"When disturbances that take the mind everywhere but nowhere are contained, then the individual is like a high-class diamond, with no blemishes." - T. Krishnamacharya

Yoga IN Person classes follow the teachings of Sri T. Krishnamacharia and his senior students which puts emphasis on the concept of 'Vinyasa' (linking breath and movement together). There are different approaches to the practice that were taught over the years following this tradition. Some worth mentioning are - Ashtanga-Vinyasa, Viniyoga, Vinyasa Krama, Svastha Yoga and more..


Another concept that is a foundation of this yoga tradition is the concept of 'Ashtanga Yoga' meaning the eight limb system of yoga. This is based on a classic yoga scripture called 'Yoga Sutras' written by Patanjali around 2000 years ago. In this text Patanjali presents a system of eight different avenues or limbs that make a yoga practice a systematized method that addresses all levels of human experience. In order to practice yoga effectively one should devote time to each of these limbs, often times a few simultaneously.

Another important concept in the teachings of T. Krishnamacharia is the perception of the human as a unique being that requires yoga to fit and adapt according to her or his needs, goal, limitations and potential. Yoga should fit the individual and not the other way around which means that a non-dogmatic and open minded practice should be offered, one that invites inquiry and investigation and not one that follows a structure with rigidity.

 

In his ladder years Krishnamacharya focused on yoga as a more therapeutic modality. Linking the breath with movement with a more focused intention on healing from any condition, and also using other techniques, such as pranayama, kriya and meditation.

 

The teachings of Krishnamacharya are based on the ancient wisdom of Yoga, mainly on the 'Yoga Sutras' of Patanjali, but also on other classic yoga texts such as 'Yoga Yajnavalkya', the 'Samkhya Karika', "'Hatha Yoga Pradipika', the 'Upanishads' and others.

Yoga IN Person classes also follow modern approaches to the body, mind and breath, taking under account progress in any field of research and study, maintaining intellectual honesty, a rational approach and an open-minded inquiry into all sources of knowledge relevant to the practice of yoga.

One last source of influence and inspiration is the teachings of the Buddha ('Dhamma). As an avid practitioner Vipassana meditation as well as other Buddhist methods, Oren is mindfully incorporating his experience as a meditator into his yoga teaching and practice.

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