Finding Your Authentic Voice: A writing and yoga workshop

This class is taught by:

Megan Pintus

Megan Pintus has spent the last 8 years living in various places, but has found her home in Abingdon, VA — in a large part thanks to Whitetop Yoga. She began her yoga journey in college when she practiced Bikram yoga in Washington. However, her hunger for deeper spiritual knowledge led her to explore various types of yoga and philosophy with little satisfaction. Megan, a naturally curious, competitive, and impatient person, had her first taste of peace at Whitetop yoga 2 1/2 years ago and has since been studying the physical and spiritual aspects of yoga with the WTY community. Megan found that yoga has been a safe place to ask big questions, explore the ability of her body, and continue her journey of falling in love with the world, her community, and herself.

Megan recently completed her RYT 200 hour with Katie Silcox and Julie Rutherford in Tantric Yoga — Tantra meaning ‘a method of expansion’, moving from your limitations to your full potential. Tantra believes in growth from all experiences and that demonizing any part of life is to reject the divine. This lineage utilizes asana, pranayama, and visualization in guided meditation to connect to the divine through the 5 senses. Tantric yoga focuses on harnessing Shakti, the force of creativity and change, in order to move through the world with more confidence and contentment, transforming day-to-day experiences into a cause for blissful celebration.

As we know, yoga, dear friends, journaling, talking, getting real, going into our own darkness, all help us re-acquaint ourselves with that true voice within — the conscience, the intuition, the voice that talks to us when we are walking down the street, hair looking great, outfit on point, thinking “this would be a cool scene in a movie, my just strutting confidently down the street like this".
We experience great joy, great comfort (and sometimes, yes, even great sadness) when we find this authentic voice, because it is our real, true identity, because that is who we really are, not just who we want to or aspire to be. The problem, of course, is that that authentic voice resides at one's very core, at the "center of our existence."
It can get buried beneath the belief systems that we adopt, the stories we create or are fed about ourselves or our families, the experiences we faced as children, the love we have experienced and sometimes lost, the pain we have suffered, the joy we have managed to reach for and draw to our chests, our fears, our failures, our mistakes, our triumphs, our visions, our dreams . . . . Just. Really. Buried.
Writing an yoga are ways we can dig our authenticity out of the mire - rediscovering that which was lost - our true voice. 
In this two hour workshop, Lauren and Megan will lead you through a series of writing and yoga practices in support of you becoming familiar again with your voice. 
*Special guest Lauren Goodstein (a hip-hop loving, joyful life embracing, knowledge seeking, NY native) will lead be visiting from NYC to share her passion (nay - necessity) for being fearlessly authentic in life. 

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