This is why I call what I do ‘Integrated Embodiment.’ I feel it is so important to integrate the myriad of facets of ourselves into One shining jewel, something that we all do in our own unique ways. We truly are all in this together and need authentic relationships to see oureselves through – to allow ourselves to be seen. Meditation practice is a wonderful resource as part of a balanced life style in which our human qualities are allowed and integrated. Often, meditation and yoga can be used as tools to escape being human, can create rigidity and isolate us from each other. This can happen in such subtle ways.

I used to do this myself. I now use these practices as tools to turn towards myself more fully as well as relationships, to face life with less fear, allowing others to see my areas of vulnerability. This has allowed me to grow in ways that “yoga”, by itself, could never quite touch. I see yoga, in the vaster sense of the word, as a fully holistic way of being that is certainly not confined to the mat (in fact I don’t even believe you have to ever practice ‘asana’ to understand yoga).

There are many ways to approach this way of being and it doesn’t even need to be called yoga. The point is an ongoing commitment to your own unfolding, to presence and staying with what is happening, allowing our vulnerability and humanness to shine through and to integrate it in a way that allows us to touch the source… in this way, all things become part of it – the ‘practice’, relationships, daily tasks … life itself. Nothing is not part of this unfolding and, again, we are all in it together and we are all such wonderful mirrors for each other – even in the challenging times, for how else will we see those parts of ourselves we want to hide or deny, how else will we learn to hold and love them fully? 

‘ Meditative practices performed in isolation can help us recognise and process our emotional states, but true healing lies in those most vulnerable moments, when someone looks us in the eye, sees our pain and provides us with the mirror we so deeply seek.’

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Hayley Price: PG. Dip. Dance & Somatic Wellbeing. Yoga Therapist Children’s Movement Facilitator Hayley has been facilitating movement in the community for over 15 years. She has worked with children of all ages in schools and developed a movement mentorship programme called ‘Girls Allowed’ for pre-teen girls to support them in transitioning times. Her work is multi-layered and focuses on creative emergence through movement, voice, healthy relating and embodied relaxation. She draws heavily upon the principles of Authentic Movement in her work. Hayley has facilitated movement based support groups for the general community, for women with postnatal depression as well as one-to-one based work with young adults in the Royal Edinburgh Hospital and those in the community with anxiety, depression, eating disorders, bi-polar and other structural and functional issues. While she lived in Scotland, she facilitated a programme to support teachers in schools. This focused on nourishment through embodied relaxation, gentle movement a safe space to share. Her work is creative and inquiry based, tailored to the needs of each group or individual.

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