Flowing Yoga (some call it Vinyasa), where the body moves with the breath, is like a river. It breaks down blockages in the mind and spirit, washing us clean. Ghosh Yoga, with its focus on absolute stillness, is like a mountain. There is great strength and unity as the yogi ceases to be separate from the universe.
Flowing Yoga, with constant movement and unity of body and breath, is a profound process of unification and purification. We carry so much tension, so much anxiety, so many fears, so many ambitions that prevent us from simply being. When we first come to yoga we are far from our true selves. Instead, we are a conglomeration of our ambitions and fears.
By unifying the breath and body in the constant motion of Flowing Yoga, our anxieties are broken down bit by bit, like a river smoothing the stones in its path. Blockages give way to a freer flow of energy and confidence, and a stronger sense of self.
When our inner-selves have been purified a bit and our energy is flowing strongly, we find greater unity in stillness. Our energy flows with greater power when the body ceases to move and the mind stops thinking. This stillness is the foundation of Ghosh Yoga.
This journal honors my ongoing experience with the practice, study and teaching of yoga.
1) Sridaiva Yoga: Good Intention But Imbalanced
2) Understanding Chair Posture
2) Why I Don't Use Sanskrit or Say Namaste
3) The Meaningless Drudgery of Physical Yoga
5) Beyond Bikram: Why This Is a Great Time For Ghosh Yoga