Meet Becky Aten

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1- In less than a minute, tell us who you are and why we keep hearing good things about you.

I am a collection of connections! A few of my roles and identities include yoga teacher, moss-lover (ok, trees, too!), human being, neurodiversity advocate, and neuroqueer space-holder and bridge-builder. I’m on a mission to help neurodivergent people feel seen, valued, and safe to unmask through the practice of yoga.

2- What inspired you, if any, to join the Warrior Flow 200-Hour Yoga Training’s faculty? 

I feel a deep sense of responsibility as someone who is often the first to introduce others to the language and concepts of neurodiversity, and I take that responsibility very seriously. I meet many yoga teachers who are genuinely curious and seeking to learn more about how to support neurodivergent students, but the information that’s out there doesn’t always honor our community or affirm our differences. I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to introduce future yoga teachers to the topic of neurodiversity, and help ensure that yoga is accessible and affirming for all brains and bodies.

3- In simple words, what does yoga mean to you?

Yoga is a practice of connection– everything is connected. Beneath this, meaning is constantly shifting, and I am learning to enjoy the ride. Life is weird and precious, and my yoga practice is a reflection of that; some days I loathe it, some days I love it, and every day I need it.

4- What is the main difference between learning yoga now and when you took your first yoga training?

I have slowed down my lifestyle significantly to support my health. I have more confidence in my intuition. I mask my differences less, and spend less energy trying to please other people. I care more about myself, and I have more love for the world around me. I listen more carefully.

5- In your opinion, why is this a key moment in time to learn yoga? 

With perpetual opportunities for doom-scrolling about everything that is going wrong on our planet, it sure feels like a good time to cultivate acceptance and compassion, and send some love and truth into the world.

6- Who would you be without yoga? 

Before yoga I had little sense of self or clear purpose, and I was cycling through periods of burnout that were consistently wearing away at my physical and mental health. I felt very, very alone and disconnected. I am grateful that I don’t have to wonder who I would be without yoga, because that timeline is empty now.

7- Who were your role models? And what pushed you to learn and become who you are today?

I look up to those who make others feel safe, seen, and special. I watched Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood as a child, and I remember how loved I felt when each show would end; there were days when I cried and kissed the television screen goodbye. I understand what a gift it is to show up in a way that feels safe and accepting of the wholeness of personhood, and that’s what pushes me to keep learning about the world around me, and the people in it.

8- What were the pivotal roadblocks and challenges you encountered along the way that helped you define your path?

I wanted to teach yoga, but came up against challenges related to my mental health and social skills, as well as my own internalized ableism. In order to move forward, I had to learn to accept my differences and disabilities, ask for help, and build the self-regulation skills that would support me in times of struggle. The desire to share what I was learning in hopes that it might help others became a foundation for my teaching.

9- What can we all do right now to make this world a better place?

Listen to people who are different from you, and believe them. Acknowledge that we are all having our own experience, and that there is no right or wrong way to think, feel, or interact with the world. See each of us as a whole, authentic person who wants to do special things in this life.

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