Change Lives in Ways You Can’t Image
2020 Gentle Hatha Training Begins June 5th
Join us in being the change!
Gentle yoga is a practice of inclusion and expansion. It is taking the time and space to explore possibility and invoke harmony, touching that place within that is perfectly whole and complete. It is understanding that practice and teaching can look a myriad of inspired ways. The only limitations are our beliefs!
What Does it Mean to Be Gentle in Practice?
At the School of Gentle Yoga, we understand that we are on the cusp of a new wave, a revolution redefining what it means to be gentle in practice. Gentle is not easy or simple, gentle is complex and rich. Gentle is not about honoring limitations, it is about exploring possibility. Gentle does not minimize – it deepens immensely.
Whatever drew your interest to this training, you are somehow aware of this revolution, this need for a more gentle practice – in our own personal practice and for teaching to others. As Mahatma Gandhi once said, “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.”
It is time. Let’s shake the world together shall we?
Every body benefits from time spent in Gentle practice
This is the belief and core teaching principle of The School of Gentle Yoga: Every body benefits from time spent in gentle practice. Gentle Yoga is for every body – every ability, every age, every temperament, every constitution and every body within Yoga philosophy. It is only a matter of finding the entry point.
Gentle Yoga is not only for seniors, injury, or illness. Gentle does not mean easy. Gentle does not mean for beginners only. Gentle does not mean un-challenging or un-stimulating. And gentle most certainly does not mean simply modifying the asanas. In fact, Gentle Yoga is a deep, advanced practice.
- It is a practice of being present with Self, observing what is so, and moving through it with grace and ease.
- It’s the experience of slowing down long enough to really be with the softer and subtler elements of Self without fear or avoidance.
- It is the recognition through being present and slowing down that we are so much more than simply our physical self.
- Gentle Yoga is a gateway to Harmony, moving through the layers of Self, referred to in Yoga philosophy as the Koshas.
To really be with one’s self, with love and authenticity, requires vulnerability. Yoga gives us structure and support to be with that vulnerability, most especially in a gentle practice.
Principle #1: Breath as Foundation
Conscious breath is the gateway to exploring the natural balance between expansion and contraction. A primary focus of this training is to learn to balance and move between expansion and contraction, harmonizing the body and mind. Principle includes:
- Establish a felt sense of the natural qualities of the breath prior to movement.
- Inhalation is naturally expansive; Exhalation is naturally stabilizing
- Pause frequently to maintain and reestablish deepest expression of breath
Principle #2: Form Follows Function
Life is most recognizable in its dynamic expression, allowing innate gentleness to filter through, which influences our every action, thought, relationship, and the form of our lives. Principle includes:
- An abundance of space in practice for personal exploration and inquiry
- Practices designed to resolve and undo patterns of constriction, revealing true form
- Intention of the practice honors the individual body and constitution
Principle #3: Flow – Movement as Meditation
Moving in rhythmic, breath-led arrangements allows even the most active practice to feel meditative and gentle. Principle includes:
- Inhalation movements expansive; exhalation movements grounding
- Movements flow dynamic to static, establishing felt sense
- Movements arranged to create stability in freedom and expansion
Principle #4: Felt Sense
Learn to read the body as a map of sensation, with each sensation a cue to cultivating internal body awareness. Principle includes:
- Greater connection between the mind, body, breath, and spirit
- Embodiment of sensory, energetic, and emotional landscape
- Moves focus from things outside of us to qualities of our present, internal experience
For information the School of Gentle Yoga upcoming yoga teacher trainings, contact Founding Director and Lead Trainer Dannette Mason ~ firstname.lastname@example.org or complete the contact form here.