Wednesday, July 5, 2017

What Classical Yoga Teaches

Yoga is an integral part of the Hindu religion. There is a saying: “There is no Yoga without Hinduism and no Hinduism without Yoga." 

"Ohm" gesture (an invitation for Brahman to enter the soul according to "The Sivinanda to Yoga")
NOTE: Most Hindus worship one Being of ultimate oneness (Brahman) through infinite representations of gods and goddesses. 
Invocations to "Shiva the Destroyer"

Salutations to Sun god

Honor of the goddess

"Namaste" salutation literally means "from the god in me to the god in you."
It is an acknowledgment of divinity in a person -- not Christ in their hearts or recognition of the body as a temple of the Holy Spirit but recognizing each person as a god or deity (see NOTE above). They strive to be one with their "god" and do not recognize the trinity (or any part thereof - God the father, Jesus our savior or the Holy Spirit)

God is characterized as an impersonal "universal spirit" having many names.

Teaches that eternal life is achieved by gaining good karma in as many lifetimes as it takes to achieve the level of perfection necessary.

Teaches that there are many different paths that lead to eternal life that do not include Jesus.

MODA classes are completely different and separate from yoga. 

Yoga can actually be harmful . . . . an article in SELF magazine article indicated that yoga may not be as safe as one might expect. Over 4,500 people ended up in the emergency room after yoga injuries in 2006 (according to U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission) and the incidence is rising.

Often common sense and anatomical basics are  overlooked because a class is called ‘yoga.’ 
  For example, full ‘Lotus,’ ‘Locust’ and ‘Plough’ are contraindicated for the general public, according to the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Council on Exercise. 

 It’s not just beginners who are injured in yoga classes. It is the foundational nature of yoga that is being questioned.

Yoga is a system built on ancient religious worship as its primary focus, not modern fitness guidelines. Jeffrey Halbrecht, M.D., medical director for the Institute for Arthroscopy and Sports Medicine in San Francisco says, “And it’s not only those in the recent wave of newbies who are getting hurt. I’ve treated more experienced yogis than rookies.”

In order to teach flexibility, strength through movement and stable balance there must be an understanding of how the human body can move safely and effectively.  
Important pre-requisites to flexibility work are stability and strength.  MODA incorporates safe balletic basics to ensure those foundations are in place.

MODA classes have been choreographed by Peggy Cortez.
She did her graduate studies in Education and Dance at Sam Houston State University. She has taught dance, specializing in anatomically correct postures and movement, across the country, for over 30 years. 

SOURCES: Hindu Wisdom

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Prayers for Class

Leader: Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful.

All: And enkindle in them the fire of your love.  

Leader: Send forth your spirit and they shall be created.

All: And you will renew the face of the earth.

Leader: Lord by the light of your Holy Spirit you have taught the hearts of your faithful.  In that same spirit help us to relish what is right and always rejoice in His consolation.  We ask this through Christ Our Lord. 

A prayer taken from part of the Breastplate Prayer  of St. Patrick 
Christ behind me and before me,
Christ beside me, Christ within me,

Christ beneath me and above me,
Christ to comfort and restore me.