By Jenny Sansouci
Seane Corn's class this morning in the Lucy tent was dedicated to "inner visioning," or looking deeply into the ways that yoga is connected with our emotional energy
. True to form, Seane led us through a challenging class that forced us to stretch beyond our physical limitations and notice what how we react when we feel our boundaries being pushed. When we're in a pose for a long time and things start to feel challenging, do we give up? Start to have a resentment towards the teacher? Shift to make ourselves more comfortable? Push through? These moments are always such a great metaphor for life's twists and turns, especially relating to emotional challenges. When things feel painful in life, what is our reaction to that pain? Do we try to numb out and distract ourselves? Or do we make the conscious choice to feel what we need to feel and really go through it in order to get to the other side of it? All of these questions came up during Seane's class - she encouraged us to look into some of the feelings that may be uncomfortable and be aware of how we're experiencing those feelings, on and off the mat. "If you're doing yoga just to get in shape, there are plenty of ways to get in shape that are a lot less emotionally confrontational,"
Seane said. "Yoga asks you the tough questions. Why are you here? What is your purpose in this world? How do you serve?"
We also spent a lot of time with hip openers, which Seane reminded us are associated with the 2nd chakra. That energy center, she said, is connected to all of our sexual relationships. Doing twists and openings in this chakra help to cleanse and let go of any anger, resentment, jealousy, or emotions connected with past relationships that we're holding onto
. This seemed to really resonate with a lot of people in the class, and I made my own mental note to practice hip openers more frequently.
Seane Corn's classes are always deeply insightful on so many levels. I feel deeply grateful to be here at Wanderlust and able to experience her wisdom!