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Philosophy of Teaching

My approach to teaching yoga is as a holistic subject; not as only exercise or a competitive sport. Yoga is more than a set of exercises; it is an inner journey of the heart, mind and soul. By using the body, the practice expands the mind and leads toward the inner self. The physical body combined with the breath is the medium for which self-discovery, mastery and transformation takes place. The body is a wondorous and remarkable tool having the capacity to be molded into the various shapes as well as to repair and heal itself after serious illness, and injury. All injuries whether physical or emotional including perceived limitations, strengths and weaknesses are the material for practice. For without them there would be no practice.

Given the context in which I studied and practiced yoga, I have a traditional approach. My experiences as a yoga student in India and with Indian Yoga Masters has deeply informed my practice and teaching. Under the guidance of my teachers each posture was individually taught to me. With time and practice the postures were tied together like a bead on a mala (i.e., a traditional garland used for meditation). Based on my years of training as a student, I developed the 5-point philosophy. This creates the ideal condition for students to go beyond their known and/or preconceived limitations both physically and mentally. It is also aligned with the traditional practice as students are taught on an one-to-one basis and not in mass classes.

Traditionally yoga was not taught in large classes, on a drop-in basis or taken randomly as is the most popular method today in the West. The method was/is to transmit the teachings from the teacher to the student. As well, yoga was taught according to the individual's capacity; helping them to realize their unrealized potential. This deals with breaking the habitual patterns of the body and mind (i.e., thoughts patterns which create depression, anxiety, fear and/or any other modifications). The ancient texts of yoga deal with mind training through the body. Hatha-Yoga provides the tools while the teacher is the guide in showing the student how to use them. And as in all practices, it is up to the individual student to apply what they learn.

Today many people look to yoga for quick fixes and fast results. In yoga there are no short cuts, magicial tricks or easy answers. It is a path and a practice; giving back to you as much as you give to it. Teaching is a way to share the gift of yoga and to inspire others to practice. It is relatively easy to sit around and 'talk' yoga, but in the end it is one's on-going practice which becomes one's best teacher.

 

5-POINT PHILOSOPHY

Pesonal Attention
Limited class size per program/class.
Detailed instructions and personal attention.
Progressive Classes
For sequential learning classes are not offered randomly. Each class is built upon the previous one taken.
Detailed Instruction
Each posture and exercise is explained with depth. Classes are adjusted to suit the student.
Teacher Feedback
Individual corrections and recommendations are given. Questions are addressed as they relate to practice.
Structured Programs
Classes include the "whole" not the parts of yoga. Offered within a 6-week format.