I began practicing the method of YogaMonks after years of power vinyasa and hath a yoga left me injured, overstretched, and in pain. After just two classes of YogaMonks all the pain in my body was gone, and I’ve been doing the practice literally every day since then. For a time I stopped practicing yoga in studios and only focused on my home practice, and now when I do attend a studio class my yoga practice is on a whole different level from what I hear being taught. I float through postures, my muscles are relaxed, and I feel my movement truly represent yoga – genuine union of the mind, body, and spirit. I’ve struggled for some time with how to translate this to my students, because I can’t communicate it with words. I say to do one thing and people’s bodies don’t get it. I practice beside fellow yogis and literally feel the difference in energy between my body and theirs. I’m not trying to say that I’m better than anyone by any means- I certainly don’t feel that at all- only that there’s a difference I feel in my practice that I want to be able to share because it feels so amazing.
In this struggle I’ve realized the gap is in Sadhana. I’ve spent day after day training my body to move this way through the amazing work of Jonathan Monks, and that can’t be translated through my words. My teachers say that when someone practices these sequences they should literally move the people watching, and I’ve certainly experienced this watching my teachers, I’ve seen my students moved after my own demonstration, and I’ve even experienced it observing the movements of beginners in my classes. I didn’t have this sensitivity in the beginning, but something kept calling me to the practice every day. And now I’m so glad that happened. The secret is in daily application. These YogaMonks sequences translate into the crevices of everyday life with such pervasiveness that I can’t even explain it. It’s not just that my vinyasa practice is changed, it’s that I AM CHANGED. My mind, my body, my spirit. I am literally a better person, I am more authentic and the person I genuinely want to be, because of these practices. That might sound etheric and not make any sense to some people, but it’s the truth of how I feel.
This is why I’m offering a Sadhana course in the method of YogaMonks here in California. Because it’s the only way I can comprehend to translate this experience I’ve had to others, and I certainly want as many people as possible to realize these same results. To be their most authentic selves, to be as happy as possible.