Practice with me in this relaxing slow flow beginners raja yoga practice.
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Raja Yoga or Yoga of the mind, is a broad term for the whole of Yoga. It includes all 8 limbs of The Yoga Sutras of Pantajali. Pranayama (breathing exercises), meditation, and asana (the various physical postures) are three of these limbs you will be working with in Lisa's class.
To summarize the 8 limbs*:
- Yama - Encouragement one to be truthful, both to your self and others. It also includes abstinence from that which harms you and others, for example stealing and greed.
- Niyama - Observing purity, contentment, accepting but not causing pain, the study of spiritual books, and self-surrender to the God of your heart.
- Asana - Practice of the physical postures, what we usually mean by yoga in the west. Asana means a sitting position. The original purpose for the practice is to develop a comfortable seated position suitable for meditation.
- Pranayama- Breath control through different breathing exercises. The practices intend to calm your mind, center yourself, and help prepaire for meditation.
- Pratyahara - Sense withdrawal. The practice of making wise choices that bring deep joy in the long run - compared to satisfying the senses and getting short-lived pleasure.
- Dharana - Concentration to one place, object or idea. For example a candle or the breath. This is the beginning of meditation.
- Samadhi - Contemplation and absorption in a superconcious state. This merging with the everything happens naturally in deep meditation. From there it can then continue to transform you in your every day life.
Through these practices we allign our body, mind and spirit. The reason for doing them, is to experience the depth of who we truly are and learn to live in and from these discoveries.
* For a more detailed description read the 2nd and 3rd books in
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali: Commentary on the sutras by Swami Satchidananda
Lisa's approach to yoga
The yoga in Lisa's classes is approached in a focused, balanced and sustainable way. The asana (the physical postures) are done with some longer holds, to allow you as a student to go deeper and explore the posture fully. It also increases strength and flexibility in the mind and body. This way we can work with areas we might otherwise avoid and rush past.
Lisa aims to look after each students personal needs, in a warm, supportive environment.
“I look at Yoga as the practice of moving into stillness, self-awareness and balance.
With pranayama, meditation and asana I want to give every student an opportunity
to experience their true selves in a new way, every class.
Providing a safe space and with a humble attitude, the classes will offer
an authentic yoga experience available for all levels.
With knowledge of both Yoga and Ayurveda, my intention is to inspire to a
balanced lifestyle and practice, suitable for the challenging modern life.”
- Lisa Å Stryker