The yoga I teach is rooted in Integral Yoga (or Purna Yoga — Sanskrit for Full or Complete Yoga) and has the “intention” of harmonizing the paths of karma, jnana, and bhakti yoga. You’ll find in my classes that I use that word, “intention,” a lot. What I try to bring to the yoga I teach is that, if you can go there in your mind, you can go there in your body. If you can lighten your spirit, you can lighten your body. And conversely, if you can find something to make you smile, that physical lightening will lift your spirits and brighten the corners of your mind. And most important? If we could all learn to say “Namaste” and mean it . . . we would transform ourselves and the whole world!
You need not be physically PERFECT in a posture to receive the benefits; a great deal of the results depend on picturing YOU in that asana in your mind . . . and slowly but inevitably you will go there in your body.
There are many influences in my teaching, but one of the many folks I have to give credit to is Shraddhasagar (Ruth Hartung), who actually had a great deal of her training from Rama Jyoti Vernon (from the lineage of Dr. Haridas Chaudhuri, a close devotee of Sri Aurobindo, the founder of Integral Yoga) and Yogi Bhajan, teaching Traditional and Modern Kundalini Yoga. At some point in the future, I’d love to teach a Kundalini class.
May the long-time sun Shine upon you, all love surround you, and the pure light within you Guide your way on.
Kate Stevely, E-RYT200/RYT500
Member, International Association
of Yoga Therapists