Teresa Caldas

Portuguese

Introduction

Yoga has to be transmitted in a very personal, almost intimate way. The knowledge, the feeling, the understanding is transmitted directly from body to body. Our bodies understand just by looking, by carefully observing.

The yoga postures are practiced and explained for students of all levels.

The study of anatomy and the anatomy of movement are important and very much taken into consideration. But eventualy one understands that it is not the physical power that allows us to practice some of the complicated postures, but something that comes from the inside when the body and the mind are calm and relaxed, and when we are in harmony with ourselves and the outer world.

The students needing more attention with information or support are able to get what they need, and work in their own time.

The postures (āsanas) are shown along the lessons with some interruptions for personal correction or explanation. Those wishing to attempt the more difficult postures are stimulated to do so. With time, practice, dedication and awareness the students may embrace a full yoga practice with body, mind and soul.

This lineage of yoga which we call Vijñāna Yoga ascends to Śrī Krishnamacharya, the great and respected teacher of Pattabhi Jois, B.K.S. Iyengar and T.K.V. Desikachar.

Some fundamental elements of this lineage are necessary to describe. They are:

Meditation
The meditation is essencial to ensure the quality of the mind during the practice of āsanas and prāņāyāmas. Meditation is one of the fundamental yoga systems, comming from a yoga tradition still alive nowadays. In this tradition the central form for the development of consciousness depends apon meditation and the reading of classical texts.
The vital principals during the practice
the harmonie and alignment of the body; the consciousness alert to the body and to the enviroment; the concentration in delicate movements and in the syncronicity with the breath; the connection to the ground and the space. In this way the movements will continue for a long period of time, and the mind will always be in union with the body.
Study
to deepen our understanding and our practice of yoga it is necessary to get introduced to and study (if only partially) the written tradition.

Vijñāna Yoga

Calling our way of practicing Vijñāna Yoga is but giving recognition to something that has always been there, something that is at the core of our discipline: practicing, feeling, understanding - from inside.

Orit Sen-Gupta