अतियोग – Atiyoga – in Sanskrit means ‘beyond yoga’. It is an intelligent, non-dogmatic approach to the practice.
Key information you will find here:
– basic introduction
– information on dynamic styles
– guidance on how to get started
– classes and workshops
– teacher training, and more.
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Atiyoga general approach – very effective, dynamic, energetic style, a true ‘alternative’ yoga practice
Yoga in the modern world is continuously expanding and evolving. There are many different schools, styles, ideologies. Many of these don’t even resemble ‘classical’ practices. There is now a whole industry out there wrapped around the subject, that has become a commodity. There is some good, decent work out there by committed individuals and groups, and there is an abundance of nonsense and huckstery sold to the unsuspecting.
What sets the Atiyoga apart from mainstream styles, is the approach and methodology. For start, it recognises that we don’t live in India. We have a different ‘ambiance’, different environment, different social, mental and physical conditioning. The posture and movement work therefore is explored, developed and shared in different formats. It is important to suit our own needs, abilities and aspirations. At the core are techniques and principles from a variety of sources – some very old principles from ‘classical’ yoga scriptures, some techniques and methods of physical practice from the revivalist ‘traditions’ of Ashtanga and Iyengar yoga. The Atiyoga methodology is also informed by modern science, philosophy and arts old and new – thus the name ‘beyond yoga’ is .
For those who are interested in looking beyond the physical practice and want to use atiyoga to unfold to their full potential, deeper learning is available. Our practice is backed up by a philosophy that essentially the practice is about integrity. The atiyoga approach takes a pragmatic look at concepts from the ‘eight fold path’ described in scriptures such as the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali. It looks at their applicability in current western society. These sources, as well as our observations of modern living show clearly the need for sensible moral and ethical foundations, without which the practice is rather shallow.
Atiyoga is not a mainstream, money-led, commercial operation, nor is it offering any ‘spiritual enlightenment’. The primary purpose here is to learn, improve and share, through intelligent practice, for the benefit of all those who come to us.