Imagine yoga before it was transformed in its journey to the West. Imagine a personalized, breath-centered practice, passed down from individual teacher to student. Yoga for the well being of the whole person. Something that would provide a vehicle for slowing down and learning to truly take care of ourselves. Something to ease the pains of life.
That something is the breath. The breath moving in and through the opening and closing body. Full, deep breathing into all corners of the body makes people feel better. Feel stronger. Feel more energetic. And it has been doing so for thousands of years.
Yoga changed when it came to the West. New styles and brands of yoga have developed which meet the desires and expectations of much of the American audience. Focusing on the outer, physical achievements, and perhaps losing something in the creation of a standardized, scaled and franchised approach to yoga. But the older traditions have also continued, and AYC is at the forefront of a wonderful resurgence of this ‘old-school’ yoga. The gentle, therapeutic, breath-centered yoga.
In order to put the breath at the heart of this particular practice, we employ a specific technique of breathing called oo-jai pranayama or “ocean-sounding breath.” All of the moving and working of the body organizes around this breathing. The regulation of breath soothes the central nervous system, relaxes the muscles, and focuses the mind. The body and mind are safer, happier, healthier.
What makes this yoga practice different from working out at the gym or going to a physical therapist is that the exercises are intended to encompass more than physicality. We are making the body strong and flexible — but we go about it in a way that also encourages useful patterns of thought and behavior. No struggling. No straining. No striving. Just strong and calm, even and measured work.
For more, watch the AYC Video Blogs or read these Essays.
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“Gentle is the New Advanced”
Abhyasa Yoga Center was founded in 2007 by NY yoga teacher J. Brown. After more than a decade of teaching yoga throughout the metro area, J. created AYC to provide a home for yoga practice dedicated to a personal, breath-centered, therapeutic approach that adapts to individual needs.
J. Brown’s writing has been featured in Yoga Therapy Today, the International Journal of Yoga Therapy, Elephant Journal, and Yogadork. His monthly posts can be viewed at his Blog. Abhyasa Yoga Center is a Registered Yoga School (RYS200-300), offering the AYC Yoga Teacher Training, and was a charter member of the IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapists) Council of Schools Initiative.
The mission of Abhyasa Yoga Center is to provide instruction, practice, and products that encourage individual and communal health. We believe that yoga is an appropriate vehicle for learning how to ease difficulties, reduce pain, and encourage appreciation in life.