ABOUT SHADOW & LIGHT YOGA
Shadow & Light Yoga Miami founded in 2017 by Alex Cordovi is a growing collective of yogis & healers in South Florida who share the belief that yoga, particularly trauma & social justice informed and it’s related modalities, can both lead and be integral in the cultural revolution to heal ourselves, heal our communities, and heal our social, racial, environment issues, traumas, and injustices.
OUR VALUES & TEACHING PHILOSOPHY
We value dignity and respect for all beings regardless of race, socio-economic circumstance, ethnicity, religion, ability, sexual orientation, gender, or age. We aim to embody accessibility and inclusivity and provide safe space for all, bearing in mind that each person is entitled to their own valid definition and boundaries for personal safety. Our yoga/healing work is rooted in and in solidarity with social justice liberation from systemic, institutional, and cultural racism, oppression, patriarchy, and colonialism.
We believe in healing one’s own trauma to support others in healing themselves. We believe in cultivating a profound connection to the body, mind and heart in compassionate, intuitive, and well-informed ways, to feel empowered with resources that are supportive in standing strong in the ability to teach from a place of love. We seek to hold space from a place of empathy; and inspire from one’s own authenticity and truth. We strive to teach confidence in our student’s ability to express, teach, hold space, and be empowered leaders in their community; self regulation tools to embody and learn to teach to others; how to feel into the moment and meet people where they are to be effective, kind and curious facilitators for their students and communities. We believe that healing the connection with our own bodies is at the core of the social and environmental justice revolution we demand.
FOUNDER & COLLABORATORS
Lead Facilitation, Founder Shadow & Light Yoga Miami, RYT-500, YACEP
Throughout her 17-year yoga journey, Alex identified a direct link between trauma healing and yogic philosophy and began teaching in 2014. She specializes in trauma informed yoga and merges embodied yoga practice with social and environmental justice work. From this lens, she is able to meet students with compassion and curiosity and normalize sensitivities and discomfort so they can move through what they need to at their own pace.
“In a society that demands so much from our intellect, rationale and minds, it’s oftentimes easy to dissociate from our hearts, intuition and bodies. In dissociative states, we attach to the future and external perceptions, living in the world outside of ourselves that may spark illusion, fear, violence, and injustice. When we integrate our minds and bodies, we live in the present moment, connect to our wisdom and truth, express ourselves from authenticity, compassion and love, and embrace the many unique, diverse, and dynamic shapes that we all fill to make up the one, beautiful collective. It’s time that we revolutionize our way of living and how we interact with ourselves and our communities. I believe that the real revolution in creating effective social and environmental change is to reconnect with our bodies.”
ALEX CORDOVI DEFINES TRAUMA-INFORMED YOGA
Trauma-informed yoga - seeks to create safe/brave space for yoga students to cultivate self-awareness and self-regulation practices to understand trauma and its impact on the entire mind-body system. This is done through specific alignment cues in each pose, breathwork, and meditation techniques that the student always has the choice to participate in or not.
Through practicing and teaching through the trauma informed yoga lense, Ive come to believe that patterns of behavior can be an expression of something much deeper. So deep that it’s held in the nervous system and energy body as unresolved trauma. When unresolved trauma is experienced, patterns develop… many of which play out for years. Some are inherited through lineage and culture, others instilled through society, and others a product of life experience, what you’ve gone through.
I’ve found that Yoga is one of the most effective ways to support the processing of trauma. Through this practice, I’ve seen how students are able to create space for stagnant energy to move, in order to acknowledge, process, and transform in a way that instills love, empathy, and freedom. As a yoga teacher, I feel it’s necessary to understand how trauma is stored in the body and how movement supports the processing of trauma so that I can cultivate a brave space for my students.
When I provide a space for my students to get real about what’s going on inside, I am stepping more fully into the role of spiritual activism and social justice. AND in order to ask my students to embody these experiences for processing their own trauma, I need to be doing the work too! I practice what I teach and I teach what I practice.
Collaborator, Shadow & Light Yoga
Queer Cuban-American from South Florida, Food Justice Activist, Permaculturist, Holistic Wellness Chef/Consultant, Founder/Owner Brooklyn NY Organic Restaurant/Venue "Cubana Social" 2010-16, Leader of Cultural/Mindfulness/Ancestry/Social Justice Retreats, Natural Burial Advocate, Artist & Musician. Lover of Wilderness & Diversity! PDC MesoAmerican Institute, Guatemala; Soul Fire Farm BLFI Alumna www.sangwitch.com