The foundation of our practice rests on both inner and outer work.
On this site, we will explore, integrate, become more knowledgeable about, and more practiced in, the art of living our best lives (and as our greatest Self) through personal reflection, mind and body work/study, and by taking desired, required, and inspired actions toward our goals–and more specifically the ultimate goal of Self-Realization and spiritual liberation–each day.
These areas of focus provide a concreate foundation for us to work with that is both proven and effective for supporting optimal personal human evolution and positive movement forward. Our work will draw from numerous areas of study including age-old Yoga and Meditation practices/philosophies, Chinese Qi-Gong principles, and modern Coaching and Wellness Science in order to support us with being our best in this one and only life that we are fortunate to experience.
Yoga, which means “union” and originated in India, is a life science that focuses on the connection between the body, mind, breath, and spirit, as well as the fusion of a person’s entire being with the Source of all creation. It is an ancient science that provides its practitioners with the strongest beams of support available in “personal development” because it is well mapped out and structured in a practical and efficient way to support one to come into their greatest/highest Self expression (that goes far beyond the “person” and back to the connection to all that is).
As a complement to the Humanistic Coaching framework that I use in my work, a Yoga framework, since this practice provides a clear outline of how to proceed with being and expressing one’s best/Truest Self in his/her lifetime, is one of the most clear, all encompassing, and effective ways that I have found for addressing all the areas of development needed to live one’s best life in the world.
In Yoga, we start our practice by setting out to fully understand and accept what is often referred to as the Four Noble Truths. These truths state that: 1) Life has ongoing and inevitable suffering 2) there is a cause to our suffering 3) there is an end to our suffering (since everything in the universe is impermanent) 4) there is a path that will free us from all suffering, which in Yoga, is called the Eightfold Path.
These ideas, and the accompanying path outlined below, will serve as the “theory” that guides much of our work together here.
Please be mindful, however, that we will only focus on these concepts in practical and non-religious ways. We will separate our practice from any religion, ideology, or religious affiliation here, but it is my hope (if you have chosen a religious philosophy to live your life by) that this work will support the spiritual (experiential and directly verifiable, not ideo-social and based on blind belief) part of your practice in some way or another as well since I know that nurturing a healthy and meaningful inner world is an important part of being your best.
Remember please that, at my core, I am a Evidence-Based Coach with a qualitative research background. I hold complementary diplomas as a Certified Yoga and Meditation Expert, a 300hr Yoga-Meditation Teacher Certification, and I study and practice Yoga independently as a part of my everyday life. I also possess training in a number of different complementary self-development techniques as well, so everything that I use from these complementary trainings is grounded in proven and practical research as well as personal testimony. Furthermore, because my undergraduate degree is in Sociology (with a secondary area of focus in Comparative Literature, and I have pursued learning in numerous areas to complement my studies), I also inevitably explore the theoretical aspects of these pathways in great depth since my life has been devoted to understanding and knowing the self/Self and reality/Reality and this knowledge better assists in understanding this practice in greater depth.
If you have never pursued the Yogic path before, or have never pursued it outside of the third aspect (which focuses on the physical body and stretching), or outside of the fourth aspect (that focuses on breathwork), please note that the full blueprint for Yoga asks that we work on all eight aspects of our being, and these aspects are meant to be progressive and interrelated. All parts of Yoga must be practiced and mastered individually, but each limb will build upon, and support, the limb before it.
This path is also meant to be customized to your own life and self. There is no one, perfect, way to practice Yoga, and you must truly create and walk your own individual pathway in order to be successful in using it in/for your inner-development work.
The Eightfold Path of Yoga
(1-4 interface with the outside world | 5-8 interface with our inner world)
- Yamas (Our Code Of Conduct): The values, morals/ethics, and restraints that we choose to abide by. These include non-violence, truthfulness, self-control, non-stealing, non-greed/non-attachment.
- Niyamas (Our Actions in Support of our Personal Code of Conduct): Habits and ethical practices that support the values and morals that we choose as our yamas. These include self-purification (of false-senses of self), contentment, self-discipline/non-acceptance of “gifts”/attachments, self-study, and devotion to a higher path/practice.
- Asanas (Our physical exercises and care for our body): Physical postures and stretching of the body for longevity, optimal health, relaxation, flexibility, strength, and balance to prepare for sitting in meditation (among other benefits). This limb is focused on overall biological self-care, maintaining equanimity/healthy homeostasis, and illness preservation.
- Pranayama (Our integration of Body and Mind Through Breath/Life-Force Energy Expansion): Breathing exercises and control of one’s breath, the number one essential element for our survival and one of the most powerful tools in our work.
- Pratyahara (Our Mastery Of Our Senses): Restraint. Full control of all of our five senses/compulsions. Withdrawal from the outside world.
- Dharana (Our Cultivation of a concentrated and Well-functioning Mind): Developing self-awareness and general awareness through concentration and single-pointed focus.
- Dhyana (Our Devotion To Connecting With, And Experiencing, Our Highest Expressions): Meditation. Commitment to creating connection with our Divine aspects/expressions through mental clarity.
- Samadhi (Our Connection With And Full Embodiment of Our Highest Expression): Union with our Divine aspects/expressions through the pure experience of being.
Meditation (limb 7), and mindfulness (maintaining meditative presence/neutral observation as you live your everyday life), are the complementary practices that we primarily focus on here. Everything that we do, in other limbs before the 7th (without ever skimming through anything), prepares you to develop the skills required to attain Samadhi, which then prepares you for liberation/Kaivalya). These practices support you with gaining success on all levels of your path through reflection, concentration, focus, and the cultivation of a pure and healthy mind.
Together, these practices help you to perform the right thoughts, speech, actions, and livelihood for you, and they clearly illuminate the framework for all of what you are here to do in this space!
As we move forward, always remember that non-judgment of yourself and others (a part of engaging in non-violence) is an important part of our work.
Please know this: you do not have the right to judge any other being on this planet (although you can be honest about, and discerning of, others as you navigate through life), and this non-judgment includes non-judgement of yourself as well. Please be mindful of this as you move forward and it will make your practice even stronger and your progress much deeper and effective since you will understand clearly that even if you “slip up” and are not perfect every single day, you can simply move forward on your next attempt and still get better with continued practice. This is a part of learning and doing the work.
Life does not judge you, and it is not a test (only delusion and egoism in society/the collective socialized minds of homo-sapiens maintains these false perceptions). Since you will be improving yourself and knowing better as you progress, however, the focus here should primarily be on doing better (which simply means clearer/purely reflecting the undistorted eternal Self) each day, and on doing so one step at a time (without too much criticism or without being too attached to any “mistakes,” “flaws,” or even “awesome qualities” that you discover since, obviously, these things only exist because you are working on being more of your pure Self and are only guideposts along the way that point to what needs more work/dissolving).
You are simply here to practice and get better…so now, let’s get to work!
What, beautiful Creator, are you creating today?
Before You Go, Let’s Have a Word About A Word…
Please be sure to note, before moving forward, that the use of the term karma on this site, and in all of my work, is in the literal, and neutral, translation of the word as actions that have a cause and effect in the world. Please further note that I do not refer to karma in the context of it’s place in ideological beliefs in supernatural curses, past lives, or future existences (in the same way that I do not believe in the existence of literal Gods and Goddesses), since this phenomena has never been proven.
If past lives are ever referenced in the context of my work (which it rarely ever is), it is only to serve as a metaphor for the different stages and transformations that we experience throughout the one physical life that we have.
All actions have an effect, this is clear, but once our life has ended, there is no evidence to prove that we come back in any other form other than dissolving back into the the atoms, stardust, and Source from which we (and all things) came. If pieces of you are repurposed, that is as far as it goes in terms of the “you” that you know coming back again. Consciousness is impersonal and all-pervasive, “you” as an unique expression is once in an eternity conscious entity even though “you” in material form exist for all of eternity.
In fact, I feel that it is imperative that we honor this truth, and one life that we have within us, in order to value it to the fullest of our abilities since the splendor and the magnificence of its reality is so much more spectacular than any story that we can invent with our minds/imagination as a species. When we do so, we can then make the most out of the one life that we are gifted with and never rely on the illusion of a past or future existence to excuse any behaviors of the past, present, or future (either on a personal or historical scale) or any state in the present. This will then better guide where we go from where we stand through the powerful reality and possibility of choice.
There is only one physical life for each of us, and victims of crimes such as slavery, the holocaust, rape, abuse of any kind, and other atrocities never did anything in a past life to deserve their fate in their present one other than exist in a world in which they were the unfortunate recipients of other people’s bad actions (or karma) guided by ignorance or hatred.
This is also important to always emphasize because this word is often overly misused, and is an area of Yogic Philosophy that I feel is often shrouded in mythology, false ideology, and lack of compassion that we can sometimes unfortunately see from many popular and well-adopted schools of thought.
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