The traditional practice of Yoga looks quite different than what what we commonly see in a contemporary yoga studio. Originally, the emphasis was not toward simply developing a strong or healthy body, and in fact was less about the physical body altogether. It was not directly about practicing yoga to improve our lives, but instead was a method in which we could see past our confusion and struggle to realize the source of peace and wholeness within. It provides elaborate methodologies for us to be fully embodied in this human form while understanding that our true nature extends beyond it. It is said that the soul or Self has two imperatives: to be and to become. Yoga is about coming into the truth of who we are and stepping into the greatest expression possible through activating our inherent potential. Yoga is to know oneself, and to become most effective at living a fulfilled life in alignment with one’s dharma (individual purpose).
Many claim that the ultimate aim of yoga is expressed in, likely, the most quoted Yoga Sutra: “Yogas Chitta Vritti Nirodha,” which translates as “Yoga is the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind,” or more simply put, Yoga occurs when the thoughts in the mind cease. Here, it’s not about a fit body, but instead the clearing of the mind’s constant disturbance that obscures our ability to see the deeper dimension of who we are. It is only in holding this highest aim of Yoga that we can come to know the true meaning, power, and reach of Yoga. In my classes, I attempt to create a platform for this process by emphasizing Yoga’s original techniques and intent, while honoring and adapting to the context of our modern lifestyle and application.
The video of still shots captured from my Candlelight Flow class at Samadhi Center for Yoga was shot, compiled and edited by Tom Martin. The music is “Om My Shiva” by Alanna Kaivalya, accompanied by me on didgeridoo.
When I teach private yoga sessions, the context can range from a more alignment-based emphasis, to one of self-inquiry. The choice is up to the student, but it’s guaranteed that the thread of intent woven through the session will orient itself to one’s personal healing and transformation. The approach taken to a private session will address one’s current life situation and implement an array of techniques ranging from asana (postures), to pranayama (breathwork), to meditation that will support a direction of balance and harmony. Private meditation and yoga nidrā sessions are also available.
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