Ever wondered why we picked a studio name that is difficult for some to pronounce?
The word Abhyaasa (ahb-YAH-sah), from the yogic aphorisms (sutras) compiled by the sage Patanjali, means dedicated practice; an earnest and consistent effort. In our busy lives, often the hardest part of maintaining a consistent practice is to simply show up on the mat, and each day we find ourselves at a different point along our journeys. At Abhyaasa Yoga, we offer many types of classes so that each student can choose those that resonate most with them at any given moment. Regardless of the level of physical challenge or particular style, all of our classes are united by the wisdom of traditional yogic teachings, as we holistically embrace yoga as a union of mind, body and spirit. Our studio strives to give each student the tools to develop or deepen a personal practice, as well as to create a community to share these beautiful practices.
Yoga is so much more than the learning of and working through the physical poses (asanas). Asanas are a powerful tool to help one approach a state of observer of the mind, and its fluctuations from one thought to another, rather than identifying with these thoughts. What we are really practicing, therefore, is to dwell in a place of stillness and equanimity, whether or not we "nail" a pose. We are developing one-pointed focus, concentration, and with the breath, merging each movement with awareness.
This is where the other component of attaining balance comes to play in yoga; once we make the effort in our steady practice, we then send expectations to the wind and let go of any attachment to the results- Vairagya (vai-RAHG-yah). It is through this wisdom that we have created a space at Abhyaasa that offers challenge and growth, yet provides the nurturing, safe support to allow each student to embrace all outcomes with contentment. Abhyaasa and Vairagya are often compared to the two wings of a bird; it takes both to move from the constant mental multi-tasking to a place of stillness and send your practice, on and off the mat, into smooth, weightless flight.
Regardless of whether the name Abhyaasa gets you tongue-tied, the studio name acts as a reminder that establishing a sincere, selfless intention, putting in earnest effort, and being content with whatever comes to be is the heart of yoga. As we practice these principles, whether in our studies, jobs, through our relationships, or on our mats in the studio, eventually we arrive from "doing yoga" to being yoga.
A space that nurtures connection, spiritual growth and physical well-being.