Deep and Balanced Living: Chakra health for emotional wellbeing, wisdom and strength: Meet Sukeshi Arora

May 23 / TEKU
Teku is thrilled to announce a new community offering for those interested in deepening their yoga practice! Dr. Sukeshi Arora, a medical oncologist passionate about mending yoga and other practices to support the health and healing journey of cancer patients, will be leading an eight-week series on chakra balancing to support overall health, emotional wellbeing, wisdom and strength. 

Here are all the details about this offering

When: Sundays from June 9th - July 28th, 3-4:30pm 
Where: inBalance Alamo Ranch, 6626 W Loop 1604 N Suite 212, San Antonio, TX 78254
Cost: $100 (total for 8 sessions)
Requirements: Your Yoga Mat and a strong interest to deepen your yoga practice, strengthen your body-mind connection, and improve your mental health. No previous yoga experience required!

We hope you’ll join us!   Register below today

Learn more about  Sukeshi and how yoga can improve our health and emotional wellbeing through chakra balancing. 

1) Tell us about your journey to finding yoga and how it impacts your life today.

I went to my first yoga class in 2004, when my medical school roommate took me to a class at our school gym. Despite coming from a South Asian background in Vedic scriptures, I knew very little about “yoga,” in regards to the asana (posture) practice. However, as I began going to yoga classes, I learned more about how the asana practice decreased my stress and brought more peace and calm into my daily life. Today, yoga asana practice is a form of meditation for me, bringing regular peace into my daily routine, and it also prepares me for my spiritual practice.

2) How has yoga impacted your emotional wellbeing and how do these experiences shape your passion to share this practice with others?

Yoga allows me to give myself time to “feel” my emotions, so that I can have time to process them. I have not done that in the past, and by doing so, emotions get trapped or locked into certain areas of my body, causing aches/pains or imbalances–this wisdom has been present in many global communities and supported by modern psychological theory and research. Yoga is a tool for me to process my emotions in a healthy way, so that I can be a healthier version of myself. Given the impact of yoga in my own life, I wanted to learn more and take more formal training, so I enrolled in 200 YTT during the COVID pandemic, hoping that one day, I would have the courage to share the world of yoga with others on their wellness journey.  Currently, I also focus on expanding my and others understanding of yoga beyond asana (poses) practice and support the wisdom that yoga is an all encompassing practices aiming to support our spiritual journey throughout our lives and throughout generations.

3) As an oncologist caring for people with chronic and debilitating illnesses, what opportunities do you see to incorporate yoga into their health and healing journeys? 

As an oncologist who treats patients with cancer with chemotherapy, I believe in a holistic approach to include modern science as well as wisdom from traditions, such as the Vedic Sciences. I love that yoga is for everyone. There is no requirement to be a pretzel or a certain fitness level. Anybody can do yoga. As I wanted to create a yoga offering, I wanted to include persons with chronic illnesses, including cancer. Modern treatments can be life saving and curative, but sometimes, patients are left with chronic side effects, such as neuropathy (numbness in the fingers) or pain. In addition to allopathic treatment and medications, yoga can help mitigate symptoms. Further, with anxiety and fear associated with the cancer journey, yoga, including pranayama (breathwork) and meditation, can also be emotionally supportive and support healing. I am hopeful that together we can create systemic change and bring yoga and other healing practices into the healing journeys of patients with cancer and chronic diseases, especially those seeking complementary and holistic approaches. 

4) How does someone get started on the yoga journey?

First, this is a movement practice. Physical movement can cause the heart rate to increase, so I would recommend asking your physician if it is ok to start a yoga program. For those new to yoga, I would recommend a “beginners” class or a “gentle flow,” so you can learn foundational asanas and focus on breathing (inhale/exhale)---our upcoming offering (hyperlink to course) is suitable for beginners! Also, let the instructor know this is a new class for you, so that the instructor can cue and modify the practice as needed. I would recommend you bring your own yoga mat (some studios may have one to borrow). And give it a try! Listen to your body and breathe during the practice. After your first class, you can also try a few different formats to find the right class for you. There are different types of yoga and instructors will vary in how they teach, so take your time exploring and have fun!

In collaboration with Teku Founder, Barbara Robles-Ramamurthy, Sukeshi has created an 8-week series that helps individuals gain incredible wisdom, experience and practices to incorporate into their daily lives to enhance their health and healing journeys.  

Ready to join us? Register today.

Not sure if this space is for you but want to learn more? Join us at an upcoming brief practice and Q&A with Sukeshi on June 1st 3-4pm CST via zoom. Access the zoom room here

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