THE YOGA

yoga is nature

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The term Yoga is a word from the ancient Sanskrit language, and has many meanings, dating 4,000 B.C. Sanskrit, which belongs to the Indo-European language group, is the language in which most traditional Yoga texts are written. In regards to the yogic tradition, two meanings are particularly relevant: union and discipline. Yoga is a spiritual unitive discipline tradition within the great cultures of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism native to India. Today Westerners are often practicing Yoga techniques (especially postures) detached from their traditional sacred background. Although Yoga postures are very effective for maintaining and restoring one’s physical health, the true power of Yoga lies in its capacity to lasting happiness and inner freedom.

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There are many different schools and styles of yoga practice. For practical purposes, two things distinguish what I do from a lot of other approaches...

1. I employ a specific technique of breathing called oo-jai pranayama or “ocean-sounding breath.” This breathing is the central feature of the practice, all of the moving and working of the body organizes around this breathing. The regulation of breath can serve as a tool to sooth the system and provides a point of mental focus integral to a safe practice.

2. I have a particular mentality around the physical work of yoga practice. I believe that what makes yoga practice different from working out at the gym or going to a physical therapist is that the exercises are intended to encompass more than physicality. This is a practical matter. We are making the body strong and flexible but we go about it in a way that also encourages useful patterns of thought and behavior. No struggling. No straining. No striving. Just strong and calm, even and measured work.              

 

 

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