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.
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’ 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.
I have been practicing yoga for 15 years and during this period I have been privileged to experience the teachings of several internationally renowned yogi(ni)s and valuable teachers in Melbourne.
I have been teaching for 3 years. My intention as teacher is to support my students in developing a relation of presence to themselves and others, where they are connected to their heart-space and vitality and can begin to release any stuck energies that limit their flourishing.
Simone Schmidt, PhD.