Vinyasa Yoga is a timeless science that is highly relevant today as it was designed especially for those with social responsibilities such as work and family. For this reason, it’s normal to not always be able to devote as much time to our practice as we’d like to due to these responsibilities (since still fulfilling these duties are regarded as a part of our practice too). So what becomes important is how we practice, with the precious time we’ve made available.
During asana (the physical practice) we are ‘moved by breath’, which though has many physical benefits like helping rid us of mental, emotional, and physical toxins, it is more importantly a component in the stilling of the mind so we can be fully present to who we are.
The Vinyasa Yoga system is designed to work as a movement meditation, where the transitions from each posture to the next are as important as the postures themselves. We aim not to get identified with postures and preoccupied with the body, but instead shift emphasis from posture to breath and therefore realise that postures, like all forms, are impermanent.
Not only does asana and pranayama bring about strength and flexibility both physically and mentally, through awareness we can also observe where we become strongly identified with the ego, leading us further into ignorance, desire, aversion, and fear.
Through the integration of the asana practice, breath work, along with the other limbs of yoga such as meditation, ethics, philosophy; then move us towards the realisation of our potential or true nature which goes far beyond the limits of the human mind and personality.
In the Vinyasa Yoga system, practice and philosophy go hand-in-hand. Practising can become limited without the philosophy; whilst philosophy on its own can become theorising and buzzwords without the practice.
I teach in-line with the Vinyasa Yoga method, a challenging yet stimulating moving meditation. My practice is supported with yogic philosophy, pranayama, exploration of movement, and meditation. I see myself as a simple guide than a teacher and want students to tune into their own intuition to find what’s working best for them. I encourage them to go beyond just the physical and embrace all the limbs of yoga, whilst taking the process and themselves lightly.