The Foundation- Dynamic Yoga Method
Our training curriculum is largely based on the Dynamic Yoga Method created by Godfrey Devereux, Yoga Teacher, Europe.
The Dynamic Yoga Method is not another fragmented “style” of Hatha Yoga. It is essentially a way to organize, experience, and execute the actions one takes within practice. As such, it is composed of a basic set of principles that can be taught to students in the beginning of their training to give them a way to gain autonomy in their investigation of Yoga. The method reveals what is foundational to all of the styles you may encounter or have an interest in teaching, and consists of a thorough grounding in the five fundamental techniques of Hath Yoga.
5 Fundamental Techniques
Asana: Stillness – action at the level of body, which reverses the tendency to live our lives without feeling. Asana frees the somatic structure from restriction caused by mechanical, repetitive behavior and/or trauma, so that action in the world is released into spontaneity.
Pranayama: Breath – the surrender of action to the rhythm of breathing, and the eventual freeing of the breath cycle into its own spontaneous rhythm.
Bandha: Integration – unification of the structural, physiological, mental, and emotional levels of the human around and in the core of the body, transforming and sensitizing perception so that attention spontaneously expresses an always-already present, non-dual awareness. This technique cultivates and conserves the vital energies produced by the human organism and funnels them toward deep awakening. Mula, Uddiyana, Jalandhara, Pada, and Hasta bandhas are core expressions of bandha taught in the training.
Vinyasa: Rhythm and flow – the art of learning, arranging actions, and moving in concert with the breath. Vinyasa fertilizes and supports the surrendering of attention into movement as feeling-awareness and intelligence.
Drushti: Uncommon Presence – contextualizing the vagrant tendencies of everyday attention and their accompanying perceptions, surrendering them into the impersonal space of pure awareness, where they arise and pass away without resistance or attachment. Drushti is taught as an orientation toward self study and reflection, and also as an actual structural adaptation (positioning the eyes in various places) in the posture practice, and/or the Pranayama practice, and/or the seated meditation practice.
The teacher training directed by this method requires only a willingness to engage the classical practices in a way that inquires into the self and its relationships with the totality of being. Such willingness means cultivating a spirit of openness to existence and ALL of its continuously arising conditions. Or, as Godfreydev says: yoga is an ongoing invitation (to both teacher and student) to surrender.