In modern society, the most common and accepted form of Yoga practice is āsana practice. The practice begins with the body and is known as Hatha Yoga. “Ha” refers to the moon, the essence of the Self, the subordinate side; the intangible, receptive and feminine side of the Self, the negative side of energy. “ṭha” refers to the sun, the form of the Self, the dominate side; the physical, expanding and masculine side of the Self, the positive side of energy.
The meridian is a concept used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Meridians are channels for life-energy (Qi) to flow. Some modern scientists doubt the existence of meridians.
We say the sun moves from rising to setting even though actually the earth rotates and orbits around the sun. The orbits are for tracing and describe the movement of the sun and the earth and their relationship. Anyone who is looking for a physical track of the orbit is regarded as ignorant. Similarly, in Traditional Chinese Medicine, meridians are for tracing and describe the flow of life-energy and the relationship between energy and the physical body, and the relationship between organs. The physical existence of meridians cannot be found in the body as the orbits of the Earth cannot be seen in the sky.
Yin Yoga derives from the Tao, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Yoga. It is a style of Yoga that is used to connect and balance the external environment and the inner world of the Self. Practicing Yin Yoga helps us discover a lifestyle that allows our Self to flow with the rhythm of nature and find a natural way to maintain a happy, wholesome and holistic life for the long term.
Wishingtree Yoga Yin Yoga Teacher Training is not only for one who would like to be a teacher, but is also suitable for anyone who would like to:
Is Yoga from India? The answer seems obvious. In the yogic culture, Śiva is known as the original Yogi. Śiva lives on Mount Kailās in the Himālaya and mount Kailās is in Tibet! When we see devout Tibetans walking and prostrating all the way from their hometown to their pilgrimage destination, we are not so proud of the accomplishment of 108 times of Sun Salutation.
I am in gratitude to my first Yoga teacher Master Run-Hua Tan (Sri Teri Tan), who had over 70 years experience with Hatha Yoga. Master Tan gave me a grounded understanding of Yoga: Yoga originated in the Himālaya area, not from a single country. Yoga is more than stretch and strength; it’s a way of living. Yoga will help to connect with the power inside. Through in-class and daily life practice, Yoga gives balance to body, mind and spirit.
Travelling to Tibet twice, including once to the Base Camp of Mount Everest was absolutely a life-changing experience for me. Tibetan people simply live spiritually and appeal to people who are seeking the essence of spirituality.
Training with Katrin and Ravi Ganesh at the Patanjali Yoga Academy helped me to connect Yogic theory and lifestyle. The Patanjali Yoga Academy is associated with Swami Sivananda’s teachings in India. Swami Sivananda simplified yoga practice to five points: