Studying Yoga

Studying yoga is an exciting way to add exercise, spirituality, and happy, healthy living practices into your life. No matter what your range of motion, your experience with exercise, your health condition or where you are in life, yoga can work for you! The variety of exercises, breath work practices, and meditations make yoga accessible for every body, mind, and spirit. And a great teacher can help you discover what’s appropriate and helpful for you.

Building on the principles of Integrative Yoga Therapy – I use only trusted modern approaches to yoga (such as the Ashtanga-Vinyasa system of Patthabhi Jois and Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan) to help students develop a regular daily practice or Sadhana. Along with Sadhana’s and regular classes, my workshops and study groups encourage students to go deeper and work on treating specific life conditions.

Whatever system students choose to practice (Hatha, Kundalini, Vinyasa, etc.) – they are guided through the mind/body experience (Asana or Kriya), introduced to the concepts of formal meditation (Mantra, Japa, Simran), and encouraged to start a daily practice or Sadhana.

Sadhana is just ONE of many workshops offered and IT IS the foundation of the yogic lifestyle. As Yogi Bhajan said, it’s the ‘keeping up’  that builds an internal commitment and teaches us the self discipline (Tapas) to overcome our obstacles. Ultimately, we learn that the body, breath, and mind are tools within a larger framework of healing and better yet – self mastery. And it is this commitment to self-discipline that is the first step to happiness, liberation, or what we yogis call ‘moksha’.

I strongly encourage students to come to local classes regularly to get that ‘nudge’ we often may need to ‘keep up’ with our practice. But it is ultimately our own personal practice, or Sadhana, that is going to give us the opportunity for Svadhyaya (self-study). Self-discipline and self-study take us a long way…. and then we must employ faith or a surrender to God (called Ishwara Pranidhana) to really go the distance.

With over 20 million practitioners worldwide – the health benefits of stretching, exercise, breath work, and meditation are well known. But without practice, all the knowledge in the world isn’t going to get us that inner peace we’re looking for. In the words of Patthabhi Jois, “Practice, and all is coming your way”.  So remember – Tapas, Svadhyaya, and Ishwara Pranidhana make up the three basic principles of yogic living.

By employing these very basic concepts into your living practice… you too might just find the yogi within!!