METHOD OF PRACTICE

Saturday, 23 May 2020
Hatha yoga: 
Our method of practice places great emphasis on working with the body postures (asana).   Asana are the foundation of hatha yoga, and students who attend will gain great capacity and clarity in their posture work.    In our studios we develop asana as the base for Raja, or royal yoga.  Yoga where the head, the heart and the hand (actions) are in harmony.  The body is a prop through which we are able to encounter ourselves more deeply – our emotional and psychological selves.  Movement, in and of itself agitates the mind, where as action directs and quietens the mind.  Asana (postures) are our tool to wake up the energy in the body.  It is this energy that connects the parts of the body to the function of the nervous systems.   The external quest of the asana eventually leads to an inner quest.  When the body is acknowledged and respected as a critical support in which life is lived, then we can unravel the expectations we have of ourselves that lead to confusion and unhappiness. When we learn to surrender to the practice as the Teacher, then Yoga reveals our inherent wisdom.  
We work with the Yoga Sutra’s of Patanjali because we recognize the work of Patanjali as a valuable reflection on the journey of life.    The research of Patanjali is not compiled as we might consider ‘sound methodology’, in todays world.  Rather Patanjali noted key themes that could carry messages across centuries. The work has endured and proven itself as valuable for more than 2500 years.  The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali were compiled to be an enduring guide.  The teachings are directed to practices that can steady and clear the mind.  It is written in chapters that make sections of the work relevant for different audiences. Patanjali recognised that people have different capacities; whether to understand things or to discipline themselves.   Patanjali talked with others like himself who were interested to free humanity from suffering.   At that time trade routes were the communication channels where practices were shared.  Patanjali is honored as a teacher because he took the time to structure and scribe the teachings.  He systemitised the teachings so that it was easier to share what was being learnt by those dedicated to exploring the causes of suffering.  What was known then and is so today, is that all people suffer with mental agitation and confusion. We suffer when we can’t connect with our loved ones in the way we wish we could.  We suffer because we let ourselves trust and then doubt ourselves when we experience pain or loss.  
Even though we live in very different circumstances the practices of yoga are universal and can be applied by all.  As the world around us goes through change we learn to find our enduring Self. A pratice of yoga is a means of tuning in to this Self so that whatever may be happenning around us does not disturb and confuse our thoughts and actions.

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