Four incredible women. Three hours of yoga and discussion. Two minutes of Chair pose (well, it felt like it :), and one empowering message: women supporting women. Operating from a "place of love and not fear" and "recognizing and dealing with one's shadow" were just a few of the many great soundbites from the amazing workshop given by Seane Corn, Faith Hunter, Elena Brower, and Kathryn Budig at the Yoga Journal Conference here in New York City.
As a former college basketball player, fraternity president, and Wall Street trader -- I've been smack in the middle of some of the most competitive, testosterone-filled environments around -- yet there was always a sense of support, a sense of camaraderie, a sense of respect -- no matter how competitive or cutthroat the environment was.
In the past year since yoga has become a huge part of my life, I've been amazed by this disconnect and lack of support among some female yogis. But it's also uplifting to see this paradigm begin to shift. So after today's morning session, I asked each of these incredible women one question:
What does women supporting women mean to you?
Faith Hunter: "Women supporting women was an ancient ritual, but somewhere along the line there was a disconnect. Yoga is bringing this back -- it's connecting women to their feminine side, their strength, and hopefully leading them to support their sisters."
Kathryn Budig: "When you take the time to stop thinking about your differences, you realize there is something much bigger than you. The idea is to create a sense of unity that's not about ego but about joining forces to create something much bigger than any of us."
Elena Brower: "It means going past any feelings of insufficiency, fully being there for yourself as well as anyone that intimidates you."
Seane Corn: "When women don't like themselves, they'll judge and hurt other women. We can be the best of friends but we can also be the worst of enemies. My hope is that women will dig deep and do the work on themselves."
Namaste to that!