Meet Aleksandra J. Labucka. She is a yoga teacher and a personal trainer at the gym.
Aleksandra finds that yoga and weightlifting are not the opposites, instead they perfectly complement each other. She offers private yoga for weightlifters online so gym people can have the benefits of yoga and stretching wherever they are, all around the world, at the comfort of their homes.
Her website is: www.ajlfitness.com and IG: @aleksandra.j.labucka
“This is Yoga”
Today I participated in a session of deep yin yoga with the set intention of love and gratitude. When we got to the “½ split” on my left leg, we visited gratitude for that leg. I got tears in my eyes when I said, “Thanks, leg. We sure played a lot of hopscotch together!” I immediately flashbacked into a schoolyard in 1976 and a bully. I was immediately aware of long buried pain and shame. I loved myself for being open to this and let the yin do its job.
You see, yoga has been touted forever as a profound therapy. In the book, The Body Keeps the Score, yoga is referred to over and over as a top recommended therapy, in fact, for PTSD and APTSD (Acquired PTSD). This book has been on the top of the non-fiction/self-help charts for years now. My experience on the mat today is exactly the point of yoga as therapy. Latent traumas are uncovered in this body-mind union to be exposed and healed in an organic, safe environment.
I will add that, in the forward bend ½ split, I noticed the bunching of my baggy, yoga pants. The creases were also folding in what appeared to be faces, totems if you will. I realized in that moment that I am also addressing the buried trauma of my ancestors each time I hit that mat. It’s not just for me in the mindful moment, I also practice for my ancestors who could not as well as in prevention of future pain for my descendants. This mind-body union… healing and hope… This is yoga.