How Yoga and Sound Changed Brittany’s Life and Helped Her Step Into Her Power As a Teacher
Can you tell us your personal story and how did you come to yoga and sound as a healing modality?
I began practicing yoga with my dad when I was 12 or 13. We just started doing it casually, it wasn’t like in a big studio somewhere. We’d watch this yoga show on PBS, pretty regularly, a few times a week. I immediately felt like home. And I stepped into it. And it was great. And so, for most of my life I’ve been in and out of yoga. I stopped for a bit and then picked it back up seriously in college, and then stopped for a bit. When I moved to New York, it became just a huge passion. I was not planning on ever wanting to be a yoga teacher, but, you know, seven or eight years later, here I am.
“I watch people come in heavy, and leave so much lighter. One of the things that is so incredible about holding this space is watching the transformation. To watch people come in even a little bit skeptical or afraid, with their darkness just weighing on them. It makes me want to cry a little bit just thinking about how it’s so heavy that it consumes them.”
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Sound is quite similar. I found sound in the therapeutic capacity much later in life but I remember having a bad breakup and my sound teacher, Ella, was playing a sound for me. I ended up sobbing on the floor. I left feeling so ready to move forward. For me. It’s just allowed me to face a lot of my things – in the same way that psychedelics have.
With sound, they won’t get sweaty unless they want to! But they can expect to have an opportunity to do the work. I work a lot with the understanding that facing the darkness is one of the most glorious parts of our human experience. And I think that within the wellness community, we get very caught up in things being light and lovely. We forget the darkness is there. And when someone is so bright, that means that their darkness is just that dark. And so, finding that balance and working through your stuff is how you gain that clarity and inspire others to do the same.
It’s almost like a fractal. If you look inside a fractal, the biggest part of a fractal, the first shape you see is the yoga, the origin of meditation. And then you go deeper, and another fractal is the sound. And then when you go even further still, there’s the psychedelics. You’re just diving deeper and deeper in this endless voyage into the self. These modalities support one another, you need all of them in your life and your human experience in order to get to know yourself deeply.
We were walking back home, and I realized that even within this endlessness, there’s a boundary that is me at the essence. Even though we’re all the same, we’re still having separate experiences and therefore, we are still stuck. But there will be a point in my life where my partner (who is my favorite person) and I will not be together. Either one of us dies, and there will be this moment where we would miss each other desperately, and not be able to get to one another. I don’t know why that was just very profound. It was a reminder that this experience is finite.
And I genuinely don’t know what happens afterwards. And I think that’s okay. I think that as teachers and leaders in the wellness world, we seem so sure that we’re all connected. It’s just going to be this one endless quest, but there is no proof of anything. We just don’t know. And so, it was a reminder to really enjoy and live and express in this human experience and to really give it all I’ve got.
For me personally, I integrate using several modalities. The first is patience. I don’t rush it. I sit with every emotion and sensation that arises. And initially I need quiet and solitude. I am not one to so openly share what I experienced, because language can be very limiting. I journal afterwards and regularly, I walk, I meditate, and I express through movement. And in this unstructured structure, I allow myself time to understand and hopefully expand my capacity for understanding.
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