What is Yoga
Yoga is the experience of love, a deep connection with our boundless essence. It is often couched in terms of unifying our limited, small self with our boundless, higher Self. The practice of yoga refines the functioning of the mind and body so that we may take advantage of more possibilities available to us. Yoga enables us to overcome factors that limit the expression of our full potential in the world. There are a plethora of methodologies within the toolkit of yoga. The wise practitioner finds those that are best suited for their own particular needs on their path to self-realization and wholeness.
Evolutionary Yoga Approach
Evolutionary Yoga is essentially a path for developing the consciousness of love. The evolutionary process is the innate drive of the universe to express its infinite possibilities. We live as part of a 13.8 billion year old expanding/evolving universe! And we are not simply passive observers: we are expressions of it! We are ultimately expressions of ‘Spirit,’ the very ground of which the universe itself is an expression of. Yoga is all about being one with ‘what is now.’ And ‘what is now” is an ever unfolding and becoming universe – ‘Spirit’ becoming. Evolutionary Yoga embraces both the ‘being-ness’ of yoga as well as the ‘becoming’ of evolution. It challenges us to attend to the leading edge of our evolution by actively pursuing the development of human capabilities that enable us to illuminate love in the world. An integrated approach to development is the preferred means by which this process is supported. The core competencies outlined on this website are the primary capacities targeted for growth. With dedicated practice and persistence in our pursuit, LOVE becomes our reality!
Primary Yoga Lineage
I received my teacher training under the guidance of master Yogi Baba Hari Dass, a silent, Vaisnava monk, who founded the Mt. Madonna Center in the Santa Cruz mountains of Watsonville, CA. Babaji, as he is affectionately referred to, repeatedly emphasizes a “regularly practice” as the means to realizing yoga and for living a virtuous life. He also encouraged teachers to embrace humility and “teach to learn.” His teachings include meditation, pranayama, asana, philosophy, chanting, and ritual with an emphasis on classical Ashtanga yoga and Karma yoga.
Babaji has been a great inspiration for me. I had the privilege to learn from this beautiful soul and his students while living at the Mt. Madonna Center during 2010-2011. I was struck by Babaji’s intensity and passion to serve humanity as well as his all-embracing, kind, and open heart. Although I explore various approaches to the practice of yoga, the teachings of Baba Hari Dass are my foundation. I am forever grateful to the Mt Madonna community for being a refuge to return to as I continue my study and practice of yoga!