I, like you, am an inquisitive human being who enjoys learning new things. With determination, I have followed my lifelong passion with human nature as an Oriental Medicine practitioner and teacher of the Montessori Method, as well as as a husband and parent. I realized a long time ago that comprehending human behavior, much alone human nature, would be impossible without first gaining a practical grasp of Awareness: and not just human consciousness, but all consciousness. My inquisitiveness has lead me to grasp the non-duality of body and mind, matter and spirit, in a practical and transformational way, thanks to my curiosity.
Some examples are the Dynamic Yoga Training Method, Somatic Meditation, the Resilience Tantra, and Radical Ecology, among others.
This insight is, of course, still in its infancy.
I owe a debt of gratitude to the generosity, compassion, and genius of the following human beings, without whom I would have nothing of value to say: my mother, Barbara, who gave me an unconditional love; my father, Humphrey, who gave me a relentless hunger for the truth; my teacher, Oliver Ramsbotham, who showed me which way to go; my secret teacher, TW Evans, who showed me method to accompany my madness; and my uncle, Tim Hollis, who gave me Robert Beaumont, who taught me not to believe in myself; Elena Antinucci, who taught me to be willing to feel; my zen master, Soten Genpo Roshi, who was brutally honest; Rosalba, my tantric guide, who taught me the power of the subtle; Kali Ornelas, my shaktiguru, who gave me the master key; Olivia Crooks, who has always had my back; my partner pioneer, who has always been there for me.
I owe a duty of gratitude to every sentient creature and every living tissue that has ever lived, although in a less profound and intimate way.
INSATIABLY CURIOUS – dynamicyoga.com
My curiosity is the same as yours, and I enjoy learning new things. With determination, I have followed my lifelong passion with human nature as an Oriental Medicine practitioner and teacher of the Montessori Method, as well as as a father. I realized a long time ago that comprehending human behavior, much alone human nature, would be impossible without first gaining a practical grasp of Consciousness: and not just human consciousness, but all consciousness, period. The pursuit of knowledge has lead me to comprehend the non-duality of body and mind, matter and spirit, in a practical and transformational manner.
Some examples are the Dynamic Yoga Training Method, Somatic Meditation, the Resilience Tantra, and Radical Ecology, to name a few.
This insight is, of course, still in its early stages.
I owe a debt of gratitude to the generosity, compassion, and genius of the following human beings, without whom I would have nothing of value to share: my mother, Barbara, who gave me an unconditional love; my father, Humphrey, who gave me a relentless hunger for the truth; my teacher, Oliver Ramsbotham, who showed me which way to go; my secret teacher, TW Evans, who showed me method to accompany my madness; and my uncle, Tim Hollis, who gave me Robert Beaumont, who taught me not to believe in myself; Elena Antinucci, who taught me to be willing to feel; my zen master, Soten Genpo Roshi, who was brutally honest; Rosalba, my tantric guide, who taught me the power of the subtle; Kali Ornelas, my shaktiguru, who gave me the master key; Olivia Crooks, who has always had my back; my partner pioneer, who has always been there for me; and my Each and every sentient creature and living tissue that has ever existed owes me an obligation that is no less profound, yet no more personally.
For the final time, I want to express my gratitude to my longtime friend Jane, my more recent friend Pete, and my eldest daughter Rohese for the ruthless compassion you have all shown me throughout the years in refusing to allow me to stagnate in the unacknowledged prejudice of my incompletely explored assumptions and the destructiveness of these assumptions.
Notes on the Sensuality of Sensation
The act of having a sexual relationship is possibly the most challenging of all human acts. The sex drive is a powerful, natural, and essential force of nature, and it is responsible for the development of sexual hunger as a matter of course in humans. It is unavoidable in the interests of health. Rather, it must be accepted and navigated with awareness and intention. However, it is ingrained so deeply in us that it is difficult to see and articulate its basic, natural position amid the vast complexity of our modern life in the face of this overwhelming complexity.
- Few people are aware of the sexual forces that move and influence us.
- We can and will discover our sexual nature in its most honest and true manifestation through being sensitive to the depths and complexities of natural intelligence, which takes time and practice to master.
- Yoga may be readily understood as a process of achieving balance and harmony between the diverse impulses and energy that exist inside one’s own body.
- Even if this is the case, it cannot be justified on the basis of rejecting or repressing sexual energy, which is the foundation and wellspring of human existence.
- The more at ease we are with ourselves and with our lives, the less our actions will resemble the compulsive, habitual patterns of sexual behavior to which we have been culturally conditioned.
- We must choose, even if it is unconsciously, whether to follow our bodies or our minds from moment to moment and breath to breath.
- However, while yoga posture practice might assist individuals in being more present, it can also easily become a means of extending the separation that culture has created between them.
Yoga posture practice has the potential to be effective because of the apparent link that exists between the body, mind, and soul.
It is impossible to impose on the body in order for it to reveal its essence and relationship to the mind and soul.
Only then will it be able to demonstrate the full extent of its innate intelligence.
There is only one way for this to occur: through becoming more receptive to the body’s signals.
Being attuned to the body means that we are allowing the innate intelligence that generates physical feeling to guide the flow and direction of our practice.
After that, we must be forthright about the ramifications of these experiences in our lives (satya).
In doing so, we will be able to honestly flow with the motions of life as it actually occurs (brahmacharya).
In the absence of internalizing and practicing the first limb of yoga, the following seven limbs will remain nothing more than aspirational cultural ideals, according to the Yoga Sutras.
Life as a vital principle or energy is the expression of Consciousness in its fullness.
Throughout your existence, the extraordinarily complex intelligence of life is constantly directing your breathing, cleansing and regulating your blood flow, and coordinating the contraction of motor muscle fibers throughout your whole body.
Your life is an expression and vehicle of that Consciousness, and your body is an expression and vehicle of that Consciousness.
Your body has the wisdom of three thousand and five hundred million years of evolutionary inquiry and development, which has left its wisdom, the wisdom of life, in every cell.
By dedicating your practice to the present of experience, you will achieve results that are not just physical, but also sensory to the point of sensuality.
Eventually, you will come face to face with and experience the inner characteristics of sensation itself, as well as the inner qualities of conscious consciousness itself.
You will come into contact with the very same energy that you have encountered, albeit in a different way, in intercourse.
As a result, yoga practice might be thought of as internalized sex.
Yoga has the potential to help people resolve disputes and bring about peace in their lives.
In order to do this, we must accept and embrace our sexual nature as well as the energy it creates.
As an accepted expression and carrier of the wisdom of life, yoga posture practice is a tantric practice that takes place in and through the body, as well as in and through the mind.
Probably most importantly, you will realize that these two, limited and infinite, spiritual and mundane, Consciousness and matter, are not inherently opposed to one another.
This is tantra in action.
By being attentive to the wisdom of life, which expresses itself via bodily feeling, the life force, sexual energy is welcomed methodically, but without direct reference to anything else in the universe.
This is made possible by the integrating force of conscious awareness itself.
Yoga has its own language, which includes terms such as chakras, nadis, grantis, and kosha.
As we go further into our bodies, we delve deeper into the realm of feeling.
Throughout our lives, our experiences grow less and less definite.
It all begins to become ambiguous, imprecise, and indefinable at this point.
Depending on our preference, we either locate ourselves within the physical particularities of cells, blood and nerves or, more commonly, we employ the metaphorical imagery of the so-called subtle body to stabilize and authenticate our experience.
However, if we are not bothered by ambiguity, this does not necessarily have to be the case.
In reality, we might have a deep sense of joy amongst the midst of this oceanic haze of uncertainty.
Eventually, we come across the most delicate characteristics that are available to us.
Twitching of muscle fibers or pricklings of sensory receptors deep beneath the skin might lead us to it, among other indications.
Within each of them, the same presence can be found: a presence that is both delicious and gratifying at the same time.
This is finite stuff that yields its inner, infinite dimension as a result of its finite size.
Our experience and nature, Satcitananda, is the ultimate endpoint of yoga posture practice.
Whatever we want to label this magnificent experience, and whatever we want to infer from it, it does not fit in the realm of yoga.
The most popular are sex and drugs, which are both illegal.
Nonetheless, they get their ability to enchant and addict us from the same source as yoga: the pleasurable character of Consciousness itself.
This holds true for humans just as much as it does for a pack of wolves, a tree, or a blade of grass.
In this way, it serves as a container for the organic power of life itself, the essence of the life force that exists inside every human being.
Kundalini is, at its core, a sexual force, and it is in its nature to express itself, to come to the surface.
Naturally occurring Kundalini rising is the life energy freely expressing itself, and it is dependent on preparation, which may be readily given through yoga posture practice.
This will only exacerbate the crisis and increase the likelihood of the emergence of new patterns of sexual distortion and obsessiveness to complement those already in place as a result of traditional social conditioning mechanisms.
The twisted force of sexual energy that has been trapped in the body explodes through the mental systems.
With time, it becomes increasingly difficult to distinguish between a memory, a desire, and an intention.
Eventually, it gets disoriented in a world in which the imagined is no less fascinating or powerful than the actual.
Alle these symptoms are signs that the life force is ricocheting chaotically against physical obstacles such as barriers and limits within the body.
This is letting go of culturally ingrained notions and objectives in order to be open to experiencing feelings.
In order for kundalini to freely ‘rise,’ its natural impetus will address itself to whatever psychosomatic barriers have been impeding the flow of life energy.
Greater softness must be achieved via the usage of our muscles as opposed to using them to generate more movement, strength, or alignment.
Our sexual energy is no longer warped by conditioned constraints into obsessive-compulsive behaviors that have become second nature.
YabYum is the name of a Vajrasattva.
To stare intently into a set of eyes that are staring deeply into yours might elicit intense and delectable sexual sensations.
Their profound deprivations, which result in powerful but unacknowledged needs for attention, energy, touch, and pleasure, impose themselves far too easily on even the tiniest flicker of sexual energy or interest, pushing them either towards overt erotic feelings and expressions or ever more repression and distortion.
- Instead of eroticising or repressing the delicate flows of sexual energy, we might learn to accept and appreciate these subtle flows of energy.
- When we accept responsibility for our sexual sensations, we may learn to acknowledge, embrace, and be fed by these sentiments: by experiencing them so profoundly that they melt into the deep peace, love, and delight through which Consciousness presents itself as our core.
- This is something we may learn to achieve in yoga posture practice by becoming willing to experience fully and clearly the sensations that are created by the body throughout the practice.
- Afterward, you may enjoy your sexual responses without having to violate any of the limitations that your circumstances may place on you, and you won’t have to feel frustrated because you aren’t expressing them as overt sexual behavior.
- However, it does not imply indulgence or suppression; rather, it implies a readiness to recognise and accept the normal and necessary existence of sexual impulses and desire in one’s life, as well as a willingness to acknowledge and accept their position in one’s life as required.
- It does not imply being sexually indifferent or repressed, or being devoid of sexual preferences, attachments, sexual attraction, passion, or love, as some may believe it does.
- Genuine and permanent independence is not dependent on any particular technique or uniform, and it is not a product of any particular culture.
Only through these lenses can you experience the knowledge and nature of the body in all of its depths and complexities.
It is impossible to live in a non-toxic society in which our bodies are continually being undermined, even by the same resources that keep them alive and energized: food, water, and air, among others.
Meanwhile, our bodies are subjected to a variety of traumas, not the least of which are sexual in nature, and our minds are plagued with poisonous and painful concepts and beliefs that have been passed down through generations.
Not the least of them are misguided and harmful views of sexuality and spirituality, as well as their interaction with one another.
It is possible to experience neurotic inhibition in a variety of ways, ranging from intense sexual preoccupation to full sexual shutdown.
We begin to experience more intense emotions.
Our senses become more alert, our perceptions get clearer, and our comprehension becomes more profound.
We find ourselves becoming more and more at one with the natural flow of existence as a whole, as time goes on.
We seem to find ourselves in the right location at the right moment more frequently. Finally, we realize that we are always at the right place at the right time, thinking the right thoughts, experiencing the right emotions, and acting in the correct manner.
Hatha Yoga: Devereux, Godfrey: 9780007103102: Amazon.com: Books
On May 23, 2001, a review was conducted in the United States. Purchase that has been verified Yoga for Beginners is a reasonable collection of 14 routines that build upon one another to present the most fundamental ideas and Asanas of contemporary yoga. Each course has a particular focus, ranging from relaxation to grounding the feet to back bends to strengthening the spine. Almost all of the asanas are beginner’s modifications, and there are several photographs and text instructions to guide you through the process of entering and exiting the postures in conjunction with your breathing.
- There are several issues with this passage, including: 1.
- This has the potential to be beneficial or detrimental.
- Also, because this technique is based mostly on Iyengar and some Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga, it would not be completely unfamiliar to students and could be included into lessons to a certain extent.
- Despite the fact that the reader is recommended to read this book, which I also recommend, Hath Yoga: Breath by Breath appears to be a series of increasing beginning routines for persons who were dissatisfied with the routines in the prior book.
- However, it is possible that this is due to the fact that the prior book was so rich and this one cannot compare.
- Yoga: Mastering the Fundamentals, for example, is an excellent beginners book that is not affiliated with any one school of yoga.
- On December 29, 2014, it was reviewed in the United States and verified as a purchase.
- The illustrations are quite helpful, and I found the step-by-step instructions to be straightforward and simple to follow.
- When compared to more experienced and informed yoga practitioners, it may seem a little simple, but I can picture myself using it for years and coming back to it as my knowledge and experience grows in the practice of yoga.
verified purchase reviewed in the United States on May 27, 2013Verified Purchase After a few weeks, I received the book. It’s a lovely book, and I look forward to using it for many years to come:-)
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5.0 stars out of 5 for this product This is a must-have yoga text. On October 17, 2017, a review was published in the United Kingdom. Purchase that has been verified Following a wonderful first introduction to yoga with an outstanding class, I was interested in learning more about the science behind what I was actually doing and attempting to achieve, aside from increasing my flexibility. As the ancient adage goes, “when the pupil is ready, the instructor arrives,” and in a typical example of synchronicity, I happened to come upon this book at a charity store while looking for something else.
the equivalent of a diamond in the rough It is an excellent, well-organized introduction to the principals of hatha yoga, bringing the learner through a sequential set of easy poses that are intended to improve mental clarity throughout practice time.
Finally, it’s a fantastic adjunct to class practice because it allows you to clearly see what you’re trying to do ‘now now,’ while simultaneously keeping track of where you’re aiming to get to in the future.
It’s too early to tell whether the outcome will be satisfactory, but it appears to be just what I was hoping for.
the little book of the bandhas by godfrey devereux (paperback)
To see a PDF extract from this book in a new window, please click on the link below. The anatomy, physiology, neurology, energetics, and spirituality of Yoga posture practice are all intricately tied to the subtle muscularity of the bandhas, which are explained in detail in this compact yet accessible book. In contrast to a complex machine, it portrays the human body as a cohesive manifestation of easily accessible intellect that can be understood by anybody. Via his teachings, Godfrey explains why and how it is possible to integrate the human body and bring about oneness between the body, the intellect, and the spirit through physical action.
For example, the first part describes the history and biomechanics of the bandhas and how they are important for maintaining human verticality, their significance as the body’s intelligent reaction to gravity, and their link to completeness, among other things.
The last part discusses their effects, beginning with the anatomical, physiological, and neurological advantages and going inwards to the deeper energy and spiritual effects of the plants.
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We would much appreciate it if you could assist us. Please tell us what is wrong with this preview of Elements Of Yoga by Godfrey Devereux. We will fix it as soon as possible. Please accept our sincere thanks for informing us about the situation. Begin your review ofElements Of Yoga by introducing yourself. 1st of February, 2014 Jessica thought it was outstanding. The application and results of yoga practice are discussed in this extremely valuable and well-integrated work. Without losing sight of the awareness and spiritual connectivity that both underpin and flourish in yoga, the book does an excellent job of teaching the mechanics of postures and breath-work in a straightforward manner.
- It is concise, quite easy to understand, and includes information on history, philosophy, and Ashtanga yoga.
- It’s concise, really easy to understand, and includes information on history, philosophy, and Ashtanga yoga.
- Thanks to this book, I’ve learnt a new sequence!
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Ep15 Yoga Unveiled – Godfrey Devereux — Guru Viking
, url:, width:854, height:480, providerName: YouTube, thumbnailUrl:, resolvedBy: youtube ” data-block-type=”32″ id=”block-415992bf745c23ca17b8″>” data-provider-name=”YouTube”>” data-block-type=”32″ id=”block-415992bf745c23ca17b8″>” data-block-type This conversation with Godfrey includes stories of his uncle, an Anglican minister, praying in tree-pose, Godfrey’s teenage attempts at learning from books that produced unexpected results, why meeting his Indian yoga guru heroes left him unimpressed and how the rigorous discipline of Zen – and the insight of a particular Zen Roshi – changed Godfrey’s life forever.
As a result, I found this conversation very delightful because Godfrey is the man who, when I was in my mid-twenties, instructed me in the practice and teaching of yoga.
- Yoga was Godfrey’s first introduction to it. The force of awe and reverence
- In the beginning, we learned via books
- Getting to know an Iyengar yoga instructor
- Yoga was popular in England throughout the 1970s. Traveling to Italy and completing a Montessori teacher training program
- Conflicts with the school’s administration
- Experimentation with extremely large quantities of LSD
- Insights obtained via the use of psychedelic drugs
- Relocating to the United States and working in the natural foods movement Experiencing Ashtanga vinyasa yoga for the first time in Hawaii
- Getting in touch with one’s innermost self
- Testing what you’ve been taught to see whether it works and is valid. Is it true that certain persons are more suited to self-inquiry? Recognizing that yoga was not very effective
- I’m going to India for the first time. When meeting the great yoga masters, there is a sense of disappointment. Activation of anandamayakosha, often known as the bliss body The geology and culture of India are unique
- Was BKS Iyengar a sadomasochist, or just a kind guy? Meeting Ramesh Balsekar, an advaita instructor from India
- Taking a Zen approach
- In the full lotus position, sitting in Godfrey’s first sesshin Why does it have to be so painful?
- Having become one with suffering
- Studying under the guidance of Genpo Roshi
- Study of the koan
- In response to the sexual scandal involving Genpo Roshi
- With Kali, there is a guru-chela connection. Godfrey’s tantric encounters
- The difference between self development and self inquiry
- The four most common errors made in yoga are as follows: Yoga posture practice that is simple and effective
- The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
- Godfrey’s interpretation of the 5 Yamas
- Godfrey’s experimentation with pranayama
- Medieval pranayama against Patanjali’s method
- What is spiritual practice
- The question of authority
- The difference between knowledge and experience
- And more. What Godfrey taught Steve
- Why Godfrey decided to cease teaching yoga instructors
- Advice for individuals experiencing adversity.
Steve James composed the music for ‘Deva Dasi.’
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Yoga Can’t Hurt You: If You Can Find It. ~ Godfrey Devereux
It wasn’t that long ago, less than forty years, that everyone who practiced yoga was considered a little eccentric. Yoga was derided at the time, with epithets such as ‘navel-gazing’ being used to describe it. It was considered as at best a harmless but pointless form of self-indulgence, and at worst as a step on the path to lunacy that had already been taken. Despite the fact that times have changed, certain old biases continue to exist. Yoga’s meteoric rise in popularity over the last two decades has not only established it as a substantial niche in the dominating commercial culture of our day, but also as a multi-billion-dollar enterprise.
- Some Hindus have expressed dissatisfaction with cultural distortion, misappropriation, and thievery.
- Yoga teachers are not only acknowledging, but also declaring, the possible hazards of the practice, which is a result of a long-running current of worry within the medical profession that has erupted into a fierce discussion about its physical repercussions in recent years.
- Despite the fact that postural techniques have been connected with yoga for hundreds of years at the very least, it is possible that the severe and diverse physicality that has accompanied its present popularity is a more recent development, as some researchers have lately suggested.
- Compared to any other commodity accessible in our hyperbolic market culture, these promises are significantly broader and more in-depth.
- There are a variety of other concepts that are appealing to some because they are indefinable, such as enlightenment, grace, and Self-realisation.
- Even less so in light of the adoration and envy engendered by some of its more high-profile admirers, who include Madonna and Sting, among others.
- It feels especially nice when you utilize your body in a methodical and repetitive manner, and when you do it in the presence of individuals with whom you can connect.
Those hazy, mystical promises that strike a raw nerve in practically everyone who is caught up in the frenzy of a competitive culture are insidiously related to people’s need to be accepted as members of society.
The majority of us rely on medications to get us through the day: coffee, tannin, nicotine, sucrose, dextrose, and alcohol, to mention a few of the more popular and legal options.
In doing so, it has frequently been adopted by persons who are experimenting with food cults and other sorts of dubious self-improvement practices.
If you exert enough force on your body, it will respond chemically.
It is not difficult to understand how this unrecognized manifestation of drug usage may be the driving force behind the rise in popularity of yoga practices.
A more fertile ground for self-deception has probably never existed than in yoga classrooms all around the world right now, according to experts.
Yoga classes almost always include at least some of the following elements: incense, chanting, foreign names and words, tight-fitting designer clothes, Eastern cultural icons, esoteric tribal jewelry, tattoos, a mystical verbal or musical soundtrack, and/or upbeat exhortations from seductive instructors, all of which are contextualized in an obvious, if unacknowledged, sense of competition.
This might be based on flexibility, strength, alignment, stress-relief, or any combination of these factors and others.
It is almost impossible to find a yoga teacher, brand, or style that does not offer, or even promise, a seductive physical reward in addition to more esoteric promises.
Can this even be yoga?
Only if we can see and describe what yoga is, can we determine whether it is physically harmful, and even if it is even available to practice. Yoga has been practiced in India under that term for over two thousand years, according to literary evidence. Given that Indian cultural knowledge and know-how was conveyed orally even a thousand years ago, it is possible that it is thousands of years older. As it happens, yoga happens to be one of the six investigative methodologies that support the richness and sophistication of Indian culture, in a manner similar to the manner in which mathematics, physics, chemistry, and biology underpin ‘Western’ culture.
Patanjali is to yoga what Newton is to physics in terms of influence.
Many people would disagree with some of these, if not all of them.
Self-inquiry is at the core and soul of yoga, regardless of whether it is physical, psychological, or behavioral in nature.
Assuming this is true, then all of the grandiose claims connected with the name “yoga,” as well as its practices, derive from Self-enquiry, as the Oracle of Delphi, no less than Socrates, would concur.
The distinction between them is analogous to the one between Charles Atlas and Ramana Maharshi.
Yoga practice, in whatever shape it takes, must be focused on what is, rather than on what is desired.
Yoga posture practice may really be a very powerful tool for performing successful self-inquiry at all levels, from the physical to the mental and finally to the conscious level.
It is essential that it is founded on the wisdom of the body, which is responsible for protecting and nourishing itself.
Something more than merely experiencing what occurs when you fling your body into this shape or linger in that shape is required here.
You must put into action what your body’s wisdom is telling you as a result of its intrinsic desire for completeness and integrity.
As your mind delves further into the meaning of bodily sensations, it will come face to face with the nature of and interaction between the body, the mind, and the spirit, among other things.
You will learn whether or not the extravagant promises made for yoga and Self-enquiry are justified in this manner.
For the most part, no matter what your ‘yoga instructor’ claims, no matter how well-known the brand is or how many tribal confederates subscribe to your articles of religion, it is quite improbable that you have actually engaged in yoga practice.
Whether you have ever sat down to truly, honestly analyze your intentions, experience, assumptions, and ideals is a matter of opinion, but it is virtually probable that you have.
He has been able to cast clear light on the subtleties of yoga practice because he is not intimidated by the ideologies and hierarchies of tradition.
Godfrey’s pioneering exploration into the origins of human experience is anchored in a lifetime of yoga practice on mat and cushion, which began when he was 16 years old and has continued until this day.
His practice has brought him to a deep, lucid intimacy with the subtleties of being human, within which all of its apparent paradoxes are heartwarmingly resolved.
Please see here or here for further information on how Posture Practice can be considered Yoga. You may read a logical and relevant interpretation of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras here or here if you choose. Taney Lee Markul, Elephant Yoga Editor, wrote the following piece for us to share with you.