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There are many forms of yoga being practiced and taught today. Though they all use similar moves and positions, I have chosen to specialize in Hatha yoga, based on the classical description, as a subset of Ashtanga yoga (before it was Westernized.) Hatha yoga originated in India in the 15th century. This type of yoga is slow-paced, gentle, and focused on breathing, relaxation, and meditation. Its purpose is to introduce the student to yoga with basic poses and relaxation techniques; gradually adding more challenging poses, as they advance. I place emphasis on the spiritual aspect of yoga, introducing my students to Yoga sutras (threads of wisdom), which are part of the eight fold path and the timeless teachings of the Himalayan masters. Hatha yoga helps to relieve stress, provide physical exercise, improve breathing, and balances the endocrine, nervous and circulatory systems. I find the benefits my students enjoy through the practice are a sense of emotional calmness and relaxation, increased strength, flexibility and balance. My students tell me they enjoy the spiritual focus of my class, that it sets me apart from other teachers they have studied with.
Though there are a variety of meditation techniques and names given to these techniques, they usually involve a practice that is clearly defined and is taught to the practitioner. All of these techniques share a common goal – to help us reclaim a mind that is clear, calm, and tranquil. It is in the stillness of meditation that we are able to touch what is most real and reliable in ourselves. The meditation technique that I teach is based on the Himalayan tradition, as taught by the Himalayan Institute in Honesdale, PA.
Meditation (Dhyana) is the 7th limb of the eight-limbed yoga path. The process, as taught in the Himalayan tradition, is to learn how to be still, beginning with relaxing and releasing tension in the body and progressing toward relaxing and quieting the mind. Breath awareness is used as a way of calming and stilling the mind. Once breath awareness has been established, the practitioner moves to awareness of his or her thoughts and the process of noticing and letting go is established. With practice, the mind begins to have less control over the practitioner and a deep sense of calm and peace is felt within, which carries over into the practitioners’ lives and helps to balance the hectic pace that we often live in.