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My Journey to Yoga

I took my first yoga class in 2009, a month after I had moved to Seattle. I had been curious about the practice and eager to learn, but at the same time, I was embarrassed for not being able to hold a warrior pose for more than a few seconds without experiencing discomfort. At the time, I had never believed I could advance in my yoga practice, let alone ten years later become a teacher. Somehow, I kept coming back to my mat and, simultaneously, I kept showing up in front of the blank Word document, trying to both strengthen my muscles and improve my writing skills. However, I have kept these two practices separate. I would do yoga and I would write. I could see my progress in both, which gave me the encouragement and content, but it wasn’t enough to get me to the place I dreamed of arriving at.

I came into the Yoga Teacher Program at Sangha Yoga in Seattle following a series of signs. The space at 8 Boston Street had been my yoga studio for years, but only when Heather and Scott Falkin took over the studio, Sangha offered me the community inside of which I continue to grow. My mind and heart opened to new possibilities and somehow, organically, I said yes to the challenge of my first Yoga Teacher Training, not knowing that the journey would bring me back home, to the place within me where I would unearth secrets, release stories from my body, and finally, become.

When we say that yoga means to "yoke" or to join separate parts, we usually refer to the joining of the mind and the body. My reward is joining once separate practices of yoga and writing into one – whole and powerful practice of the heart. When I practice yoga, my heart writes. When I write, I breathe, and so, I practice yoga. One practice serves the other, and together, they help me create.

How Can I Help You?

Writing led me to yoga. My mind, always busy with words and their meaning craved for silence and solace. Yoga brought me peace and with it,  clarity and focus. My first Yoga Teacher Training opened my mind to the possibility of (re)connecting to the earliest silence - space where language has not yet formed. Through my journey of becoming a yoga teacher, I learned an essential lesson on storytelling: Stories come from the deepest, the most hidden folds within us. To tell them, we need to set them free.

To help writers access those deep folds, I use a specific blend of slow flow and yin yoga, breathing exercises, and techniques of contemplation and visualization. In these specific classes, I talk about storytelling. 

Writers can practice with me individually or in small groups. In-person or via Zoom.

Contact me to book an appointment.

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© 2020 by Alexandra Panic