Creating Freedom

Yoga is about creating freedom in our being! … Becoming unbound in our physical body, mental body, emotional body and energetic body.

Systematically releasing the physical and mental, conscious and subconscious patterns and beliefs that keep us trapped in unhealthy bodies, unhealthy relationships, unhappy lives.

There is an optimal way to being in alignment with the Universal energy and misalignments can be seen in our physical bodies, mental attitudes, levels of happiness, satisfaction with our lives. By consistently and methodically choosing to be in optimal alignment we can profoundly change the quality of our lives. 

There is an optimal skeletal/muscular structure to our bodies which allows for full range of motion, stability and strength, poise and grace. Through intelligent asana practice we can therapeutically retrain our physical body to move to its optimal state.  This optimal physical state allows energy to fully flow, which brings us to our natural state of health and well-being. 

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Our physical bodies hold on to stress and negative emotions by becoming tight and rigid. We literally loose the freedom to move and respond in an open and full way. We have built these restrictions through a life time of living and facing the challenges that life brings our way. 

As yogis, from a a place of knowledge and safety, we move to change our patterns. We open our physical bodies through asana practice. we expand our energy body through breath work, we expand our framework of beliefs by studying yogic philosophy and we develop a direct experience of our divine self through meditation.  

Yoga offers a well lit path to move from pain, fear, anxiety and emptiness to optimal health, empowered being, and a sense of inner joy and contentment. How far you move along this spectrum is directly related to your level of desire and dedication to your own evolvement and transformation. There is a huge difference from doing yoga to becoming a yogi. It is a way of being in life that transports you to a whole new reality. 

Cultivating higher levels of freedom in your own being allows your most profound light to be expressed. Unbound creative energy expressed from a place of freedom and lightness of being is our birth right and our full potential.

Why Yoga

I grew up in a fairly religious Christian family. There was always a lot of faith about the goodness of God and the importance of a moral and righteous life. Through all the ups and downs that life offers there was always the comfort of our faith. Until my mid 30’s my spiritual practice consisted of prayer and inconsistent church attendance as a way to sustain my connection to something greater than myself. I wanted more and so devoted my time to a spiritual pursuit.

Prayer, faith, and devotional practice (bhakti) created my early openings into connection with my spiritual side. With this focus of practice, a deep sense of peace, stillness, and unconditional love surrounded me and I felt a direct connection to the Universe. It was surreal to feel so free and safe. My kundalini rising had occurred without me knowing what kundalini was!

In an effort to deepen my practices and understand what I was experiencing in the silence of prayer and meditation I began to explore the different wisdom traditions from Christian sages, Buddhist teachings, and Hindu yogic masters. 

I found in the yogic teachings a clear path that explained scientifically our mind, body, spirit, god connection. There is logic and clarity to the complexities of life. There are practices that takes us on a personal journey of connection with the divine. I found yoga to be the most expansive and it spoke to my scientific mind. Yoga has no particular religion but it explains the path of all religions.

As I began my yogic practices I started to develop certain qualities that were quite beneficial to my well being. In some ways, I became a nicer person. My energy and health improved, I became more centered in myself creating more peace and stillness, not just in me but all around me. These practices transformed me from within and it changed how I live in the world. Many folks practice yoga and meditation to simply make it through the daily challenges of life. Yet, our practice has the power to take us from surviving life to thriving in the Joy of living. 

The physical practice of Yoga, or Asana, is a solid foundation that works great in our very stressful society. It is a wonderful gateway into a whole new world of self knowledge and awareness. There is much more to Yoga than the physical poses that have become mainstream.

In Yoga we move in two directions, we become more grounded and aware of our physical being and we bring more silence into our mind. The more silence the mind has, the more aware we are of our selves in the present moment, the only moment that is real. This fundamental shift changes everything and a whole new way of being arises that creates ripples through our whole life. There is a sense of empowerment and clarity about our unique nature. 

Yogic practice is designed to bring us back to ourselves. We spend all of our awake time in the stories of the mind, moving back and forth between old stories of the past and a projected future that is not real, usually filled with a sense of fear as we try to control the unknown. As we learn to settle into our bodies and we become stronger witnesses of the workings of our mind we can start to change how we view all the situations that are part of our lives. 

The only thing that Yoga will ask of you is that you do your practice in a regular and consistent way. The practice itself will lead you into greater openness and awareness. The practice embodies the teachings in you.

Manny