Women’s Circle Workshop with Melanie and Dee
With Melanie Smith and Dee
March 15th, 2019
The definition of vulnerability has most likely resonated with all of us at some point or another. Vulnerability is defined as “the quality or state of being exposed to the possibility of being harmed, either physically or emotionally. Sounds pretty harsh but that’s why we put up boundaries or hold back sharing parts of ourselves for fear of being seen, heard, and felt in all of our goodness. Rather than speaking our minds or truly allowing ourselves to be seen we hide away or better yet pretend things don’t bother us. We place a veil over ourselves. the Sanskrit word vidya means wisdom or knowledge—the wisdom earned through deep practice and experience. The prefix a indicates a lack or an absence. In the yogic sense, avidya means something that goes far beyond ordinary ignorance. Avidya is a fundamental blindness about reality. The core ignorance we call avidya isn’t a lack of information, but the inability to experience your deep connection to others, to the source of being, and to your true Self. Avidya has many layers and levels, which operate in different ways. We see it threaded through every aspect of our lives—in our survival strategies, our relationships, our cultural prejudices, the things we hunger for and fear. All forms of cluelessness and fogged perception are forms of avidya. But behind each of avidya’s manifestations is the failure to recognize that essentially you are spirit.
During this session of our Women’s Circle we want to open the floor for a discussion on being vulnerable; where we find this difficult, where we’ve played small due to our own insecurities or ignorance, and times we’ve been able to lift our veil of Avidya using our vulnerability as a source of strength and power. Incorporating the topic of the Anaval Mala and Raga (Desires) from yogic philosophies led by Deanne. Our yoga practice will be a prop heavy expression of moving through vulnerability allowing ourselves to be supported, seen, and heard on our mats in this safe space.
*All levels are welcome and the practice can be modified for any level of practitioner*.
$20 per person
The Yoga Loft
521 E. Fourth St., 3rd Fl.
Bethlehem, PA 18015