There are times uniquely suited
to taking your yoga practice
into the wilds of your inner being.
To simplify your Sangha to sensations,
breath, wisdom writings, and to your
own thoughts, feelings, reactions.
And meet them, as best we can.
This is a practice.
And for a time, attend your
personal relationship with yoga
from a Sangha Of One.
Ph.D. (abd), eRYT500, C-IAYT, LPCC-S, LICDC-CS, TCTSY-F
Developer, Sangha of One Resource
As a yoga student and teacher since 1989, I am curious about what yoga will be in the 21st century. I have trained, owned studio spaces, taught teacher trainings, travel-taught, and studied with teachers from many movement and therapeutic modalities over the years.
Sangha of One is an experiment, really.
I am curious about the development of a relationship with a living, intra-dimensional yoga path. Growing my own intrapersonal relationship with yoga, going past 20th century-yoga speak. Exploring the possibilities within the wilderness of yoga beyond what I think I know about it, or have been told about it from someone else. I invite discussion with fellow practitioners on the Yatra! I hope this experiment is of some use to all beings everywhere.
Why Sangha of One Use Primarily Audio Teaching: An Explanation of the Experiment
Audio of Becky Talking About Senses, Empathy, Introception, and Research of Visual Dominance Capturing:
The Transcript: Why Audio? A Quest for Autonomous The Visual Mind in Yoga Guidance
Hello. This is Becky Morrissey, developer of Sangha Of One. In this audio, I will be explaining why Sangha Of One is primarily using audio to guide, to teach, to offer yoga practices rather than video in this age of blossoming and burgeoning video technology.
I've been doing much research lately on empathy, as some of you know. I'm finishing a dissertation studying empathy, and the use of empathy in counseling. I've come across so many amazing, absolutely amazing pieces of research; finished research, and research in progress. Research being completed by people who are wondering about how this part of the digital age (let alone the effect of the pandemic; that's adding a whole another layer of dynamics), how this digital age is interacting with our senses.
What is coming from this research, and the research is mainly on apps which is interesting to me.... what is coming from this research is that the senses are incredibly dimensional, and they're also incredibly valuable. They are a commodity to some designers of apps. If an application can capture your senses it has you; not necessarily in a nefarious way but your attention is incredibly valuable and important. And how your attention is being accessed by an outside source depends on or brings about the success of particular apps or platforms, or other ways of communicating with you.
The Sangha Of One experiment is looking at how to free our senses and keep them free.
The sense that is most accessed (I've seen some estimates of most people being about 90% visual) is vision. In order to build a consciousness of interoception, a felt-sense of body awareness that comes from the bottom up, body awareness which comes directly from the body and is not cortical (meaning that it's not something that is mainly built by the mind and the body follows); a knowing of interoception comes from language, from a process called Ideokinesis. Language is "heard" (in the many ways people "hear" language) processed, interpreted, and converted to nervous system expression.
Body Awareness is a nervous system event that includes all the senses. It might actually reconstitute vision into a prism that allows all the senses to be in balance.
I have posted some references on not only the nonduality page that will be our platform for studies in November into December, and into 2021.....but I've also talked about this a little bit on the bio page.
How can our technology be constructed to allow your senses to be at their most free, their most respected, and most autonomous?
So I'm experimenting with audio, with audio teach-sharing.
A suggestion, that if you would like to have a visual to accompany your meditations, you could choose either a video or moving picture of nature; like maybe water flowing, or a gentle wind blowing through trees. You could choose a photo, a still photo. You could have some kind of item to hold in your hands. Something that isn't completely engaging your intellect via your visual faculties and experiment with a little bit with how you can use technology beyond the visual free your visual senses to be in balance with touch, with auditory and so on.
I am very excited to receive any feedback you might have; I have found that this is fascinating and something that I've been working with and thinking about for quite a while. If it's new to you, I would love to know how this landed with you via feedback (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) hopefully we can all get together soon as things begin to culminate into a new year, and a new time.
Becky Morrissey, eRYT500, C-IAYT, TCTSY-F, LPCC-S, LICDC-CS, Ph.D (abd)
Developer, Sangha Of One
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