Svaroopa Yoga

Developed by Rama Berch, Svaroopa Yoga teaches significantly different ways of doing familiar poses, emphasizing the opening of the spine by beginning at the tailbone and progressing through each spinal area in turn. Every pose integrates the foundational principles of asana, anatomy and yoga philosophy, and emphasizes the development of transcendent inner experience, which is called svaroopa by Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras. This is a consciousness-oriented yoga that also promotes healing and transformation. Svaroopa is not an athletic endeavor, but a development of consciousness using the body as a tool.

In this style of hatha yoga, we approach the body with precision and compassion, moving into postures at a comfortable pace and settling gently into a comfortable place within them, with the help of props such as blankets to support us and promote release. The result is a relaxing and rejuvenating experience. The primary purpose of yoga for the physical body is to release tension and improve our posture, which in turn improves our health, balance, and strength. On the mental level, yoga helps to quiet the mind so as to bring greater clarity, creativity, composure, and stability. On the emotional level, yoga can bring greater peace and self-esteem, and improve the quality of our relationships, to self and others. On the spiritual level, yoga can improve our relationship to the depth of our being (our essential self), God, or whatever is the focus of one’s belief system. Yoga is not a religion. It is a science — a science that has been practiced and proven for thousands of years worldwide. As a science, we can use it with certainty to improve the quality of our life on all levels.

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