Can We Be Liberated Through Yoga?

June 11, 2023

Can We Be Liberated Through Yoga?

Hey there Yogis!

As you may have seen on our social media, last week Treelance Yoga was invited to participate in an event to raise funds to support the first Yoga Teacher Training for people deprived of their freedom, which will be conducted in the prison of San Martín, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. 

The invitation came from Moksha, a non-profit organization that seeks to make the time of confinement an opportunity for awareness and transformation toward a new way of being in the world. 

Treelance Yoga is run by two sisters who were born and raised in Patagonia, Argentina, so it is an honor to contribute to a cause that will positively impact our society and help people. 

Breath work or pranayama, along with yoga and meditation can clear negative imprints and help us break free from the past, so that we can be more present, in the flow, and liberated with the power to create our own reality.

In fact, higher yoga practices were designed to clear past traumas and negative conditioning so that we can become free and liberated. Instead of acting from conditioned and learned behavior patterns, we can act from an aware and intentional place. 

Through yoga practice, habituated patterns of thought and action cease to dominate our experience

Yoga helps us break the cycle. Then, we are free.

I. A quote from The Power of Now, by Eckhart Tolle

"The beginning of freedom is the realization that you are not 'the thinker'. The moment you start watching the thinker, a higher level of consciousness becomes activated. You then begin to realize that there is a vast realm of intelligence beyond thought, that thought is only a tiny aspect of that intelligence. You also realize that all the things that truly matter –beauty, love, creativity, joy, inner peace– arise beyond the mind. You begin to awaken".  

II. 30 Power Breaths or the Wim Hof Method

Wim Hof is a Dutch motivational speaker and extreme athlete who is convinced that everyone can tap into their inner potential. He teaches people from all over the world to control their bodies & mind and achieve extraordinary things.

He developed the Wim Hof Method: a simple, easy to follow method that helps alkalize the body’s pH, oxygenate our cells, which is beneficial for healing, releasing blockages in our body, and getting out of our beds to be able to feel, sense, and be in meditation.

How does it work? The rhythmical breathing phase hyper-oxygenates the body, bringing in more oxygen and blowing out more carbon dioxide than normal. This alters the pH of the blood stream, making it more alkaline, and creates a stronger electromagnetic field and current to flow through the body. The effect of this is an elevation of your vibrational and emotional energy. Through a higher vibration and emotional quality, negative emotions can be released and cleansed from the body, and the ability to attract and manifest your intentions is increased.

How To Practice the Wim Hof Method

III. When They See Us | Series

When They See Us, directed and produced by Ava Duvernay for Netflix. The miniseries tells the story of five teens from Harlem who were wrongfully convicted and later exonerated for the brutal physical assault and rape of Trisha Meili –“the Central Park jogger” in 1989. The teens were Kevin Richardson (14), Raymond Santana (14), Antron McCray (15), Yusef Salaam (15), and Korey Wise (16).

The series shows how from the cops who targeted them in the park and bullied them into false confessions to the prosecutors and the dogged media coverage documenting the reports from a police unit accused of racial profiling, the fate of these teens had already been sealed. As the series details, they quickly went from typical high school students to a vilified “wolf pack”.

When They See Us is a dense, fast-moving series that examines not just the effects of systemic racism but the effects of all sorts of disenfranchisement on people with the boys’ background. The lack of money that leads to inadequate lawyers and mothers unable to visit their sons incarcerated in distant places. A lifetime of fear and vulnerability that causes one parent to encourage his son to sign the confession so they can leave the station and sort things out later. The powerlessness in the face of an authority that doesn’t look like you or care about you.

The story of the "Central Park Five" reveals what black and brown people have known for years.

Watch the Trailer

IV. And last but not least...

• Have you heard about the Innocence Project? It is a non-profit organization that works to free innocent people from prison, prevent wrongful convictions, and reform the criminal legal system. They have helped free more than 240 innocent people from prison so far. If you want to know more or donate, visit their website.

• You may also be interested in watching Oprah Winfrey Presents: When They See Us Now, where Oprah Winfrey talks with the exonerated men once known as the Central Park Five, plus the cast and producers who tell their story in When They See Us.


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