I wanted to share my understanding of yoga and the ways in which it can be of value to you. I also wanted to note that yoga is hugely vast and rich in knowledge and that coming to yoga asana (posture) classes can just barely skim the surface of what yoga truly is. I offer this statement as a way to spark your curiosity and encourage you to discover more of what is available...Yoga is transformation. I truly believe one who practices yoga wholeheartedly will no doubt be transformed. In the way one is transformed depends on the student. Perhaps it begins with better health and vitality, a more focused mind, a softer heart, or purely physical prowess...and then it may blossom into a deeper longing to learn more about oneself and this one precious life/opportunity.
Happier and Healthier State of Mind -
Lessening the Suffering through Yoga
Until we know that there is suffering, different ways of suffering, and the contrast — to know that there is a state, absence of sufferings and effective means to transcend and transform the mind, we may take no action to progress. What are the stresses in life and how does the mind deal with them? Yoga demands us to become contemplative, to question our beliefs, to be curious about our relationships with self, others, and the world. The earth is evolving or changing or transforming into higher and higher consciousness; unconsciously and at a very slow speed…if this evolution is affected consciously it is Yoga. We, together and individually have the responsibility and privilege to aid in this transformation. We have power over the ways in which we live our lives, the effects on our other-selves, and to the collective consciousness of humanity.
Yoga — Definition
Yoga is a spiritual discipline based on a subtle science bringing harmony between mind and body. Yoga comes from the word “yuj” its simplest term, means to “yoke” or “to unite.” To link breath and movement, body and mind, spirit and intention. To unite the pieces within you perceived as separate and to feel moments of wholeness, bliss, and energetic alignment.
On the other hand, it is also the unyoking of Individual consciousness with matter and mind. Yoga means transformation of consciousness to a greater mind. This consciousness of Yoga is the science of the mind, and can be an immensely practical methodology for attaining and maintaining vibrant health and inner peace. The practice begins with self-awareness.
Is yoga a religion?
Yoga does not adhere to any particular religion, belief systems or community and anyone who practices yoga can reap it’s benefits, regardless of one’s faith, ethnicity or culture.
I believe yoga can only enhance one’s spiritual focus and ultimately whatever your beliefs are: How do you treat yourself, others, and the world based on that belief?
I think we have to teach yoga with the understanding that pluralism not only extends within Eastern traditions but can extend through all religious, scientific, and philosophical traditions, moving away from the need to either accept a particular form or deny a particular form—they're just part of the many options. Ultimately, Yoga has it’s roots from India and Hinduism, however, one can enjoy the benefits of Yoga for any aspect of the practice.
Thank you for being a part of the studio. I am deeply honored to walk alongside you on this journey and hope to see you on the mat soon.