Yoga General & FAQ

Yoga is a spiritual practice and way of life. Yoga is a Sanskrit word which means to “unite” or “yoke”. There are many different paths of yoga. The physical aspect of practice, “hatha yoga” is just a small part of what yoga is. Yoga helps to develop physical flexibility, strength, balance of hormones and strengthening of nervous system. Gaining a deeper understanding of yoga and ability to see the ‘whole picture’ is most important to developing a practice with integrity. The ancient teachings of yoga in their undiluted form remain fresh and relevant today, helping us to find peace and to elevate our consciousness in challenging times. In addition to the many physical benefits, Yoga practices help to:

  • Provide an experience of “oneness” and work deeply to reveal where we are resisting the truth.
  • Free the life force within, increase level of prana and remove limitations in the body and mind, setting preconditions for healing to take place.
  • Clear and focus the mind, allowing us to live to our full potential.
  • Create a sense of balance and stability, physically and mentally, so that increased spiritual awareness is possible.

“Health is wealth.

Peace of mind is happiness.

Yoga shows the way.”

~Swami Vishnu-devananda

Here are links for more information on Swami Vishnu-devananda’s Five Points of Yoga:

  1. Proper Exercise
  2. Proper Breathing
  3. Proper Relaxation
  4. Proper Diet
  5. Positive Thinking and Meditation

Here are links for more information on the traditional Four Paths of Yoga:

  1. Karma Yoga
  2. Bhakti Yoga
  3. Raja Yoga
  4. Jnana Yoga

Structured courses. Rather than drop-in classes, Lineage Yoga offers structured courses in small groups where the practices are taught thoroughly at the student’s pace, allowing for a better integration of practice with understanding of theory. The structure gives more attention to the individual student’s needs and progression. Classes involve practice of asanas (postures), pranayama (breathing exercises), relaxation and meditation. Sanskrit prayers are chanted and theory is integrated within the structure of the class.

“No matter that I have not expressed it yet,

it is in me. All knowledge is in me,

all power, and all freedom.”

~Swami Vivekananda

“If we meet no gods, it is because we harbour none.”

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The whole teaching is an unfolding.

Just as the artist makes you see the beauty

in something you take as commonplace,

so the teacher makes you see yourself.”

~Swami Dayananda Saraswati

Lineage Yoga. The name “Lineage Yoga” was chosen very consciously. The Sanskrit word for lineage, “parampara” (shown in the logo) indicates tradition, an unbroken chain of transmission of teachings. I try to reflect this tradition in my choices and approach to teaching yoga.

I teach what I have been taught. When the teachings are transmitted purely from teacher to student and so on, without much influence of individual egos, we can be more certain of the efficacy of the teachings.

Class sizes are small. So that you can have more individual attention, and I can have my eye on your progression. In this environment your practice can grow at a pace that is comfortable for you. You will always be gently encouraged, but never pushed beyond your comfort level. I also like to utilize the healing and therapeutic capacity of yoga, and try to customize the practice where possible to respond to individual issues and needs.

Why no drop-in classes? There are many schools and fitness clubs already offering this approach. I like to spend time with you so that I can be mindful of your progression and individual needs. I also love to teach beginners from scratch – so that you are learning the asanas and pranayamas alongside the philosophy in order to have a better understanding of how the practices work and why we are doing them! If you are already practicing yoga and would like to try a class, please contact me and we can definitely work something out. If you have already been taught by me, or if you are a yoga teacher and would like to come on a per-class basis, you are most welcome to attend at any time.

Classes are taught in my home. This is the way that yoga was traditionally taught. The students would go to the teacher’s home (in some cases this was an ashram), and in some cases the teacher would go to the students home. Yoga was not an activity but a part of life. The space is warm, relaxed and comfortable. The practice of yoga is part of my life, and students are invited to share in the practice and community of those who are similarly-minded (satsang).

Class fees are reasonable. Because I want students to develop a disciplined practice (and to experience the fruits of yoga as I have) the class fees are structured to encourage regular attendance.

Schedule. I try my best to offer a schedule that works for you. Please feel free to suggest any changes that you would like to see. I may not be able to accommodate you…or I just might!

Do try to be on time for class! It doesn’t make much difference to the teacher, but it is not so nice for the other students who value this time to relax without interruption. I am ready to receive you 15 minutes before the scheduled class time.

Feel free to read and respond to my blog. I always have a lot to say (ahem!) and I often use the blog to expand upon concepts that come up in class. As I am on the path of learning as well, teaching and engaging in discussion with others is a good way to crystallize new concepts and to come to true understanding.



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