Dancing kala Yoga
We founded Dancing Kala Yoga school in Luxembourg in 2013. As Jivamukti Yoga trained teacher-founders, who have taught respectively at Jivamukti Yoga London and Jivamukti Yoga Munich, as well as widely at other yoga studios, we named Dancing Kala Yoga in honour of two concepts that are fundamental to our practice as students and teachers of yoga.
The first concept concerns Kala, Sanskrit for ‘time’. Kala can represent both a moment in time and relate to the flow of life itself. The practice of yoga asana and awareness of breath teaches us to be present in the moment. When experiencing the present with full consciousness and awareness, we draw back from our attachment to past experiences and future concerns. This leads us to independence from the constraints of time.
In Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, in sutra II.50 the mention of Kala speaks of the ‘rhythm and duration of the breath’. The rhythm of the breath can determine the fluctuation of our thoughts and the conscious breath, being one of the most important components of the practice, enables us to merge our prana (essential life force) with a higher intention, which is key to the attainment of yoga. Through Pranayama (controlled breathing) prana is accessed and activated while working as a self-energising force. B.K.S. Iyengar said of this process: »This self-energising force is the principle of life and consciousness. Prana (energy) and citta (consciousness) are in constant contact with each other. They are like twins. Prana becomes focussed where citta is and citta where prana is. In yogic texts, it is said that as long as the breath is still, prana is still, and hence citta is still. All types of vibrations and fluctuations come to a standstill when prana and citta are steady and silent.«
Kala can also be interpreted as referring to destiny. As yoga practitioners we don’t subscribe to the idea of a pre-determined destiny. Instead, we recognise that we have the option to determine our own destiny through our thoughts, choices and actions. In every moment there is the opportunity for us to shape our own lives and influence our environments and experiences.
Kala also relates to beginnings, middles and endings. In practising yoga, we accept that all parts of life hold essential lessons or teachings that are valuable for us on the path of self-realisation. Yoga enables us therefore to connect to a changeless reality, which is our true nature and to overcome the fears that are associated with the fragility, finality and impermanence of the material world.
The second concept behind the naming of Dancing Kala Yoga compares our journey through life to a proverbial dance. With life’s multi-dimensional interactions and relationships, we try to make our way gracefully through the fluctuations and changes of the physical world, while connecting and relating to something more permanent and essential. The vinyasa yoga practice is a flowing sequence of actions, through which the breath merges with movement, making our intention conscious and expansive.
Within this, we acknowledge the cyclical, creative, sustaining and destructive aspects of life as important teachers, as well as being inextricably linked to our human experience on this earth.
Bringing all of these concepts together under the roof of Dancing Kala Yoga, we offer a practice through which dynamic movement combined with the breath and intention, serves as a metaphor for how we move through life. It brings our attitudes and behavioural patterns to the surface, showing us where our work lies. Through this transformative practice, we can cultivate clarity, mindfulness and mutually beneficial relationships with other human beings, animal beings and the earth. We look forward to welcoming you to Dancing Kala Yoga.
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