What is InBodied Yoga?

I came up with the concept of “InBodied Yoga” four years ago. It’s a play on the term “embodiment” and invokes the language of Object Relations Theory, a psychoanalytic theory of development that informs my clinical work. Since then, I’ve wrestled with what it actually is. I could say that it’s a method of yoga, but that feels like an appropriation of the many lineages that predate me.

At the end of the day, InBodied Yoga is simply my practice. 

Over time, my relationship with movement has evolved from one that is compulsive to one that is intuitive. On a daily basis, I try - to the best of my ability - to observe what my body needs and “feed” it. I rely on technical knowledge, but I also hold respect for the fact that relatively speaking, all training considered, we don’t know that much about the body and the brain. I think about my movement patterns and experiences, but I also acknowledge that my body tells a story that I can’t necessarily “figure out”. 

Often, that means sitting with discomfort that I can’t “fix” immediately, but breathing into that and softening my angst around it to make it more tolerable. 

Sometimes, it means knowing that I need or want to move in a certain way, but don't have the opportunity to do so, and sitting with that frustration.

Sometimes, it means getting it wrong, and feeling disappointed, or injured.

The clients who have benefitted the most from my movement work are folks who don’t really do or feel entitled to “self-care”. They engage in movement to change or control their bodies. They make movement decisions from the neck up. The experience of rest and relaxation is new and revelatory for them.

InBodied Yoga is an invitation to move into a more gentle relationship with your body than the one you have now. I offer it to bodies of all shapes, sizes, and abilities; and I also acknowledge the thin, white, resourced, able body privilege that informs my offering. 

What kind of content would help you move from a place of self-control to a place of self-care in your movement practice?