We take on the therapeutic approach by focusing on the individual and keeping to small groups for corporate and studio classes.
This way we ensure personalised attention and specialised practices most suitable for you. We draw upon various Hatha Yoga philosophies, techniques and practices that resonate with you right now and align you with where you would like to be.
You learn practical, powerful ways to release tension in your body and cultivate a calm, focused mind. Toning and stretching your body and improving your posture. The idea is to feel good from the inside-out as you harmonise body, breath and mind. Then you can maintain this personal reintegration by developing intelligent personal practices beyond our time together.
We have great respect for the origins and unfoldment of Yoga
This is a rich discipline with philosophical, scientific and experiential components. We would like to acknowledge all our teachers and students/clients to date. We are also very grateful to the lineage of Sri T. Krishnamacharya, Indian yoga teacher, ayurvedic healer and scholar who has been one of the most influential figures of the 20th Century. Often referred to as the father of modern yoga, he taught master yogis like B.K.S. Iyengar, Shri K. Pattabhi Jois, Indra Devi, T.K.V.Desikachar and A.G. Mohan.
Making yoga relevant and real for you
We find it is important to make the practices relevant to our socio-cultural context and will often acknowledge the traditional as well as employ approaches that resonate with the teacher and individuals present. This is about making yoga real for you. This is your journey. For example, for those who have sedentary work we understand that the traditional meditation lotus posture may be next to impossible to begin with (or in this lifetime) so we will look at ways to support your meditation and relaxation.
For those who choose to go deeper into their journey it is important to acknowledge the spiritual tradition that supports Yoga and equally important to respect your personal spiritual belief system. For this reason we will always preface any spiritual traditions e.g. Sanskrit mantras and offer alternative ways to practice that is in the spirit of what we are trying to achieve. For example you can develop a personal mantra, affirmation, prayer or intention that’s independent from the Sanskrit tradition.
What you can expect during a session
- Checking-in to meet you where you are at on the day and determine the purpose and rhythm for your practice
- Beginning with body, mind and breath awareness
- A gentle warm-up and stretching to prepare the body for the physical practice
- A balanced sequence of postures including preparatory work and counter-pose release work, with adaptations to suit your needs
- Exploratory work to deepen your practice based on your needs and aspirations, along with suggestions for a personal practice
- Quietening down, relaxation breath-work and/or meditation
- Reflection and feedback from you in preparation for our next session together
Traditional Principles of Yoga
- Disciplines/Yama of: Ahimsa (non-harming), Satya (truth-telling), Brahmacharya (moderation), Asteya (non-grasping); Aparygraha (non-attachment)
- Observances/Niyama of: Saucha (cleanliness), Santosha (contentment), Tapas (zeal for life), Swadhyaya (self-study), Ishwara Pranidhana (surrender)
- Asana (Postures)
- Breath Management (Pranayama)
- Turning attention Inward (Pratyahara)
- Dhyana (Meditation)
- Samadhi (Oneness with all living things)
Yoga Therapy Goals
- Personal reintegration of body, mind, breath
- Cultivating a positive relationship with self and others
- Individualised practices to address you as the whole person not just the discomfort, injury or disease
- Specialised practices for you in a progressive, step by step approach and support to restoring good health
- Developing a clear, unimpeded mind that sees clearly by developing disciplines to overcome obstacles to this
- Examination and reflection of lifestyle, nutrition, fitness and working towards alignment with your best self
“The Heart of Yoga, Developing a Personal Practice” by T.K.V Desikachar (Inner Traditions International, 1995)
“Yoga for Body, Breath and Mind, A Guide to Personal Reintegration” by A.G. Mohan (Shambhala Publications Inc, 1993)