DEEPEN YOUR YOGA PRACTICE 

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO DEEPEN YOUR YOGA PRACTICE, AND HOW TO DO IT?

DEEPEN 

What Does it Mean to Deepen Your Yoga Practice?

Have you ever seen a yoga event advertising “this will deepen your practice?”. Of course you have, every teacher training, retreat, and immersion uses this line in the description. I say this about both my 200 hour and 300 hour teacher trainings. The question is, what does that actually mean?

What is “Your Practice”

In order for us to discuss what deepening your practice means, we have to really define what yoga practice is. This is important, there is a ton of debate about this amongst modern practitioners around the world. The reason there is debate is because most practitioners and teachers are not actually educated on what the purpose behind yoga actually is. So let’s break it down in a way that is easy to comprehend but also maintains accuracy.

According to lineage of Tantra Yoga, we have 5 layers to our being, and yoga practice is the cleansing or awakening of each of these layers. 

The 5 Layers:

  1. The Body: All things physical, ie muscles, bones, fascia, ligaments, organs etc. 
  2. Lifeforce or Energy: The energy that animates the body, allowing the heart to beat, and air to flow through our lungs. 
  3. The Mind: our experiential digestive system (metaphorically speaking). Thoughts and Emotions that help us process, express, and participate with life in this human body. 
  4. Bliss: The deeper knowing that life is a gift, and while its filled with pain and challenges, it is still worth waking up each day and participating in it.
  5. Awareness/Consiousness: The core of our being, the infinite intelligence that lives within, the observer, or witness within. The part of us that does not judge right or wrong, but simply notices what is. 

200 HOUR TEACHER TRAINING

  • DEEPEN YOUR PRACTICE
  • LEARN ANATOMY, BIO-MECHANICS, AND TECHNIQUES
  • MEDITATION, BREATHWORK AND TEACHING TECHNIQUES
  • GET CERTIFIED TO TEACH YOGA

Most humans are very familiar with their body and mind, or at least we know that they exist. However the reality is many of us have never done the practices that connect us to ALL the layers, and as a result we remain disconnected or unfamiliar with them. 

For example while we all know we have a body, EVERYONE has body blindspots – muscles that are weak, or joints that we don’t have full control of. The physical practice of yoga at best will help illuminate our blind spots, and provide us with the opportunity to bring awareness to them. This is the way in which you can physically deepen your yoga practice. 

In the same way we can become aware of our mind layer, by observing our thoughts, emotions, and behavioral patterns. Through practices of meditation, contemplation and self-inquiry, and guided discussions with a teacher “satsang” it is possible to become more awake to our inner experience, and eventually make changes to our mindset, and behaviors. This is a way in which you can deepen your yoga practice on the level of the mind. 

Of course the same is true from life force. Through practices of breath-work, and other forms of energy observance and deliberate action we can gain awareness and control over our energetic system. 

By appropriately utilizing these practices of Asana (physical yoga practice), Meditation, and Pranayama we naturally peel back the layers that otherwise veil our inner self – Bliss and Awareness. AWARENESS is at the core of our being, and for us to “deepen” our practice than its imperative that all practices are infused with becoming more aware. More aware of body, breath, mind, bliss and Awareness itself. 

BE DELIBERATE

It is not enough to practice routinely, we must be deliberate with our practice. You walk every single day, but when was the last time you really got any better or more aware of the way you walk? Unless you have spent time deliberately assessing your strengths, weaknesses and patterns, you likely have not deepened your walking practice. The same is true on all levels of yoga practice. To deepen it you cannot expect that just showing up for the same yoga practice everyday will get you anywhere. YES the initial year or two of doing so will bring about rapid change, but you will plateau if your practice isn’t asking you to seek out your blind spots physically, mentally or emotionally.

Do You Want to Deepen Your Practice?

If the answer is yes, than I have 3 ways you can do so: 

  1. Monthly Immersions: Join one of the Monthly immersions focusing on an area of your practice that challenges you. 
  2. 200 Hour Teacher Training: Designed to transform your physical practice, and kickstart your breath work and meditation practices, while providing you with the skillset to share that with others. 
  3. 300 Hour Teacher Training: If you are already certified to teach and you want to take your practice and teaching to the next level than this is your path. This will certify you at the 500 hour level. 

200 HOUR TEACHER TRAINING

  • DEEPEN YOUR PRACTICE
  • LEARN ANATOMY, BIO-MECHANICS, AND TECHNIQUES
  • MEDITATION, BREATHWORK AND TEACHING TECHNIQUES
  • GET CERTIFIED TO TEACH YOGA

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