Less traditional. More authentic.
You are already a master yoga practitioner, even though you may have never taken a class. We seek to show you the way to your already perfect self
We might not do it the way that the so-called “gurus” of the 20th century taught it, and that is because we think we have found a way that is more aligned with the ancient philosophy and more suitable to the contemporary practitioner of asanas, yoga poses. .
Each yoga student’s practice is as individual as their DNA: singular and unique. And each moment of a practice is an opportunity to see things as they are and to choose the best next step. We recognize in all of our teaching that the best next step for one person is likely to be different from anybody else’s in the room or the world. Telling everyone in a studio to do the same thing is more convenient for the teacher and requires little thought from the practitioner. This may work well early in a student’s practice, but it doesn’t work well forever. Each practice evolves differently and needs different things.
At YogaPoser, we constantly cue our students to observe each moment fully. From holistic choices that take into account the entirety of a person to the minute choices like, for example, where to put the little toe, we base what we each do on accurately seeing each moment. This practice is successful because each student does the work that is most effective for her or him. They hear and see and take action based on their unique experience. They do their own yoga. In a physical sense, which is where so many great practices start, this works better.
This technique of individualization also requires the student to participate in the process by being highly aware of what is at hand. In all yoga practices, what we are trying to get at is the “now.” We seek to experience the thing that happens when our actions are neither colored by outdated, inaccurate residual patterns of movement and thought nor propelled by projecting our desires and fears into the future.
Yoga philosophy views avidya (lack of clear vision) as the root cause of all human suffering. We give our students a way to look clearly at what is happening now. And such clarity teaches that inevitably, we all find the right path. Teaching the practice of looking at what is happening now is our way of truly making our students happier.