FUELLED BY Y GA
'for the fire in your belly'
Modern yoga as it is known in the West, took off in the late 1890's
when Indian monks began spreading their knowledge to the Western world for the first time.
Yoga asana (poses) are the physical component of a yoga practice. However, this has evolved in the West to be the dominant representation of what is a rather complex and intricate 5000+ year discipline.
In fact, in original classical Sanskrit spiritual texts, yoga asanas are rarely if mentioned at all.
'The asana is not the yoga.....
yoga is the residue the asana leaves in your nervous system.'
Some people like to learn how to headstand for the sake of learning how to do a handstand, technically I can teach you that. Others come maybe to find inner peace, express gratitude or find a connection with themselves and others or to soothe a restless mind or heart. I can provide you with the physical practice and also some theoretical readings which will contribute to your bank of knowledge and help you to develop your own personal practice.
I also add in anthropological insights to my work, for example, the image at the top of this page depicts an ascetic Shaiva sadhu. The Aghori sect engage in post-mortem rituals and often dwell in chapel grounds. They smear creation ashes and use bones from human corpses for crafting jewellery.
Whilst we do Downward Dog, the Aghori challenge taboos in order to transcend the boundaries that divide humanity.
The image on the front of my website is an image of Naga Baba, Maha Kumbh Mela, India (2012)*.
Image reproduced with the kind permision of Amit Gaur, LA based photographer/advertising
As for the elephant image that adorns these latter pages, he is known as Ganesh (or Ganesha) - a widely worshipped Hindu god of wisdom and good fortune and remover of obstacles. Worship of Ganesh is thought to bring prosperity, success and protection. In yoga he represents survival and material well-being. In Hatha yoga there are three asanas associated with Ganesa's energy - Sukhasana, Balasana and Trikonasana . I can teach you these (and explain why he is portrayed with the head of an elephant if you like!)
Perhaps the most important take away is that there is not one 'yoga', not one representation of yoga which has remained static and unchanging over time. You cannot be good at it or bad at it and it is understanding that where you are today is simply where you are. There are people who do practice asana to get fit and to work out, there are others who lean into teachings and scriptures; some practice their version of yoga with dogs and goats or even gin. Eventually, you find your fit, I am simply here to guide you along your path.
What is Yoga.....Yoga is life, in all its complexity.
Oaklands Grange, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL4 0NT