“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” ~ Mary Oliver.
Body-centredness teaches how to listen and explore identity, agency and notions of the self in society and culture as an inward process through living meditation and other contemplative practices. Meditation and other contemplative practices must be experienced through the framework of the body to cultivate in us an embodied self-awareness of our subjective experience, and therefore, can develop in us a greater understanding of our interconnectedness in society and culture, and beyond.
Your body is your teacher: It knows everything you need to know in the present moment.
Integral Yoga of the school Dharma Ananda is an accessible and powerful meditative practice that I live, teach, and practise. It is highly compatible with a broad range of meditative practices and living philosophies, both ancient and modern. Integral Yoga, as a living practice, combines Hatha Yoga (working the physical body), Kundalini Yoga (working the energetic body) and Dhyana Yoga (working the mind) with a Taoist twist.
This website is not intended to be comprehensive, but rather has been created as a rich resource of ideas and living practices (particularly Integral Yoga) that can broaden our repertoire of teaching and learning tools and connect us with other agents of social change. The meditation and other contemplative practices that I draw upon – in addition to Integral Yoga – come from a variety of traditions and modalities and have been used in courses from multiple disciplines; some of the practices can be used as autonomous activities, while most need to be embedded into ongoing living practice and/or real-world teaching contexts.
This space is suited to you if you are any one of the following:
A practising yogi;
A practising integral yogi;
A habitual meditator;
A yoga teacher;
A meditation teacher;
A travelling yogi;
A contemplative pedagogue;
A critical pedagogue;
A qualitative education researcher;
A university lecturer, professor or teacher with an interest/experience in integrating contemplative and meditative practices into their teaching;
A university lecturer, professor or teacher working in the fields of Education and Social Sciences and/or The Arts and Humanities;
A teacher (interested in) cultivating students’ holistic development in the classroom;
A university lecturer, professor or teacher (interested in) navigating the classroom as a space for social change.
In the event that you happen to be all of the above, then this space really is perfect for you. And you and I are two peas in pod. We seem to be few but are in fact many. And we are growing in numbers every day. This is my work. Take as much as you wish. Go as far as you see fit. Dip in and out, and back and forth, whenever you need to. And join me on your journey.