joanne_avison

Hi, I’m Joanne Avison.

I am passionate about the New Science of Body Architecture. It distinguishes the geometry of form and consciousness in real live animated beings “like what we are”. That fascination led to pioneering the practical application of Biotensegrity, “the biology of wholeness” working to make sense of the being of humans being in motion. After my Yoga Teacher Training school (Art of Contemporary Yoga, AOCY) and the book YOGA: Fascia, Anatomy & Movement (Handspring 2015) the Anatomy Basic Course (ABC) was born…

A Happier Yogini

A Happier Yogini

A sketch of a favourite pose...perhaps it should be called preparation for "Queen Pigeon"...

A sketch of a favourite pose...perhaps it should be called preparation for "Queen Pigeon"...

On August 8th this year, (2017) something very wonderful happened to me, out of nowhere. That wonderful thing was that someone very dear to me, with whom I share a lot of history, sat with me and talked. In fact, we both talked and we both listened.

The net result of that meeting was really a quiet completion.

The wonderful thing about it was that I felt as if a yoke had been lifted off my shoulders; one that I didn't even know was there. The smile on the inside was bigger and it came from a deeper place; one that I hadn't accessed for many years. 

This now feels like a paradigm shift; from "yoga" meaning "yoke" to "yoga" meaning "union". Union is something to come from, rather than manage....somehow it isn't personal. The yoke was, the union is not. It is simply a place, where I can rest, alive and well and breathing.

It is a place where, if I am spending time on the yoga mat, an unknown "innerness" reveals itself. That is at once deeply familiar, if only I can bear to be present long enough to recognise it. It seems to be a place that is already there, always listening, unconditionally, for my listening.

Since then, my adventures on the mat, with my newly discovered bolster, have been different. They are gentler, kinder, more forgiving. I'm laughing now...

Looking for Love on a Tuesday

Looking for Love on a Tuesday

RITUAL PARADOX

RITUAL PARADOX