My yogic journey started with meeting my teacher. She was also my boss at that time when I started working at a Yoga Retreat Centre in Auckland. One of her classes was enough to re-connect with something deep inside of me and to get hooked. Pragyadhara teaches a traditional Hatha yoga approach. Traditional meaning rooted in a lineage in India, with focus on meditation and transformation. Prior to that I had only known what I’d call fitness yoga – classes that focus on the physical benefits of a yoga practice and that cater to the needs of people who have busy lives. This physical focused yoga definitely has a place in the yoga world and can be a bridge for some people to dig deeper and get in touch with layers that are beyond the body. However often the spiritual aspect gets lost, forgotten, ignored. Yoga is so much more than physical exercise – it is a path to transformation.
In traditional Hatha Yoga we address the physical layer through asanas (postures) and different purification practices (shatkarmas) in order to prepare the body to sit still in meditation. Through the asanas and pranayama practices we also affect the mind. Goal is to master the mind, to silence the ongoing chatter of thoughts in meditation. It is in the state of meditation that we meet ourselves, our habits, our patterns but also our Higher Self and the Divine. Meditation is a path and a practice and a state of being that can saturate our every day life. I am all passionate about discovering yoga more in depth, about integrating yogic principles into my life and about following the spiritual call to a life in harmony with myself, my surrounding and the elements.
Hari aum tat sat,
Reference: Hatha Yoga Book 2 – Sri Swami Sivananda Saraswati, Sri Swami Satyananda Saraswati. Yoga Publications Trust, Munger, India.