yoga as a balancing act

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Ancient yogis in 500 BCE would hold their arm up in the air for years on end, so dedicated and disciplined was their practice. But why? The reasons for such extreme physical acts were profound – to still the mind, to burn off past karma and even to acquire special powers like flying long distances, becoming infinitely small or locating buried treasures.

Today’s yoga’s practices and purposes have thankfully changed (it’s unlikely a sun salutation will miniaturise you) and it’s anyone’s guess what yoga will look like 500 years from now.

Here at triyoga, we aspire to teach the kind of yoga that is in harmony with the past as well as the present and the future. Balance results when there is compatibility between the parts that make up the whole.

Twice a year, we refine our schedule and this February, we are offering more for everyone whether that’s something dynamic like Ashtanga, Vinyasa Flow and Dharma Yoga, or something subtle like Feldenkrais, Scaravelli or Qigong.

A balanced practice can mean practising a mix of styles; it can also be found in dedication to one. Either way, it’s possible to find sthira (strength) and sukham (ease) all at once.

Balance was our guiding principle when looking at and changing the schedules in Camden, Soho and Chelsea. Our vision of what yoga is and does is broad and remains authentic. These new schedules – which launch on the 20th February – were also influenced by the feedback you gave us, to which we listened and tried hard to implement.

Here’s what we’ve done, which we really hope you like:

We’ve nearly doubled our “Meditation + Mindfulness” classes on the schedule. The practice of sitting still, turning inward, focussing on the breath and letting go of thoughts has surged in popularity as people appreciate the clarity of mind these practices bring.

We’re adding “Yoga For Sports” classes. Yoga can help improve performance on the pitch, on the track or on the court. We have teachers with yoga and personal training backgrounds who can show you how.

We’ve introduced “Inner Axis 30” classes. Owing to the popularity of our Inner Axis classes (the brainchild of American yoga teacher Max Strom) we are teaching 30-minute classes that combat stress, sleeplessness and anxiety. Just kick off your shoes and hang up your coat – no need to change into your yoga gear – just land on the mat and breathe.

We’ve added more of what you already love – Iyengar Yoga, Dharma Yoga and Jivamukti.

To complement the excellent ones we already have, we’ve added new teachers to the schedule who bring with them fresh ideas and approaches, while at the same time maintaining the connection to the history of yoga and the principles that guide it.

We’ve aimed to have more of your favourite teachers and classes on the schedule.

From the 13th February, you’ll be able to see what we’ve done and book into your old classes as well as your new ones.

Extremes, like holding your arm in the air, are easy. Rather, strive for balance.

Genny is the Yoga Manager at triyoga, and teaches Vinyasa Flow, Ashtanga, triyoga hot and general yoga. She is an Authorised Level 1 teacher by the K Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute, and graduated with a distinction from triyoga’s BWY and Yoga Alliance-accredited teacher training programme. She is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree from SOAS in Traditions of Yoga and Meditation. A mother to four boys and former journalist for Time Magazine, she edits “Pushpam Magazine,” a yoga magazine that focuses on the history and philosophy of yoga as well as the issues the modern practice of it faces.

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