Yoga Heals LGBTQ Community
started a series of classes dedicated to bringing LGBTQ community together through the practice of yoga, conversation, and safe place to connect.
Words From Maygen:
My journey to finding this practice was a long one, and far from easy. Having struggled with major anxiety and at times chronic depression for most of my years, 2010 was a beautiful year that first introduced me to yoga. By 2014 I was so immersed in it, that any signs of depression vanished and the anxiety much more manageable. I could breathe deeply for the first time and my world became so much more colorful. More importantly, I felt at home with myself.
My path as a teacher began to unveil itself rapidly. I obtained my 200-hour certification in the summer of 2014 and immediately started teaching a few classes a week. Having had a 25-year background in dance and a 10-year background in teaching dance, holding space for others as a yoga teacher felt like an effortless transition. I listened to the calling of making room in my life to be able to share this practice full time in 2016 and haven’t looked back since. As I explored and continued to develop my skills as a teacher, I also spent most of 2017 studying under the most incredible souls to obtain my 300-hour certification. I thank Carrie Owerko, Annie Carpenter, Mark Whitwell, Schuyler Grant, Clio Mannuelian, Joan Hyman, Noah Maze, Matt Phippen, and many others for being (and for continuing to be) intricate parts in my lifelong growth as a teacher. This is a responsibility that I don’t take lightly.
As a teacher, it is my mission to forever be a student of the practice. My personal practice and study is a huge part of my life. My Native Soul can only feel in authentic alignment to share this practice with you when I make being a student my top priority. My broadened mission expands into social justice as well. As a gay woman growing up in Oklahoma, I know all too well the heartache of not belonging or feeling accepted. It is incredibly important to me to educate myself and to do the work of making Native Soul Yoga feel welcome to all: regardless of race, gender, economic status, or sexual orientation.
What inspires you? The motivation behind everything I do and create is to build community through mindfulness practices infused with social justice. I consistently educate myself and act upon how to make spaces feel welcome and accessible to all.
Why did you start LGBTQ+ Yoga Classes?
I started classes for the LGBTQ+ community because I felt there was a huge lack in mindful spaces for our family. I figured if this was something I was seeking, that there must be plenty of others that were as well. So I decided to create the space I desired.
How has Yoga shaped your life?
Yoga has been and continues to be a place that brings me back home to my Truth time and time again. It is my safe haven that accepts all parts of me, that meets me exactly where I am at any given moment. It's a practice that is with me always, not something I just do. It is a way of life for me.
Do you have a wellness regimen? Something you do daily?
My wellness regimen is more of a step by step, choice by choice practice that isn't just something I do once a day. I do my best to honor and act upon what I need throughout each and every day, which looks different all the time.
One book that changed your life?
Conversations with God by Neale Donald Walsch was the first book I read that introduced me to spirituality and showed me a different way of believing than the religion I had been raised around. It made so much sense to me and was the catalyst to my spiritual journey.
Current favorite quote?
My current and probably forever quote is from the late choreographer, Martha Graham: “There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. No artist is pleased. There is no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others."
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