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Vijnana Yoga.

February 16, 2012

Vijnana yoga is a practice in being present to the deep intelligence of the body, mind and heart. When the mind is quiet, the body relaxed and the breath at ease, then an intuition can surface that guides us through conscious movement, action and thought. The Vijnana yoga practice offers a path of phenomenal physical, mental and spiritual growth.

We practice sitting meditation, kriyas, pranayama, and all areas of yoga asanas, for example, standing poses, inversions, backbends, forward bends, from introductory to advanced levels. Whether standing on one’s feet, head or hands, we practice with intent and devotion.

Yoga in the Vijnana style can be traced back through the lineage of T. Krishnamacharya, B.K.S. Iyengar, Dona Holleman, Orit Sen-Gupta, Gioia Irwin, and from Gioia to many teachers on the west coast of BC. Orit Sen-Gupta compiled the Vijnana Yoga Practice Manual and the “seven essential principles” of Vijnana yoga. Through her previous experiences with yoga and her dedicated and intense practice of Vijnana yoga, Gioia Irwin has elaborated on her teacher’s contributions with a precise and detailed understanding of energetic and anatomical actions in the body-mind-heart and developed the Tensegrity repair series.

The Tensegrity Repair Series
The myofascial matrix is the network of connective tissues in the body. Pain stemming from postural, traumatic or psychosomatic causes is often an indicator that the myofascial matrix is restricted in some way and is creating an imbalance.

The Tensegrity Repair Series (TRS) is a series of 20 or so core related exercises developed by Gioia Irwin designed to unravel conditioned patterns in the myofascial matrix.

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Article by Brett Wearne: brettwearne@yahoo.ca

Image: Angus Maresch: angus@awaywithwords.co.za

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