Tools & Talismans #95 — Anna Guest Jelley

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I'm not able to show up in the world how I want to, personally or professionally, if I'm disconnected from my most important source of wisdom, my own body. My yoga practice, and these tools here that make it work for me in different ways, are what sensitize me to both my inner and outer worlds. They help me listen within, develop a deeper relationship with myself, and discern patterns about my own reactions, as well as what works for me and what doesn't. I think of them as the tools beneath the tools, in the sense that though I use my keyboard to do much of my work, without my yoga tools and practice, nothing of meaning could happen at the keyboard. In that regard, my yoga tools rise to the level of talisman because after working with them for many years, they have a potency all their own. Just stepping onto my mat now is enough to evoke a deep breath and a shift from doing to being, where I can recharge and reconnect.

Anna Guest-Jelley is a yoga teacher and writer.


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