Heart-Centered Somatic Yoga & School for Somatic Soul Work

Body-Wisdom: Why We Need a More Somatic Approach to Yoga for Emotional Wellbeing

We can learn a lot from tradition AND it’s time to start paving our own paths.
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๐—œโ€™๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—น๐˜„๐—ฎ๐˜†๐˜€ ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฑ ๐—ฎ ๐˜€๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐˜ ๐˜€๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐˜ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ณ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—บ ๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป and a curiosity for the wisdom people accumulated during a time when everyone was still connected to the forces and magic of nature. Iโ€™m very curious by nature.
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โœˆ๏ธ Thatโ€™s why I travelled the world and spent a significant amount of time in India, Thailand, Mexico, and studying Native American medicine practice.
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The big conclusion I draw from all my journeys and the many years studying and integrating practices from all around the world is that while those practices are still relevant and valid today, ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฐ๐˜‚๐—น๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฒ๐˜…๐˜ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ป ๐˜„๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ต ๐˜„๐—ฒ ๐—ฑ๐—ผ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ด๐—ฒ๐—ฑ. We live very different lives than our ancestors did, let alone the ancestors of other tribes and cultures. I also feel that while all traditions offer a clear-cut wisdom path for restoring physical health and cultivating spirit, the fact that the path is clear and cut-out is also a limitation: it excludes other practices that may be more suited for a particular person and it does not stimulate students to get to the root of their own wisdom and what feels right to them.
As soon as we write something down as a technique or path, we lose spontaneity, and in some way lose its essence. The fact that we have clear-cut asana posturesโˆ’how to enter them, perform them, and find correct alignment in the postureโˆ’does not encourage students to explore all the different movement options and patterns that are available when entering and โ€˜holdingโ€™ that pose. ๐—˜๐˜…๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐—บ๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐˜„๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐˜€ ๐˜€๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐—ฟ ๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐—ฑ๐˜† ๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜€๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฝ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด, ๐—ฝ๐˜‚๐—น๐—น๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด, ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐˜„๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐—ผ ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—น๐˜† ๐—น๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜€๐—ณ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐—ด๐—ฎ ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ. ๐—œ๐˜โ€™๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—น๐˜€๐—ผ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฒ-๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐—บ๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐—ฑ๐˜†-๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜€๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜.
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When we allow the body to move in more natural and intuitive ways, we are tapping into our Body Wisdom. This is what allows us to release tension from the inside out and process our feelings. ๐—œ๐˜โ€™๐˜€ ๐—ฎ ๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐—ฑ๐˜†-๐—ด๐˜‚๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ฎ๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ต ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—ฎ ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฑ-๐—ด๐˜‚๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ฎ๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ต. Itโ€™s an approach that encourages inner guidance and exploration rather than external form.
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๐—ง๐—ฎ๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜๐—ผ ๐—•๐—ผ๐—ฑ๐˜†-๐—ช๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐—บ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ฏ๐—น๐˜† ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ด๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด. When we are deeply attentive to the messages and movements of the body, the mind becomes calm, the nervous system unwinds, and we become embodied. This is healing balm for those who have experienced trauma, are stressed, anxious, depressed, or burned out.
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The truth is that most people today come to yoga exactly for that: to release stress, calm their minds, and increase their emotional well-being. Because when we restore inner well-being, we allow spirit to live through us.
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We are in such a privileged position today that we have access to so many movement modalities and trainings. For me, working with the body and mind is a lifelong learning journey and I love how there is always more to learn.
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In dance circles, they talk about โ€˜movement researchโ€™. ๐—”๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—บ๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐—ฐ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ถ๐˜๐˜† ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฐ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐˜๐˜† ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฒ๐˜…๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐—ฑ๐˜† ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ฎ ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜๐˜‚๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐˜†. This is what unites the body and mind and helps students find a deep source of inner connectedness and well-being.
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It makes the practice of yoga more:
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โœ“ Intuitive
โœ“ Feminine
โœ“ Safe
โœ“ Gentle
โœ“ Therapeutic
โœ“ Heart-Centered
โœ“ Nurturing
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And practicing movement this way teaches you to:
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โœ“ Trust your intuition
โœ“ Feel and respect your body
โœ“ Take care of your needs and boundaries
โœ“ That it’s ok to let go and release
โœ“ The strength of softness
โœ“ Enjoy pleasure
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Deniz

Deniz Aydoslu, MA, is an advanced certified yoga and meditation teacher and expert in the therapeutic application of yoga and somatics for mental health. She helps women heal emotionally and restore their connection to Spirit by integrating the body, heart, inner child, and soul into a meaningful whole. She offers deeply transformative work as well as simple tools to improve well-being, creativity, and productivity through fun, easy, and nourishing self-care tools.

As an experienced yoga and meditation teacher, somatic educator, and shamanic psychotherapy practitioner, she infuses her work with the healing power of love and the value of nature as medicine.