I often get asked WHAT TYPE OF YOGA I TEACH.
I have three answers.
1. First of all: Yoga is Yoga.
2. If you don't like/understand that answer and want something more concrete, I've been trained in, have studied, and/or taught: Hatha, Ashtanga, (some) Iyengar, Yin, Restorative, Gentle, Kids, Vinyasa, (some) Kundalini, Yoga Nidra, many types of meditation/relaxation techniques (to save my own soul), and obviously a lot of Therapeutic Yoga and probably a few others I'm not recalling right now.
I started 12 years ago and have gone through many stages as both a practitioner and a teacher (another post). There are people who get stuck in the physical realm of Yoga and believe this is the practice. This is true on one level; it’s through the body and the energetic sheaths that self knowledge may be obtained. From where I stand, there’s a point where it’s just becomes about contemplation and connection. It won’t matter whether you do asana or not.
In my lineage in which I was initiated into over 8 years ago, (Sri Vidya), the physical practice prepares you for meditation, contemplation, and awakening/enlightenment. Physical practice prepares the body to sit quietly without pain or discomfort. Prepares the body to breathe properly. Prepares the body for a new energy to enter.
3. General qualities of the way I teach asana (the third limb of Yoga)...
-Focus on Breath
-Function over Form (Bio-Mechanical Re-Education)
-Dynamic & Static Movement
-Isometric (push against a fixed force without changing length in the muscle; plank pose) & Isotonic Exercises (Resistance, but muscle moves; bicep curls)
-Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation/PNF. Used to enhance both active & passive range of motion to improve range of motion, which leads to greater motor performance and aids in rehabilitation. Push down on your leg for 8 seconds and notice how much more flexible it is.
-Spinal awareness and extension and ‘Forgiving Limbs’
-Focus on Sequencing & a Safe, User-Friendly Approach
Please refer a loved one to me who may benefit from this user-friendly, accessible, and functional form of asana. #theessenceofgold