In Simple Yoga, we do the same things people do in other yoga classes…
… breathing, poses, meditation.
We just do these things in a different way.
We do meditation practices that help people develop focus and expansiveness, but above all we encourage a way of meditating that invites the mind and body to be alert and friendly with themselves, while encouraging both to find rest.
We do all sorts of poses (known in yoga as asanas). We do standing poses, seated ones, poses that recline, and also upside-down poses. Sometimes we move from one pose to another in a short period of time, and other times we stay in one pose for a good long while. Sometimes poses have a vigorous dynamic, and other times they have a quiet, settled feeling.
The asanas are not ultimately about being fit, though people practicing them become stronger, more alert, and more resilient. In Simple Yoga, the poses serve as a laboratory for exploring support, which offers a way for people to be more present within themselves.
We do different sorts of breathing, including simply allowing breath to be as it is. We explore the range and possibilities of the breath by lengthening, shortening and also pausing it.
The Simple Yoga approach to breathing relies on curiosity as an essential ingredient. This is coupled with a precise and deep understanding of how breathing actually works.
Yes, conscious breathing can help you relax and stay energized, but it’s really so much more than that!
Breathing becomes a doorway to knowing oneself better. It offers a way to reduce unnecessary difficulty by bringing awareness to the connections between mind and body, self and other, inner and outer.
If you are just starting out, a Simple Yoga class will give you a balance of direct immersion, combined with teaching that helps you truly learn, so you can hone what you are doing. As you become more experienced, the content and instruction adapt to meet you where you are.
As in other yoga forms, the range of practices in Simple Yoga contains variety and complexity. The unifying element is the emphasis on support. Support is the thing that brings simplicity to the practice.
When attention can settle to the experience of support, things are clearer; it’s possible to take in what rests underneath and inside complex things. Attention itself assumes a more settled, simple quality.
In the course of a Simple Yoga class, asana, breathing and meditation are combined in ways that encourage greater awareness of support and easier access to it.
A basic motivation for doing this is to help people learn to be more at home within themselves. Certain attitudes and intentions facilitate this state while others disrupt it.
In Simple Yoga, there are a few specific states considered to be especially favorable to being present and at home. These are referred to as inner actions because they offer a way to clarify attention and intention. They can also help to organize the effect of outward actions.
The inner actions stem from the basic principles of support and small actions. They deepen practice. They offer a way to work with the linkage between yoga’s physical and mental, emotional and other aspects.
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