The Abode Yoga Practice
Abode Yoga is a practice of Yoga through Asana, not simply the asana based teaching of Yoga. It is a practice of Yoga, under the Healing System of Reiki, which is a practice of Self Development Therapy, for life. You will be taught through conscious teaching and healing approach methodology that is individually focused, to provide pathways through a whole class approach, 1 on 1 or within a therapy based session within the realm of Yoga. Through the process of this practice you will learn to engage the energetic body with the physical body to align the mind, body, and spirit. The Abode Yoga Practices' foundation is based upon Yoga Psychology, Reiki Healing & Mind body Medicine. This is achieved through movement, that is connected by the breath, and is communicated through sound and music to allow you to speak the language of the internal self. The primary focus is healing, balancing and activating mentally, physically, emotionally and energetically, while invoking senses artistically and will leave you peacefully smiling from head to toe.
Reiki is an ancient natural healing system and a process of self-development therapy that was rediscovered by Dr. Mikao Usui of Japan in the late 1800′s when he developed the “Usui system of natural healing.” Reiki refers to the ‘life force energy’ that is constantly evolving and flowing within ourselves and the world around us; the flow of Reiki within us helps to connect and balance our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual bodies. This system of energetic healing is now being taught throughout the world as a way to aid individuals in finding internal harmony by promoting self-awareness and the ability to utilize the mind and body to align with the higher self. Reiki healing can also be useful in pain management; reducing stress, anxiety, and depression; and facilitating the body’s natural healing process. Abode Yoga utilizes the healing principles of energy and its psychology to enable a deep understanding and connection with the whole body and its various dimensions. The movements of the body release negative energy and cultivate positive energy and can help guide you to enable you to create your own individual form of therapy and healing living practice though movement.
Abode Yoga incorporates Yogic Mind-Body Philosophy & Movement Psychology Therapy . The physical postures and series of movements in Abode Yoga are based on the idea that movement has meaning. In yoga, each movement or posture that we create not only affects our physical body but also has a mental, emotional, and energetic significance. The idea that our physical actions are a reflection of our emotional and energetic state is not unique to yoga, but it is also a concept that is studied by sport psychologists, actors and dance performers, and has been formulated into a system of therapy by psychologists who call themselves Movement/Dance Therapists.
The purpose of Abode Yoga is to use these concepts from yoga, mind body medicine and movement therapy so that our bodies become a tool through which we can create internal harmony and use our own unique energy to heal and enhance ourselves. Each Abode Yoga series incorporates yoga postures, movements, breath work, imagery and meditative practices in order to connect the whole body, stimulate positive energy, and increase overall fitness. Each Abode Yoga series is created with the intention of releasing certain negative energies/thoughts/emotions and cultivating positive ones in their place.
Abode Yoga as its own practice and form uses a 7 dimensional pathway derived from the LEAF Mindset System, a sociological based living self & life guide, created by founder Randall Simpson, using 4 directions of life to liberate the individual out of the 5 main causes of suffering. In Abode yoga we use the body as a tool to heal these sufferings through all 5 layers of our being, to find home (self) within all four seasons of life in love. We ensure each practice and form of Abode Yoga is taught, experienced & practiced reflecting our core belief “Forever Loving Your Self” Which withholds 3 elements; self care, self nurture and self love.
Although Abode Yoga has specific objectives, it never loses its sense of fun and freedom. You are encouraged to be creative with your movements so that they truly express your personal style and unique qualities. Abode Yoga Asana enhances physical fitness and exercise progression that is an all-inclusive program that can be suited for individuals of all ages and physical capabilities. The movements are designed to progress levels of strength, flexibility, and endurance in a safe and effective manner. Abode Yoga Teachers are trained in how to modify movements for people with different fitness levels and the exercises are designed to help you enhance overall fitness and correct physical imbalances caused by lifestyle stresses.
Abode Yoga as a practice and form incorporates the 8 limbs, the self help guide to over coming the 5 main sources of suffering according to ancient yoga traditions from the east by Patangali.
Yamas – awareness and dealings with the world around
Niyamas – awareness and dealings with ourself
Asana – Awareness and dealings with our body
Pranayama – Awareness and dealings with our breath
Pratyahara – Awareness and dealings with our senses
Daharana – concentration
Dhyana – Meditation
Samadhi – The absolute – inner freedom & peace
5 Causes of Suffering ( Kleshas)
Avidya – (ignorance) – this is the misconception of our true reality, believing that the temporary is eternal, the impure is pure, and pleasure to be painful. This is a false representation root of the 4 other causes of suffering.
Asmita – ( I – am – ness) is the identification of ourselves with our ego. We create a self image of ourselves that we believe is us, but it is not us. This self image can contain both external ( I am poor) and internal (I am a bad person) false projections. We become trapped with the projections we have created of our life.
Raga – ( attachment) is the attraction for things that bring satisfaction to oneself. Our desire to pleasurable experiences creates mindless actions and blind sighted vision. When we can not obtain what we desire, we suffer. When we do obtain what we desire, our feeling of pleasure soon fades and we begin our search for pleasure again, becoming trapped in an endless cycle.
Dvesha – (repulsion) is the opposite to raga, aversion towards things that produce unpleasant experiences. If we cannot avoid the things we dislike, we suffer. Even thinking about unpleasant experiences produces suffering.
Abhinivesha – (Will to Live) - Is the deepest and most universal klesha, remaining with us until our deaths. We know that one day we will indeed die, yet our fear of death is deeply buried in our unconscious.
In The Abode Yoga Practice we use the process of acknowledgement, followed by reflection. This helps to promote self awareness, self understanding, and self knowledge to unveil the kleshas within our self and life and to begin to discover their deep seeded roots that cause our individual suffering, which in turn creates our collective suffering.
Abode Yoga as a practice and form is not limited to 1 style. We design each practice holistically for the individual needs of humanity, our earth and collective consciousness that we feel essential for a liberated life, free of suffering, whole in essence and home in heart. We creatively express and communicate this through drawing from various styles of yogic/conscious human movement including, not limited to:
Hatha - The general category that includes most styles of yoga. It is an ancient system that includes the practice of postures, breathing exercises which help bring peace to the mind, body, preparing the body for deeper spiritual practice. It is practice in the way that honours and balances our sun (masculine) & moon (feminine)
Vinyasa - Yoga movements that are synchronised with the breath in rhythmic flow, which allows for placement in a special way to attain something specific within the body & mind.
Ashtanga - A set of postured based movements, sequenced together in a set order that forms a series that is then practiced as a stage for development of specific things within the body and mind. Only moving on to the next series when ready.
Iyengar - Where postural movements are held for longer periods of time to truly understand the alignments and the subtleties of each movement, using props to encourage safer and deeper exploration.
Kundalini - Whereby the breath and energy are the focus point as movement and we shape the physical body to allow this movement to happen . Its attention is on moving energy through the body using breath, meditation, kriya & mantra.
Yin - A slower stable pace of yoga where postures are held for a minimum of 5 minutes. It is a passive style of movement however the strength is in the application of moderate pressure to the connective tissue (tendons, fascia, and ligaments) with the aim of increasing circulation in the joints to improve flexibility. This also deals with our unconscious energy within our mind and body.
Restorative - Gentle, relaxing and passive form of movement and breath to release the body and mind of stress and practice the art of letting go with a rested attitude and graceful approach.
Tantra - 5 tibetan rites along with other specific movements to improve the life vitality, energise and tune our whole being to be in tune with the life force through our own pranic (life force ) energy.
Our Sequencing Method
We believe in progression with balance sequencing & practice of Yoga Asana. Basically we draw from the ancient yoga traditional texts and acknowledge the modern medical science which has determined the “benefits of practicing particular asanas” Basically this means that we remain centred with the fact that the goal of asana is to maintain or restore health in body and mind, however we do not see the form of each asana the goal or the end to itself. This idea comes from the literal interpretation of ancient yoga, which describe the final form of an asana and the benefits they confer. The ancient texts themselves hold their own concepts as to why do an asana, more specific to yoga, which is based upon Auyreveda (the sister science of Yoga) such as prana, apana, nadis and kundalini. Within abode yoga we have chosen to harmonise the relationship of these two realities when we sequence, practice and teach with the belief that each can be unhealthy to the individual at times, each are needed for the individual at different time in their life and it comes down to the understanding of where each fits that will best restore and maintain health in the mind and body for the individual.
In Abode Yoga it is our belief that it is the benefits that we derive from the movements and breathing are, therefore the final form of each asana is not the purpose of our practice. This is why we chose a comprehensive approach to sequencing, practicing and teaching that is balanced, clear and flexible and aligns with the greatest needs of the individual and the collective. We pay close attention to the condition of the person, the needs that the person is yet to attain or is aware that is required to help alleviate the condition and or suffering they have within their body and mind which is affecting their life inwardly and outwardly by considering what movements they need to concentrate on. We continue this insightful therapy asking them about their current imbalances or illnesses, not just simply injury. The use and stage of breath development and the conscious connection to breath is considered, along with what the individual needs to to do to best prepare to do the sequenced practiced and what they may need to do after to compliment the affects of the practice. Through this we are also considerate to what the individual as done before the sequenced practiced, and what they are doing after.
We all posses the structural, functional and psychological qualities of health to varying degrees. It is important that we are building and progressing through the attributes we lack within these 3 areas, thus the reason we give options of depth within each step of the sequence to allow the individual to practice for them through them, both sides (strengths & their weaknesses)
The Abode Yoga sequencing framework allows for conscious sequencing, which translates into conscious teaching of yoga asana. Using this framework as a sequencing guide, it is always encouraged to our practitioners and teachers that there are no full stops , yoga begins now and now and It always is and just is, therefore being mindful of whether this is evident throughout the sequence of asanas and where its presence is vital. Why? Because this is the power of yoga and how you share it within each moment of each step leads to a conscious yoga practice which is what abode yoga is, along with a conscious yoga teacher, which is an Abode Yoga Teacher.