We each need to find our own way in. As a teacher, I hope to facilitate this
discovery. When teaching, I encourage students to learn to feel their own
bodies, to respect them, to breathe and to develop a sense of inner integrity.
We need to work with what we have, where we are, the conditions in which
we are practising. The time of year will have a contributing factor on us,
whether it is a morning practice or an evening practice.
Asana, Pranayama, Mudra, Bandha and Dharana - using Mantra, sound, silence
and visualisation - are all tools to an integrated practice.
One size does not fit all. Finding the yoga that's the right fit is important.
We are each unique social beings.
Here are the many different aspects I try to bring into my teaching:-
Srsti krama this is a time
when we focus on growth, physical, mental, psychological and emotional. Often
this is taught to children, with the intention to gain strength and flexibility,
to sharpen the mind and make it more attentive. To learn subtle control of
Siksana krama. Here the focus
is on perfection - be it asana, pranayama, bandhas or any other tools of
yoga. This is often used with healthy young adults.
Raksana krama. Raksana means
maintenance or sustenance. Here the focus is on maintaining health, relief
from stress and rejuvenation. This is a practice for those who have families
and a busy social life. At this stage of our life we need to maintain a healthy
body so that we can carry out our responsibilities.
Adhyatmika krama. Here we
discover our spiritual side. We are searching for more meaning and a deeper
aspect to our lives. To help us move onto our spiritual journey if life.
Cikitsa krama. Cikitsa mean
therapy and we learn to use yoga as a healing process. Here we can focus
on some unease or disease that we want to get rid of. The focus is on returning
to a state of ease and health.
Of course these are only guideline and there will always be exceptions.
Sa tu dirghakala nairantarya sitkara adara
asevito drdhabhumih - Yoga Sutra 1.13
The appropriate practice, pursued over a long time, without interruptions,
with eagerness and positive attitude will indeed provide a strong foundation
to reach and sustain the goal.
When working with postures the breath and the mind can be calmed which can
be a monkey mind most of the time. When the breath is steady the mind becomes
quiet and calm. Most of the time we are very unaware of our breath it is
something we take for granted. Yoga can enable us to get into touch with
our body, breath and mind. To bring us to a state of balance and harmony,
physically, mentally and spiritually.
Jo runs regular classes at her Yoga Studio in Gillingham, where she has lived
now for 25 years. The Studio is set in the quiet tranquil setting of her
back garden. With parking facilities for 4 cars.