Knowledge and action. Understand and do.
There are many reasons why people practice yoga. To relax and feel more energized, or because of a back or knee problem, feeling unsatisfied with the stiffness and discomfort in their body or they are simply curious to find out why so many people are practicing yoga.
Yoga is a tool to help us deal with stress and the many complexities of everyday life. ActionYoga strives to provide an invaluable foundation in how to use yoga as a process of self management, to break unconscious habits that may not be serving us well and to replace it with deliberate and conscious actions instead. This process is grounded yet transformative.
I welcome all whatever age or level of fitness and health to enjoy the benefits that a sustained practice can bring.
Pamela is offering private classes and yoga sessions for your business or social group. She also runs group classes in Ivanhoe on Sunday mornings as well as Tuesday and Thursday nights. For enquires: 0425 730 396 Email: email@example.com
“Tell me and I will forget. Show me and I will remember. Let me do and I will understand.”
Yoga is one of India’s traditional systems of philosophy with archaeological evidence tracing back over 4000 years. Transmitted orally through the generations like most Indian philosophies, it tends to stand outside of any established religion. Although acknowledged as a philosophy yoga is heavily based on a foundation of practical application rather than just theory.
The word “yoga” originates from the Sanskrit root yuj which has been translated as ‘Bind, Join, Attach, Yoke or Union’. In ‘Tree of Yoga’, BKS Iyengar explains “Yoga means union. The union of the individual soul with the Universal Spirit is yoga. But this is too abstract a notion to be easily understood, so for our level of understanding I say that yoga is the union of body with the mind and of mind with the soul”. It can therefore be seen as the union of the physical, physiological, mental, emotional and intellectual bodies leading one on a path to an integrated, purposeful, useful and noble life.” Although there are innumerable writings on the subject of yoga, there are two texts that are considered to be of special significance in presenting the essential meaning and application of yoga practice:
Bhagavad Gita (circ.500-200BC)
Yoga Sutras – Patañjali (circ.500-200BC)
Mr B.K.S. Iyengar, based in Pune India, has made it possible for people from many walks of life to experience the wisdom of the yoga sutras. He has discovered the meaning of the sutras by researching through practice; experimenting on himself before sharing this practical knowledge with his students. His style of yoga is a scientific, disciplined and deeply researched system continued through the teachings of his daughter Dr Geeta S. Iyengar and son Sri Prashant S. Iyengar.
He has described his yoga as “Patanjali Yoga” and says: “The only thing I am doing is to bring out the in-depth, the hidden qualities of Yoga to the awareness of you all. What I do is pure, authentic traditional Yoga.” Iyengar’s style of yoga emphasises the integration of body, mind and spirit. The Iyengar approach to yoga is firmly based on the traditional eight limbs of yoga expounded by Patanjali in his classic treatise, The Yoga Sutras.
The Sutras outline a way of life which develops a healthy body and mind, which can lead to liberation (mukti) and self-realisation (kaivalya). Yogacharya B.K.S Iyengar has shown and taught how all the eight limbs of astanga yoga are integrated in the practice of asana and pranayama. How practicing asanas and pranayama teaches us to concentrate on any subject of our choice. Thus, by the practice of yoga, a dancer can become a better dancer, a scientist – a better scientist, a manager – a better manager; a musician – a better musician; a person – a better person.