In communication, stories and symbols have the capacity to reach us in ways that facts and figures do not. So today host Rachel dips her toes into Hindu mythology with returning guest Steph Wall.
In this episode, we talk about the importance of mythology and its links to many of the poses we know and practice. Steph also offers advice on how to introduce symbolic stories into classes where students have varied beliefs and experiences.
Listen in to learn what mythology can teach us and how to incorporate it into your yoga classes.
“When we’re in the realm of myth, we’re in the realm of symbolism and archetypes which resonate with us on a conscious level and an unconscious level.” – Steph Wall
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“There is this inherent openness that listening to a story creates that allows, perhaps, more pure communication.” – Rachel Land
- Steph’s first introduction to mythology [4:01]
- Steph shares one of her favorite Hindu myths [7:05]
- Stories offer us insight into ourselves [14:58]
- The challenge of sharing stories about gods and goddesses [18:45]
- How to start sharing mythology in your teaching [22:02]
- Tips for sharing Hindu mythology with students of varied faiths [26:41]
- Mythology and mystery versus an evidence-based approach [31:02]
- Final takeaways and Steph’s upcoming classes on Yoga Medicine Online [36:08]
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“Be open to the mystery and that mythic realm where we don’t know the answers…I can’t tell you what that story on Hanuman should mean to you or how you should feel. You need to feel into it.” – Steph Wall