Hi, my name is Willie Cloete. I am a yoga teacher in Pretoria, presenting Hatha Yoga to people crossing my path or who has been lead to my classes. The purpose of the yoga I teach it to make it simple and accessible to the Western body and mindset, but not neglecting the principal Eastern philosophy behind it. Here are some of the ideas I try to convey in my classes to my yogis:
The purpose of yoga – ‘who am i?’
Yoga means ‘union’ with God. It is the answer to the great question that, sooner or later, every soul on the verge of awakening will ask: ‘Who am I?’ Yoga leads us to the experience of the truth, both in our physical state as well as in our spiritual state.
Yoga – supreme spiritual science
Yoga is the ancient science of the mystics – eternal, universal and transcendent. Its origins are lost in Indo-Atlantean pre-history, but Yoga has always been practised by advanced members of human society who have recognised it as our divinely-intended, evolution-promoting way of life.
Integral yoga – accessing spirit through body and mind
The practice of Yoga integrate the whole being – mind, body and spirit. Yoga does not define body and mind as separate, but recognises both as an integrated entity. The Yogi begins to understand the ‘connectivity’ of the entire universe through his or her experience of the essential unity of the different aspects of the Self and, by extension, all creation.
Hatha yoga – within the body beautiful, the spirit soars free
What I present is Hatha Yoga in essence, but I also teach the yoga of synthesis. In other words I will included other practices such as Karma Yoga (doing charity), Bhakti Yoga(devotional aspect of yoga), Japa Yoga (to do mantras) and Dhyana Yoga (meditation) in my yoga classes. However, the main aim of my classes will be to:
• restore the mind to peace and tranquility,
• to alleviate the stress and anxiety of modern living and,
• ultimately, to transcend the perceived limitations of the body in order to set the mind free.
Yoga asanas (postures) actually balance the chemicals of the brain which naturally facilitates enhanced mental functioning.
Hatha Yoga comprises:
• Asana (postures);
• Pranayama (life-force control via breathing techniques);
• Bandha (energy locks); and
• Mudra (energy-directing poses and gestures).
Hatha Yoga is unique as an exercise system in that there is no strain on the body. Each posture targets a specific part or body system so that the entire physical being benefits. The stretches, inversions, forward and backward bends and twists of the asanas build up strength and stamina, tone and define muscles, activate the endocrine system and supply fresh blood to vital organs. Yoga practice actually cleanses the body, ridding it of toxins and vastly improving overall health.
The effects of Yoga are never purely physical. The postures, when correctly taught, enable the practitioner to take control of his or her physical and mental well-being; to triumph over the obstacles of daily living and to find inner peace. Its true purpose is to improve the yogi’s control of the vital energy whereby the brain and mind may be calmed; thus facilitating the advanced inner practices of Pratyahara (abstraction of attention and energy), Dharana (concentration) and Dhyana (meditation).
Guided relaxation and meditation – peace and bliss
Short guided meditations will guide you to soothing depths of relaxation and soaring heights of mental concentration. Learn how to use mantra repetition for relaxation and mudra for healing body and mind. My beautiful guided relaxations facilitate an easy, flowing entry into meditation.
Deeper into yoga – let your light shine!
Yoga is a gradual process on training mind, body and spirit and as time progresses I will take you to higher states of understanding. Much of the work in the beginning is the foundation for your more advanced work as you progress and develop right understanding.