Hello, my name is Vaishali, and The Wise Body is my substack.

what

Here I write about all things relating to the magic of embodiment. I’m interested in how we can be more at home in our own skins, and in the power of the deep felt knowledge that we all can access in our bodies in order to live more fully and freely.

The name of this substack, ‘The Wise Body’, was given to me in an interaction I had. It is an apt synthesis of what I value: depth of knowledge, and the wonder of this living body. Later I realised that it is also a play on the Buddhist concept of dharmakaya, or wisdom body—considered the ultimate reality of an awakened being that is everlasting in the world and within all of us. I write to touch that wisdom that arises spontaneously from inside each of us and is always resonating in the world.

who

I am a yoga, movement, breathwork and meditation teacher based in Singapore. I’ve been immersed in these traditions for the past decade, and spend my time living them as best I can, and teaching them to others. Influences on me and my work come from:

  • the ancient traditions of yoga and their modern iterations

  • the practices and philosophy of yoga, tantra, meditation, Hinduism, Taoism and Buddhism

  • the vibrant world of somatics and embodied learning

  • the study of human movement in its many forms

You can read more about me on my website.

how I create

In my writing and teaching, I draw on my own experience as an explorer of yogic, somatic and meditative traditions from around the world. While I love to geek out and learn concepts as much as anyone, I always begin from direct experience, and then draw in any relevant theoretical strands that I find helpful. It is my hope that whether or not you care about specific canons, texts, concepts or teachings, you will still find something meaningful here, because you are a human being and I am sharing my human experience.

I love to use metaphors, images and other forms of creative language, both in writing and in teaching. There is something about embodiment that lends itself to these forms of expression, like the song of the body wants to come out in pictures and imagination as well as in words and movement.

how you can engage

Over the years my posts have gotten longer and now sit at around 1000+ words. I usually divide them into sections, and sometimes also into a series of multiple posts on a particular theme. I would suggest to read and digest slowly over time. Alternatively you can also dive in to specific sections and extract what you need without having to go through everything. If you prefer to learn by doing (or being), you can also explore the podcast section, where I upload guided audio practices.

I invite you to take your time and savour any part of any post that resonates in you, and to find your own ways of expressing your response: in the comments, by writing to me directly, or in your life.

why subscribe?

If you choose to subscribe, you will receive an email each time I add new material (written or audio). I plan to publish 1-2 new posts or guided practices a month, usually on the new and/or full moon.

*you can unsubscribe at any time, by clicking the link included at the bottom of all emails.

At the moment, everything on here is available freely and publicly. If you find value in it, I encourage you to share my material as much as you like. If you would like to support my work, you can do so by giving a gift.


People

Vaishali Iyer
I'm a yoga, movement, breathwork and meditation teacher based in Singapore. The core of my work is embodiment—the feeling and experience of our body through sensation, emotion, intuition, touch and movement.