“Yoga is not self advancement, self development, self empowerment, self enhancement, or any other form of self indulgence. Yoga, by whatever path or methodology, is always and only self enquiry.”  ~ Godfrey Devereux

The practice of yoga is very deep and benefits the body and the mind.  Most obviously the body is able to move freely and effortlessly, while the mind becomes more focused and calm.  Enhancement of muscular activity, respiration, circulation and digestion gives benefits physically, psychologically and cosmetically, bringing about an enhanced sense of well-being, confidence and self esteem. Yoga works on the immune and nervous systems allowing us to cope with the daily stresses of life.  As we relax on a deep level we can begin to see more clearly the true nature of things, improving our judgements and our perspectives. We become more conscious of our habits, actions and reactions, improving our relationships with ourselves, others and life itself.

The Dynamic Yoga Training Method

Dynamic Yoga is a training method developed by Godfrey Devereux. The word dynamic does not mean aggressive, fast or strong: it means active, progressive, changing. This approach to yoga uses movement consistently and effectively, not only as a preparation for stillness, but as a technique in itself, to harness the dynamic nature of the mind so that physical stillness can be fertile, and the bodimind awakens, sensitises, opens and integrates somatically.
 
Through step-by-step instruction (vinyasakrama), this precise and subtle method of teaching enables the body to safely establish new and permanent neuromuscular pathways. This generates a fluid, integrated practice based on the inherent intelligence of the bodimind that expresses itself continuously through sensation.  It is a kind, intuitive and nourishing practice. Sensitivity to sensation is the basis of the method and the key to nourishing and integrating the body and mind.
 
Anyone regardless of age, experience or flexibility can practice yoga. Dynamic yoga allows the student to find the authority within, becoming deeply intimate with the innate wisdom of the body, extending the capacity to respond to what you feel.
 
How yoga can improve your body image

In our culture it’s nearly impossible to ignore the messages that the media, advertising, fashion and fitness industries sends out about how our bodies should look. Unfortunately modern yoga is not immune to this either. How you show up on your yoga mats can teach you a great deal about your relationship to your body.

Yoga invites you to BE in your body. Often we are so caught up in our heads, disconnected from the neck down. Moving our bodies in nourishing, kind ways, and becoming intimate with sensations being generated movement-by-movement, breath-by-breath you become embodied, which really means being here, being present. 

Yoga, a process of self-enquiry, invites you to discover a more compassionate relationship with your body, one of respect, acceptance, and unconditional love.  Yoga, Pranayama and Mindfulness Meditation can help you learn to understand the language of your body, which is talking to you all the time. Sensitivity to the sensations in your body on the mat will support you understanding sensations in your body off the mat – e.g when you are hungry and when you are full.  Cultivating the ability to staying present with difficult emotions, rather than suppressing them means it is possible to release destructive habits and behaviours around food and body.

Ultimately the practice of yoga is inviting us to freedom. which includes freedom from our negative body image.