The Yoga Place

The application of Yoga and Ayurveda in daily life

Yoga is simultaneously a set of tools, a practice, a state of being and a journey.
 
Our intention is to offer a synthesis of the best of what yoga and its sister science, Ayurveda, have to offer to help you live a more full, engaged, positive, balanced and meaningful life.
 
This synthesis is an ongoing project. It is the result of more than 20 years of constant enquiry, research and experimentation.  In the yoga field this includes Iyengar Yoga, Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, Yantra Yoga, Anusara Yoga, Meridian  Yoga and the teachings of Krishnamacharya as presented by his son TKV Desikachar. It includes my study and practice of Functional Medicine, Ayurveda and psychology and my research in cosmology, evolution, evolutionary biology, complex adaptive systems and neuroscience.
 
And while each brand of yoga offers something unique -  identifying with any one brand creates limits on what can be taught and how it can be taught.
 
Recent advances in science are both confirming what the ancient yogi's discovered through introspection and personal experimentation. Research findings are simultaneously shedding light on which practices work best, how these practices work at a structural level and the intensity and duration of practice required to make effective changes.
 
While most yoga in the west is focused on the physical body, asana practice and physical health, our interest extends to include the mental, emotional and relational  benefits that yoga practice can deliver to your daily life.
 
While the practices that work best depends on the individual, and personalised teaching is a focus of what we do, our approach of teaching from the inside-out and in small classes allows us to give more personal attention in classes.
 
I have found that the "Universal Principles" of alignment from Anusara Yoga provide a way of delivering the precision of the alignment in Iyengar Yoga in a way that is more integrated, alive, positive and from the heart than the traditional Iyengar presentation. 
 
A greater use of bandhas and breathing in the asana practice allows students to connect to the underlying energy flow in the practice. This is essential ingredient to shift yoga from an external practice to an internal and inside-out practice.
 
The diagram below shows the three possible internal focal points used in the practice. These relate to the physical, emotional and mental aspects of the practice and the 5 kleshas  and have physical correlates in brain evolution.




LOCATION AND HISTORY
Located at level 1, 374 Darling Street Balmain in Sydney, we are in our 17th year of operation... google map