I love to move and in Yoga we learn to move more efficiently. When moving from pose to pose we move from the centre and stabilize the body while gaining mobility at the same time. Yoga also lets us observe the movement patterns in the breath. We watch the breath noticing which parts of the body move as the breath enters, which move as it exits, and how these parts relate. Breath and gravity are two forces with which we are confronted with on this planet and life requires a harmonious and intimate relationship between breath and posture. In the practice of Yoga this relationship is consciously explored. Yoga also teaches us to follow the movement patterns in the mind, citta vritti, the whirls of the mind. We make choices about whether these patterns serve us. And we can begin to move toward stilling these whirls.
Flow, Precision & a State of Wide Heart
Vijñāna Yoga stems from the yogic tradition of northern India, as taught by Sri Krishnamacharya, the teacher of Pattabhi Jois, B.K.S. Iyengar and T.K.V. Desikachar. Vijnana Yoga is based on the idea of ‘practicing from inside’, each student creates their own individual way of practicing according to their needs. The practice includes meditation, pranayama, asana and study of text. Flow and alignment are both important components of Vijnana Yoga, and the 7 vital principles developed by Orit Sen Gupta guide the practice. The 7 Vital Principles are: Relaxing the body, quieting the mind, focusing through intent, rooting, connecting, awareness of breath and expanding. The word ‘Vijnana’ means - according to the great Vedanta philosopher Śankara- to have a deep understanding or knowing that cannot come about merely through outer knowledge. ‘Vijñāna is when inner clarity is revealed through personal experience’. (Orit Sen Gupta).
"As directly as the physical vision sees and grasps the appearance of objects, so and far more directly does the gnosis (vijñāna) sees and grasps the truth of things.” Śri Aurobindo, The Synthesis of Yoga