Yoga is a way to re-create the body so that it serves a higher purpose;
to fine-tune ourselves with existence so that everything functions
naturally and harmoniously and we live to the best of our ability.
~Sadhguru, Modern day Yogi and mystic
Yoga is a spiritual discipline that includes many mental, physical and behavioural practices and processes. All methods aim to create harmony between the body and mind, and to elevate and expand the spirit, and realise our ultimate nature. Plus, all Yoga practices provide multiple additional side-benefits.
As a physical therapy, I teach Yoga to help improve flexibility, strength, stamina, digestion, immune function, blood pressure, heart health, relaxation, and sleep; and decrease bodily weakness, discomfort, imbalance and disease. I also use Yoga practices to facilitate natural processes such pregnancy and ageing, and nurture mental benefits including higher moods, more stable emotions, and greater peace and clarity.
As therapeutic devices and long-term lifestyle practices I primarily work with processes taught by Swami Satyananda Saraswati, founder of the Bihar School of Yoga, in Munger, India; B.K.S. Iyengar, founder of the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune, India; and Jaggi Vasudev Sadhguru, living Yogi and mystic, and founder of the Isha Yoga Centre in Coimbatore, India.
I help individuals to apply skills selected from Yoga’s eight-limb path, such as:
Associated methods include:
All approaches are chosen based on each person’s unique Āyurvedic dosha or constitution and current health and lifestyle needs.
I prefer to work with people one-to-one, and occasionally in small groups. I also instruct individuals in Yoga techniques online.
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In mantra, the “man” refers to the mind, and “tra” to protection. Mantra protects the mind of the one who does it. In Yoga traditions, mantras are an advanced practice, given according to each person’s spiritual predisposition and chosen pathway. In Āyurveda, mantras are given to individuals to help rebalance the doshas and mental qualities (sattva, rajas and tamas).
As a therapy, I use mantras to:
Mantras (and also mudras and Yoga Nidra) originate from Tantra, an ancient Indian spiritual philosophy and practice that delineates rules and processes for safe and full living. Tantra emphasises personal experimentation and experience as a way to move forward on the spiritual path.
Mantras can be a single syllable or sound (known as a bija [seed] mantra), or incorporate many words and syllables—all of which must be pronounced perfectly in their original Sanskrit language.
When uttered for a period daily, each mantrum creates specific vibrations that, if chosen and performed correctly, can change the physical chemistry and metabolism, mental functions and patterns, and affect the soul’s deepest expressions.
As therapy, I may suggest specific mantras to be repeated once or twice daily for five or more minutes, over a period of one to two months.
The Sanskrit word mudra can be broken down to “mud” (rhymes with ‘could’) to mean delight, and “dra” meaning to draw forth. Mudras are a subtle gesture or attitude that draws forth delight.
In therapeutic practice, I use mudras to:
Mudras promote happiness by sealing in and redirecting the flow of vital life-force throughout the body, to stimulate specific mental, emotional, sensory, and meditational states.
A mudra can involve posturing the whole body or face, but are most commonly applied as simple hand gestures, held for some time while seated.
As therapy, I may suggest specific mudras to be held once or twice daily for five or more minutes. Specific mudras can be incorporated while practicing mantra repetition.
The Sanskrit root of Kriya is “kri”—to do, act and react. Kriya Yoga involves certain actions or practices that concentrate and master flows of vital life-force to accelerate spiritual development. Kriya Yoga practices are also highly beneficial for mental and physical wellbeing. Specific techniques often involve series of prānayāmā, mantra, and mudra.
Traditionally the practices of Kriya Yoga were well-guarded secrets communicated via a guru-disciple relationship. Today Kriya Yoga practices continue to be well-guarded, ideally communicated only to those who make a genuine commitment.