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The 5 Elements

Our philosophy has an understanding that the state of the body reflects the emotional, spiritual and mental consciousness. From this follows the view that any disharmony within the various physical systems reflects the characterisitcs, upbringing, psychology, feelings, dietary habits and other aspects of the person.

This fundamental principle is easily seen when, for example, a person with a lot on their mind develops a stiff neck and shoulders. This perspective takes a broad view of illness as an imbalance that will reflect at many levels, not just the physical one. This is clearly different from the western medical view of health as an absence of disease.

The repercussions of this holistic view are that changes in the attitude, habits and experience are reflected in the body, and changes in the body are reflected throughout all aspects of personality.

The practice of Dynamic Yoga will bring a person into a state where any latent problems may have to be confronted psycholigically and emotionally as they are dealt with and corrected physically. Someone in a difficult relationship, for instance, may find through the practice of yoga that they are able to cope with the emotional difficulties of moving on when they have developed more physicaly. Change requires flexibilty, strength and openess

By bringing the body into balance the true potential of a person is revealed, rather like when you untangle the branches of a plant it can bloom naturally. It is a fundamental tenet of our yoga that by continual refinement of the body a correspondant purification of the spirit can take place and thus negative attitudes and habits more easily discontinued.

The mind is ephemeral, it changes quickly, but real change takes time and patience. So many of us pursue spiritual and amd philosophical paths without addressing problematic body / mind schisms, and this leads to difficulty later on.

This focus on the body as an indicator of overall personal expereience is very revelaing. The body is completely honest, where the mind can easily lead us to misunderstanding. For example, if you can hold crocodile posture for one minute, you have clear and demonstable strength. If you can't perform the posture at all, strength is clearly lacking. All the reasoning and self justification can't change this simple fact. Only when you enact the physical steps necessary can you bring about change.

When the body is the base of experience, delusion is unlikely. In Dynamic Yoga all aspects of physical devleopment are encouraged - strength, stamina and endurance, as well as flexibilty, fluidity, breath control and balance. This broad emphasis is a particular quelity of our form and is based on the need for the correspondant physiological, emotional and spiritual strengths that these qualities imbue.

For a more in-depth description of the Dynamic Yoga philosophy and practice there is a Dynamic Yoga Workbook available

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