About Sarayana Yoga

Sarayana yoga is not a system of movement. Sarayana incorporates many different styles of movement to explore and support the higher aims of yoga as a whole. The name Sarayana arose from merging two Sanskrit words. Sara means Essence or what is essential or even the liquid that remains when something is boiled down. And Yana simply means vehicle, path, or method. The root word Sara is taken from the name of the Goddess Saraswati. As the Goddess of wisdom and all things creative and evocative, she inspires us to bring forward our distinct offerings to the world from a place of refined heartfullness. So, Sarayana is the path of essence or the essential method to awaken to our full potential.

The basic principles of Sarayana fall into three categories, Ground, Center, and Sky. These three universal concepts of alignment, energetics, and psychology allow us to view our whole lives as yoga .

From a physiological standpoint we can understand ground as the practice of calming the nervous system. We must learn to nurture ourselves so that we can regain our basic health and find the energy to apply to our passions. The yoga practices that correspond to the ground are basic standing poses, simple breathing exercises, and foundational mindfulness techniques that can begin to lay new tracks for our mind and body. From a purely structural standpoint, Nurturing one’s connection to the ground is about finding the foundation of any pose and stabilizing it so that we feel supported.

Center can be seen as a kindling of our fire. Center is awakened through intentional muscular actions which create core alignment. This alignment lends itself to more refined control and ease in movement. Balance poses, bandhas, and pranayama are the primary focus when working with the center. Our sense of self as a creative engine ignites as we connect to the mutual lift and spaciousness that comes from mastering the locks of the intrinsic core.

Sky, as a conceptual element is the limitless potential we can connect to through the advanced practices of meditation and the joyful expression of our own light through our postures as they grow ever more complex. When we can nurture ourselves enough to find our inner voice it ignites our inspiration. Then we must be willing to offer our dharma to the world in a courageous way. Through the expression of our distinct gifts we channel the divine and add to the cosmic pulsation of lila.

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“The root word Sara is taken from the name of the Goddess Saraswati. As the Goddess of wisdom and all things creative and evocative, she inspires us to bring forward our distinct offerings to the world from a place of refined heartfullness. So, Sarayana is the path of essence or the essential method to awaken to our full potential.”

The valley spirit never dies;
It is the woman, the primal mother.
Her gateway is the root of heaven and earth.
It is like a veil barely seen.
Use it; it will never fail.

Lao Tzu – The Tao Te Ching