Whether one’s motivation to do yoga is for physical exercise or stress relief, to develop one’s awareness and consciousness , and/or a longing for a deeper connection within and beyond oneself – Iyengar Yoga is a ‘whole’ practice and it meets us wherever we are; or wherever we ‘think’ we are.
Although it comes as no surprise that we are each a sum of our unique parts, experiences and ancestors, we are not always aware of how the patterns we repeat (physically, psychologically, emotionally…) continue to shape us both literally and metaphorically throughout our lives. Some patterns (postural/mental/emotional…) become so entrenched that we ‘forget’ or even deny other options are available.
Through the practice of asana (yoga poses) we systematically learn to pay attention and connect to where we really are, right now. In developing this awareness it becomes easier to see what it is possible and to strengthen the inner pathways that help us ‘remember’ how to find vitality and ease.
In Iyengar Yoga we allow whatever time in an asana is necessary to develop the energetic pathways which support health, strength and vitality. Alignment is essential to give space and access for the breath and consciousness to connect and flow through otherwise restricted areas; the intelligent use of props is of great assistance with this. It is a privilege to observe how everyone can experience the benefits of yoga.
Whilst learning Iyengar Yoga is systematic and thorough, it is never dry or repetitious. The asanas are variously energising, grounding, fun, challenging, soothing and deeply restful.
In parallel to my Iyengar Yoga training, I bring my experiences and love of studying Somatic Movement Education through Body-Mind Centering®, as pioneered by Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen in the 1970s. The three word title of one of her books, Sensing, Feeling and Action, encompasses her approach. Now in her early 80s, Bonnie is still deepening her exploration into movement and consciousness: from the cellular to the whole person; in relation to oneself, the environment and others.
BMC® principles can be facilitated and explored through movement, touch, voice, drawing, the study of anatomy and embryology and more. Both playful and profound, it can be applied to any discipline; from yoga and dance to somatic psychotherapy and occupational therapy, working with babies or the elderly, with pets and through the development of AI.