I have a vision.
To bring Yoga into our Communities’ – as an acknowledged, inclusive & valuable resource for health, well-being & harmonious living, provided by the Community, within the Community.
Who am I? A long-term student, teacher & health practitioner of the Vedic Science’s of life & living, Ayurveda & Yoga. Seeking to share the practical benefits of these universal life philosophies to support our Communities , with mental & physical health, awareness, vitality, purpose & connection to each other & nature.
Over the course of the 20 plus years as student & teacher, I have seen a remarkable adoption of Yoga. I have also experienced a divergence from its living ethics & main goal. Now, commonly taught, as the practice of Asana Yoga, a system of physical exercise to improve health, and tone the body, and frequently used as commodity in an unsustainable & exploitive debt economy.
While Asana is beneficial, it is not true Yoga, neither is using it to obtain or seek anything beyond what is necessary to live a moderate Life. Relatively speaking – it is a pale comparison to what Yoga is capable of offering thus limited. The key to using Yoga as a practical tool to benefit our communities, is to assure it is offered in a way which, serves as a living example of its living ethics.
Yoga in the Community steps away from divergence, it is an ongoing discovery which strives to uphold the living ethics of Yoga Philosophy. Because it is partly benefactor funded, it moves Yoga back into the model, where a teacher can expect some contribution to living costs, while avoiding the complexities that come with offering it for profit including – exclusivity, the non-essential and excessive.
Yoga in the community seeks alignment with the ethics of “moderation & simplicity” and “plain & simple living” as its guiding principles. Taken from – The Yoga Sutra of Sage Patanjali, Paramahamsa Prajnananda
It expands beyond the limitations of Asana Yoga, into the other limbs, teaching breathing & life force energy (Pranayama) meditation (Dhyana) which change brain chemistry & increase concentration. While respecting and building upon inherent values unique to our culture, communicating the nature of consciousness and how to act with awareness and to find inner contentment.
It will accommodate the person that comes to class with one goal in mind such as to experience better flexibility, relieve symptoms of pain & cancer, or other dis-ease of the body and mind or to overcome disorders such as hypertension, depression, anxiety to even lose weight, as well as support those with more advanced experience. We all do the same practice and what matters is that we are all practicing together for the common purpose of feeling good.
Yoga begins when there is no forcing or stress. As many Yoga students know, if we have to force ourselves into a posture this has little benefit. Much like the subtle forces & stress that come with teachers & studios needing to market & advirtise to students for financial commitment when Yoga is offered according to current economic models of business. When this model is eliminated issues of affordability, exclusivity & wrong practice can be stamped out. Ultimately, Yoga is a commitment to the self, not a contract.
As any yoga student that has experienced the benefits from their practice knows, this isn’t something that is determined by money. It comes with right practice. The intention of Yoga in the Community is offered from a place of equanimity, without forcing, expectation or coercing, then by this very nature, Yoga has begun before a student steps foot into the practice space.
Yoga in the Community is a heartfelt call to action, to offer techniques of yoga which systematically build our vital energy, as a response to the observable increase in the number of people struggling. While we are impacted by conditions on a global level, the immediate conditions within our Community environment & relationships influence us more.
I invite you to come along and experience for your-self the far-reaching benefits of – Yoga.
Yoga in the Community fpr Good health & Calmness is offered in the Upper Clutha at the St Johns Room & Community Hub your participation in the class also supports the St Johns voluntary service and the ongoing support of the Community Hub, as well as providing access to quality Yoga for those experiencing Hardship.
The venue space is generously donated by a benefactor/student & the Community Hub alongside Carmen, whom support the vision to bring – Yoga into our Communities as an acknowledged tool for: Community – Mental, Spiritual & Physical Health. Allowing for a no-one turned away philosophy.
Tuesdays St Johns Rm – 9.30-10.45
Thursdays Community Hub – 9.30-10.45
Can you help bring yoga into the community?