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WHAT IS YOGA?

According to the PATANJALI YOGA SUTRAS

"Yoga is the settling of the mind into silence" Alistair Shearer

"Yoga is the restriction of the fluctuations of consciousness" Georg Feuerstein

"Yoga is the ability to direct the mind exclusively towards an object and sustain that direction without any distractions" TKV Desikachar"

From the definitions above it is clear that yoga is a psychological discipline. Mind is shaped by its experience. Through Yoga one is enabled to see how our minds are moulded and shaped by objects to the point where the impressions of the objects begin to hinder clarity of perception. Once we understand and accept the mind assumes the form of its experience, we have the opportunity to choose the objects that shape our minds.

YOGA IS AN ATTEMPT TO ENHANCE PERCEPTION AT ITS VERY SOURCE

YOGA SHOULD MAKE YOU FEEL GOOD, and to do so we follow very simple steps:

To gain avoid pain
Take a holiday from stress and competition
Be focused, relaxed as you work 'IN'
Develop your mental capacities
Discover your inner self
YOGA PRACTICED CORRECTLY CAN HEAL SOMETIMES, RELIEVE OFTEN BUT RELAX ALWAYS

WHAT IS YOGA IN THE KRISHNAMACHARYA TRADITION?

YOGA IS A SYSTEM OF REINTEGRATION OF BODY BREATH AND MIND

We teach in the tradition of T.Krishnamacharya. T.Krishnamacharya was one of the foremost yoga teachers in India in modern times, he was a yogacharya par excellence. He can trace his ancestry all the way back to Nathamuni 9 centuries ago. His son and student TKV Desikachar and Grandson Kasthaub Desikachar continues this whole tradition. Also some of his other students are responsible for several 'schools' of Yoga; most well known are BKS Iyengar (Iyengar Yoga), Patabi Jois (Ashstanga Vinyasa - known as power yoga, followed by Madonna etc.) AJ Mohan, Srivatsa Ramaswami, and Indra Devi.

T Krishnamacharya maintained that Yoga should be taught respecting differences in age, gender, mental and physical health, culture, religion, philosophy and occupation. One size does not fit all. Therefore with this in mind yoga is best taught on a one to one basis. However when this is not possible, small group classes can give insight into the potential that this approach to yoga can offer.