication in different ways. I want you to learn how to paint pictures and sculpt possibilities. I want you to recognize pauses and breath, pacing and tone as crucial to the process. I want you to know your students, what they need, learn how to shift with what you observe, hold the container of the room with your presence and know how your words do that very thing.”
This, above; is the summary of my course: Verbal Cueing – A Posture in and of Itself.
The video along with an ebook will be released May 1st.
Pre-order yours now…