Yoga Coaching with Gola
Yoga is a physical, mental and spiritual practice and discipline with ancient roots in India and the philosophy of Vedanta. It offers a direct method for stilling our turbulent minds and strengthening our bodies. With a regular practice, we can become more deeply connected, patient and compassionate to our selves and to those around us. We can experience life fully as it unfolds in the present moment, rather than being tied to past memories or future expectations and fears. We can thereby cultivate a presence in the world that aligns with “what is” and then begin to think, speak and provoke action that is marked by increased clarity, harmony, peace and respect for all beings.
Traditionally, yoga is more than physical exercise as it has a meditative and spiritual focus. The word yoga is often interpreted as “union” and its discipline is intended to unite the seeker with the truth of the self and with nature. Yoga is a way of living and being. Health flows as a natural consequence of following certain restorative ways of living that can be described as saatvic or high vibrational and healing. There are four paths of yoga:
- bhakti yoga – the path of devotion and love
- karma yoga – the path of action, service to others, and mindfulness
- raja yoga – the path of physical exercise and meditation
- jnana yoga – the path of self-inquiry and knowledge
Raja yoga includes prescribed physical movements and postures or asanas. These are to promote alignment and health in the skin, muscles, tissues, ligaments, bones and internal organs. The asanas open and nurture the health of the nadis, or internal channels, of the body so that prana or vital energy can flow unobstructed.
Hatha yoga is in the path of raja yoga. It is a physical practice that unites the opposite energies of the body – hot and cold, left and right, and masculine and feminine. ‘Ha’ translates as “Sun” and ‘Tha’ translates as “moon. It is a powerful method of physical transformation as it also utilizes the breath or pranayama (breathing exercises) to strengthen the body and still the mind.
Gola has been trained in the gurukula system of the Sivananda Tradition. Her teaching methods are based on the teachings of Swami Sivananda and the Five Points of Yoga of Swami Vishnu-Devananda: Proper Breathing, Proper Exercise, Proper Diet, Proper Relaxation, & Proper Thinking. She does her best to represent the teachings of the ancient masters as they were traditionally prescribed in order to benefit her students and honour the wisdom tradition of Vedanta.Gola holds a formal Yoga Teacher Certification & title of Yoga Siromani from the Sivananda Ashram at Val Morin and is a member of the Yoga Alliance. Gola is also a committed student of Advaita Vedanta, non-duality, and self inquiry.
To learn more about how a Yoga practice can help you, please connect at firstname.lastname@example.org. Gola offers one on one yoga coaching in a way, place and time that works for you.