Using the breath to calm the thoughts, we can withdraw the senses (Pratyahara) back into ourselves and in so deepening the practice. We can explore the many-layered body and challenge ourselves to break loose from our emotional, intellectual and physical barriers to enter a state of mindfulness. Inspired by the Iyengar school (which focuses on alignment) and by the Hatha practice (focused on body and spirit union) I integrate the two styles into a natural flow of asanas. Listen to your body, it’s the best teacher for yourself.
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Last November I travelled to India for 2 months dedicating the first one to my TTC and the second one to a little bit of travelling. I chose Hatha Yoga School for its alignment focus curriculum and that is where I went and that is where I truly fell in love with Yoga.
The reason for me doing the course was initially to fix my back and the other injuries that picked up on the way. I went with no expectations but to help my body. Within two weeks of intense practice, I felt that a shift in my being as I started to embody Yoga, previously being a rational understanding. I felt that the knowledge given to us had to be shared. I cannot express the amount of gratitude that I have received from it.
I completely immersed myself in the Pranayama practice and took to heart Yoga’s at time contradictory philosophy. I learned to refine my appreciation for the breath, helping me sink deeper into my practice.
BEING WISPED UP BY YOGA
Hatha and Iyengar Yoga are two practices that really connect with me for their focus to breath and alignment.
Yoga wasn’t an obvious choice for me, I tried it when I was 16 practising Iyengar for a year and then Ashtanga. It was only after I sustained a pretty severe injury to my ankle, while playing American Football, that I felt inclined towards the practice as my whole life got toppled over. From wanting to be a professional contact sports athlete to then becoming a bedridden individual, my ego took a pretty severe blow.
I was expecting to become depressed, but unknowingly to me, this event became the foundation of my spiritual growth. In my self-practice, I let my body tell me how it needs to be moved while my mind gets to observe silence.
Breathing is life.
“My mind is my temple,
My thoughts are my prayers,
And my breath is my God.”
Currently in the Bear Pit Bristol (UK) collaborating with the social-enterprise team from “The Circle Bristol” project. The aim is to transform the space into a strong community network which revolves around sustainable food and wellbeing. The weekly workshops are set up to help teach people how to manage stress, as well as creating a safe and peaceful environment right in the heart of town.