Yoga is my favorite way to meditate and exercise. The word yoga means union in every way. Whether that is union between people, or just between an individual’s mind and body, it is an incredible power of connection. Yoga is more than just physical motions. It is symbolic and applicable to all patterns and thoughts that occur in our day to day life.

Courtesy of Kristin Tiritilli

Courtesy of Kristin Tiritilli

I started to love and take the peacebuilding courses in general because I felt that they had a very strong correlation to mindfulness and my yoga practice. Specifically, in IPB425, I have learned so much about the process and patterns that we go through in learning truth and in our connections with other people. It amazes me that we even use almost exactly the same language in yoga as we do in Arbinger. In each yoga posture and transition between postures, we are trying to find space and sensation. We are also looking for these two things all throughout our processes as defined with the Arbinger Institute. As we try to remain connected and to see others humanity, we must have senses and out of the box spaces.

Courtesy of Kristin Tiritilli

Courtesy of Kristin Tiritilli

Another way that Arbinger and yoga have come together for me is that they both create awareness, aliveness and consciousness to the involuntary things that go on inside us. In learning about the involuntary, we can practice being an observer of the things that go on inside of us instead of just allowing them to happen to us. We become agents to move forward with intention and truth. We see more clearly who we are and who others are and what we all have the capacity to do, good and bad. Our lack of awareness slowly shifts into cognition and that in itself frees us.