APPROACH

Jeannine approaches the yoga practice holistically, recognizing it as a spiritual discipline, a lifestyle and a therapeutic and wellness tool. Her passion for yoga is rooted in an innate interest in psychology and movement. As such her teachings encompass teachings from three (3) yogic disciplines: Classical non-dual Tantric philosophy, alignment-based Hatha yoga, and anatomy/physiology as it relates to myofascia and somatic awareness.

Classical Non-Dual Tantra

Yoga is a rich tradition of spiritual contemplation, discipline and life practice that stems back as far as 1800 BCE. It’s general history and practices are well documented and a fraction of those have become popularized by modern day yoga practitioners (yogins) and yoga teachers in the west. Classical non-dual Tantra emerged in the 4th-5th century CE and flourished in the 9th-10th century AD through the propagation of the teachings of one of the greatest yogic scholars of all time, Abinavagupta. Tantra means book or text. Tantra also means practice. The tantric texts are sacred texts that describe the cosmology of life as it was revealed to the tantric sages during deep mastered meditation and contemplation. Although Tantra itself is a large region of beliefs and practices, a section of that which was taught by Abinavagupta, focused on the non-dual teachings of Tantra. That is the teachings that focused on the study and recognition of the force or aspect of life that UNITES all things. It’s a radical approach to life that teaches practitioners how to see the innate beauty of life and then to recognize that beauty even in the ugly. It is not a practice of optimism but rather a practice of recognizing, first, what in ourselves is ultimately unchanging before then freely engaging (rather than getting lost) in what is always changing. You can learn more about the origins of Classical Non-Dual Tantra in the book Tantra Illuminated, by Christopher “Hareesh” Wallis, a well versed scholar and expert in this topic. In the yoga practice the tantric practices are invoked through metaphor, meditation, visualization, and contemplation (in sitting postures or in asana). It’s the mind-body practice of surrendering our conditioned-selves so that our true-selves can shine and we can fully and freely engage with the world. Tantra emphasizes practice, merely philosophizing or contemplating theories is not enough. The goal of practice is: recognition and validation of our own experience of being and the clear capacity to fully and joyfully embrace life exactly as it is.

Anusara® Yoga

Anusara yoga is a life-affirming, alignment based method of Hatha yoga. It’s a method that seeks to celebrate the vibrancy of life that pulsates in all of nature and in each of our hearts. The philosophy of the Anusara yoga teachings is rooted in the philosophy of non-dual Tantric philosophies of India. The inclusive nature of these teachings makes it accessible to those from most religious and cultural backgrounds. Ultimately the practice is about mastering one’s own perception, experience and interaction with life.

The Anusara yoga class is anchored by a specific theme, presented at the opening of the class. The theme highlights the spiritual intention of physical practice. A sequence of yoga asanas (poses) are explored using scientifically based principles called Universal Principles of Alignment™. Unlike exercise programs which use movement as a means to some physical end, the Anusara yoga practice uses movement and alignment techniques to biologically and spiritually align with one’s true nature, and as a way of integrating (or putting into action) one’s highest intention for one’s life.

The alignment principles weaved together with reminders of the class theme/intention serve as gateways to learning about the deeper sides of ourselves. In doing so students progressively learn not only how to align their posture, but also to align their minds with their hearts. The result – improved physical posture, optimal psycho/spiritual well-being in your everyday life and an overall joie de vivre.

“As a Certified Anusara® yoga teacher and teacher trainer, it’s my pleasure to share with you the teachings of this uplifting and liberating method!”

Myofascial Awareness

Myofascia is the intelligent connective tissue that surrounds the muscles and muscle fibers. It forms the web that supports the structure of our entire body. It’s fibers hold and move water, transmit force from one part of the body to another, registered movement and forms the environment within which most of our body’s cells are held. Restriction in our fascia, means restriction in our cells. And when our cells are restricted or it changes the way our DNA expresses itself.This changes the way we see and act in our world, moving us closer or further from who we truly are or want to be. From a spiritual standpoint, the fascia acts as a web that connects all the pieces of our body, communicating information within the body. But it also communicates with the world around, receiving and interpreting our environment. May it be possible that the fascia also communicates with the web of nature itself, not just inside our body but outside too? And if that is so, may it be possible that by listening into our bodies we may learn how to read some of the signs of life, connect deeper to nature and better understand our environment and those within it? This is where myofascial awareness meets the yoga practice. Yoga style movement with awareness of the myofascia body can improve our posture but it also tunes us in to the subtle body. And when we are tuned into the subtle body, the way we move and the way we experience life transform.
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