We incorporate Yoga in all the activities at the Isha Judd Centers
Yoga is a very complete and ancient practice, and although recently it has been focused mainly in the asanas (postures) and in the physical aspect, its true nature is the search for self-discovery. There are many branches of yoga: Kundalini Yoga. Hatha Yoga, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Bikram, Power Yoga, Viniyoga, Iyengar Yoga and more recently others such as Aerial Yoga. Although some of them are very different in the way they are practiced, in general, yoga is a way of liberating us from the conditioning acquired through our life experiences, which separate us from our own essence. Its main purpose is to show us who we really are.
The characteristics of Kundalini Yoga and the Isha method: ESPN
The main purpose of the Isha Judd method is to take us to that same experience of freedom, connect us with our true nature, our consciousness, thereby liberating us from our fears and childhood programs so that we achieve unconditional love of self.
It is a self-sufficient method that does not need other practices to work, but the body awareness created by yoga, is an excellent complement for the Isha Judd method, creating a stronger connection with our physical aspect. Also, yoga emphasizes certain aspects that are parallel to the expansion of consciousness, like “ahimsa”, which means doing no harm to one-self or to others, and other concepts focussed on awareness of self, through the asanas, breath, meditation and unity with the whole.
Art, Isha method and Yoga all together: ESPN
Through the practice of the Isha Judd method we start to naturally and effortlessly develop present moment awareness, being attentive here and now, and training the mind to be fully aware.
We no longer wander off into the past or live in the worries of the future, but we start discovering the joy that can only exist in this moment.
As we start this exercise with Isha, the first thing we do is to bring our attention inwards. The facets of the Isha Judd method allow us to deeply submerge internally, feeling our body, our heart beat, our emotions, and every sensation in our body.
Isha guides us to start doing this mindfulness exercise and then slowly we begin to walk. Very conscious of every step, feeling the ground beneath our feet, witnessing the sounds in the distance; the bird song, being very aware of our thoughts and still feeling very present inside our body.
As we arrive to the woods, the sounds get closer, many other animals can be heard, and the breeze becomes fresher on the skin. We continue this mindfulness exercise by witnessing the present moment in all its colors, sounds, sensations and depth. Now as we go deeper within we can also connect with a very profound place of peace that expands and connects us with totality.
When it is time to continue with other activities at the Center, we walk back and very silently, very connected, we continue our day.
Everything is the same, but we certainly feel different…