What are the classes like?

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Hi Swamis Shabdavani and Priyaratna,

I enjoyed seeing your newsletter and seeing the sorts of things you are doing in your studio.

I have read various things about yoga nidra. Can you tell me more about the practice? Is it the same as savasana or is there a special technique to it that takes you deeper into a sleep-like state? I always felt that there was something more than savasana to yoga nidra, but I've never been instructed in it. I came to this belief from an explanation in the 5 Tibetans (have you read that book?) on yoga nidra. The first time the author really got into yoga nidra he heard himself snoring. This, to me, sounds different from just deep relaxation...more like lucid dreaming without the dreaming.

I currently take a Kripalu class, which focuses on emotional states and tuning within. I love the class, but feel that the lack of physical challenge takes out part of the thing that I find in yoga, which is testing my limits...learning to tune out the negative thoughts in the mind so I can go deeper into a pose than I ever dreamed. In that class I found other kinds of interior limits, though, that needed exploring...softness and loving myself. Soon I am studying Ashtanga and Sivananda styles with a new teacher, when I move. I have never been particularly drawn to Ashtanga, but I have heard good things about it from others and I am sure it will handle the physical challenge part for me. The teacher seems really good so I think I will take regular private sessions with her in order to get the kind of practice I need, as well as group lessons. I'm looking forward to getting deep into my yoga practice. I am ready for it and now I have a wonderful opportunity to experience a new level of yoga.

Thanks for writing back. It's good to hear from you again.

Can you tell me more about the title of Swami? When did you take on the title? Does someone have to designate you a swami or do you decide in your heart that this is a title you are ready to take on?

Jai Bhagwan! Suzanne

--- Gladesville Yoga wrote: > > Dear Suzanne, > Our classes could be described as Hatha yoga asanas and breathing with yoga nidra and meditation practices. > Most students come to reconnect within, often prompted by a challenge in their lives. > > In yoga, > -- > Swamis Shabdavani and Priyaratna for > Gladesville Yoga Association Inc.

-- Priyaratna (graceofaum@yahoo.com.au), April 25, 2000


Om Shanti!

Thanks for the sending the files. I glanced through them and I will work with this on my own soon. I am sure I'll have more questions about yoga nidra once I start working with it. I feel lucky to have you to talk to about this. Yoga really is kind of secretive and still passed along by word of mouth more than books.

So, if you are from the Sivananda tradition, we will soon have something in common since my new teacher is Sivananda trained. As I learn more about Sivananda, I will be glad to have you to talk to. I read a book about it but it is hard to glean the subtle differences between different schools of thought from just a beginner book. My impression of Sivananda has always been that it is more about bringing spirituality into your whole life, not just focused on asana...more of a holy practice than some of the other styles.

Iyengar, which I was trained in, I am coming more and more to the conclusion is primarily a health practice. At least, the more I look at it from that perspective, the more sense the style makes to me. Iyengar himself is very spiritual and I have a huge respect for him. He is correct that good health is essential for happiness, I think, so there is a solid foundation to his approach. I think it resonnates here in the U.S. because we need to take care of the basics of learning to care for ourselves before we can plunge more deeply into a spiritual practice.

Namaste! Suzanne

-- Priyaratna (graceofaum@yahoo.com.au), April 25, 2000.

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