The word yoga, from the Sanskrit word yuj means to yoke or bind and is often interpreted as “union” or a method of discipline.
The Indian sage Patanjali is believed to have collated the practice of yoga into the Yoga Sutra an estimated 2,000 years ago. The Sutra is a collection of 196 statements that serves as a philosophical guidebook for most of the yoga that is practiced today.
It also outlines eight limbs of yoga:
- the yamas (restraints)
- niyamas (observances)
- asana (postures)
- pranayama (breathing)
- pratyahara (withdrawal of senses)
- dharana (concentration)
- dhyani (meditation)
- samadhi (absorption).As we explore these eight limbs, we begin by refining our behavior in the outer world, and then we focus inwardly until we reach samadhi (liberation, enlightenment).
Today most people practicing yoga are engaged in the third limb, asana, which is a program of physical postures designed to purify the body and provide the physical strength and stamina required for long periods of meditation.
- Mind (calm mental/emotional focus through meditation)
- Energy (life-force cultivation through breathing practices)
- Body (movement and postures)
DYNAMIC YOGA follows 7 vital principles of Practice:
Connecting to Core
Yield to Earth
Stack your bones
Move with Grace, Love and Joy.
We incorporate the 5 natural elements of EARTH, WATER, FIRE, AIR, SPACE. Incorporating Standing postures, Seated forward bends, Twists and Backbending postures as well as inversions (headstand & shoulderstands) and core Ab work. Important alignment techniques (IYENGAR) blended with the graceful flow of VINYASA coupled with the unique approach to sequencing that is specifically designed to meet the needs of today’s yoga student.
When we experience stress or depression we pull our family and community down with us.
But what is also true, is that when we dedicate a relatively small amount of time each week becoming more conscious and kinder human beings, while simultaneously improving our health and vitality, we elevate not only our own lives, but also elevate our family and community. What we attempt in the yoga room is to leave the craziness of our lives behind to feel more vital, relaxed, and sane.
As we do this, what we cannot help but take from the yoga room is a kinder, more focused, more patient, and of course, a more physically healthy sense of being.
Since one of our aims is regenerating health and peace in the body and mind, competitive goal setting towards astounding flexibility or impressive feats of gymnastics is actually counterproductive.
‘But I can’t touch my toes?’
Don’t worry at all about touching your toes or how your body looks ! You are in a room full of friends who are here for the same reason as you. So, instead, aim on practicing with breath awareness, and compassion toward yourself and those around you. Do this and you will find that your body will become stronger, more supple, healthier, and radiant without the vanity or sometimes self-loathing that is often attached to our idea of “fitness.”
At the heart of yoga is a transformational component which some call “self-improvement,” and others call “spirituality”. One of the great powers of yoga is that we practice non-dogmatic, unifying precepts that are embraced by virtually all religious, spiritual, and self-improvement paths.
These precepts promote harmony and reverberate throughout all of our relationships, intimate, business, and casual. How we behave with one another both in and out of the yoga room determines how we affect the world.
“Harmonizing mind, energy, and body makes the yoga experience unique.”