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Breathing is Breath Flow and Blood Flow. Form is made
out of Flow
- Union with Flow is Yoga.
Classes focus on Breathing, Yoga Poses, Guided Relaxation Meditation and Authentic Being
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The second sutra of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras says,
"Yogas chitta vritta nirodhah"
"Yoga is the cessation of the whirl of the mind."
In this light it is important to understand 'What is the mind?'
and 'What is meant by a yoga asana/pose?'
What is the mind?
The mind has four aspects:
1) Manas, the ability to think; to conceptualize experience
2) Chitta - the mind stuff itself; it can be likened to the ocean and vritta its waves/whirlpool - it is also the content/storage of information as memory
3) Ahamkara - the ego as the mentally generated I-entity [the false 'I']
4) Buddhi - the higher mind; the ability to discriminate; the will
Thus yogas chitta vritta nirodhah is understood as 'seeing through the mind' rather than 'seeing with the mind'
Two things are necessary for this quality of seeing as Buddhi, willful discrimination:
1) the mind must be silent, like a perfectly calm ocean;
2) the mind must be absolutely free of content, innocent; like the ocean water being perfectly clean/clear.
What is meant by a yoga asana/pose?
Asana literally means "seat" - it means to "take your seat" and when this is translated as the word "pose" it means the biblical direction to "be still and know". In other words "meditation".
The understanding that flowers out of this practice is the other biblical expression, "I am that I am" or said another way, "I am the knowing by which I know that I am." This is the experiential understanding of Nonduality.
Have you noticed that life is like the Flow of a river that you cannot push or stop?
Yoga is an ancient art and science that has many branches, all of which study the relationship/union of things. It is in the very nature of a mistake to cease to be, when seen. Nisarga Yoga is a means of accessing the higher intelligence of Buddhi, which is a way of seeing or understanding as insight or clarity. In this way the practice of Nisarga Yoga is the dynamic art of effortlessly dissolving barriers to reveal the existing universal connections and to allow the full flowering of goodness and health.
Breathing Awareness is simultaneously the beginner's and most advanced yoga practice, it is the master key to health and well-being, and, to understanding the mysteries of life.
Asanas (yoga poses) are of a branch called Hatha Yoga. People have been practicing Hatha Yoga for thousands of years to promote inner peace, holistic health, and longevity, etc., and to rediscover genuine freedom and innocence. Energy Body Asanas are the foreground activity that occur against the background of meditation, they are action in meditation and meditation in action. Initially the practitioner tends to focus on the physical precision and benefits, and in Nisarga Yoga the practitioner learns to focus on the energy body, which is a pointer to the meditative mind, and there is the realization that true being is available now. Asana practice represents the third limb of the eight limbs of Patanjali's Yoga [the eight limbs of Astanga or Patanjali's Yoga are: Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana, and Samadhi].
Nisarga Yoga views the eight limbs of yoga as:
- The five Yamas and five Niyamas, which are foundational moral and ethical guidelines.
- Asanas focus on the Energy Body.
- Pranayama focuses on the Flow [enrgy] of Breathing.
- Pratyahara focuses on the Senses [Pratyahara is the switchover from attending to the objects of perception to attending to the perceiving itself]..
- Dharana, Dhyana and Samadhi focus on the Mind as Samyana-Total Attention [Dharana-Concentration, Dhyana-Meditation, Samadhi-Absorption- understanding the true nature of being].
Ahimsa is the key to the application of the Yamas and Niyamas as it means without violating natural order and this is so because the other moral and ethical guidelines naturally
flower out of Ahimsa. The other six limbs of Astanga Yoga concern the Body-Asanas, Senses-Pratyahara, and Mind-Dharana-Dhyana-Samadhi, the link between the Body and Mind is Breathing-Pranayama [note that Pratyahara is the Switchover of focus from the Body to the Mind via the relationship with the Senses and that like all of Yoga this Switchover is in sync with Breathing-Pranayama].
Seven Stages of the
The spacious, silent, meditative mind is the explosion of Love. Love knows no separation. To it far is near. It is not the one or the many, but rather that in which all division ceases. Like Beauty and Truth, it is not of the measure of thought. From pure stillness alone the meditative mind governs action, yoga is the choiceless awareness of this action as it animates the body-mind. Its movement manifests with flawless ease and harmony. This is the benediction that one is ever seeking.
In the absence of even the idea of absence there is Presence, the experiential understanding of this is yoga.
Living Questions and Themes:
Every sage has said, “Know Thyself.”
Who am I?
Are you aware?
What is Nonduality video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-O_KhOnJ62o
What is Health?
Will yoga help me in my daily life?
What is the Energy Body?
What is Meditation?
What is Freedom?
What does it mean to be new?
What is Breathing?
Will practicing yoga reduce my stress? … Relieve my back pain? …Can I be flexible?
True Relaxation… The Ease of Being!
What does it mean to Listen?
James Traverse is a revered student and semi-retired, senior teacher of Nisarga Yoga, who has over 40 years of experience in the practice and teaching of yoga.
James studied Iyengar Yoga with Lisa Schwartz for 8 years in the 1970’s and went on to complete many intensives, conferences and apprenticeships with senior Iyengar teachers in various locations globally. In 1987 he studied Iyengar Yoga directly with B.K.S. Iyengar and Geeta Iyengar in Pune, India. He began teaching on a full-time basis in 1985 when he moved to Halifax and founded ‘Iyengar Yoga of Halifax’.
In 1990 he moved to Victoria, B.C. where he continued to teach, and while living there he expanded his yoga studies to include Advaita Vedanta and Kashmir Shavism, with Jean Klein, a medical doctor, musicologist, and sage. James’ Advanta Vedanta and Kashmir Shaivism [the energy body work] studies were from 1990-1996, in Seattle, Wash., Joshua Tree, Ca. and New York, N,Y.
Today James again resides in Halifax and teaches Nisarga Yoga, which is a blend of the technical precision of Iyengar Yoga, the energy body flow (the breath body) of Kashmir Shavism and the nondual wisdom of Advaita Vedanta.
Classes with James are available through the Samadhi Yoga House in Fall River [1397 Fall River Road - across the street from the Junior High School].
Call 902 702 3249 to chat with James about times and rates for public and private sessions.
Public Class fee is $80 for an 8 week session of 1 class per week (these fees include taxes).
$15 [Other Yoga teachers $10/class]
Private Classes and consultations are by appointment and the fee is $108 per hour.
James’ contact info:
phone: 902 702 3249
facebook: Yoga for Health and Wellness with James Traverse