Embodiment renaissance man Dr. Scott Lyons joins me to discuss integration of different modalities, working with Tara Judelle, non-dual Tantra, dual vs non-dual somatics, Embodied Flow™ yoga, language, putting together the Embodied Consciousness immersion, transmission, integration, cultural perspectives, “dust” on perception, privilege, being with people going through it, the neuroscience of relationship, power and disempowerment, “teachers” and “experts”, hierarchy and more. It’s a deep and wide-ranging conversation.
This episode of the CHITHEADS podcast is from a previous panel discussion hosted by Embodied Philosophy on the intersection of somatics and spirituality. Featuring esteemed teachers Sally Kempton, Judith Blackstone, Rae Johnson, Scott Lyons and Tara Judelle.
In this episode, panelists discuss:
What is consciousness and what does it mean to embody it?
What kind of symptoms do we see that might reveal a state of disembodied consciousness?
Isolation in our society.
Maps for healing for somatic stress release.
Obstacles to experiencing ourselves.
DR. SCOTT LYONS
Dr. Scott Lyons is dedicated to teaching embodiment as a way of exploring human development, healing and transformation. Scott is the co-creator of Embodied Flow™, a Clinical Psychologist, and Mind-Body Medicine practitioner. Additionally, Scott is a Certified Body-Mind Centering® Teacher, Cranio-Sacral Therapist, Visceral Manipulation Therapist, Infant Developmental Movement Educator, Movement Therapist, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, Clinical Hypnotherapist, Mindfulness-based Executive Coach, and Focusing Practitioner.
Tara Judelle is a world renowned yoga facilitator moved by bringing humans into their innate sense of freedom and purpose. After 30 years experimenting in all forms of movement, Tara co-created the School of Embodied Flow™ in 2014 to bring her current passions into a modern movement of Yoga. From a background in literature, film writing, directing and dance, Tara brings students on a journey of discovery of their numinous self through laughter, meditation, embodiment, movement & inquiry.
DR. RAE JOHNSON
Rae Johnson, PhD, RSMT is a scholar, activist and registered somatic movement therapist who currently chairs the Somatic Studies specialization in the Department of 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 micro-aggressions, somatic research methods, and the poetic body.
DR. JUDITH BLACKSTONE
Judith Blackstone, PhD, is an innovative spiritual teacher and a licensed psychotherapist in New York with forty years of clinical experience. She developed the Realization Process, a method of embodied psychological and relational healing and nondual spiritual awakening. She is the author of Belonging Here, The Enlightenment Process, The Intimate Life, The Empathic Ground and Trauma and the Unbound Body. An audio series of the Realization Process is available from Sounds True.
Sally Kempton is a widely respected teacher of meditation and spiritual wisdom known to help students work with meditative experience as a framework for practical life-change. A former swami in a Vedic tradition, she has spent over four decades delving deeply into meditation and self-inquiry. Spirituality and Healthmagazine call her work “the meditation books your heart wants you to read.” She is on the faculty at Esalen and Kripalu, teaches meditation on Yogaglo & leads international retreats.
Dr Scott Lyons is a Clinical Psychologist, Osteopath, and Mind-Body Medicine practitioner who specializes in therapies for infants, youth, and adults. Scott is also the co-creator of Embodied Flow™ along with Tara Judelle, so we were super excited to get the chance to have a conversation with him.
In this conversation, we learn about Scott's background growing up in Minnesota and California, and we hear about the way he experienced the world as a child. We also learn about his education, including studying at College at the young age of 16! We learn about how he discovered yoga while at College, and how it integrated much of what he was learning about himself and the world.
We explore non-dual tantra philosophy, and how it can be expressed and experienced in a yoga class. We hear about how Scott met Tara Judelle and how this lead to them co-creating Embodied Flow™. Finally, we get to hear Dr Scott's thoughts on trauma and trauma-informed practices.
I interview Dr Scott Lyons – the co-founder of Embodied Flow™. Embodied Flow™ is a system of transformational yoga that invites you into the deepest sense of self. Through an integrative blend of Hatha yoga, somatics, movement meditations, tantric philosophy, and transpersonal psychology.
Scott is known for his unique and integrative way of guiding clients and students towards health, self-discovery and well-being. He works with people to create an environment, container and practices for deep healing to take place through embodiment processes.
Scott wears a lot of hats, he is a Clinical Psychologist, Neuro-Developmental Therapist, Registered Movement Therapist and Educator, Trauma Therapist, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, Thai Massage Practitioner, Clinical Hypnotherapist and the list goes on. Wow this man has done a lot of training and fully embodying his work.
Scott shares the benefits of somatic release, which enables the responses from our body to release stuck energy or emotions, the stresses on our system. This release enhances every aspect of our life, allowing general flow to our well being. He talks about this so eloquently…flowing into life with a lot of movement.
This interview is a great reminder that our body is constantly communicating and expressing through the subtle layers within, so you can get present to how you move through in life – move with curiosity and truly dropping into the sensations in our body, the felt sense and language of our body.
Dr. Scott Lyons is dedicated to teaching embodiment as a way of exploring human development, healing and transformation. Scott is the co-creator of Embodied Flow™ — a school of yoga and therapy — and developer of Somatic Stress Release, a process of restoring our biological adaptation system. Scott is also the director of the Embodied Consciousness Immersion, as well the Mind-Body Therapy Training Program and the Diamante Vida Holistic Retreat Center. Scott teaches internationally and has a private practice integrating his background as a Clinical Psychologist, Osteopath, and somatic movement therapist.
In this episode, you’ll hear from Scott on:
Agency, embodiment, and deriving meaning from life as components of our holistic health
Reconciling physical embodiment and somatics with non-dual philosophy or unity consciousness
Finding ease, flow, and fluidity even through hardships by constructing one’s own “map” through internal experience
Stress responses and how we can use them as gateways into awakening
The four categories of connection or separation, and how a missing link can lead to isolation and depression