अतियोग – Atiyoga – in Sanskrit means ‘beyond yoga’. It is an informed, non-dogmatic approach. No Guru, no OM – just intelligent training.
(Note: do not confuse with atiyoga in Dzogchen, this system is not part of the Tibetan yoga tradition.)
Key information you will find here:
– basic introduction
– information on dynamic styles
– guide on how to get started
– classes and workshops
– teacher training, and more.
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Atiyoga – very effective, dynamic, energetic – a true alternative to mainstream yoga
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, thus yoga has all but become a commodity. There is some good, decent work out there by committed individual teachers and groups, and there is also 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’ seems an appropriate name.
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 training system is backed up by a philosophy that essentially Atiyoga is about integrity. It takes a pragmatic look at concepts from scriptures such as the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali and 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 a human life is rather shallow, and true integrity is not possible.
More material is being produced on the background, approach, philosophy and content of Atiyoga, new pages with further information will appear on this website soon.
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 an intelligent training system, for the benefit of all those who come to us.