Well, it looks like we might start crawling out from under our rocks. Are you ready?
As a card-carrying introvert, there has been much that I’ve gained from this time in isolation. I’ve managed to take a few online courses, and I actually read two novels for the first time in years. I’m also finishing up edits on my third book, which will be released in 2022. It’s about healing trauma and stress. I guess I hit the zeitgeist with that one!
But leaving my house….well….I haven’t done too much of that. I’m either in my house in my tiny bubble, or out in the woods, with my tiny bubble…. I can’t remember the last time I had a date with a friend, or went out to dinner, or a movie. The things that used to drop into my weeks with some frequency.
So…..am I ready to leave the bubble?
I know, and you know, and we all know…. we are still in an unknown pattern here. Things have shifted, and we simply do not have all the information to understand what we’ve shifted into yet. The external world is in a confusing place. And our internal systems are all running a bit haywire.
I think we are just starting to digest the experiences of the past year. And where do all those experiences live? Where is all the energy of our fears, uncertainties, anger, disillusionment? Where is the energy that we used to use driving all over and meeting a million people and doing a zillion things? Is there a place inside of you that is holding the incredible stories from this past year, both the beautiful and resilient, and the challenging and difficult?
The answer is: Yes!
The hard drive of your energy systems is called the chakras. If you’ve studied yoga, you’ve heard about chakras before. But I promise you, I’m not going to teach you about spinning lotuses, and thousand-petaled flowers that might be stuck. I’m not going to give you the standard red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet shtick about what your chakras look like.
Because none of that is true! Your throat chakra isn’t blue. Your root chakra isn’t a four-petaled flower that is closed because of a rough childhood.
Your chakras are intricate, powerful, dynamic, moving, circulating, communicating vortices of energy. They hold your story, your past, your joys, and your hardships. And they bring that information into every other energy system in the body (there are nine of them)!
They are also easy to work with, redemptive, and forgiving.
Do you want to learn the truth about your chakras? Do you want to learn how to release the ‘charge’ from your past that is making you unhappy? Do you want to lay down a pathway into the future for your energetic fields to support the manifestation of your desires?
Well, it might be time to leave our bubbles…
It just may be time to put on some protective essential oils, and get on a plane or a train, or an automobile, with your face mask firmly attached, and meet me in Helena, Montana this August.
We will be in the most magical, little teacup valley in a retreat center all our own. The incredible staff, who really are an actual family, has taken every precaution to ensure our safety. They’ve built out spaces so we can have real Big Sky Country elbow room; they’ve changed how they serve food – but kept the food so incredible that you’ll be dreaming about the chocolate cake they serve long after you’re home; and they’ve instituted safety protocols that each one of us must adhere to, so that everyone can feel safe and supported.
With that as the groundwork, I will guide you through a week of experiences that will awaken your deepest sense of yourself and your full potential. Along with my assistants, Blaine and Jacqueline, we will help nurture you forward into finding joy again, finding freedom, and releasing the gunk in the machine of you that has been gunking you up for this past year, and for however many years before this one….that is ready to be released. We might even all rejoice with a cleansing, inspiring midnight swim in the lake!
So come join us! Spaces are limited to keep us safe, and many people from last year’s cancelled event have already committed to coming this summer.
I know I’ve personally been waiting for what it is that is going to pull me out of my cocoon…. I think I’ve found it! Will you join me….?
Lauren will be leading a retreat—Energy Medicine Yoga: The Hidden Power of the Chakras—at Feathered Pipe Ranch from August 28 – September 4, 2021. Don’t forget about the Feathered Pipe “Bring a Friend” Discount – Invite a friend new to the Ranch and you both save $100!
About Lauren Walker:
Lauren Walker is the author of Energy Medicine Yoga: Amplify the Healing Power of Your Yoga Practice (Sounds True, 2014) and The Energy Medicine Yoga Prescription (Sounds True, 2017). Both book won the Nautilus Silver award for best Mind/Body book. She’s been teaching yoga and meditation since 1997 and created Energy Medicine Yoga while teaching at Norwich University. She teaches EMYoga across the US and internationally and has been featured in Yoga Journal, Mantra +, Yoga Digest, and The New York Times. She was named one of the top 100 most influential yoga teachers in America.
Learn more about Lauren at: energymedicineyoga.net