What We Teach
tradition rich - correct practice - deep understanding
Classical Yoga is a non-dogmatic approach to the rich tradition of yoga practices. It is based on a correct understanding of the nature and purpose of the different practices, be they asana, breath, or others. This understanding helps inform the approach of the particular practice, which goes past the mere physical effect and presentation to the subtle aspects. These gross to subtle elements, principles, are well explained by the tradition of yoga, which can be interpreted as its scientific base. This is how yoga has survived over the millenia, through correct understanding of the nature of practices, learning them well and continuing practice. Classical Yoga maintains integrity by staying true to these aspects.
Pranayama is a practice that develops emotional strength and balance. It uses the breath as well as the entire respiratory system to purify and strengthen the nerves, which-when practiced consistently over time-leads to greater control of the senses, as well as a calmer, clearer mind and a great ability to handle stress in all situations.
Paul has studied pranayama for many years under one of its few remaining authorities, Sri O.P. Tiwari, who has taught him (and only one other student) the complete Pranayama. Paul continues to practice at a very advanced level under the close guidance of Tiwariji, who is the direct disciple of Swami Kuvalayananda, founder of the Kaivalyadhama Yoga Institute.
Ashtanga Vinyasa is a beautiful yet thorough approach to asana practice. It is rooted in a solid tradition and carries with it this strength of thousands of years. Ashtanga is the basis of so many approaches today. It masterfully presents the asanas and lets the students move through them, growing and undoing the blocks they encounter. It incorporates movement with breath, a unique science in its own right. Its real advantage is that it gives the student a practice and something to always progress and develop in.
Paul and the teachers are highly experienced in this practice. Paul, specifically, was one of a few in the world directly certified by Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois.
The Ashtanga Mysore styleis a very thorough approach to the practice of yoga. The sequence begins with basic postures, later opening up and revealing its depth as students continue to practice. The Mysore approach works with students individually, so that they progress according to their level. A beginner starts with only a few poses, gradually adding more and more as your practice develops and your proficiency and commitment evolve. This ensures that the student is always challenged and growing while, at the same time, practicing at the level appropriate for you.
Mediation cannot be done. It is a force that rises from within. The senses are withdrawn and full concentration of the mind occurs. As it extends, the state of mediation is reached. At Samahita our teachers will help you to develop a fertile ground for this meditation to occur, through all of the yogic techniques and practices from asana, breath work and pranayama to healthy eating and learning to watch your daily activity and behavior.
Our dedicated mediation sessions usually last 30 minutes and may include
- Finding an appropriate seated position for your spine
- Watching the breath
- Loving Kindness (Metta)
- Mantra meditation
- Recitation of Om
Gentle-flow yoga classes are light yet detailed and enjoyable. The classes are guided by the teacher, and students of any level can participate. They are perfect for those who want to take it easy in asana, but still be (mildly) challenged, or for those doing a detox program.
Yin Restorative yoga is a blissful, gentle, deeply healing and meditative practice. It is ideal for relieving stress and tension and works on the connective tissues and internal systems of the body. All asanas are seated or reclining and maintained for a few minutes, supported by props as need be.
Hatha basics explore the fundamentals of Yoga. Asanas (postures) are held for longer time with attention to details of alignment and often with rest phases between postures. Basic inversion poses may be included.