Approach to teaching
Vajrasati Yoga aims to implicitly and explicitly explore the yoga teachings of Patanajali, the Buddha, Non-Dual Saiva Tantra and other great Indian teachers/teachings in a non-abstract experiential way, most commonly this is done in the school through bodywork recognisable to anyone who has come across a Modern Postural Yoga class (most studio classes come under this category).
The ultimate goal of practice is leading each student towards ‘moksha’ a Sanskrit word meaning liberation or freedom which is a realisation of ones fundamentally interconnected state.
The school seeks to achieve these ends through encouraging students to practice whilst exploring yogic principles such as set out in the Yamas and Niyamas of Patañjali’s sūtras. In particular; non-violence (ahimsa), honesty (satya), investigation (svadyaya) and a sense of trust in a Knowing (Sanskrit – Prajñā). This Knowing is not stored or learned but more ‘plugged into’ (ishvara pranidhana).
The body is seen as a doorway into a richer experience of an interconnected holism – a journey described by its founder Jim Tarran as one from the finite, created, mind-made appearance of a divided universe into an experience of reality as infinite and self manifest (needing no creator or separate agency).
This is sometimes expressed as a Phoenix style disappearance or melting (Sanskrit – Laya) which generates an instant reemergence into a new and rich paradigm of being the Knowing. Simply put absorption not dismissed to an engrossed painter, dancer, musician or any other arena where a state of deep responsiveness arises.
Pranayama or absorption into the breaths relationship with the mind and body (the name PY literally means un-curbed energy) is an integral part of a Vajrasati Yoga practice and theory. It is viewed as a gateway to the integrated state of flow.
Class style varies depending on abilities and the needs of students attending.
Vajrasati students are encouraged to feel the flow of life, intelligence and breath whilst in the postures. This is expressed in a section from the Śiva Sūtras “karaṇaśaktiḥ svato’ nubhavāt” ‘The power of performance, expression or action comes from the experience of what is truly one’s own’. Students are therefore asked to”Listen/Respond”.
Classes can include; postures, mantras, meditation, breathing exercises and discussions and are always student led in terms of the subtleties of when to move.