Classical Ashtanga Yoga

Learn to practice Yoga asanas with observance of the 8 limbs of Yoga. As you practice this moving meditation you’re linked by the constant awareness of the breath. Strengthen and purify the body, awaken the subtler energies of your being, and experience a deeper sense of vitality.

Vinyasa Krama

Vinyasa Krama – literally translated, “to take the next step in a special way”… this is what strings your yoga asana practice together, intrinsically weaving your movement with your breath. Learn the foundations of movement in this energetic and flowing method.

Yin Yoga

Yin Yoga is founded in the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine. In this slow, and meditative class, explore how energy moves through the circuits of your body that lay deep within and are especially connected with the connective tissues you will access in gentle, long-held poses.

"Remember your Nature. Remember, you are Nature"

Tarynn Liv Parker

Practice at Home with Tarynn by Zoom, or make private Bookings for individuals and groups in Oyama and Lake country BC

classes for private bookings

Oyama Yoga

Classical Ashtanga Yoga

1.5 hr class

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.

Vinyasa YOGA

1 Hour class

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.

Yin Yoga

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.

More Learning

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

yoga:

“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

1. YAMA

ahiṃsā (non-violence)

satya – truthfulness

asteya-  not stealing

brahmacarya- sexual continence

aparigraha – non-acquisitiveness

2. NIYAMA

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

3. ASANA

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.

4. PRANAYAMA

Pranayama is the control of the breath.

5. PRATYAHARA

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.

6.  DHARANA

Concentration. One pointed focus of the mind on one object.

 7. DHYANA

Dhyana is continuity of meditation on a single object. From dharana into dhyana one may reach samadhi.

 8. 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

Asana

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. 

Sthira

Firmness or steadiness.

sukha

Ease, comfort, health.

Kriya Yoga: Tapas, Svadhyaya, Isvarapranidhana

Kriya Yoga

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.

Tapas

Asana and pranayama for both mental and physical purification

Svadhyaya

Self study and inquiry – “who am I? “What am I? “How do I fit in the world?”

Isvarapranidhana

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

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

Vidya is the opposite of avidya. Vidya is clear perception.

The Branches of Avidya

Asmita- Ego

Raga- Attachment

Dvesa- Refusal

Abhinivesa- Fear

Purusa

 

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.

SATTVA

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

RAJAS

Stimulating and mobile. Ex: Doing charity work because one seeks recognition, searching for new experiences for a thrill, being the most brave, having hunger

TAMAS

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 (fire)

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 (water)

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”

Definition:

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.

 

Om

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… 

Definition:

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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