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 (physical) 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 creativity.
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.
In human development since the Enlightenment there has been an emphasis on rationality, where the intellect has become abstracted from its embodied origins. Our education systems reflect this separation between ‘mind’ and ‘body’, where the former is attended to, and the latter neglected. The digital revolution has brought this separation to its extreme. Many of us struggle to process the limitless information at our disposal through our digital technologies and develop a ‘head-centric’, addictive relation to these technologies. Distracted we 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.
Contradistinctively, in this current period of physical distancing I am becoming increasingly interested in how digital technology can transmit presence/embodiment, and be more than just a socio-technological connection, transcend its tendency as mode that exacerbates our cultural inheritance of the separation of mind and body, and produce deeply-felt connection that supports well-being and flourishing.
Human well-being is fundamentally connected to 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.
I have been privileged to learn from internationally renowned yogi(ni)s and spiritual teachers. My current interest in learning is within the context of non-duality with a focus on meditation. Thus my two key teachers currently, Thomas Hubl and Rupert Spira, teach within this context. I have been blessed to learn from Thomas in person and this experience clarified my path. I continue learn from him through live webinars, and also learn from Rupert through the virtual online space. I realise now that spiritual transmission can occur through the live virtual space, just as it would in the flesh. As part of my spiritual path, I also aspire to journey more deeply into Australia and learn about country from our indigenous peoples.
I have been teaching for 4 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.