In Yoga Journal's upcoming online course, Yoga for Inner Peace, Colleen Saidman Yee—acclaimed yoga teacher, former fashion model, and the wife of yogi Rodney Yee—offers 3 yogic practices a week for 12 weeks to transform your body, mind, and heart and support YOU in your personal journey toward inner peace.
"My favorite mantra is 'I am enough,'" says Saidman Yee, who recounts her own sometimes rocky road to inner peace in her memoir Yoga for Life: A Journey to Inner Peace and Freedom (Atria Books, June 2, 2015). "When we don’t feel like we are enough, there is a sense of desperation, which is the opposite of inner peace," she explains. "A clamoring to do something better, a sense of comparison and competition, a mentality of 'I’ll be enough when …' and that is anything but peace."
So how can yoga—and this new course—help you achieve inner peace, and get rid of that nagging feeling that you are not enough? "Yoga helps you to develop an intimacy with your body and your thoughts, with what pulls you out of a sense of peace and contentment," she says. "The body is a road map for everything that happens to us. Yoga reveals that road map so that you become aware of where different emotions, thoughts, traumas, and triggers are in the body, and then you sit with them and then it’s like, 'OK, I’m really angry, I'm not gonna pretend I'm not.' When conflict bubbles up internally, you can sit with it and feel the pain, feel the tears, without judgment, rather than running away and covering it up. There's an acceptance and a dissipation. Attention is love. There's a settling, a calmness."
In her memoir, Saidman Yee recalls how yoga took her on a path from addiction, trauma, and divorce, to truth, love, and peace. "Most yogis would agree that from time to time, you do touch a place that is complete space and light and joy," she tells Yoga Journal. "Once you've had that experience it's a tether, even during times when you're pulled away from that place. Rather than that voice saying you’re not enough, it’s more like: 'I’m still here.' In the following sequence for enoughness, Yee offers 7 poses to calm your mind, open your heart, and help you achieve inner peace.
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