What kind of yoga?

The tradition I teach in is sometimes referred to as classical yoga, since it is a relatively well-preserved version of a tradition that is many thousands of years old. The physical exercises are closely related to the practices in Hatha yoga courses, but in my tradition the physical exercises are only preparations for the more deep-going exercises dealing with your breath, mind, and consciousness.

A program usually starts with easy warming-up movements, which lead to some larger stretching-like positions (asanas) where you stay in the various poses for some 3-10 minutes each. The physical exercises then end with a harmonising end-pose leading to the pranayamas, i.e., to exercises dealing with your breath. These breathing exercises deal with tensions in a more deep and subtle fashion, which prepares you for the end part of the program: relaxation and meditation. The relaxation is typically carried out lying down, whereas the final medition - the peak of the programme - is carried out sitting up. All of these steps prepare for and lead into each other, so that you do not really notice how relaxed and energized you have become (on many levels!) until you end the medition and go out to meet the rest of your day.

Apart from the teaching of the techniques, I will also deal a little with how to integrate these things into your life. My philosophy is that you should not become dependent on a teacher, but only learn the techniques from him/her, and then make the practice your own. The potential with this is to know that you are never more than 2 hours away from being in a really great shape, where you have once again had time to re-connect with your decisions regarding your deeper points-of-life. Finally, my teaching comes from the tantric tradition, which has techniques and approaches to all of life, including how to work joyeously and efficiently, sex, how to enjoy yourself by dancing and singing, etc etc. However, these more general aspects, where I also include things from other traditions, are not part of the weekly courses, but taught in separate occassions, and during the more intensive summer retreats.