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Harmony Healing hosts workshop

By Staff | Mar 9, 2015

Holly Williford, a writer and yoga teacher in Berkeley and Jefferson counties, will host a donation-based workshop-A Journey Inward: Yoga and Journaling – Friday, March 20 from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Harmony Healing Arts Center, 211 E. New Street, Shepherdstown.

Yoga and journaling are both ways to travel inward to explore the most important thing you’ll ever discover: who you really are. Yoga in itself is by definition the uniting of the inner self with outward actions, but first you need to find out who you truly are to do so. This workshop will be divided into three parts: a guided meditation, gentle movements (asana) and guided writing.

The opening meditation will help us get into the mindset of exploration. It will be followed with yoga movements that encourage us to pull energy and thoughts inward. The movements will be suited for those who have never experienced yoga as well as for advanced practitioners. All levels welcomed.

Following the physical yoga practice, it’ll be time to get writing. There will be thought-provoking questions based on yogic philosophies that guide you through your journey inward, but feel free to journey away from the prompts. As with all writing of this nature, there is no right or wrong answer, even no answer is fine, so do not be intimidated having little to no experience writing.

The session will conclude with a final relaxation to allow the thoughts of experience truly seep into your mind and body. There will be an option to share what you wrote and/or experienced during the workshop. Hopefully, what you experienced will be something that you’ll carry outside of the yoga studio and into your personal life.

Please wear comfortable clothing that allows freedom of movement. Bring a pen and paper/notebook. Do not forget to bring an open mind as well! Writing surfaces, chairs, cushions, mats and all other tools will be provided.

Holly Williford, a writer and yoga teacher, approaches yoga in a way that adapts the pose to the student rather than the other way around.