I’m a Mad Scientist Yogini

MadScientistYoginiAn observation. An experience. A little of this. A dash of that. A hypothesis, an experiment, more observations. Repeat. Another experiment. A final conclusion.


That’s exactly how I arrived at the Wisdom MethodTM approach to yoga.


I’m a Mad Scientist Yogini.


I studied several major traditions of postural yoga, biomechanics and kinesiology to arrive at the structural yoga cues in the Wisdom MethodTM. 


I continue to study Eastern philosophy, strengths-based psychology, and empowerment-based coaching to enrich the emotional and cognitive insights taught in the Wisdom MethodTM  trainings.


I studied Ayurveda, Western nutrition science and Intuitive Eating in order to compile the lifestyle and wellness practices implicit in the Wisdom MethodTM


The Wisdom MethodTM is an approach to artful living which recognizes our human experience is one of embodied energy. Our outer experience -and form- informs our inner experience: and the reverse is true.


The Wisdom Method™ harmonizes our embodied energy system by aligning attention and intention, expanding our capacity for kinesthetic awareness and encouraging self-directed transformation.


Yes, all yoga promises the above. But ask yourself, does it deliver? 


One of the problems in the current yoga market is that yoga is so damn hard to explain: and different ‘yoga’ practice yields different results.


Classical yoga tells us yoga is a stilling of the mental thought waves, a path toward liberation, union with the divine, a method for dissolving the obstacles to clear seeing and a way to find freedom from our habitual states of mind.


Popular yoga classes, weighted heavily on asana, promise -and deliver- very different things. Relaxation, relief from back pain, flexibility, bliss, calm, more emotional resilience, a release, a mindful form of exercies, a purifying physical practice.


Perhaps this is why the cognitive scientists of the Eastern wisdom traditions called Hatha Yogi’s “bliss junkies.” {Do you get cranky without your daily asana practice? Hi there, Bliss Junkie!} And perhaps this is why those of us that practice yoga as a path toward liberation or a method of clear seeing or a way to unite our attention and intention, view popular yoga classes as group fitness. {There, I said it.} 


Because when we get too wrapped up in the physical, we are -by definition- not seeing clearly. 


We are more than just our phsyical form. We are constantly assailed by desires, cravings, feelings, memories, sense impressions: which compel us to act in the physical world. Our beliefs and behaviors are informed by this continuous mental stream. 


And if we want to find lasting peace, true calm and deep relaxation with WHAT IS {whatever that is}, we need to work on all the layers of our embodied energy system. Meditation is great, but the effects quickly wear off. Even the Dalai Lama says that after 3 days without meditation, he feels an inner discomfort.


However, when we commit to doing both the inner work AND the outer work Classical yoga prescribes, we can truly make the radical changes that popular yoga practice promises.


It’s not enough to rock your asana. You have to rock your inner world, too. 


So what do you think? Chime in on the comments below. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the contemporary yoga conundrum.

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