Welcome to Enby Flow!
Welcome to the first Enby Flow blog post!
I’m looking forward to using this format and platform to share my practice! In this post you’ll find a few things:
· a little bit about me and Enby flow
· a smidge about my intentions and plans for this blog
· a short piece in which I answer the question – “What do you like about yoga?”
I hope you get something out of this offering – thanks, in advance, for reading!
Hi! My name is Lizz, and I own and operate Enby Flow. I am a chronically-ill, queer, trans, non-binary person who teaches yoga and is studying to become an Integrated Movement Therapy (IMT) practitioner. I share these details about myself because my identities shape my perspectives and my approach. If you share any of my identities, then - welcome! This blog, this website, these classes and services – they’re for you! I’m so glad you’re here! If you don’t, then – welcome! I hope you get something out of what’s offered, and I ask that you honor this space while you’re here.
My priority is to support my community. From the spaces I choose to work in, to how I design a class sequence, my goal is to minimize financial, physical, and social barriers that prevent people from accessing movement practices. I offer support to my community by providing opportunities for you to be seen and experience embodiment in a safe, caring, and welcoming community space. It is my most important work, and I’m so grateful to be doing it. (You can read more about my story here.)
What is this blog even about?
In this space, I hope to allow more access to my yoga and movement practices. I’ll be doing that by sharing selected class topics I have used, and often return to, in my weekly class. At the beginning of every class, I offer a topic for the day. These topics range from general ideas applied to the physical yoga practice, to specific intentions. This aspect of my class is important to me because yoga is not physical fitness. Yoga is a lot of things, to be sure. I aim to honor these layers of truth by reminding you that yoga is a LIFE practice. The tools of yoga are meant to be applied to your life, not just contained to an hour of movement. I am a student of yoga, so the perspectives I offer here are reflections on my own journey, and not hard truths. My ultimate hope is that you find something, maybe just one phrase, to be relatable and useful to you.
What do you like about yoga?
A couple of months ago, a person new to my class walked in, introduced themselves, rolled out their mat and asked, “So, what do you like about yoga?” In that question I hear - why do you keep practicing yoga? I think of myself six years ago, when I went to my first yoga class. Why did six-years-ago me keep going? This question is an important one because new hobbies can require a lot of effort. There’s time, money, and energy required to show up and learn something new. So what about my early yoga practice was worth all that time, money, and energy? I kept going because yoga class was where I could be curious about what my body could do. I could engage muscles I hadn’t even known existed. I could explore the range of what my physical body could do. It was in these early yoga classes that I first experienced embodiment. Through regular practice, I was developing more subtle awareness of physical sensations. Simultaneously, I was cultivating language to describe my physical experience, and tools to work with, and be with, my experience of my own body.
I keep practicing yoga because it continues to be a time and space to focus in on my internal experience and fosters my sense of embodiment. With regular practice, I have developed confidence and trust in myself to know the difference between challenging and too much, new and uncomfortable, between familiar and boring. I use my self-confidence and self-trust to let my practice be for me, even when I’m in a class with other people.
So that’s what I like about yoga. I like yoga’s potential to be a curious space for developing internal awareness, embodiment, and self-trust. I invite you to develop your internal awareness. Some time when you have a couple minutes and a little bit of space, listen in to the messages your body is sending you. The message might be simple like – your fingers are cold. It might be more subtle like a tightness in your shoulders. See if you can trust those messages and meet yourself with curiosity and softness.
I hope you enjoyed this first post. See you in class.