T K V Desikachar
Our breath is where it all begins. From the first breath that started this crazy journey to the last one we will take; our breath is our constant companion - yet we rarely pay it much attention.
Modern science is only now catching up with what ancient movement and wisdom traditions have taught for thousands of years, namely that our mental and physical health starts with the quality of our breath.
The breath forms the very foundation of our practice in the classes I teach.
Yoga and meditation are internal practices developed over thousands of years to deepen the connection with our own body.
Yoga is more than simple stretching and exercise, it is a felt language of direct experience connecting us to our authentic body.
As a moving meditation it invites us to connect not only with ourselves but with our community and environment.
Developing a connection with our internal body and emotional landscape is the central focus of our practice together.
By connecting with our natural breath my practice encourages us to move in harmony with our body's time. Creating the space we need to move into and explore yoga postures.
Free from the expectation of the correct or perfect posture we begin to create our personal practice - a place for us to know our bodies.
The same is true as we take our yoga practice into our everyday lives. Only when we honestly connect to ourselves , free of expectation, can we move and act authentically and skillfully.
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Vinny Ferraro, Big Heart City Meditation
Drawing on over 25 years of personal practice from the yogic and meditative traditions of Buddhism and hatha yoga, my deepest joy comes from the knowledge of my teachers and my experience in applying these lessons to my own practice and life.
I practice yoga to understand and deepen my relationship with my body, mind and breath in each and every moment. The beauty and challenge of life and our practice is to be present for the unfolding of each moment, in learning to let go of expectation, to let go of the past and to let go of judgement. Our yoga mat is both our playground and our laboratory - a safe space to learn about our internal body, and our psychological and emotional landscape. A place to explore how our breath and movement can be tools to transform, release and understand emotional states held within our body.
After initially training in Tibetan Buddhism, over the last fifteen years I have been practising in the Thai Forest Tradition of insight meditation. Its simple approach in working with The Four Foundations of Mindfulness [Satipatthana sutta] is, in my experience, ideally suited to a hatha yoga asana practice.
Alongside the practices of the four immeasurables [brahmaviharas] of kindness, compassion, joy and equanimity this is a practice that can bring change to our relationships with our mind, body and everyday life.
Yoga and buddhism offers me a path of rebellion and change that encourages me to look beneath the conventional surface stories packaged, sold and retold by our culture to discover a connection to the truth of me and my relationship with all of life.
It has given me a freedom to find the tunes and beats of my heart and breath that are the truest version of me.
Yoga ain't just some exercise class folks!
I qualified as a Yoga Alliance teacher under the guidance of David Michel and Amie Evans, two incredible teachers and beautiful people, who encourage a physical practice established in sound functional movement whilst emphasising the importance of exploring our own authentic practice.
I thank all my teachers for their kindness, patience and deep desire to share which has enabled me to learn so much about myself. This process of learning will continue for as long as my breath comes and goes.
Big metta to all