About the Guest
Rae Johnson, PhD, RSMT is a scholar/activist and registered somatic movement therapist who chairs the Somatic Studies in Depth Psychology doctoral program at Pacifica Graduate Institute. The author of several books, including Elemental Movement, Knowing in our Bones, and Embodied Social Justice‚ Rae teaches and trains internationally on embodied activism, somatic research methods, and the poetic body.
In this episode, we discuss:
- Personal experience always emerges out of socio-economic context
- Importance of joining the personal with the professional
- Moving past oppressors vs. oppressed and finding a common ground about our pain
- Somatic literacy and illiteracy, cultivating somatic intelligence
- Not all yoga is somatic, feeling yourself from the inside out
Unless we transform the wounds of oppression in our own bodies and then by extension into our own embodied relationships with others…no amount of macro-sociological institutional legislative change will last because we keep producing the inequities at the grass roots levels.
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I started attending classes because I had reached a place in my studies where I needed personal feedback about the experiences I was having. I took group classes for about one year before being approached to teach. I was completely ignorant of the culture of yoga building in the West and its historical context in the East. I was only interested in the practice as a psychology… as a way of spotting and shifting patterns of thought and behavior.
Suddenly, I realized that my friend didn’t actually want advice or solutions at that moment. My friend just wanted to feel like someone had their back and was on their side and that I was listening. In other words, my friend wanted me to sit and listen to their experience of discomfort and suffering with compassion.
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