YOGA

The word Yoga in Sanskrit means: UNION of the Individual Soul, with the Universal Spirit. 

What Yoga means to me isn't only about the Postures (Asana) though many people think of Yoga as Physical Exercise. Posture Practice is actually the most superficial part of this ancient spiritual science of opening up our minds full potential. Now if you would have told me that when I started my practice, I would have argued with you. If that is what your practice looks like there is NOTHING wrong with that. Yoga can be an AMAZING workout! But it is also a work in. So often through life we are accustomed to looking outside of ourselves to find full fulfillment. We live in a society where what we acquire can give us what we want. More often then not we find ourselves working toward things that are just beyond our reach. We are caught up in doing rather then being, In action rather then awareness. It is hard for us to picture a state of complete calmness. Yet through internal calm we are able to touch a level of joy and understanding we normally would not be able to reach. 

The ancient science of Yoga offers a direct means of stilling our thoughts and restlessness of our bodies to prevent us from seeing who and what we really are. Yoga is a simple process of reversing the ordinary flow of outward energy, so that the mind is no longer dependent on false senses of happiness but is capable of actually experiencing what is REAL.

DYNAMIC YOGA METHOD

There are many different "styles" of yoga. While I enjoy them all;  the "style" I was taught made sense to me the first time I used it. After many years of practice I believe that the DYNAMIC YOGA METHOD is beneficial to your body in so many ways:

CREATED BY GODFREY DEVEREUX

The Dynamic Yoga Method is not another fragmented "style" of Hatha Yoga. The method cultivates a deep grounding in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and focuses on the awakening of intelligence. It is essentially a way to organize, experience and execute the actions one takes within practice. The method incorporates breath work with movement. As such, It is composed of a basic set of principles that can be taught to students in the beginning of their training and it gives them a way to gain autonomy in their investigation of Yoga. The method reveals what is foundational to all styles you may encounter and consists of a thorough grounding in the five elements...

 

Asana (Stillness), Pranayama (Air),Bandha (Fire), Vinyasa (Water), and Drishti (Uncommon Presence).

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Always be a work in progress

The Eight Limb Path of Yoga

 

YOGA PHILOSOPHY In Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra, the eightfold path is called ashtanga, which literally means in sanskrit “eight limbs” (ashta=eight, anga=limb). These eight steps basically act as guidelines on how to live a meaningful and purposeful life. They serve as a prescription for moral and ethical conduct and self-discipline; they direct attention toward one’s health; and they help us to acknowledge the spiritual aspects of our nature.

 

The YAMA'S and NIYAMA'S are the beginning of realization. 

The  YAMA'S are our awakening to the world around us. It is an understanding that our actions may cause harm and that the things of the world are not ours for the taking.

The five YAMA'S are:

AHIMSA: Non Violence

SATYA: Truthfullness

ASTEYA: Nonstealing

BRAHACHARYA: Continence

APARIGRAHA: Non Covetousness

 

The NIYAMA'S are inward it illuminates the relationship we have with ourselves

The five NIYAMA'S are:

SAUCHA: Cleanliness

SAMTOSA: Contemptment

TAPAS: Heat/Spiritualness

SVADHYAYA: The study of the scriptures and of the self

ISVARA PRANIDHANA: Surrender to god

 

The inward limb of Niyama comes to life as:

ASANA the transformation of the body into stillness "Control of the Body".

PRANAYAMA is control of Breath". "Prana" is Breath or vital energy in the body. On subtle levels prana represents the pranic energy responsible for life or life force, and "ayama" means control. So Pranayama is "Control of Breath"PRATYAHARA Is gaining mastery of external influences. It is compared to a turtle withdrawing its limbs into its shell — the turtle's shell is the mind and the senses are the limbs.  "Control of the Senses".

DHARANA In Dharana there is a wide variety of objects of concentration one can use. A burning candle, the ocean, the tip of ones own nose, the center of the eyebrows, or the sound of a mantra these are common objects. the point is to focus and stop the incessant talking of the mind and to channel all thought to your mind. "Control of the Mind".

DHYANA The continuous Flow of Consciousness toward an object. We begin to realize the oneness of all beings and all of creation.

SAMADHI State of ecstasy. The Meditator merges with focus and transcends the self altogether. The transcendent begins to recognize the profound connection to source and a connection to all living things.With this realization comes the experience of being one with the universe. The ultimate stage of Yoga: ENLIGHTENMENT - It can neither be bought or possessed it can only be experienced

The completion of the Yogic Path and what we all aspire toward: PEACE

 

*San·skrit

ˈsanˌskrit/noun

  1. 1. an ancient Indic language of India, in which the Hindu scriptures and classical Indian epic poems are written and from which many northern Indian languages are derived.

 

 

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Sonya Wilcockson

"I have been with Sheila for over 2 years now and she is the most amazing yoga instructor and the most beautiful person I know. When she teaches she gets to know each students limitations and needs. She teaches with genuine concern and even in a class, gives individualized attention to the needs and restrictions of each student, throughout the class.  She gives so many modifications from beginning to advanced to restricted no one ever feels left out or they don't belong in her class. She has such a way of relaxing people and putting them at ease you feel like you can do anything with her. If she sees you doing something incorrectly or maybe you shouldn't do due to limitations, she will gently, quietly, guide you in the right direction.

I had been through several yogi's and different types of yoga classes, over 2 years, on the advice of my physical therapist and had all but given up when I found Sheila. Despite my numerous restrictions and what I thought were limitations, Sheila actually went out of her way and did research to the best way to teach me. No one else did, as a matter of fact I'd tell other yogi's of my issues and they gave little if any modifications and in one case I found myself hurt after a few classes. 

As a result of training with Sheila, I have far surpassed my own expectations and continue to push myself, within reason, and have gotten down to the weight I wanted and have a better body than I did when I was a teenager...I'm 43."

 

 

Connie Caspari

"I have been with Sheila for over 2 years now and she is the most amazing yoga instructor and the most beautiful person I know. When she teaches she gets to know each students limitations and needs. She teaches with genuine concern and even in a class, gives individualized attention to the needs and restrictions of each student, throughout the class.  She gives so many modifications from beginning to advanced to restricted no one ever feels left out or they don't belong in her class. She has such a way of relaxing people and putting them at ease you feel like you can do anything with her. If she sees you doing something incorrectly or maybe you shouldn't do due to limitations, she will gently, quietly, guide you in the right direction."