अतियोग – Atiyoga – in Sanskrit means ‘beyond yoga’, Krama here means system, way, method
(Note: do not confuse with atiyoga in Tibetan yoga – this Atiyoga is not part of Dzogchen.)
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Atiyoga Krama – a highly effective reconditioning discipline
Today there are many different ‘takes’ on yoga. There are many different schools, styles, ideologies. Most of these don’t even resemble ‘classical’ practices. There is a whole industry out there marketing the subject. Yoga is seen by many as a commodity. There is some good, decent work out there too, by committed individual teachers and groups. There is also an abundance of nonsense and huckstery sold to the unsuspecting.
Atiyoga Krama applies ancient wisdom of the ‘old yoga’, to create a modern reconditioning system. 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 have been adopted and adapted from the revivalist ‘traditions’ of Ashtanga and Iyengar yoga, etc. The methodology is also informed by modern science, philosophy and arts old and new.
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 tests 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 them a human life is rather shallow, and true integrity is not possible.
Atiyoga is not a mainstream, money-led, commercial operation. It does not belong to any particular school or style, it stands on its own – not as some organisation or institution, but as a methodology, a system, a way – a ‘krama’. The primary purpose here is to learn, improve and share, through an intelligent discipline, for the benefit of all those who come to us.