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I’ve been in quite a bit of flux, much like the world, and am looking outside and within for guidance on where to invest myself at this crossroads. I’ve been looking to add more yoga classes back into my schedule, and I am very interested in what y’all, as my community, want and need from me.
So I am asking for your help. I’ve elicited the support of professional researcher to help me design a survey; through it, I hope to understand you and your needs better. Will you help me know how best to serve the community by taking 10 minutes to respond? As a small incentive, I am offering a free class (for you, never expires!) and a chance to win a free private yoga or Thai bodywork session. All you have to do is complete the survey to access these perks.
And please consider sharing this survey with other with anyone you know who may have attended my classes during the past six years that I’ve been teaching in Durham.
Thank you in advance for your insight and guidance!
Beyond this humble request for help from you all, my community, I’ve been meditating a lot on the trials and tribulations of cultivating a practice of asking for help. I think it is a practice, after all–to know what we need and to be willing to articulate that AND be willing to be open to the help from wherever it comes. That level of self-awareness and vulnerability takes practice.
And it is such a counter-cultural act to ask for help when the white supremacist capitalist cisheteropatriarchy places such a high value on having it all together. On rugged individualism. On the illusive but seductive path of boot-strappin’ your way through life.
Asking for help is a radical act in this current paradigm, and can be not only transformative insofar as you allow yourself to receive whatever help is likely to come your way once you’ve expressed what you need, but also in that it offers an opportunity to equalize power dynamics, to engage with someone as an equal, a peer, a colleague. And especially for those who are attached to the illusory perfect standard of ‘having it all together,’ it can be an incredible opportunity to allow someone else to show up for you for a change. Instead of being the one who always handles All The Things, you give someone else the opportunity to channel Grace/Source/the Greater Energy and show up for you that way.
This week, join me in cultivating a practice of asking for help. We’ll work it on the mat, and contemplate how we can do so off the mat as well.
In the meantime, help me out and do the survey!
PS The Anti-Racist Yoga Convergence I co-facilitated with Michelle Johnson last weekend was met with so much interest and energy that we are planning a few more similar gatherings. Make sure you “like” and “see first” my Facebook page to stay tuned. You can also join my mailing list to get information right to your inbox.