To create sacred space is to breathe life into the ever-shifting, eternally evolving dance of existence. Any place at any moment may become sacred, once it is gifted with the act of presence. Being a facilitator of sacred space requires a certain knowledge of Self, rooted in the ability to sit in a place of emotional intensity without un-necessarily changing it.
As a yoga teacher, creating a space that allows for the stories of my students to unravel and transform is important. The yoga practice naturally lends itself to inner reflection, but I believe that my duty as a teacher goes beyond an hour class. I do my best to observe, to integrate, and to connect with the needs of my students. This requires an alchemical form, knowing when to feed the flames with deeper breath, or if a more fluid approach would be healing. With sacred space, it is always about balance. The forces that simultaneously ground us down and lift us up during practice is so intimately connected to daily life. Thus is the dance. When I am able to fall in step with the give and take, I am able to offer my students an example, knowing that my imperfections will be of service as well.
I utilize mantras of simplicity and presence while holding space. I breathe, and I remember that it is often transformative for another to be truly heard, to be sat with in a time of need. A sacred space weaves softness, strength, nourishment and reflection. It sheds light upon the holes, so that we may become Whole.
The following image is taken by Lindsey Erin Luna, an artist who works with the Divine Feminine, creating a sacred space for Her through art.