We live in a stressful world. Our society dictates us to consume as much as possible and as quickly as possible. We barely allow ourselves to get any rest at all, and many of us admit to having sleep issues. Our attention moves at the speed of light, jumping from one idea to another, and dwelling endlessly on memories and to do lists. As a matter of fact, most of our thoughts are negative, ranging from regrets and disappointments to disbeliefs and apprehensions.
In short, we rarely live in the present moment. Rather we’re constantly skipping between the past and the future. Living in a state of need, we seek comfort in what the material world has to offer. But a pleasurable high always precedes a disillusioned low, and we get stuck in a vicious cycle between the two, continually seeking the former and evading the latter.
Realising that this is how our mind operates is a first step towards liberation. The yogic system (astanga yoga) defines this situation as being the root of all our suffering, and outlines the different stages towards freedom. Observances, postures, breath work, withdrawing from the sensory world, contemplation and meditation are helpful tools that allow us to live an overall happier and more peaceful life.
My classes are a combination of everything I have learned during my journey so far. I have been practicing regularly for 10 years, and teaching for 6. I have had the chance to study with some of the most inspiring teachers alive. I have been exposed to various practices and lineages, and have concluded that they all ultimately lead to the same purpose.
During my classes, I encourage every student to deeply listen and trust how they feel in the present moment. Everyone is invited to take into consideration their own personal history and physical abilities, through inquisitive yoga and self-acceptance. This process of interoception and self-exploration is in fact a restorative gateway. It’s by observing ourselves that we can heal. Nobody else can do this for us.
Following the flow of our breath, and gently synchronising it with the movement, our focus is brought back onto the present moment. We enter a state of deep relaxation, for the only thing that really pertains is the here and now.