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Taryn Toomey, the founder of The Class, helps regulate the mental gymnastics of our minds with intentional movement. Her mission has flipped the notion that self-awakening is solely a job for the intellectual brain by spotlighting exercise as a means to exorcise what needs releasing.
Taryn shares her personal journey, working through a challenging childhood and the kismet ways The Class snowballed during the pandemic. As she sheds old skin, releasing relationships, “guru” projections, and past versions of self, The Class has grown into a movement that not only serves others but is a mirror to measure her own internal landscape.
In the post you’ll learn:
- How Taryn Toomey protects her energy
- The science behind The Class
- Superficial spirutality and guru projections
- The importance of being of service
- How Taryn Toomey redefined her relationship
Tayrn Toomey on being Inside vs. Outside of the Body
Taryn Toomey shares how it’s important to separate what’s happening inside of the body from what’s happening outside of the body. This is because we contain and hold so much of our day-to-day external experiences until we decide to move the energy out of the body.
Movement and the release of energy are the essences of The Class. While the teacher is holding the space in the room, you can feel if you need to pull back and reset if you lose your breath. By doing so, you’re actively engaging the nervous system and regulating it.
Taryn explains how The Class holds the container for people. She talks about how the term, “holding space,” is under embodied and overused, and that it’s really important to understand how to hold the space for people to show up without having a guru mentality or projecting.
Our nervous system experiences so much from the world and The Class helps to dislodge the stuff that happens in the “freeze,” or when we shut down, which we can do a lot of the time unconsciously.
Taryn Toomey explains how she used to always sit in ceremonies and how doing so helped her to create The Class. She would often get shamed, which led her to stop telling people. This is because ceremonies and her beliefs often went against other people’s ideas.
“You’re scratching something in them that goes against their own coding of life.”
Taryn Toomey on Speaking From the Heart and Leaning Into Your Truth
It’s so important to speak from the heart and tell the truth. Taryn explains how we all know how it feels when you’re with someone and you can feel the other person being truthful to who they are, and sometimes you don’t even know why or how you can feel it so deeply.
She shares how the pandemic taught her so much because she was forced to be alone and had a lot of quiet time. Taryn describes her natural essence as very light-hearted and she loves bringing the community together, but the pandemic changed things for her.
Taryn learned the impact of using time wisely. When she was alone, she learned new ways to move her body and heal some of her joints. She sat in different practices that she hadn’t had the space for. She learned how to cook better.
Then, she realized that she became easily exhausted after hanging out with people. She would cry herself to sleep because she was alone. This led her to properly nurture her inner-child mentality of “just get over it,” which is something she had told herself throughout her life in the face of adversity.
The pandemic also taught her that as a collective, we have to stop being scared of grieving. For example, she grieved the fact that she didn’t have a mother who met her expectations of what a mother should be, and then a few days later she would share that. She was publicly processing, while also spending a lot of time in the quiet.
Taryn Toomey on Being Of Service to Others
When it comes to serving others, Taryn poses the question: Are you offering the part of yourself that allows the natural essence, or soul, to come through? She explains how you’re not going to feel fulfilled if you don’t feel like yourself. When you feel like yourself, existing in this world is much easier.
Also, the truth becomes easier because you don’t have to figure out what you said. The way that you live and exist becomes the service.
It’s all about your soul alignment, and that’s your service. If you can be present with an experience, you can be of deep service to others. Service is just a word logo, but being present with people so you can feel like yourself is a service in itself.
Taryn Toomey on Redefining Her Relationship
Taryn shares how patience is key, and reaction oftentimes can create a lot more pain. Sometimes relationships just have to end because they’re toxic.
You also have to understand that there are two sides to any separation. It’s important to stay close to your compassion for yourself and the other person, so there can be a new relationship that is better or different.
Taryn’s divorce was slow and painful, but they have a beautiful relationship now and feel healed. She believes it’s easier to self-destruct and it’s harder to go slow.