Katherine has been practicing yoga for the greater portion of her life and teaches from a diverse background of influences. She chooses for her approach to life as well as yoga itself to be unrestrained by assumptions based on a lack of Vidyā or right knowledge.
She invites you to observe how yoga is a lifestyle philosophy based on the Sanskrit word for "union" or in other words "to yoke".
We begin practicing yoga to attain intimate knowledge of union by looking deep into the wells of our own (united) souls, until we are able to see how we are all linked to one another and share the same great soul. Throughout our lives, as frequently as possible, we mindfully observe the concept of being fully integrated with and no more or less important than all else that we encounter in life.
Work on a practice which best suits you. Going as deep as you wish and maintaining respect of your personal boundaries regarding physical limitations, comfort zone, and spiritual apprehensions.
Katherine teaches based upon her experiential understanding that ANYTHING when practiced more mindfully will benefit us. It is through mindful practices that we will gain a deeper sense of compassion, more confidence, more contentment, and an overall enhanced sense of well-being. It is through this approach of plain and simple mindfulness through all actions that we will grow more emotionally healthy with self-esteem, control of impulses and observation of passions that drive us to act irrationally. This increase in emotional health affects the very foundation of our ability to feel more at harmony with the web of life that connects all beings on all levels of consciousness. Once we have grown accustomed to living more mindfully, it will be by far easier to keep a more balanced diet to support our bodies as we begin our practice.
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You hold the power to be strong, healthy and happy, no matter who you are.
The the following study and practice subjects will serve as a guideline for your own personal transformation toward improved strength, insight and over all wellness.:
- DIET (discover the benefits of a sattvic diet, learn to eat according to seasons and your own dosha- elemental constitution)
- PRANAYAMA (breath practice, more in depth than what is frequently addressed in studios)
- ASANA (physical yoga 'exercise', like vinyasa or hatha)
- JAPA (reciting mental mantra or verbal mantram)
- CONSISTENT SLEEP
- CONSISTENT HABITS
- BEING KIND TO YOURSELF AND OTHERS (following the golden rule)
- OBSERVE JNANA (wisdom) YOGA'S 4 MEANS TO SALVATION-
- GREET FAILINGS & WEAKNESSES WITH GRACE (understand you can not pretend something that bothers you is not there. Say hello, goodbye.)
- SADHANA* (commit to a regular kriya yoga practice when you feel ready)
- CULTIVATE SENSITIVITY (working on your 6th sense with special exercises, meditations or even a Kundalini Reiki attunement)
- EXPLORE TANTRA
- STUDY HINDU DEITIES (option to give offerings at an altar in ritual, chant respective mantras and meditate upon them to attain intimately personalized spiritual lessons.)
A sadhana (40 day commitment to Kriya yoga) can help us to bump the often cumbersome ego out of the way if we practice it every day without fail. Once your ego is ready to behave, you will begin to more poignantly observe habits and thoughts that are destructive to your goals of health and happiness. I offer you the Kriyas of Elevation to try on your own, as a launching pad to begin clearing yourself of obstacles.
We start with two primary practices:
Pranayama "breath control"
Sanskrit (approximate translation)
prana - breath, winds, animating force
ayama - restrained, stopping, restraining, length, extension, stretching, expansion
imagine your breath as a wild horse. with pranayama, you are putting the reigns on it.
this practice is the restraint or willed control of the breath, which in turn regulates the autonomic functions of the mind/body, by calming the mind, relaxing muscles, enhancing both cardiovascular capacity and strengthening the nervous system.
Sanskrit for "to sit down", "posture", which comes to terms with a focus on the physical condition.practice assists one in powerfully opening the muscles, circulation, nerves and mind through an energetically methodical mixture of breath, movement and stillness. By consciously activating as much of the body as possible and slowing down the breaths and movements, we gain awareness of every aspect of our beings as poses are all gradually perfected within each individual body over time. The physical (bodily) existence part of the yoga practice is known as asana or yogasana.
Combined, these two practices provide powerful "medicine" to assist one in preventing age-related medical issues such as osteoporosis, arthritis, obesity and gradual distortion such as kyphosis (the medical term for being hunched over) .
Yoga also assists us in correcting unhealthy posture, accomplishing top-notch athletic performance, lowering toxicity levels, burning fat/gaining muscle, pain relief, keeping virus and other disease in check, overcoming insomnia, depression, and often result in an ultimately elevated and more content sense of self.
Once you have experienced the psychophysiological effects of breathing deeply and consciously while engaging your mind along with your body, you will find yourself in an entirely new "head space". I call this souka, sanskrit for "good space", contrary to dhouka, "bad space". Such as when you feel depression, anger, guilt, shame, frustration... You get the picture. Stuff you don't want to feel.
Meditation often comes more easily to us following right after pranayama and asana. Meditation is most often described as a practice of stillness, self-observation and quiet awareness that brings us many benefits on the psychic (mental) level. Through this state of calm inner-focus, we are able to cultivate our abilities to cope with the world around us in a more peaceful and emotionally healthy fashion. In meditation, we take a retreat from the increasingly overwhelming external stimuli of our lives within ourselves. Meditation gives us the opportunity to expand our awareness, make peace with our environment and allow the ego a back seat as our wise and ageless inner-witness gets into the cockpit of our minds. Once the ever-vigilant, oversensitive ego takes a break the confounding judgement, fears and other labels we put on ourselves and all that we experience will fall away. In the state of meditation you will find the capacity to acquire a more constructive or otherwise healing state of being. Once the labels, pre-conceived notions and over-defensive ego tendencies are subdued, you can make way for a limitless, creative, self-reliant, unencumbered, more rational and happy sense of self.
Through establishing these three practices in your life, you will be able to approach Jnana (wisdom/knowledge-based) Yoga.