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classes for private bookings
Classical Ashtanga Yoga
All you need is a yoga mat and some water. Tarynn is available to teach at your home, by Zoom or at a suitable location of your choice. Dress in comfortable unbinding clothing.
All you need is a yoga mat and some water. Tarynn is available to teach by Zoom, at your home or at a suitable location of your choice. Dress in comfortable unbinding clothing.
1 hour class
This class isn’t going to get you sweating, so be prepared with appropriate clothing. Tarynn suggests having a blanket for the end relaxation. Class can be booked via Zoom, at your home or other appropriate location.
Seasonal Outdoor Yoga at Kaloya Park
When weather permits (May – September), Tarynn offers a free weekly group class in Kaloya Park. The true magic of Yoga can be best experienced in nature.
Group Yoga Sessions
Tarynn offers group Yoga sessions when space and health requirements permit. Inquire for information.
Yoga retreats and Training In India
Profoundly experience Yoga in India and learn the foundation of this ancient practice with Tarynn’s teachers. Inquire for information.
Workshops and visiting teachers
Tarynn will host workshops and visiting teachers from time to time. Workshops themes include: Meditation, Surya Namaskara Workshops, Tai Chi, Qi Gong and Pranayama. Please inquire for information.
primary yoga concepts for contemplation
“Many different interpretations of the word yoga have been handed down over the centuries. One of these is “to come together,” “to unite.” Another meaning of the word yoga is “to tie the strands of the mind together.” These two definitions may at first glance seem very different, but really they are speaking about the same thing. While “coming together” gives us a physical interpretation of the word yoga, an example of tying the strands of the mind toghet is the directing of our thoughts toward the yoga session before we take on the actual practice. Once those mental strands come together to form an intention, we are ready to begin the physical work.
A further meaning of the word yoga is “to attain what was previously unattainable.” The starting point for this thought is that there is something that today we are unable to do; when we find the means for bringing that desire into action that step is yoga. In fact, every change is yoga. For example, when we find a way to bend forward and touch our toes, or learn the meaning of the word yoga with the help of a text (like you are doing now) or when we learn about ourselves or others through a discussion, we reach a point where we have never been before. Each of these movements and changes is yoga.” – T.K.V. Desikachar
The Eight Limbs of Yoga
satya – truthfulness
asteya- not stealing
brahmacarya- sexual continence
aparigraha – non-acquisitiveness
sauca – cleanliness
santosa – contentment
tapas – austerities, purification by heat/effort
svadhyaya – self-observation
isvarapranidhana – surrender to higher knowledge, non attachment to the fruits of one’s action
sthira sukham asanam – a posture which is firm and comfortable is the goal of asana. Meant to prepare the body for sitting for long periods in meditation, one’s ultimate goal isn’t asana, but a necessary stage.
Pranayama is the control of the breath.
Sense withdrawal follows breath control. Withdrawal of the mind from external experience, is the natural next step once the interconnected breath/mind relationship comes under control.
Concentration. One pointed focus of the mind on one object.
Dhyana is continuity of meditation on a single object. From dharana into dhyana one may reach samadhi.
When after dhyana (meditation) occurs, only the essence appears and all actions are emptied from the form (personality and its attachments). Samadhi is attained.
Asana and Sthira-Sukha
The term literally means “seat” or “posture”. The two most important qualities of an asana are: Sthira and Sukha. You haven’t yet taken your “seat” if these aren’t yet present. So, practice, practice, practice until you find Sthira and Sukha. Remember that asana is meant to prepare the body for long held seated meditation, where one holds the spine straight.
Firmness or steadiness.
Ease, comfort, health.
Kriya Yoga: Tapas, Svadhyaya, Isvarapranidhana
The Yoga of Action
From Patanjali’s second chapter of the Yoga Sutra, kriya yoga can be defined as the combination of Tapas, Svadhyaya, and Isvarapranidhana. When these three aspects are practiced we can say we are on the kriya yoga path.
Asana and pranayama for both mental and physical purification
Self study and inquiry – “who am I? “What am I? “How do I fit in the world?”
Devotion and non-expectation of preferred outcomes – special emphasis should be placed here that it is on our all-day activities including for example, career or parenting, not just our yoga and meditation practice – BE HERE NOW 🙂
Avidya to vidya
Avidya is the term used in the Yoga sutras to describe the range of wrong action and inaction that causes us suffering. Avidya encompasses all the misconceptions that become habitual which are like a foggy film that covers right perception. This habitual wrong seeing is called sam skara. If we are unsure, or we are just plain wrong our actions (and inactions) lead us astray. But if we are correct in our seeing then that right perception comes from a deep level of understanding. Yoga is meant to develop this deep perception within us, which frees us from suffering wrong decisions and actions leading to others suffering as well.
Vidya is the opposite of avidya. Vidya is clear perception.
The Branches of Avidya
Purusa is that which can see clearly. Purusa is the power in us that enables us to see past the transitory and to see rightly, to see the truth. Yoga practice encourages unhampered seeing to simply happen. True understanding is shown to us when we uncover our mind from avidya – giving way for purusa, the clear seer. Right actions can be taken and eventually cleanse us of wrong action and suffering. Staying constantly in the present moment strengthens our ability to remove avidya and reveal purusa.
Prakriti and The Gunas
Prakriti, The opposite of Purusa
Prakriti, “She who brings forth”, is the foundation and the form of all manifest nature. In our original state, before we have taken any action (ex. incarnation, decision making, reactions) we are said to have come from perfect harmony of the three primary forces of nature, the gunas. As the gunas find disharmony, forms are made (all manifest existence), and sam skara (illusion) is what is seen. This is prakriti, and this is the world we seek to liberate ourselves from. This is where avidya is at work, of which we are working to remove that avidya so we may reveal the purusa, the true seer.
The Qualities of the cosmos – The Gunas
Prakriti (all of nature) is said to be made of three primary forces, of which resemble the energy quanta of modern physics. These forces of tamas, rajas and sattva underlie all material and psychomental phenomena.
Bouyant and illuminating. Ex: The feeling of a centered meditation, or the feeling in the flow state in a long run, or a walk in nature, kindness without reward or expectation
Stimulating and mobile. Ex: Doing charity work because one seeks recognition, searching for new experiences for a thrill, being the most brave, having hunger
Inert and concealing. Ex: Dwelling on the past, sleeping too much, eating and drinking too much, disliking activity, disinterest in learning or socializing
Ayurveda and the doshas
Ayurveda and the Doshas
The healing science of Ayurveda, “The Science of Life”, is more than 5,000 years old, which makes it the most ancient healing system in existence. Of this profoundly complete and elegant system, we are given the insight of the doshas: Vayu (air), Pitta (fire), and Kapha (water) which are the primary three constitutions of life. From observation of the doshas we can learn much about ourselves, just as we do in observation of the gunas at work within ourselves, our environment and our relationships. It is worth researching the 5 responsibilities of each dosha that are listed 🙂
Vayu (air), also Vata
Vayu relates to the nervous system – it is like the electrical system of the body. All movement in the mind and body are in fact governed by vayu. Vayu also regulates the balance of pitta and kapha.
Balanced Vayu Mind: cheerful, creative, and adaptable
Imbalanced Vayu Mind: worried, nervous, fearful and giddy.
Vayu is: dry, light, cold, rough, subtle, moving
5 Vayus: Pran, Udan, Vyan, Saman, Apan
Pitta is the internal fire of bile, body heat, digestive enzymes, physio-chemical, biological, metabolic and endocrine systems. Pitta digests nutrients to become the protoplasmic substances of sperm and ovum.
Balanced Pitta Mind: goal-oriented, powerful, warm, athletic
Imbalanced Pitta Mind: burnt-out, angry, impatient, irritable, critical
Pitta is: slightly oily, hot, light, odorous, liquid
5 Pittas: Pachaka, Ranjaka, Sadhaka, Alochaka, Bhrajaka
Kapha is all that is between.. That is, the connective tissue. Such tissues include mucus, synovial fluid, and tendons. Kapha is responsible for the gross structure of the body which is made up of solid and liquid plasma.
Balanced Kapha Mind: love to cook for others, strong, loyal
Imbalanced Kapha Mind: lethargic, hoarding, overly materialistic
Kapha is: oily, cold, heavy, slow, smooth, slimy, static
5 Kaphas: Avalambaka, Kledaka, Bodhaka, Tarpaka, Shleshaka
Yogas Citta Vrtti Nirodha
The First Aphorism of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras
Considered the most ancient, and most comprehensive of the texts on Yoga, Patanjali’s Sutras begin with this first aphorism: “Yogas citta vrtti nirodha”
Yoga is the inhibition of the modifications of the mind.
a brief insight
What is most important in this basic aphorism, is that it essentially defines the nature of yoga in only four words.
Basic Breakdown (from Sanskrit to english):
Yogas from Yug: To unite.
Citta from Cit: Mind.
Vritti from Vrt: To Exist ( as a body of functions and modifications).
Nirodha from Nirrudham: restrained, controlled, inhibited. *the early stages of yoga would call for restraint, then successively move to control then inhibition. Refer to the 8 limbs of yoga, for example where asana calls for control, dharana and dhyana call for restraint, and finally samadhi is a state of inhibition/sessation.
The Sacred Syllable: A-U-M
Getting from A to M through U represents all that can be expressed in letters and words… now, let’s explain…
This sacred syllable is the sound and symbol which represents Isvara and pranava.
a brief insight
There are actually four sounds to be made to complete ‘OM’. A, U, M, and the final resonance of the complete syllable. A- rises from the belly, U is formed with the inner mouth, M while closing the mouth, and then the fourth sound rises from the M to the nasal area to create the final resonance. The principles of creation, sustaining, and destroying come together in the eternal resonance. Chanting the sound of OM can change our consiousness and help us come to know our true Self.
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