The Soul of Yoga - "Without self-knowledge we cannot go beyond the mind" Jiddah Krishnamutri
Yoga has fast become a buzz word in Western society, over the last few years becoming known as a powerful way to enliven physical well-being. This has been highlighted even further with yoga’s integration within the ﬁeld of popular sports and its practice by well-known personalities.
I teach the style of Dru, also known as the yoga of the Heart. The word Dru comes from the Sanskirt word Dhruva which relates to stillness, the still point which can be experienced within this practice. The roots of Dru are in Hatha Yoga where movement is ﬂowing in sync with the breath. The soft ﬂowing movements, controlled breathing, visualisations and afﬁrmations make Dru a tremendously potent form of stress release.
The word Yoga means Union-the Union of the Mind, Body and Spirit. The practice is believed to be four thousand years old as for centuries the wisdom and knowledge was passed down from the Rishis (teachers) in the oral tradition and its ethos has not change, the only development coming mainly in the west with the introduction of several hybrid forms. Many associate the modern day images of Yoga with difﬁcult postures which appear impossible to attain for the average person. One may feel that "I am not ﬂexible enough to do Yoga" whereas one does Yoga to become ﬂexible, not just in the physical body but on all levels of being. I feel that it is these levels of Being that we have some-how lost touch with, as modern life is so focused on material objects and the physical appearance without an understanding and knowledge of how amazing our bodies actually are. Many people tend to look outside of themselves for solutions to their problems when the answer always lies deep inside. We have mental, emotional, physical and spiritual layers of being.
In fact Yoga is about the mind, the journey of oneself through the following of the ﬁrst text scriptures written 2500 years ago by the scholar Patanjali , famously known as The Eight limbs of Yoga. These are:
Rules of social behaviour, Rules of personal behaviour, Physical postures, Breathing, Withdrawal from the senses, Concentration, Meditation, Pure consciousness.
By working through these eight structures of yoga one can create a self-awareness where one works towards ﬁnding an inner peace amidst of the disruptions and suffering being human inevitably brings. Now one can see how the physical postures are just one small part of a greater stress release system. The physical postures literally squeeze out the stress that resides in the joints, muscles and organs of the body. The philosophy of Yoga can be a life-long study, the most important aspect is to give yourself the time to experience the ﬂow of Yoga without judgement.
It's about YOU, there is no competition, no right or wrong. Work beyond the desire to achieve perfect postures, work beyond the ego.
Allow yourself to loosen the trappings of your own mind. Allow yourself to be free.
The Holistic Life Coach
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