The prakritic unity of Body-Mind
According to Yoga and Ayurveda, the body and mind are inseparable. What happens on the level of the mind is inscribed onto the body and what happens on the level of body is inscribed onto the mind. Therefore, practices for healing, wholeness and balance must focus on both the mind and the body.
Here at Great Heart Yoga, you can expect to explore a variety of practices aimed at the integration of body and mind:
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Here at Great Heart Yoga, we teach practices aimed at body-mind well-being! You’ve know about yoga, but do you know about Ayurveda?
Yoga and Ayurveda are both systems of wellness that originated in the ancient Indian Vedic system of knowledge. The word yoga means “union” or “to yoke” and refers to the union of the body-mind with Spirit, or the yoking of the small self to the Big Self. Yoga teaches practices aimed at spiritual growth as well as physical health. Ayurveda means the “knowledge or wisdom of life.” Ayurveda was developed specifically for optimizing physical health and promoting healing. Yoga and Ayurveda are comprehensive and holistic systems of well-being and have stood the tests of time. They are considered sister sciences/systems as they share the goals of optimal physical, mental and spiritual well-being. Combined together, Yoga and Ayurveda offer a powerful modality for promoting physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being.
In Great Heart Yoga programs, you can expect to be introduced to the world of Ayurveda and learn how knowing Ayurveda will take you further on your yoga path.
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Here at Great Heart Yoga, we aim to serve householder yogis. By that, we mean YOU, if you you are a worker bee, wage earner, parent, family member, community member, or otherwise engaged in the marketplace of life. The path of yoga is meant to serve you in becoming more and more capable in fulfilling your roles as a householder while engaging in an authentic and fulfilling spiritual practice.
You see, in the Yoga tradition, there are two Distinct Paths to God/Spirit: the Householder Path and the Renunciate Path. The Householder Path is the path for those living in the world, in the marketplace of life, as householders. Householders follow the path of pravritti - the outwardly manifesting path, the path that opens out of the Great Consciousness, from oneness into difference and diversity, into you and me and into all of the colors and textures of the world. Yoga practices help householders develop their skills so that they can be better in the workplace, in the family and in the community.
By contrast, the Renunciate Path is the path for those who wish to let go of possessions, leave the marketplace of the world behind and engage in ascetic practices. Renunciates follow the path of nivritti– the inwardly manifesting path, away from diversity and difference back into oneness. Both householders and renunciates can equally experience the beauty of diversity and the fulfillment of oneness, but the end goals of practice are different. The aim of a renunciate is to dissolve the ego completely, to let go of everything and to merge into oneness letting everything else go, while the aim of the householder is to develop and maintain a healthy ego, a healthy sense of self, to be able to be of greater service in the world.
Great Heart Yoga practices and inquiries help you appreciate the oneness amidst the diversity in the world. We’re all in this together! Through yoga, we aim to help you discover your unique talents and gifts as a householder and learn to share them with the world.