The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves. ~Carl Jung
The School of Gentle Yoga is most certainly a creation of necessity and love!
It’s been said, “The crack is where the light gets in.” That’s how yoga found its way into Dannette Mason’s (founder of the School of Gentle Yoga) life, literally. She cracked a porcelain toilet open with her head. Yoga is where she came to heal. And the same can be said for how yoga so cleverly has become a staple here in the west. Yoga found the crack, the entry point – its appeal to and benefits for the physical form. And now that yoga is a popular and accepted part of our culture, it is time to move beyond the idea of yoga as exercise and come back to the complete system.
Why gentle yoga?
Gentle does not mean easy. Gentle does not mean for beginners only. Gentle does not mean un-challenging or un-stimulating. And gentle most certainly does not mean simply modifying the asanas.
Gentle is a complete philosophy.
- Gentle means slowing down long enough to gain perspective in your practice.
- Gentle means creating time and space for more than the asanas.
- Gentle means practicing with balance and flow.
- Gentle means pausing long enough for the healing and integration to take place.
- Gentle means expressing loving kindness and acceptance for where you are and matching your practice accordingly.
- Gentle means quiet inquiry and self-reflection.
- Gentle means function over form.
- Gentle means letting go of any idea that you cannot do yoga. There is always an entry point.
- Gentle means finding your balance between effort and ease.
- Gentle means connecting to your inner teacher and developing a relationship of trust.
- Gentle means coming back to the completeness with in you. The place that has never been damaged or wounded. The place where only love and perfect health exist.
In fact, gentle yoga is a deep practice. To really be with one’s self, with love and authenticity, requires vulnerability. Yoga gives us structure and support to be with that vulnerability.
Yoga, and all eight of its harmonious limbs, is the object of love here at the School of Gentle Yoga.
We live in a time when every body, every mind, every soul can benefit from time spent in gentle practice. Whether the practice be asana, pranayama, meditation, walking mindfully, singing and chanting, quiet reflection, connecting with community, or being of service to others, when one person commits to that practice, we all benefit.
It is our purpose at the School of Gentle Yoga to train and teach in a way that brings Harmony to the world, one body, breath, and mind at a time.