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by Ally Hamilton - August 2016

It can be confusing when you see yoga represented through pictures. It's very hard to photograph a person's process, so you might look on Instagram, and see someone in a bikini on a yacht in Bali with her ankle behind her head and say, "What?!? If that's what yoga is, it doesn't apply to me!" But, yoga is about so much more than the poses. It's about tuning in and facing those places within you where you still have healing to do. Here, Yoga's Healing Power author Ally Hamilton explains 3 ways yoga changes your life for the better, and not simply through its poses.

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Back to Top - Author Interview - August 2016

by Llewellyn

1. Your new book is Yoga's Healing Power. What inspired you to write about yoga's ability to heal?

Ally HamiltonCulturally, we tend to put a lot of emphasis on the external, and we've done the same thing with yoga. The poses are wonderful—they open and strengthen the body, and that is beautiful and important. However, the life-changing aspects of a regular yoga practice are not about the poses, they're about your process. What happens for you when you can't do a pose easily, and the person next to you can? What happens when you wobble or fall? Can you practice patience and compassion for yourself, or do you struggle with a loud inner critic? As a yoga teacher, though, I can't tell you how many times someone has said to me, "I can't do yoga because I can't touch my toes!" I wanted to write this book to offer the concepts, philosophy, and practices that have most helped me understand myself, lean into those places where I still had healing to do so that my pain wouldn't own me for the rest of my life, and create a life that feels wonderful to me. I don't believe there's one formula for happiness that works for everyone, but I do believe this practice can help anyone find her or his own way. Ultimately, we all want to be happy, and to feel our lives have meaning and purpose. Yoga is not about the external, it's an inward journey. If you create peace within yourself, if you feel at ease and comfortable in your own skin, then you can offer up the best of yourself to the world around you. I think the world needs each of us to do that right now.

2. How is yoga able to heal? Are we able to heal physical ailments as well as emotional or spiritual ones?

Whatever your issues are (and we all have them!), you don't "check them at the door" when you unroll your mat; they show up with you. So if you do struggle with a loud inner critic, for example, that voice will follow you onto your mat. If you fall out of a pose, or can't do it the way the person in front of you is doing it, that voice will be right there to berate you. It could be that you are so used to this that you don't even question it. Maybe when you move through your day and make a mistake, your inner voice says "Idiot! Why did you say that or do that?!" That's a tough way to live, but it might be habitual for you. Most habits happen outside our awareness. Yoga is a listening practice. You breathe consciously, and just by tuning into your breath, you become present; the inhales and exhales happen in the now. When you're present and listening, you may be surprised by what arises, and with awareness comes the power to choose. You don't have to listen to that nasty voice. You can start to feed a loving and compassionate voice. Having an inner voice that cheers you on instead of one that tears you down is life-changing. So that's one example. And yes, you may notice physical habits, as well. If you notice that every time the teacher cues you to notice your neck muscles you have to relax your neck, you now know you habitually carry tension in your neck, and probably also your shoulders and the hinge of your jaw. Once you know you do that, it becomes easier to check in throughout the day, and relax your shoulders while driving, or counting money at the checkout line, or making dinner.

Additionally, you may find that when you begin to release tension from an area of the body where you've been holding tension for years, some emotion is released as well. The body has been with us through everything. If you're upset, that upset is manifested somewhere physically. Maybe you have shallow chest-breathing, or you clench your jaw or fists, or you furrow your brow. The mind-body connection is always there. Sometimes we "sit on" or repress our rage or shame or grief, and then we go into a hip-opener toward the end of class and find ourselves crying. The potential for healing on your mat, and off of it, is enormous.

3. Why are the spiritual aspects of yoga just as important as the physical aspects?

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Back to Top - Llewellyn Journal - August 2016

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Bird Magic
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A Strange Little Place
by Brennan Storr

Yoga's Healing Power, by Ally Hamilton
Yoga's Healing Power
by Ally Hamilton

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