WHY YOGA IS MUCH MORE THAN A DOWNWARD FACING DOG, FOR EVERYBODY AND WHAT MY STYLE IS ABOUT.
What is yoga. Most of us will think of the typical downward facing dog, tree- or childs-pose, which are incredible powerful asanas (yoga postures), but yoga is so so so much more than this.
Generally, it is recognised as an ancient system of philosophies, principles and practices derived from the Vedic tradition of India and the Himalayas, more than 2500 years ago. It is a system that recognises the multi-dimensional nature of the human person, and primarily relates to the nature and workings of the mind, based on experiential practice and self-enquiry.
The word "Yoga" original "Joga" is derived from the Sanskrit root yuj, meaning “to yoke,” or “to unite”. The practice aims to create union between body, mind and spirit, as well as between the individual self and universal consciousness.
And when this re connection of our individual consciousness and divine consciousness is achieved, it is that union which the word ‘yug’ or ‘yoga’ is all about. Yoga is therefore much more than what we perceive.Yoga has a much deeper understanding which is important for us to know if we truly want to understand what yoga really is.
There are several styles of yoga, designed for each and everyones desires, from Hatha-yoga, Iyengar-yoga over Vinyasa to Kundalini-Yoga. Each style has the same goal though to bring the student back to oneself, in Balance and liberation from suffering. In Yoga, the body, breath and mind are seen as a union of these multi-dimensional aspects of each and every human being. The system and various techniques of Yoga cultivate the experience of that union, leading to greater integration of being, internal peacefulness, and clarity of the mind. It is a system that is designed to cultivate health and happiness, and a greater sense of self-awareness and higher consciousness.
Yoga cultivates health and wellbeing (physical, emotional, mental and social) through the regular practice of a range of many different techniques, including postures and movement, breath awareness and breathing exercises, relaxation and concentration, self-inquiry and meditation. Yoga is an approach to life that values appropriate effort, based on balance and harmony, within each person and with each other.
Yoga is also commonly understood as a therapy or exercise system for health and fitness. While physical and mental health are natural consequences of yoga, the goal of yoga is more far-reaching. "Yoga is about harmonizing oneself with the universe. It is the technology of aligning individual geometry with the cosmic, to achieve the highest level of perception and harmony.” Yoga does not adhere to any particular religion, belief system or community; it has always been approached as a technology for inner wellbeing. Anyone who practices yoga with involvement can reap its benefits, irrespective of one’s faith, ethnicity or culture.
There are different circumstances and ways that lead us to yoga and wants us to learn more about it or jump into a yoga class. But what all we yoga seekers have together is that we want to tune more into ourselves, heal ourselves and want to feel good not only from the outside but from within and just be happy, satisfied and fulfilled
My Journey with Yoga began 10 years ago, when I started my healing journey with skin issues and hormonal imbalances.
I do believe that if you start your healing journey for whatsoever reason, stay consistent and don't give up you will find answers and the universe will guide you to the gurus that show you tools to help you heal yourself.
For me it was Iyengar Yoga, that helped me raise the awareness to my body and made me symptom-free.
The Practice of Iyengar Yoga gives me the opportunity to perform the asanas very accurately and correct to be able to develop the full effect on the body system in order to heal illnesses and ailments of my students. I combine that static poses with the flowing practice of Vinyasa to teach the never-ending flow of life accompanied by the constant change of our Mother Earth and other planets. My Yoga style ends withYin Yoga to unfold the Energy of the previous exercises in deep relaxation.
However it was always hard for me to describe my Yogastyle because there was one main aspect that is always included in my Classes, Retreats or workshops that I live by and that is the universal force. My style is based on the current position of the moon, the sun and aspects of the planet. Every yoga class is unique, individual, matched to the current energy and never the same, so we can work with that to grow within ourselves and along our journey called life.
Now I call my style Astro Yoga.
Julia is an AYA (american yoga alliance) certified Yogateacher, educated with the School of Sacred Arts at the YogaBarn, the Yoga-University of Bali, Indonesia. After her Yogateacher Training Julia teached and held Retreats in Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Greece, Netherlands and Australia with more to come.
I would love to see you in my Classes, Retreats or Workshops so we can raise the vibration together and create a union of star seeds and moon lovers.
“Yoga allows you to find a new kind of freedom that you may not have known even existed.”