What is yoga, really?

योगश्चित्तवृत्तिनिरोधः ॥२॥
yogaś-citta-vr̥tti-nirodhaḥ ॥2॥
Yoga is the stilling of the fluctuations of consciousness.

Yoga is a space and a practice to release that which obscures the clear light of awareness.

Through it we find a natural freedom, grounded spaciousness, and deep cleansing.

Using connection, inquiry, and pattern understanding, you can find balance in the rhythmic dance between being and doing, delight in the creative power you’ve finally allowed to express itself through you, and rest in deep harmony with the wisdom of nature and her breath.

Clearly, we’re talking about more than the proliferation of patterned leggings and a gymnastic approach.

Perfection in practice comes when one continues to practice with sincerity and respect for a long period of time without any interruption.

Discipline and structure can bring cleansing and allow the patterns of energy and mind to settle. It is essential, so I very much encourage you to develop or deepen your own regular practice, whatever form that may take.

Yet the deeply feminine, mystical and intuitive wisdom in yoga and ayurveda are not yet fully part of the conversation. Because yoga is very much about the unknowable, it is inherently limited by trying to capture those experiences into linear words. Even when you have glimpses of bliss in a yoga class, how do you explain that? Instead, that wisdom seeps into your bones and interest starts to seek answers in other places.

Atelier Viveka was created to be a voice bringing balance into the yoga community and beyond. It is a space to explore our own nature of being through practice and conversation.