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Friday, March 15 • 4:30pm - 6:30pm
From Interoception to Performance and Back Again: The Trauma-Sensitive Turn

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Only a hundred years ago, traditional yoga instruction was transmitted orally, usually to one student at a time. The focus was on the psycho-spiritual realm, accessed through interoception: our natural talent for registering internal sensations. The instructor's role was to guide the student towards an awareness of feelings and perceptions, and how they can be channeled or shifted by posture and breathing. The early 20th century saw a colonial and technological shift to visual media as a primary pedagogical tool, and this changed everything. Demonstration and performance quickly began to dominate the teaching of physical yoga -- and the bodies doing it. Photography became a means of isolating, cataloguing and commodifying postures for mass consumption. Every citizen of Instagram knows all about how this can feel, whether good or bad. Or -- how it doesn't feel like anything, because visual epistemology overrides interoception. However: old ways are coming back through new (but also old) ideas. "How do these postures feel?" -- is once again becoming the dominant question, along with: "Is this functional, or is it aesthetic?" and: "Can I do yoga as though no one is watching?" The trauma-sensitive movement caps it all off by asking us all to consider yoga as a means for healing and restoring internal agency. Things these days seem to be looking up -- or in.

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Matthew Remski

Matthew Remski is a yoga teacher, consultant. He writes about cult dynamics and adverse experiences in yoga culture at www.matthewremski.com. He offers modules in philosophy, history, culture and ethics at YTT programmes around the world. At SYF 2019 he's pleased to be launching his... Read More →

Friday March 15, 2019 4:30pm - 6:30pm MST
Classroom A107
  Satsang / Conversation, Other (Yoga History and Culture)

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