Our modern approach to yoga is largely based on the physical practice of yoga; the doing. My goal as a yoga teacher is to bring students to the state of yoga; the being. Living and feeling the freedom that yoga offers is a unique individual experience.
The state of yoga is achieved by using a range of yogic techniques that include: asana (poses), pranayama (movement of energy using the breath), bandhas (energy locks), mudras and kriyas (specific gestures to move energy), mantra and meditation.
The teachings of sages Sri Patanjali and Shankhara, the rich and vast teachings of Tantra, and the contemporary application of these teachings as demonstrated by Krishnamajarya, Swami Rama, Pandit Rajmani Tigunait and Yogarupa Rod Stryker, help us arrive and live in the state of yoga.
Starting with the practice of yoga we open, purify and prepare the body and mind for these higher stages. We recognize that the more subtle the technique the more potent its effect. We view the body as the container of the Soul; we honour it and work with it, but know that it is not who we are.
As more of us achieve the state of yoga we begin to shift the vibratory quality of this planet, building a collective consciousness to move the world out of the darkness that currently prevails. Through yoga we can achieve Freedom and Truth. We can be happier in our daily lives – not wanting to cast-off the manifest world, but to embrace it in all its splendor.
The trappings of modern society do not have to keep us from realizing our true nature. Let’s grow together and change the world by changing ourselves first.