2000 years ago when Patanjali wrote his Yoga Sutras he wrote of the eight limbs of yoga which were necessary for any devote to follow in order to achieve enlightenment and these guidelines were perfect. The Eight Limbs are as follows...Yama (attitudes toward our environment), Niyama (attitudes toward ourselves), Asana (physical postures), Pranayama (restraint or expansion of the breath), Pratyahara (withdrawal of the senses), Dharana (concentration), Dhyana (meditation) and Samadhi (complete integration).
In modern times his guidelines are all of a sudden less effective for a very simple reason the environment has changed. We no longer live on the same planet that he walked on, which of course is an exaggeration, and of course we still live on Planet Earth... but do we really? A large part of what makes 'Earth' the Earth is what it has to offer the living beings which live on her, the environment. The reality is that the environment has changed, and Im not talking about environmental degradation of climate change; Im talking about the environment we live our lives in which is essentially alien compared to 2000 years ago. We are exposed to light frequencies which are out of synch with our body's circadian rhythms and we seldom touch the surface of the planet which we have evolved for millions of years to be in perpetual contact with. Just a basic internet search on disease trends will show a greater than 2000 percent increase in certain inflammatory conditions since the 1950s, which is when the majority of shoes stopped having leather soles and instead switched to rubber further insulating us from the surface of the planet. The massive increases in cancer rates, auto immune disease, heart disease, and pretty much all diseases with a inflammatory component I argue are due to man further disconnecting from nature, the planet. Not only are we no longer grounded but the quality, intensity, and profile of the light which impacts everything from blood sugar levels to sleep cycles has been severely altered... we now basically live under an alien Sun. Along with light and grounding changes we also have alterations in diet, air quality, water quality, and how we connect with others. When connected to our true native environment we feel lighter and relieved but as a bonus we will benefit from stronger nervous and endocrine systems. We will feel stronger, physically lighter, and most of all we will experience more of what life has to offer. If we want to attract what it is we need and want in this life we must change our resonance. The journey is inward through our body's sensory system; as we fall into ourselves we witness more and more subtle layers of pattern linked to our history and expectations for the future, with presence as our anchor we are audience to the change these practices can facilitate. Every time we release some karmic baggage we resonate at a higher level and we begin to attract those energies which mirror our vibration. Live as energy, witness how all is one, and the Universe will provide. We are all unique and differentiated as human beings. We are born to coexist harmoniously with a very specific flow which dictates our functionality and who we think we are. If we tune into this flow we are granted the gift of authenticity and wholeness; and from our authenticity we are guided toward those relationships and activities which we find fulfilling.
The New Yoga is about creating an environment which improves the efficacy of Patanjali's guidelines. With the sessions I offer we will be not only utilizing the wisdom and techniques of the ancients but we will also be reconnecting with the Earth which is our birthright and is necessary for our physical body to be in balance and to function optimally.
The classes will be taught by Joel "Akal" Akins M.S.. Akal has been a Yoga teacher for about 12 years, a personal trainer for over 15, and currently works as a Somatic Therapist. He holds a Masters degree in Applied Exercise Physiology.