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Yoga Safari

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6. Firmly based on the traditional eight limbs of yoga
Yoga Safari
A personal yoga journey through time and space
By: Lindsay Dandeneau
is the gateway drug of yoga."
"
Moksha
- Senior Moksha Instructor
So that got me thinking about my own yoga journey and the vast world yet to be discovered...
1997
2012
2007
born in '79, graduate in '97 (cool I know)
a friend convinces me to take my first yoga class (in the community centre of course)

my reaction: what the heck is yoga but why not?
first impressions: hey this isn't so bad after all, maybe one day I can touch my toes
Hello Moksha Yoga!
I get accepted in Leadership Winnipeg's Program. Little did I know I was headed for a period of
deep self-reflection
which turned my life upside down (actually it was finally right side up).

Tally and I meet at LW, she
introduces me to Moksha Yoga
(free pass of course) &
I fall in love
with Moksha (and six months later meet my hubby).
Yay! I'm actually a Moksha Yoga Instructor...
I go to Brazil to do teacher training - a place where
dreams are encouraged
(and come true)
Again, I embark on a long overdue period of self-reflection and I dig deep and ask myself, "
what is my purpose in life.
"
I come home a new teacher,
fueled with passion
I've been on a wonderful emotional roller coaster ever since...
My next stop is answering my question from 1997, "
what the heck is yoga
."


Why
is Moksha the gateway?

Have I drank so much
Moksha
"cool-aid"
that I have become so
naive to the world of yoga
that exists in my backyard?
Styles of "what the heck is yoga"
I set out to experience on my Safari
3. Heated practice with an intentional posture framework
Across
4. Compassion-focused practice from Kundalini master Swami Kripalvanadji
Down
2. Quiet, intense practice concentrated on connective tissues
7. A complete body, mind and soul unifying system using a range of techniques
1. Heated series of 26 postures practiced on carpet
5. Poses are considered to be "heart-oriented"
2. Quiet, intense practice concentrated on connective tissues
The original styles of yoga were very yin-like in nature, meant to be sthira and sukham: steady and comfortable in order to prepare the body for extended meditation. And while it is an ancient form of asana practice, only recently has it been popularized in the west by yogis such as Paul Grilley.
Prior to this journey, my exposure to yin yoga was only through Moksha and since there is no "yin certification", I wanted to see other interpretations of it.
There are two principles that differentiate yin practice from more yang approaches to yoga: holding poses for at least several minutes and stretching the connective tissue around a joint.
As a person whose connective tissue is really tight, I especially appreciate studios and teachers that promote the use of a lot of props. This really helped me settle into the postures and "let go" instead of thinking about when the posture was going to be over.
Yin Yoga
9. An active asana practice coordinated with the breath
8. Vinyasa practice with a progressive set of posture series
6. Firmly based on the traditional eight limbs of yoga
First stop, INDIA!
8. Vinyasa practice with a progressive set of posture series
Ashtanga
The first established yoga tradition, modern day form of classical Indian yoga
Ashtanga = eight limb
Opens with a mantra that salutes Pantanjali and closes with a mantra that promotes prosperity among all beings
My inflexibility made it tough to keep up with the pace of the flow (even for the standing sequence of the primary series)
Alignment is secondary, props are discouraged (there is no time), emphasis is placed on the breath and its connection to the asanas
9. An active asana practice coordinated with the breath
I sampled some random non-style specific vinyasa classes and found that the "playlist" or set of postures was secondary to the teaching style...
In the Western society, vinyasa refers to a style of yoga in which body movements are linked with breath, hence why it's referred to as "flow"
Anusara, Ashtanga, Bikram and Moksha are all styles of Vinyasa
Vinyasa is a sanskrit word with many disputed meanings depending on the context. It can mean movement, position (of limbs), attitude, arrangement, order, spreading out, and connecting (words etc.) among other things.
SUN SALUTATION
BIKRAM
Created by Bikram Choudhury in the early 1970s
First and most popular hot yoga on the planet
As a "Mokshi" it's tough to give Bikram a fair chance
I will never intentionally lock my knee, practice on raunchy carpet, listen to the instructor through a microphone while standing on a pedestal as if I'm in boot camp - just sayin'
And yet people love the athleticism and strict routine of Bikram
1. Heated series of 26 postures practiced on carpet
Form of Hatha Yoga known for its use of props making the postures accessible to everyone
I loved the use of extensive props from chairs to the wall and the micro-adjustments in each posture to refine alignment (learnt a ton about alignment in only a few classes)
Classes were rigid; I felt little connection to breath, mind and soul
Iyengar Yoga, created by B. K. S. Iyengar in the 1970s, was named one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World” in 2004 by Time Magazine

Iyengar Yoga is firmly based on the traditional eight limbs of yoga as expounded by Patanjali in his Yoga Sutras
Next stop, USA!
4. Compassion-focused practice from Kundalini master Swami Kripalvanadji
Kripalu Yoga uses the body as a vehicle for accessing spirit promoting yoga as an integrated lifestyle versus any stand-alone practice
Kripalu is not defined by a set or series of physical postures
Classes are designed with intention in mind to tap into your inner-knowing
The class I took was a gentle, accessible, restorative flow
I took this class by accident and was delightfully surprised (and also the youngest person in class)
The intention was “Clear see, mindful abide.” I have yet to find more information about this mantra
5. Poses are considered to be "heart-oriented"
Created by John Friend in 1997, Anusara is present in over 70 countries worldwide
Anusara, derived by Iyengar, is a celebration or following of the heart
The practice of Anusara is categoried by the 3 A’s (Attitude, Alignment and Action)
Although I wouldn’t say I quite understand the “Tantric philosophy of intrinsic goodness”, I really enjoyed this style of yoga and the variety in the sequence of postures
ANUSARA
Homeward bound!
7. A complete body, mind and soul unifying system using a range of techniques
KYMA YOGA & Meditation is a unique program created by Alexandre Chaligne and Serge Salvador
It combines Krisnamacharya Yoga practice, consisting of easy stretching, Pranayama (breathing exercises) and Mantras (vocalization)
Meditation is audio-guided, using unique brain-wave patterns, working together to attain a state of peace and coherence. Classes are often developed around the chakras.
I LOVE this class! I feel totally free and in the most nonjudgmental setting I have ever experienced. I love dancing and letting go like nobody’s watching, expressing myself, and chanting the mantras. I am able to connect to my inner spirit.
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3. Heated practice with an intentional posture framework
Variety: of classes and instructors
Why I fell in love with Moksha (again)
Picture taken March 1, 2011 (on the morning of my wedding in Mexico)
Accessibility: 42+ class schedule per week, ANYONE can do Moksha
Affordability: karma & community classes, energy exchange program
Community: Where everybody knows your name (and they're always glad you came)
Corporate Social Responsilibity: Moksha is a best-practice for CSR. Community is to Moksha as Moksha is to Community.
Green: A commendable committment to sustainability
Inconsistent Etiquette Among Studios:
-Head facing front or back (and reason for this)?
-Before & After Class in Studio space – lots of chit chat, not a silent space
-Start of class: sitting up vs. lying in savasana
An Overview of My Yoga Safari:
I enjoyed longer guided savasana that a few studios offered
Part of me likes yoga developed in a set series and part of me enjoys the element of surprise or un-knowing
This safari was the tip of the iceberg.
I truly enjoyed the experience.
Thankfully, I have the rest of my life to LIVE TO LEARN!
It was really tough to get to some studios, most schedules are not accommodating
Most studios are small and not used to "newbies"
Yoga Safari
IYENGAR
Studios I Visited
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