Practicing vulnerability through yoga
Practicing vulnerability through yoga…
One of the top 5 most viewed Tedx talks in the world is Brené Brown ‘The power of Vulnerability’ www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_on_vulnerability
‘Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity. If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path.’
As Rachel Mack says in her article ‘Yoga and the Practice of Vulnerability’ Yoga can help you build the courage to be vulnerable. Specifically she says backbends are an excellent way to cultivate heart opening ‘A physically open heart leads the way to an emotionally open heart.’
Rachel also says you can also practice vulnerability in your attitude throughout your practice. No matter what pose you’re in, you’ll benefit from a genuine desire to give yourself over to the experience without trying to control it. ‘When you open yourself up, you’re not hoping for a particular outcome, but you’re allowing for the possibility that new, unexpected things will come to you.’
Vulnerability is a gift you give, to others and to yourself. When we show our weak spots, it’s a chance for others to help us. For all of us, especially the strong-and-silent-types, it’s worthwhile to make a practice of being vulnerable. Let yourself be surprised by the kindness of others.