Journey in the Mountains with Rebecca WIldbear, (FULL)
Listening to nature inspired the creation of Wild Yoga, a form which invites the union of breath and body while dancing with the rhythms of Earth. Wild Yoga awakens the innocent dignity of our animal being, our wild magical indigenous self and opens our sensory, imaginary, physical and emotional body to a deeper listening.
Wild Yoga is a vinyasa style yoga practice that is a living art, incorporating poetry, story, and music. Wild Yoga fosters conversation and connection with nature. During Wild Yoga Journeys, Retreats, and Trainings, additional Soulcraft practices are also offered as well as Deep Imagination Meditation.
Listening to nature invites our full presence and inspires our deepest creativity. The Earth is always speaking, and when we shift our consciousness to listen, something new emerges.
Although modern human minds are challenged by our culture’s hurried and impetuous agendas, all humans originate from indigenous peoples, whom live close to the land and are great listeners to nature. It may feel foolish to speak with a tree, rock, elk, or the wind, but the same capacity for these conversations that has always existed between Earth and humans is still here. The conversation can be auditory, visual, kinesthetic, or a mix of sensory modalities, including our deep imagination.
Trust your imagination is real. —Albert Einstein
Watch a child in nature. We too were once enchanted by butterflies and twilight, and we must rediscover our innocence and wonder so we can open our consciousness fully to the mysteries that await. In conversation with Earth and Mystery, clues appear about our particular gifts and mytho-poetic destinies, the larger story and purpose of our lives.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting --
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things. —Mary Oliver, Wild Geese (continued)
Is the natural world longing for our attention? Thomas Berry says our survival as a species depends on our ability to get out of “our autistic confinement”. We must spend time in wild places, in our bodies listening.
Rebecca created Wild Yoga over a decade of teaching yoga in a variety of natural settings, including the rain forests and tide pools of Costa Rica, the mountains and rivers of Colorado, and the ancient red rock canyons of Utah. Each wild place, like a being itself, influences our yoga in it’s own particular way; Wild Yoga invites the wild to move with us.