The idea of Aura Yoga California started in the summer of 2015 while I was in Nosara, Costa Rica. I was practicing and studying at the Jivamukti Yoga Teacher Training Program (300 hours). The YTT program is a month long intensive where students delve into the anatomy, physiology and ancient philosophy of yoga.
Sharon Gannon, cofounder of the Jivamukti Yoga Method, said that when you cease to identify with the thoughts and fluctuations of the mind you can identify with the self which is true happiness, bliss and ecstasy. "The Jivamukti method describes that yoga helps one's relationship to others (asana) should be mutually beneficial and come from a consistent (sthira) place of joy and happiness (sukham). This is a radical idea that, when put into practice, can dismantle our present culture, which is based on the notion that the Earth and all the other animals exist for our benefit and to be exploited for our own selfish purposes. So the practice of asana becomes more than mere physical exercise to keep one's body fit or to increase strength or flexibility; it becomes a way to improve one's relationship to all others and thus lead to enlightenment - the dissolution of the sense of separateness, the realization of the oneness of being, the discovery of lasting happiness." Jivamukti Yoga: Practices for Liberating The Body and Soul
In the Pranamayakosha or energy body, there are 72,000 nadis. Nadis spring from the three basic nadis the left, the right and the central - the Ida, Pingala and Sushumna. The word "nadi" does not mean nerve. They are energy channels of prana in the body. As you become more aware you will notice the energy in your body is not random, it is moving in established pathways. The Ida and Pingala represent the basic duality in our existence. It is this duality which we traditionally personify as Shiva and Shakti or you can call it masculine and feminine. Sushumna is attribute-less because it has no quality of it's own. It is empty space. If there is empty space you can create anything you want.
…. On Sunday, June 24th 2018 I will be taking a Jivamukti masters level yoga class taught by Sharon Gannon, cofounder of JIVAMUKTI YOGA, in San Francisco at Yoga Tree. She will be signing copies of her new book “The Magic 10”. Click here to order book!