OGGI BE means BE TODAY
OGGI BE is about learning how to BE... in your body... in the natural world... in relationships with others... in your life... in a new way. It's about cultivating the ability to show up authentically, completely, uniquely YOU. Learning how to make empowered choices from a place of holistic alignment in body, mind, and spirit.. choices that reflect your TRUTH. In that state of presence and awareness, alignment and empowerment, you will find you are not only deeply connected to self but you can also more naturally connect with others and feel at ease in the world.
OGGI BE offers yoga therapy to provide opportunity for self-inquiry, nurture presence, awareness, and support transformation and life enhancement. OGGI BE also offers rewilding to help you connect to yourself by connecting to the more-than-human world. In support of these goals and values, OGGI BE also offers yoga in various forms.
What yoga and yoga therapy share is the foundational principal that the way to the mind is through the body. Yoga is first the science of psychology before it is a movement practice. Beyond this principal, yoga and yoga therapy diverge in their methods, structure, technical application, and more. They are quite different! OGGI BE offers yoga as a supplemental practice and entryway into the vastness and possibilities of yoga therapy. It's also a fun and accessible way to try this all on!
OGGI BE - Feel at home and powerful in your body and in our natural world!
You've likely heard the word "yoga" but you may have never heard the word "oggi." "Oggi" is Italian for "today." Yoga is a word in Sanskrit. If we are going to try on other languages, why not also incorporate one of my favorites, Italian?! This is partially to demystify Sanskrit, it seems ancient and unfamiliar, but we don't feel uncomfortable ordering penne alla vodka! Eventually words like asana and pranayama will be just as familiar as pizza and ricotta (when we meet, ask me how I pronounce ricotta).
Another reason I chose the word "oggi" is to decouple individual meanings/values/perceptions associated with the word "today" from what I mean when I say "OGGI BE" or "Yoga Oggi" so we can embrace a wider view with greater possibilities. Below is some of what what "OGGI BE" means to me. You might find during your practice that you discover more, personal meanings that arise for you!
Let's try it on today! - (A little on the nose, I know!)
Don't feel compelled or pressured to start a whole new life and be a whole new person just because you are trying something new today.
Don't feel ashamed if you didn't follow your yoga therapy action plan, missed a meditation or a your sit spot, or if you recognize you've been putting off trying on this work for a long time. In this moment, you are only in control of the choice to do something today. Might as well not worry about tomorrow either!
Yoga has a long history, we honor and respect it. Yoga therapy, and even rewilding has some roots in yoga. However, we are engaging in yoga therapy, rewilding, and yoga today. I am leading practices for people living in the 21st century with different bodies, lifestyles, values and worldviews. My most important mission is to meet YOU, right where you are today.
The yoga I did when I was younger is very different than the yoga I practice today. My relationship to yoga has evolved and I mostly focus on yoga therapy and rewilding. Today, my practices are transformative. They open me up to new ideas and possibilities. I'm sure it will continue to develop and change. I will always be in love with my practice today.
You can do it! It starts with a little bit of curiosity, a desire to find wellness and balance in some part of your life, and a tiny bit of courage... just enough to try it today, truly no strings attached. You'll get through it one breath at a time. Just one inhale..... and exhale.... you can handle that!
While we're defining things...
Rewilding is the act of coming home to one's true nature, primal essence, and intimate connection to the more-than-human world.