yoga in the dark




Given that the Northern Hemisphere is currently in its darkest time of year, it seemed fitting that at last week's Underground Yoga class in Vancouver, ambassadors Suzanne and Frankie lead over 200 of us through a practice that honoured the darkness within us.

why we should honour the dark

We talk a lot in yoga about light: honouring the light within us, placing our fingers and feet lightly on our mats, celebrating and seeking light in others - but we don't often talk about darkness.


Parsva Bakasana is so easy in the dark!

We met at the Sun Tower (like that one, Alanis Morrisette?), exchanged our belongings for a pair of wooly socks, and were lead downstairs to a candlelit room.


I got into my first ever scorpion pose... or did I?

what yoga in the dark sounds like

Unlit candles in jars being knocked over. Bodies gently crashing onto mats. Scattered and sincere apologies as rogue feet and arms accidentally meet mat neighbours. The constant and rhythmic wave of inhales and exhales uniting each body in the room.


Have you ever seen 200 people do handstand away from the wall together? Me neither.

embrace the darkness

The dark is a space where anything is possible.
In the dark, you are perfect.
In the dark, you nail every pose.
In the dark you can cheat in navasana or do savasana for the entire class.
In the dark there is no comparing, no judgement, no limits to what is possible.

experience it yourself

You don't need to wait for an organized Yoga in the Dark event. The next time you practice, close your eyes. This is how yoga is meant to be experienced: in your own body, where the only thing that exists around you is space.

As we move away from the darkest day of the year, take some time to explore who you are being in the dark so that you can fully appreciate all the light that 2013 will bring.

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This post really spoke to me. In my practice I always find myself second guessing the way my poses look to those beside me instead of working on my inner journey. This was so inspiring.

Comment by Angela — December 20, 2012 @ 6:25 pm


Interesting concept for a yoga class. Exploring you are are in the dark is an intriguing concept.

I would also say that

The LIGHT is a space where anything is possible.
In the LIGHT, you are perfect.
In the LIGHT, you CAN nail every pose. (because its not about how deep or pretty your ‘pose’ is but that you are trying to the best of your ability in that moment.
In the LIGHT you can cheat in navasana or do savasana for the entire class. (because its YOUR practice)
In the LIGHT there is no comparing, no judgement, no limits to what is possible.

Most of us need to stop hiding in the dark, to look at ourselves, explore ourselves and start to like what we see, all of it.

“the darkest place is actually under the brightest lamp” think about it…

Comment by Meghan — December 30, 2012 @ 5:24 am


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