What is yoga?
"Yoga is an ancient art based on an extremely subtle science, one of the body, mind, and soul. The prolonged practice of yoga will, in time, lead the student to a sense of peace and a feeling of being at one with his or her environment," explains B.K.S. Iyengar. He further explains, "The aim of yoga is to calm the chaos of conflicting impulses." So, yoga is an art and a science. It is not a religion. In India, the practice is closely aligned with the Hindu religion, taking the names for many postures from the Hindu names for deities. However, it is quite possible to be a Hindu and never do yoga, as it is equally possible to do yoga and not be Hindu.
When people in North America talk about yoga, we usually mean Hatha Yoga. Hatha Yoga is the practice of physical postures (called asanas), combined with pranayama (breathing practices.) Yoga combines movements that increase flexibility and strengthen the entire body with deep relaxation practices.
Breath and awareness are what distinguish yoga from other physical exercises. While doing yoga, the breath is used to facilitate the movement and deepen the experience. The mind is alert and focused on the breath and sensations in the body. Sometimes yoga postures are done very slowly, with barely perceptible movement. Other times, such as in Ashtanga or Vinyasa styles, the movement is almost aerobic, creating heat and developing strength. What all Hatha yoga practice has in common is the use of the breath and awareness.
Who should attend the School of Yogic Studies?
Our courses will benefit anyone seeking personal growth and in-depth experiential revelation of yoga, whether seeking a teaching career, or not. We offer a variety of classes ranging from a few hours, several days, and even 28-day full teacher certifications.
Workshops range from restorative weekend retreats, to specific trainings offering Yoga Alliance continuing education credits, and 200-hr Classic Teacher training.
We're proud to host a variety of instructors throughout the year bringing a unique blend of training styles and topics.
Why should you attend?
Your work is an expression of who you are in this world; it is your karma yoga, the yoga of your actions, and your dharma. It is the process of living according to your highest purpose. This is an invitation to prepare yourself to receive the benefits and blessings of yoga as you share the gift of yoga with others. Yoga lasts a lifetime. It is a lifelong study and appreciation.
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