Bodhisattva Road Yoga
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 Yoga means connection. Yoga is the practice of self study.

 

ABOUT US

Tēnā Koutou Katoa.

I started teaching because I am passionate about Yoga. From high school, to pregnancy and as a maturing woman Yoga is my foundation to living.

I studied at Auckland Yoga Academy where I completed a three year apprenticeship in the nineties studying how to teach. Equivalent to over 1500 hours training. I have sat six exams with The Iyengar Yoga Association as my ongoing education continues to become the best I can be.

In recent years, I have frequently studied at the Iyengar Institute in Pune, India where I have had the privilege of attending Shri BKS Iyengar, Geeta Iyengar and Prashant's classes. The Iyengar system is the foundation of my practice and teaching.

I use precise instructions as studied within the Iyengar system. Classes are safe, make use of props and are centered around a theme.

My point of view is unique and holistic. After years of study in the Ashtanga, Iyengar, Ayurvedic and Macrobiotic traditions.

Many years of practice and teaching, I am devoted to bringing the spirit of yoga and  love of meditation to all.

Yoga practice is an art and science to cultivate inquiry, sensitivity, and kindness to ourselves.

What is Iyengar Yoga?

The teaching of Yoga according to B.K.S. Iyengar is based mainly on the in-depth practice of Asanas, the postures of Yoga and of Pranayama, Yogic breathing. They are two of these eight aspects of Yoga.

B.K.S. Iyengar, who died in 2014 aged 96, was the inheritor of a tradition going back more than a thousand years. His brother-in-law Krishnamacharya of Mysore was a south Indian scholar versed in Sanskrit and the Vedas who spent seven years studying asana in Tibet. Unlike most Indian yogis, Krishnamacharya taught many vigorous standing poses which have now been adopted in various western schools of yoga. He instructed the teenaged Iyengar for two to three years before sending him to teach in Pune, where he remained until his death.

B.K.S. Iyengar, during a teaching career spanning more than seventy years, evolved a method of teaching the classic yoga postures that is precise, progressive and accessible.

The Iyengar method

The Iyengar method is based on the teaching of Yoga according to B.K.S. Iyengar. His watchwords are precision and safety – for the health of the student and to cultivate inner awaremess.

Through a deep study of the postures, he produced:

  • a safe, progressive syllabus
  • rigorous training for teachers

He was a genius at reading, treating and transforming the human form and psyche. This genius extends to his ability to make his teaching transmissible by ordinary teachers. Our job is to remain true to our training, so we can pass on his system for culturing the body, for restraining the mind and making both a vehicle for self-discovery. This great stream inevitably gets diluted but should not be mixed or merged with other currents. This is the purpose of the strict rules of the IY(NZ).

Health for the body, peace for the mind

The Asanas develop strength and flexibility. In particular they can help to relieve back pain, help all the organs to function well and improve the digestive and circulatory systems.

The postures may also bring relief from the effects of stress and fatigue; they can help to bring about a state of deep relaxation.

Pranayama is the art of extending and controlling the breath. It brings vitality and mental balance and improves concentration. It is introduced only when students have a degree of mastery of asana, to be able to control the muscles of the chest and sit with a straight steady posture.

Meditation in action

Postures and regulation of the breath are two essential disciplines in the practice of Yoga. They bring the body and mind into contact with the light of the soul to find inner peace.

An art

Yoga brings grace, beauty and firmness. The body is freed from tensions by stretching and movement. The breathing can become deep and even. Uniting spirit and body, the practitioner learns the art of self-observation. The intelligence and powers of perception are enhanced.

Namaste,

Jude