• Matthew Remski: Yoga, Writing & Inquiry

heart-centred skepticism

Yoga, Writing & Inquiry

We’ve all heard the cliché: “yoga means union”.
It can ring hollow when we learn that spirituality, like the unconscious, can be a broken space:

We can think we’re practicing to heal our wounds, even as we deepen them.

We can love teachers and methods that might be toxic to us.

We can easily confuse the sensations of transcendence and trauma.

We can feel like we’re loving people and saving the world while we’re really retrenching privileges of race, gender, and class, as well as ignoring the destruction that surrounds us.

The “union” I focus on in my practice, writing and training uses heart-centred skepticism to see these splits more clearly, so that they can be mended, with whatever it takes.

The “whatever it takes” part often means seeking both beyond my own limited resources and the conventional/patriarchal yoga literature to the writers and activists of marginalized groups, who are doing the most profound spiritual work today. I hope to support them and continue learning from them in my work.

WAWADIA – What Are We Actually Doing in Asana?

What Are We Actually Doing in Asana? is a sweeping inquiry into the sensations, meanings, and purposes of yoga practice today, from the ascetic to the aesthetic to the therapeutic, and from the personal, to the social, to the political. It will mine testimony of desire, pain, injury and healing to discover how modern practitioners work to experience and embody their developmental ideals.

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A Year of Ayurveda with Matthew Remski

Ayurveda offers an ancient language to help you become a poet of your internal experience. Its holistic practices of mindful, sensual awareness offer resilience against the inevitable changes of season, place, work, and identity. In this online education program, you’ll receive lifetime access to over 23 hrs of video instruction, downloadable pdfs and illustrations, 6 CEU’s recognized by the North American Yoga Alliance, and more.

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