Yoga is for everyone!
Traditionally, Yoga is described as a moksha-mârga or “path to liberation.” The word moksha derives from the verbal root muc meaning “to liberate.” Yoga is that discipline which is designed to liberate us from spiritual ignorance (avidyâ) and its fateful consequences.
What first attracted me to Yoga many years ago was the idea of freedom, of liberation. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (YS2:18) tell us that the purpose of Life is to provide us with experiences and give liberation to the one who is having the experience. All these years it has been the guiding light for my practice - to be free from pain and suffering on every level: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.
When someone asks me what style of Yoga I practice, I cringe a little inside. For me, there are no "styles" of Yoga, just Yoga. And what interests me is whether it removes suffering, or adds to it. If suffering is not reduced, I don't care what style it is - it is not Yoga.
With this in mind I set out on a new adventure - to strip down the proliferation of styles of Yoga out there, to distance myself from the Yoga celebrities that too often fall from grace and become trapped in the Ego, and to stay true to my guiding light - freedom and liberation.
This doesn't mean that all rules go out the door and there is anarchy and lack of structure. True freedom, like true democracy, can only be the result of complete and voluntary self-discipline and self-mastery. What do you do after you achieve full mastery and control? You break free and have fun! But fundamentals are necessary for any craft, for without a solid foundation you are never truly grounded.
Currently I am developing a program that would satisfy my parameters: movements that are easy to do for most people and are uncomplicated, yet that teach good alignment and proper body mechanics. I want to include things that engage as much of the body as possible, and that can be practiced at a variety of levels of difficulty. As always, safety is my number one concern. Once the testing is completed and I select that I believe to be appropriate content, I will begin to offer these movements in my group classes and private sessions.
“There is no way as way, having no limitation as limitation.” Bruce Lee