Esoteric Yoga: The Joy of True Freedom

by Helen Simkins, Alstonville, Australia

My relationship with Esoteric Yoga is always developing. I have attended many group sessions and practised at home by myself since 2008 and each time the experience is unique and revealing.  Each session rewards me with a deeper appreciation for my own body and what it can teach me, and an increasing sense of what the joy of true freedom feels like.

This modality has supported me enormously in reducing stress, anxiety levels, nervous energy and the relentless drive of my mind. It has given me real relaxation, increased presence and a much greater sense of freedom in my body.  It supports me to deal with the intensity of whatever may come up in the day without losing my connection within.

Sometimes, during the sessions, it seemed unbearably uncomfortable to be still in my body and have to feel the physical results of what has driven my mind, and sometimes a desperate need to “check-out” resulted in a snoring session on the mat!  At other times there was excruciating pain in various parts of my body as they became less numb, or as I began to connect to them – never had simply sitting still (or even lying down) with my body seemed so agonisingly difficult!

There are also times (more frequently now) when I experience the ‘exquisite, nurturing stillness – described beautifully in another blog – throughout my being and body, confirming for me my level of connection with who I truly am and showing me that there is no limit to how deep and vast this stillness can be.  This experience of real stillness is absolute freedom to go as deep as I am willing, and complete support for where I am at: it is hard to describe adequately in words…

Esoteric Yoga inevitably delivers to me the truth of how I have been living and presents an opportunity for me to become more aware of how much my body can tell me if I take the time to be with it.  It gives me the space to release energy and emotions that have been locked deep into my body and supports me to continually connect more deeply to the truth of who I am.

Esoteric Yoga is about developing quality – my quality – of union with me, which is then reflected in everything that I do.  It is so, so simple and yet SO powerful.  There is absolutely no need to be a contortionist or super flexible (phew), and certainly no straining to achieve anything. The only requirement is my own commitment to being prepared to be present and experience whatever is revealed through my body without pre-conceived expectation or judgement.

Esoteric Yoga is a truly amazing modality.

Part 1: Esoteric Yoga: Union & Listening to My Body

193 thoughts on “Esoteric Yoga: The Joy of True Freedom

  1. I know this is going to sound so horrible and silly but when I read this blog I felt jealous. Jealous that you have been able to commit and make time to actually do Esoteric Yoga and have allowed yourself every experience along the way without bunking out. I remember a time in my life, about 6 years ago when I was 3 children lighter than now and didn’t have 2 business, I was committing to yoga and experienced some of the same things. These days it feels like I am too busy to fit it into my own life, anyway, jealousy is poison but so is dishonesty, so now I have been honest about my jealously, ironically, I have let it go! Haha, and I feel inspired to roll out the yoga mat again! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Love your honesty Sarah – very refreshing to read. Perhaps with this nomination space has made its way to your day and Esoteric Yoga is an option…? You know, even just committing to a few minutes as you wake up and go to sleep can make a huge difference… in fact, I’ve just inspired myself to do that!

      1. Totally Rachael,
        It reminds me how sometimes I don’t want to go out to something and I tell my husband; “I’m sorry but you will have attend that dinner alone.” As soon as I have expressed that I don’t want to go, I feel fine and want to go. There is a huge amount to be said for expression. No pun intended haha 😂

  2. Thanks Helen, all of your positive feedback with regards to Esoteric Yoga is the same for me. It’s has had a profound effect in every area of my life, and supported me to return to a natural state of stillness and steadiness, hugely reducing the anxiousness, nervous tension and stress I was living in. It’s also changed my relationship to myself, I’ve become so much more understanding, gentle, accepting and caring of myself – that in itself is gold because low self worth is crippling, as is self neglect and being harsh with myself that comes with it. My quality of life, health and wellbeing has profoundly changed thanks to this simple and very powerful modality.

  3. I just love how powerful Esoteric Yoga can be if I am open and willing to feel what the body presents me with at times. I can feel a restlessness in my body at times, my mind tries to take me away, at times, as was recently I slept through the Yoga to awaken to the most warmly exquisite feeling in my body where every cell felt alive and at other times a deep sense of stillness and surrender.

  4. What you have share here Helen describes so beautiful the relationship I also have with Esoteric Yoga. Never before had I experienced such a deep sense of knowing who I am, what I feel like through my connection to my body and being, and how I can live in connection to this quality throughout my day. I discovered that it is through our bodies that the truth of who we are is revealed, a stillness that is ever-present, where we are offered the choice to surrender to being more of who we are, bringing awareness to the choices that hold us back from our true way of being.

  5. A great definition of Esoteric Yoga and Yes, I would like to feel someone, or as many, put words into describing Esoteric Yoga. I love the stillness too and like your go at presenting it Helen “This experience of real stillness is absolute freedom to go as deep as I am willing, and complete support for where I am at.” Totally confirming – something we all need a daily treat of in the body.

  6. SO true Helen – this modality is super simple but so powerful in the way that it offers a pathway to connect back to the body. To me, the agony and discomfort of simply sitting in a chair being aware of a particular part of my body is very telling of this power.

  7. ‘Esoteric Yoga is about developing quality – my quality – of union with me, which is then reflected in everything that I do.’ A true union with our inner self.

  8. Esoteric Yoga is so far from the rigorous Yoga that I used to practice daily, but I never, ever experienced any depth of stillness or quality like I do with the Esoteric Yoga, and the amazing part is (as you so beautifully share Helen) that there is no limit to how much we can experience this exquisite stillness.

  9. This is well written and leads me to look and see what other quality of Yoga presents this to you in this way? I see Yoga all about certain stretches that give you a certain feeling but not one like this which is just about supporting you to feel you. There is a huge but some may say subtle difference here, for me it’s huge as it allows everyone to be equal and the dedication is about feeling and awareness no matter what they may look like, where you are at and how long it takes to come about. It’s not a fixed focus on having you do something, to get somewhere or to achieve a certain grade. Simply about feeling what is already there and allowing more and more of the same.

  10. “This experience of real stillness is absolute freedom to go as deep as I am willing,” When we feel the inner stillness with Esoteric Yoga we know that this stillness knows no bounds.

  11. One of the things I struggled with the most in my first few esoteric yoga sessions was the idea that it wasn’t going to give me anything, or relieve me of anything. I noticed that I slept through quite a number of them. What I love most now is that it reflect back to me exactly how I’ve been living – how exhausted or checked out I’ve been, how aware I’ve been of my body, how anxious, etc. Stopping and feeling is a moment that puts the brakes on, makes me feel how I’ve been living, and re-connect to something much greater than the surface level emotions or day to day distractions. It is an awesome modality in its simplicity.

  12. Esoteric yoga is very good as a practise to keep our mind with our body – a very real example is laying down, something we every day do before we go to sleep is lay ourselves down. How often have we layed ourselves down not even realizing laying down or having a million of thoughts about something else whilst being in the action of it.. And so it is by establishing a connection in the yoga that you than take along in the movements that you are doing. Hence yoga should be our living, our true form of living… Not only a thing or hour to do. Beautiful sweet short but valuable blog.

  13. When I first experienced Esoteric Yoga, I was really fidgety and couldn’t understand the purpose of it. I had no desire to do it again for at least another couple of years and then I had the pull to participate again in another program and I felt the difference. My body had been so racy and in the doing, it had been conditioned to be in constant stimulation and if anything continually functioning on nervous energy. The difference between the two was striking. It wasn’t the yoga sessions or the presenters, it was ME – who was I, back then compared to now? Where was my body compared to now?

    I have more connection to my body than ever, I know I can connect deeper and I look forward to a more loving relationship with my body and “experience the exquisite nurturing stillness.”

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