Through yoga we become intimate with life and realise our generative power.
Generative power is creative. It is our life force that we share with all nature. Through yoga we can understand ourselves as nature. The studio is named Generative Yoga to underline our fundamental being as nature, and also because yoga supports that which we desire to generate/ create. As nature, we are ecological beings – in relation to all. Yoga involves heartfelt relationship to both human and non-human beings.
Yoga is an ancient practice associated with different traditions and religions. In the contemporary context it has many manifestations. But yoga is always a deeply personal practice of self enquiry and realisation. I encourage you to find out what yoga means to you, and to also develop a personal practice.
I understand yoga as a movement-meditation the most essential aspect of which is the breath. I merge the fundamental aspects of hatha yoga with an intuitive fluidity. I consider yoga a practice for every body, every day that enables us to realise the beauty and brilliance of life that we always already are and our emergent creative life force.
Combined with the breath, focus, and compassion for self and others are central to the practice of yoga. I understand first-hand that these aspects of yoga have a powerful healing effect in relation to depression and anxiety. This is not to say that yoga should be looked to as the only method of healing, but one among several modalities that can support well-being and flourishing.
In today’s world we struggle to process the limitless information at our disposal through our digital technologies, whilst becoming increasingly dependent upon them. Many of us have a ‘head-centric’, addictive relation to our technologies as we endlessly scan, search, check in and out, and increasingly feel disconnected from ourselves, each other and our environment. For these reasons an embodied practice that brings us into presence with ourselves, each other and our environment is perhaps even more necessary today than it was thousands of years ago when yoga first emerged.
My key focus other than human well-being, but fundamentally connected to it, is environmental well-being. As mentioned, a deep yoga practice brings us into relation to nature such that there is no separation between us and nature. Now, more than ever, as we face the climate crisis, extinction of species and destruction of ecosystems we need embodied practices that can bring us into better relation with our environment. This relation might at times compel us to activism, or take more subtle forms of working towards protecting, and regenerating our natural environment.
A third focus is music. Throughout my classes I employ music composed by artists such as Nils Frahm, Luke Howard and Keaton Henson that can be described as minimalist, meditative, explorative, atmospheric and sometimes sacred and heart-felt. This music supports yogic, intuitive movement, alignment with the breath and a sensitivity to the fluctuations and nuances of sensation, and to the deeper spatiousness of consciousness. This music allows for an awareness of movement in stillness, and stillness in movement – a central aspect of yoga.
I have traipsed the globe to receive the teachings of many internationally reknowned yogi(ni)s and other spiritual teachers. The most recent impactful teachers I had taught me the importance of grounding. Ty Landrum taught me this in terms of my yoga practice, and Thomas Hubl in terms of life: ‘to relax deeply into the ground of one’s being’. In both cases the exhale is paramount. Thomas also imparts the significance of relation for healing, which provides a key reference point in my future as a psychotherapist (I am currently in training).
At this stage, after many years of outward seeking, I am going to spend some time turning inward to draw from my own resources and local teachers. I also look to my dear students in my learning. We grow together in the quiet space of practice with intention. I intend to learn from our indigenous peoples and journey more deeply into this magnificent land, Australia.
I have been teaching for 3 years. My intention as teacher is to support my students in becoming deeply embodied and developing a relation of presence to themselves, others, and their environment, where they are connected to their heart-space and vitality and can begin to release any stuck energies that limit their flourishing.
Simona Schmidt, PhD.