Isabelle Du Soleil is well-known for her unique integrative approach. She created ENERGETIC VINYASA FLOW™ YOGA, a powerful yet playful approach where Tantra Yoga meets Vinyasa Flow, with an emphasis on mindfulness, alignment and core strength energy. It also integrates breath, energy and meditation into the movement flow.
Why is Energetic Vinyasa Flow™ Yoga so Powerful & Transformative?
– Because it integrates all aspects of Yoga in a simple, direct and accessible way applied to your life today.
– It is purifying, energizing, activating yet deeply relaxing & rejuvenative.
– It will inspire, empower & transform your Yoga & your life.
How Can I Experience Energetic Vinyasa Flow™ Yoga?
– Take a Yoga Class in Los Angeles
– Book a Private Session with Isabelle
– Participate in one of Isabelle’s signature Workshops
– Immerse yourself in one of our amazing Retreats around the world for an authentic Yoga Vacation
What is Yoga?
Yoga (Sanskrit, Pāli: योग yóga) refers to traditional physical, mental and spiritual disciplines originating in India. The Sanskrit word yoga has many meanings, and is derived from the Sanskrit root “yuj,”, meaning “to control,” “to yoke” or “to unite.” Translations include “joining,” “uniting,” “union,” “conjunction,”.”Yoga is not a religion, it is a perennial philosophy. As it was created in India, there are some cross cultural influences from Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism. Yoga also constitutes one of the six orthodox (āstika) schools of Hindu philosophy. Major branches of yoga include Tantra Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Raja Yoga, Karma Yoga, Jnana Yoga, Bhakti Yoga.
Yoga is a discipline, an art, a science and a philosophy. It is a practice of the body of the mind, soul and heart. It is also an energetic practice. Yoga can be defined as a tool and a technique, an approach, a body of knowledge to understand life, to describe the phenomenon of life and how to live in the best possible way. The tools and techniques of Yoga allow us to overcome obstacles and understand who we are, the true Self within.
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The 2 Approaches of Yoga
– First, Yoga is a philosophy, a tool, a discipline, an approach, a technique, a way, a path.
– Secondly, Yoga can be defined as a state of of mind and a state of being that one attains through the harnessing of the power of the mind.
Yoga in summary, can be seen as an approach, or a way, a tool, or a set of tools, a technique, a philosophy, a discipline, a set of practices. And at the same time, Yoga can be defined as a state of being,of “being-ness”, of oneness. In that state of bringing together, merging together, there’s a third aspect, in the most spiritual end of Yoga. You literally merge the individual Self which is called the Jiva Atman (Atman means the higher Self and Jiva is the individual spark of the soul, individual Self consciousness) And Para Atman (Para means great, beyond, Great Consciousness). So Yoga is also the merging of the individual Self with the totality, with the unified field of consciousness and we become one in a state of deep meditation. There is no more separation between the Ego and the Soul. We become merged, connected to the pulse of life itself as we connect into the vast field of consciousness, of energy. We connect the oneness of the Soul with the fullness of the universe.
What are the Benefits of Yoga?
It will give us the capacity to change the world by changing our world first. The capacity to be alive, vibrant and successful in our endeavors. To be loving to be connected, to emanate love from within. And as we cultivate peace as we find peace deep within us into the well our our being at the source, we are able to create peace around us and from and peace can only happen first from within then into the world. External wars are just the outer manifestations of our inner personal and collective consciousness. Yoga can be absolutely applied, Yoga in a simple way and in a big way and in every way in our lives. We just need to carve a little time everyday to practice and we will reap amazing benefits, the fruits of our practices. Feeling light, feeling vibrant, feeling happy for no reason. And feeling the spark, that enthusiasm, the desire to be alive and to thrive, really thrive in the world.
What is the Body/ Mind Connection?
We bring together and merge mind, body, breath, and spirit– that more intangible aspect of the Self. For example in the Ujjaii breathing technique where we breathe deeper through both nostrils accompanied by a visualization of the breath flow moving up and down the spine. And as we breathe, we focus our attention effortlessly from the base of the spine up to the crown into the spine on the inhale and down on the exhale. We bring our mind on the thread of our breath within the spine. That action, attention and visualization bring those three aspects: body, mind & breath together, merging as one. And we cultivate mindfulness, oneness, being here and now in this moment– in this instant fully here.
Are the Yoga Teachings Relevant to our Contemporary Living?
Some people have asked, “Well, this is very interesting and nice but all of this Yoga is really ancient and doesn’t apply to our lives today, our urban & industrialized lives”. The classical teachings of Patanjali are so releveant to our times. They constitute a major reference sacred text, considered as the seminal classical teachings of Yoga today and written as sutras or aphorisms. Patanjali was an incredible sage living around 2,000 years ago, at a time when the Yoga teachings had become very scattered & diluted. He was the one who brought all the teachings back together, condensing them into short & concise aphorisms transmitted from teachers to students/disciples. Those wisdom teachings are like pearls of wisdom– golden nuggets of the Classical Yoga philosophy that inform us about our true inner nature providing us with invaluable insights and tools to enhance our life in the 2ith century
Why are Those Ancient Yoga Tools so Relevant to us?
Because those techniques are so universal. Those approaches allow us through the practice of Yoga in the West to really reconnect to our body, our physical body because we are disconnected from the five elements, from nature, in the way we live. We are very much disconnected from our bodies if we sit for eight hours in a chair and lot of people do unfortunately. Yoga is so relevant for our century because those tools are invaluable for our evolution. They provide us with a road map to recondition and balance our nervous system, to harness the powers of our mind, to balance our psyche and to nourish our soul. Regular practice of the Yoga, breathing, meditation and energetic practices will accelerate our inner and outer transformation as as an individual and as a world community.
What is the Philosophical Context of Yoga?
The Raja Yoga tradition as a philosophical pillar of the Yoga teachings, is represented and compiled in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and it is part of the Samkhya tradition. Many other Yoga sacred texts discuss many aspects of Yoga, including the Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita, the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, the Shiva Samhita and various Tantras.