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Q: How did La Madre Yoga come about? What are its origins?

Ruth: La Madre Yoga evolved out of Yoga, Chi Gong, Belly Dance and Ballet and an energy healing practice. The name “La Madre” describes a unique arc in the area of consciousness work. Like many forms of meditation, the focus here is to hold space for direct experience of divine intelligence to inform the next moment. However, La Madre recognizes that the mother energy has not been given much space in our modern world. La Madre is that invisible membrane between the formed and the unformed. It is the place where our individual consciousness interfaces with the vastness from which we arise. It is a dark empty space that holds the potential energy of what we can become. Most of us have learned to fear the experience of this direct interface with our psyche, judging the unformed part and immediately shutting it down. Yet, the unformed part holds the possibility for our creative growth. Our present culture suffers from being out of relationship with this part of our mind. My goal is to bring this relationship back in to our daily life experience.

Q: How is meditation taught in La Madre Yoga?

Ruth: In many meditation practices, the breath is formatted almost as a task, which tends to set up resistance in our mind. This teaching is different from “pay attention to the breath” or “pay attention as it goes through the nostrils.” Rather than a seated instruction, La Madre Yoga intermingles standing posture and spinal awareness, spontaneous movement of the body, and tonal sound work to organically establish the relationship between breath, body, and mind. We ground our attention in the living pulse of our breath as it unwinds through the divine architecture of our whole spine. Once we establish an awake and living relationship with our breath, we are able to hover with the delicate membrane of light that is our portal into infinite possibility. We can hold space for the unformed within us and enter the stream of our creative potential. The La Madre approach to breath harmonizes the yin and yang within each of us, healing the deep schism that is endemic in our present culture.

Q: What is the main breath instruction in La Madre Yoga?

Ruth: In La Madre Yoga, we introduce the practitioner to the inherent wave formation of the breath. It’s easier for the mind to keep its attention on the wave because it’s actually interesting to the mind! So you can feel its shape, and you are actually watching something happening. In this work, you create a relationship between the vessel and the process. So the mind is deeply engaged by this, and loves it. It’s easy for it to stay and pay attention. In this entry into the breath, it’s actually quite natural to fall into meditation. In fact, once you gain access to this process, you realize how painful it is to be “out of” meditation!

Q: What is the role of pain in La Madre Yoga?

Ruth: This work recognizes the potential alchemy of pain and pleasure. Pain is simply an expression of a particular internal pattern of energy—generated by a particular intention. Once we recognize that we chose a particular intention, another intention can be chosen that creates a whole different shape to our energy. In this regard, pain is an essential and unique teacher for personal transformation. The ‘in’ and the ‘out’ of the breath helps us ground our internal recognition of “I am doing this.” In recognizing what I am doing, I open a space to do something else. I create the capacity to transform with compassion.


Q: How does La Madre Yoga describe personal transformation?

Ruth: In this work, I don’t actually have to “do” anything to truly transform. By aligning my mind, body, and breath through the practice, I gain the ability to transcend the monkey mind and attune to Source energy through my own body.

In this practice, because we have grounded our attention through the breath and the body, we allow Source energy to reveal itself as a dance. There’s a transformation that’s viscerally experienced and amplified as movement expression. We literally ‘embody’ what Source energy is revealing to us. We can get our teeth into it, chew on it, and digest what is there to unravel. In being able to hold an ‘awake’ experience of Source energy, we find that it only wants us to grow. Just as all living things grow, we don’t have to ‘effort’ to transform. We simply align ourselves with the depth that is Source energy, and let it move us.

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Ruth Gould-Goodman