Shawn Thompson

I first came to Open Hearts Sanctuary because something inside told me to start yoga. I felt like I wasn’t ready, probably intimidated by Vinyasa yoga, so I studied Shamanism intently instead. Summer (Open Hearts’ owner) introduced me to Kundalini yoga, which was the first time I experienced yoga sincerely and with glimpses of the spiritual nature I felt from it. It wasn’t until my co-worker invited me to go to Vinyasa with him after work that I overcame my hang up about my resistances to yoga. I felt weak in my inflexibility, but strong in Tree pose for balance. The next day I went by myself to Vinyasa and got hooked when told “Find your Flow.” At the end of an Open Hearts Breathwork retreat in December, Summer mentioned a 44 day Yoga Sadhana challenge and I felt like she knew before I did that I was going to commit to that even though I hadn’t done much yoga before. I continue my yoga Sadhana everyday still. Most people see yoga as a part of Life, I see Life as a part of Yoga. We rise, we peak, we savasana (corpse pose). Yoga has been good medicine in my Life dealing with major depression, and my Sadhana ensures I’m not the wounded alcoholic I was in the past. I value the healing epiphanies I’ve had through yoga. Like finding the thrill of maintaining Balance in eagle pose. I see ‘reverse Namaste’ in Hatha yoga as “the wounded in me has compassion for the wounded in you.” In my daily Life, in the people I’m around, a little flame in me sees and honors the love and light within them.

Shawn Thompson

200 hour CYT

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