About
SaundaryaYoga

Style

Why SaundaryaYoga?

:: Core Harmony
Unifying various traditional Hatha yoga styles and other somatic practices SaundaryaYoga seeks to create core harmony within students' bodies. Core harmony within your body is achieved when all muscle systems are oxygenated, strengthened, and stretched and the lymphatic and blood circulation systems are cleansed and charged with Prana energy. This comprehensive approach develops the core potential for a harmonious and balanced body in students from all levels of experience and ages.

What is a SaundaryaYoga Class Like?

:: Effective Alignment and Vinyasa Flow
In the SaundaryaYoga practice there is a strong emphasis on effectively aligning and sequencing the poses so all the muscles are warmed while the energy lines of the body are opened. Correctly aligned yoga strengthens and heals the whole body. Incorrectly aligned yoga reduces the benefits of yoga and can actually create injuries.

:: Breath
Breath is the key to unlocking and balancing our vital energy (Prana). Breath flows with movement (Vinyasa) to create the poses. Even when holding a pose, students are encouraged to notice the subtle movements in their bodies as they breath. Most classes begin with a short meditation within a single pose, followed by a vigourous warming series of energy raising poses that strengthen and soften the body, mind, and heart. Students will often sweat and this is encouraged as a way of purifying the body.

:: Focus on the Individual
A SaundaryaYoga instructor’s first job is to watch their students. Each instructor must assess what their students need to heal and balance them that day. Each class will be different because it is tuned to what individual students in the class need.

Compared with other Popular Styles in Japan

Power Yoga and New York Yoga are currently two popular styles in Japan and students who have taken one of these classes will most likely be familiar with the poses and feeling of a SaundaryaYoga class. New York Yoga, like SaundaryaYoga borrows on much of the traditional Indian yoga philosophy and methods. SaundaryaYoga, like Power Yoga, encourages students to sweat and work hard to create stillness and softness.

Where Does SaundaryaYoga Come From?

SaundaryaYoga is rooted in the lineage of Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya. It takes wisdom from many master teachers and is mostly strongly influenced by the teachings of Ashtanga Yoga, as taught by Pattabhi Jois of Mysore, India, Iyengar Yoga as taught by B. K. S. Iyengar or Pune, India, and T. K. V. Desikachar of Chennai, India.

Philosophy

"As honey is sweet from any part of the honeycomb, so is yoga. (...)Yoga is an art, a science and a philosophy. It touches the life of man at every level, physical, mental and spiritual. It is a practical method for making one's life purposeful, useful and noble."

— B.K.S. Iyengar, Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali