I have found that Esoteric Yoga supports my body and the way I live in every aspect of my life, which as I grow older, is an invaluable gift to help me not to drop into the “old age consciousness” of inevitable decline.
I have tried many forms of yoga in the past, but with all of them I felt there was something forced and hard, with little or no room for individual differences. When I was introduced to Esoteric Yoga it was very different. Here was a form that allowed each person to express very simple everyday movements, feeling for themselves, with no unnatural positions or postures that put the body under strain. This is very important for older people, not to push their bodies further than is appropriate.
More important than anything else for me was realising what yoga is truly about, what its name means, and that is – union.
Union with what? Between what? I came to realise slowly how Esoteric Yoga asks us to consciously, in every moment, be present in our bodies through these simple everyday movements, and so be connected with our souls through this union of mind and body. In this total focus on being in the moment and fully aware of all that is going on, there is a profound stillness that holds us, and space happens within us and around us and time seems to expand.
I find I grow in love and respect for my body, developing an unknown tenderness, moving at an even pace, expanding, and feeling there is so much more to me than my ageing body.
There are so many lessons learned and integrated as I practise the template that forms the basis of an Esoteric Yoga session most days, but this is something that isn’t always ‘done’ on the yoga mat… What I love about what this modality offers, is that everything becomes yoga – from brushing my teeth to having a conversation.
For a person growing older who has driven herself and rushed eagerly through life, damaging herself on the way, this is a huge gift. The body slows down naturally in so many ways, but being able to consciously accept this process in every move brings a loving and respectful rhythm into our old age, with no fighting nor with a quality of being driven anymore.
Through these nine years since I first began, I have come to realise how Esoteric Yoga gives me the opportunity to become more aware of all that is happening in my body, all the aches and pains coming from that hard way of living in the past that I have been choosing to ignore. The deep attention and union allows me to feel more and accept what I am feeling. The more I accept, the more I am able to let those tensions go. I am learning, after this long lifetime of searching for healing from outside sources, that a yoga session is not to make me feel good or attain a certain state of body health, but to be honest about how I am and how I am living, and this is a real life-saver coming from inside myself!
Accepting the responsibility of working this way is one of the most valuable things for someone in old age, for it brings me into deeper and deeper contact with myself, ever exploring, ever moving in an increasingly more gentle quality… With such self-awareness, life can never be boring or closing in, in fact it is expanding in every direction.
I have had many different experiences in an Esoteric Yoga session, from the extremely practical, such as the feeling of what is happening in my body and the strains and flows, to the immanent feeling that I understand to be God… the vibrations and warmth and fullness inside me which expand beyond my body and join me in union with every other human being.
In fact, "being-ness" is the key, being all that I am and all I can feel in the present moment.
There is a beautiful stillness which I carry inside me wherever I go, with whatever I do. This seems in tune with the natural qualities possible for older people, if we actually embrace the process of deepening in our wisdom and a tender relationship with ourselves and our bodies through these years.
To grow into what is naturally my elder way of being gives me a feeling of the grace offered at every level.
Elder, Charity Volunteer Worker
Frome, Somerset UK
When I enrolled in my first on-line Esoteric Yoga Stillness Program For Women session, I had just retired from a very hectic and very demanding teaching career. I always had deadlines to meet and well-regulated tutorial sessions to prepare for, deliver, assess and evaluate. My mind didn’t know how to relax, nor did my body, and as a result I was in constant motion and drive to achieve ‘something’.
In reality, not only was my professional life in constant motion of doing things, my personal and family life operated with the same busyness.
I recently completed a six-week online program with the Esoteric Yoga Stillness Program for Women. After many years of being an active participant in a few different styles of yoga including hatha, Iyengar, Ashtanga and Bikram (hot) yoga, I can say that Esoteric Yoga is like no other yoga I have ever experienced before.
I have participated in a number of Esoteric Yoga programs in the past six years, however one of my most recent experiences with the Esoteric Yoga Stillness Program for Women supported me to bring a deeper quality of stillness and presence with my body into my everyday life – to a level that I had not previously experienced.
I recently completed an online six-week course with the Esoteric Yoga Stillness Program for Women. The effects of the program, and what I have discovered, have been life changing. Esoteric Yoga has supported me to connect deeper to my body and take the time to listen to its constant communications. This beautiful practice has also allowed me to feel the fact that I have an essence – a feeling within that is truly and deeply precious, beautiful, untouched and unscathed by anything that has occurred in my life – an essence that is always there no matter what.
I have always believed that when we are ready for something, be it a challenge, a delight or a new pathway, we find our way to it, or it to us… So it was with Esoteric Yoga.
I had known of Esoteric Yoga for some time but continually dismissed it as ‘not being for me’ until one day that changed. I became consciously aware that when it was mentioned I felt something different inside and when I heard about the Esoteric Yoga Stillness Program for Women and its accessibility online, I absolutely knew that this felt right and that I needed to follow this through. Imagine my frustration when I realised the program ran in six-week blocks held at intervals throughout the year, and I had to wait! I can be very patient or, as I realised, want instant gratification – the learning had begun…
I’m not the same woman today, as I was when I joined my first program with the Esoteric Yoga Stillness Program for Women. What’s more, today I feel that I am a woman, whereas when I first began I felt as though I hadn’t grown up in many ways. I was reactive to so many situations, and felt that I was a bit of a chameleon, changing the way I was with different groups of people to fit in, and to be what I thought they expected me to be.
I recently participated in an online six-week program, with the Esoteric Yoga Stillness Program for Women and it was both deeply beautiful and equally revealing.
Words were spoken by the facilitator during the first session of yoga, which resonated deeply:
"It's just you and your body…"
and, "It's just you and your breath…"
When I heard this, I could feel and hear my breath enter my body, and I felt my body respond, becoming deeply still. Everything then fell into a kind of order. I felt uncomplicated, focused and very present with myself.
“Woah!” I thought. “I am THAT! The quality, my breath, this space I occupy…
This presence – is ME.”
In the last year I have participated in several courses with the Esoteric Yoga Stillness Program for Women and from the support of these amazing programs I have come to a far deeper understanding of the relationship I have with my body. Through the program – the simplicity of the movements, and taking the time to stop and connect in each session – I have been able to connect to a stillness within me that I had never felt before.
I was drawn to Esoteric Yoga, and the Esoteric Yoga Stillness Program for Women after hearing what other women were sharing about the program. The opportunity to express myself in participating in the program was something I found to be of enormous support, as I found myself rediscovering more of the amazing woman that I actually am.
In each online session we were able to share with the practitioner and other participants about how our program was unfolding for us. Additionally, and most inspiring for me, was that over the six week period I also had access to a private online forum for participants in the program, which allowed me to share my journey along the way.