Moving from ‘Me’ to ‘We’ — Yoga and Transformational Behavioral Health Leadership

By Allie Middleton JD LCSW E-RYT C-IAYT — A talk delivered at the Mental Health Forum at the 2016 Common Interest Community forum, International Association of YogaTherapists

“This dream is the natural state of man. We live in this dream as we live in the air, and it would be hopeless if we were not able to realize sometimes that we live not only in this world, but also in another world, where it is possible for us to awaken to different perceptions, to another way of being…

Yoga Radicals: A Curated Set of Inspiring Stories by Transformational Pioneers in the Field

The interview questions were posed to 36 different global yoga practitioners during spring of 2020. Corona time was upon us.

The questions followed a distinctive path. The same pattern runs throughout each interview and curated narrative, with similar progressions and rhythms bringing and bridging new and different insights from yogi to yogi.

I begin with an initiation and invocation to invite sacred space. What is somebody’s inspiration? What is the vision they see? We then move on to connection — how does somebody’s inspiration move on…

The Rope, a further soul home tail…

Unfolding the All and Everything

Allie Middleton

Mill Creek Retreat 2021

Awakened Heart School

I’m never quite sure if

it’s the stars or the moon

or the sun that calls me beyond, yet

my love affair with these “further“ places

is well known and documented….

Roping the unknown, hosting the invisible:

this is my home and my work for earth.

Adventuresome challenges have brought me


and nowhere.

And now, I am just here. — with you,

in harmony.

Further home again, now again

my tastes and gait may not be so straight,

‘Yoga Radicals is myth busting! In story after story Allie shows us Yoga is not a path to relaxation and calm but a potent portal to blowing the lid off of our life expectations and discovering greater meaning and service toward collective wellbeing. Yoga is Radical!’

Edi Pasalis, MBA, MTS, former Director of the Kripalu Innovation and Learning Network and the Kripalu Institute for Extraordinary Living

‘These insights hug and feed me like compost to seeds, water to roots, sunshine to green leaves! …

Feature Article first published in Spring 2019 Yoga Therapy Today, a publication of the International Association of Yoga Therapists

(contact info found at the end of the article — trusting the wisdom of your heart)

Currents of Community Healing and Social Activism:

The Transformative Path of Yoga as a Sacred Leadership Journey

Stories from the field curated by Allie Middleton

As individuals, the yogic path of transformation, burning off our ancient and abiding wounds, samskaras, is like meeting an edge in our own personal leadership journey. It can be scary as well as healing. …

Allie Middleton

poet, lover of life, aesthetic integrator of experience - we are all dreaming the world into being.... together. Breath by breath, song by song, move by move.

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