Blaire Lindsay Houghton: Sexuality is life force. It's the pulse of creation and the source of life itself, yet it's often the elephant in the room.
Blaire, what is your main resistance which holds you back from progress in your yoga practice or in your life in general? How did you overcome it?
This is such a good question. And a tough one too. One of my main resistances to my yoga practice and my life progress is basically summed up in one simple word : should. It's the, "I should be able to do that crazy pose", or "I should look like that" or "I should have achieved by now in my life" that really get in the way of my progress because one element of should is the thought: I'm not good enough.
I deal with this by letting go of comparison (which often means limiting my time on social media), spending time with people that love me (like my husband and dear friends) and embodiment practices that anchor me in self-acceptance.
Do you remember the point when you felt real transformation in your yoga practice?
There was a moment a few years ago (probably doing handstands!) where I realized just how much I trusted my body and my capabilities. I felt that trust and confidence emanate out into my entire life.
What can people expect from your sensual oriented classes and what makes you different from other teachers?
People can expect to be deeply and lovingly guided into sensation and a felt-sense of themselves. They can expect teachings related to sensuality and tenderness: how we can cultivate greater compassion for ourselves and our struggles.
What does sexuality mean to you and how has it influenced your teaching?
Sexuality is life force. It's the pulse of creation and the source of life itself, yet it's often the elephant in the room: the thing that frustrates or confuses people or scares people. I'm here to guide mindful, grown up conversations about sexuality so that we can all breathe a little easier and experience ourselves more fully.
Life and practice of B.K.S. Iyengar inspired Ultimate Freedom Yoga Festival. Do you see any of his influence on your practice?
Many of my teachers have been influenced by the Krishnamacharya lineage (the teacher of Iyengar) but I've not studied much Iyengar directly, actually
Some see yoga as a practice only for young people, but the example of B.K.S. Iyengar is showing us that yoga is life lasting practice. What would be your message for those who'd like to start with yoga practice but they hesitate because they feel old and/or inappropriate to attend."It's never late and you're never too old". If you feel a calling toward yoga, there is definitely something here for you.
The Last but not least question. What does ultimate freedom means to you?
Ultimate Freedom is being willing to show up exactly as you are and trust that this is enough.
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