On A Mat Near You: Meet Barb

We are pleased to introduce to you our lovely TriYoga teacher Barb “Bhavani” Knabb.  Here are a few Q&A’s to learn more about our fellow “flow-er”.BarbMeditationWoodsIMG_1530

How did you find TriYoga or did TriYoga find you? Were you practicing yoga before TY?

 
I found TriYoga in West Chester, summer 1996.  I was in physical discomfort from running and an aerobics with weights program.  I knew of yoga, and had wanted a practice for a long time.  I’d tried books, tapes and nothing connected with me.  I felt I needed a person, a teacher.  I knew I was hOMe with my first TriYoga class.  I asked what my homework was & returned the next week & all the weeks since then.
 

Where do you find your inspiration to roll out the mat regularly?

Daily practice is wonderful.  It doesn’t have to be long and involved, I just have to show up.  I felt benefits from practice after a few weeks in 1996, and never wanted to go backwards, towards pain.  I never regret spending time on the mat.
 
What is one of your favorite memories with your practice? with Kaliji?
 
I first met Kaliji in the Berkshires in October, 1999 when she offered a Prana Vidya weekend workshop.  I was dumbstruck when she approached me, and deeply impressed by her warmth & how comfortable and safe I felt in her presence & in the workshop.  That weekend I learned that Teacher Training would be offered to deepen one’s own practice.  I signed up.
 
How would you describe your teaching approach with TriYoga?
 
Hmmm, curious question.  I love Basics.  Follow the rhythm & flow of breath & energy.  Economy of motion and words.
 
What gets you excited about life? Favorite activities outside of TriYoga?
 
I love to walk.  Especially in the woods with my husband, with steady rhythmic breath & pace.  Listening & observing nature.  A walking meditation.
 
I love to cook whole food.  We make our breads & crackers as much as possible.  We grow many vegetables, and eat from the garden as much as we can.  Today’s salad was spinach & lettuce from the garden – in November!
 
This winter will mark 37 years my husband and I have been together.  We started out baking bread and hiking, and we’re still baking bread and hiking.  Living with my husband keeps me excited about life.
 
Interview by Rebecca Swinden
 
 

 

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On A Mat Near You: Meet Bonnie

BharatiatPianoMeet one of our talented TriYoga teachers, Bonnie “Bharati” Keyser. We asked Bharati a few get to know you questions and here are her answers:

How did you find/start TriYoga? Did you practice other forms of yoga before TriYoga?

I have pretty much practiced TY exclusively since 1995 when I was introduced to it by Paula Sam. I have tried other styles of yoga and experimented very briefly with Iyengar but TY is my home.  No other practice so beautifully combines technique with meditation.  

What are some of your favorite yoga class memories?
My favorite class memory is being in Kaliji’s studio in Malibu when I was there for basics certification. I could hear the ocean behind her voice.  Magical!  My favorite ah hah moments are when I discover I can do a posture which has eluded me.  
What are some of your favorite activities outside of yoga?
When not practicing yoga, I enjoy being outside.  Recently I have begun enjoying hiking.  I love playing the piano but not for an audience.  I haven’t gotten over my perfection issues around my music. I enjoy almost all types of music.  I like knitting and love cats.  I currently have three cats named Lightning, Lakshmi and Kammi.  I love live performances including theater and opera.  I like vegan cooking but try to not preach too much.  People can be very defensive about their food.  I ADORE travel to different countries and learning languages.  
What has been your biggest “surprise” from practicing TriYoga?
I really enjoy meeting different people through TY.  It is wondrously surprising how transformative a consistent practice can be.  I love the constant refinements which come through in TY.  I love that Kaliji truly cares for me and every student.  She is available and welcomes contact.  She says we are all her family.  
Can you tell us a little bit about your approach to teaching?
There is a delicate line I try to observe between correcting and over correcting.  Particularly for new students, they can feel they are “no good at yoga” if corrected too much.  It takes time to develop a trusting relationship with a student so they are receptive to correction.  If I don’t see a student in class for a while. I will try to reach out to them and encourage them to return.  They are usually grateful.  
 
Interview by Rebecca Swinden

A Complete Yoga System: The Branches of Yoga and the Eight Limbs

A COMPLETE YOGA SYSTEM:
THE BRANCHES OF YOGA AND THE EIGHT LIMBS
BY CHRISTINE (CITRINĪ) WARE, Ph.D., E-RYT

Experience the kundalinī-inspired sequenced flow
of yogāsana (postures) synchronized with prānāyāma (rhythmic breath) and mudra (focus).
The result is increased energy … physically, mentally, and spiritually.
This gives the mental clarity to manifest one’s life with greater awareness.
– Kaliji
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TriYoga is a complete yoga system. To what does this refer, and how might this distinguish our classes or practices from other yoga classes? There are various ways that I understand and experience TriYoga as a complete yoga system.

Yoga refers to “union” and comes from yuj, to unite or connect; the act of yoking, joining, attaching, and harnessing. It encompasses the union of body, mind, and spirit. It also refers to the system or path by which we may attain complete union with the Supreme Spirit: the union of the individual with the Universal.

There are many “branches” of yoga, such as jñāna yoga (the path of wisdom or knowledge),
nāda yoga (the path of sacred sound vibration), karma yoga (the path of selfless
service/action), bhakti yoga (the devotional path), and haţha yoga (the path that balances
prāna; the path that balances sun-moon; the path that unites āsana, prānāyāma, and mantra –
or posture, breath, and focus). Many yoga classes today focus only on haţha yoga, or on one
aspect of haţha yoga. TriYoga not only incorporates and expresses all aspects of haţha yoga,
but all “branches” of yoga. In our haţha yoga classes, we may focus on sustained and flowing
postures, breath, and concentration/focus, yet the incorporation of music that calms and
elevates the spirit is an expression of nāda yoga. There is also an expression of both nāda
yoga and bhakti yoga in our kīrtan sessions (such as Chant Club). In our pursuit of yogic knowledge, whether expressed in learning about postures/Flows or whether expressed in other ways of seeking wisdom, jñāna yoga is expressed.

TriYoga also incorporates all of the “Eight Limbs” of Classical or Raja Yoga (the royal path).
The Yoga Sūtras are attributed to Patanjali, a sage from a couple of thousand years ago. He
detailed these eight limbs as
(1) Yama (moral principles or “restraints,” such as ahimsā, non-harming)
(2) Niyama (disciplines, such as svādhyāya, self-study)
(3) Āsana (posture)
(4) Prānāyāma (breathing practices)
(5) Pratyāhāra (sense withdrawal)
(6) Dhāranā (concentration)
(7) Dhyāna (meditation)
(8) Samadhi (expanded awareness)

Some forms of yoga focus on certain limbs more than on others. For example, some yoga
classes exclusively teach āsana; some focus on breathing practices; some focus on meditation.
There are also some yoga schools and teachers who believe that one must master each of the
eight limbs in succession prior to pursuing a practice in the next limb. TriYoga integrates
practices involving all eight limbs, for they all point us toward and move us into integration
and, ultimately, union. Of course, if a TriYoga student or practitioner has a particular
propensity or need to focus on one limb more than on another, this is also supported by the
method and teaching.

Finally, TriYoga is systematized. This systematization is expressed in the way that the
postures and Flows are systematically taught from Basics to Level 7, as well as the
systematized levels of Prāna Vidyā practices (incorporating Prānāyāma, Pratyāhāra, Dhāranā,
and Dhyāna practices), and in the ways that practices from each of the eight limbs intertwine
and integrate as one progresses in the practice. There is recognition in this systematization
that it is helpful to have a foundation of an ethical, moral, and disciplined lifestyle to help one
consistently pursue a haţha yoga practice. Furthermore, meditation and expanded
consciousness naturally arise from freeing the body of tension (through āsana and Flows),
calming the mind (through breathing practices, sense withdrawal, and concentration), and
developing the body-mind capacity to remain focused and still. We have all experienced how
difficult, if not impossible, it is to meditate when the body is full of tension/pain or when the
mind is active and thoughts are racing (the “monkey mind”). As complete yoga practices are
pursued systematically and regularly, yoga, as in “union,” is experienced and embodied.

Basics TriYoga Teacher Training with Senior Teacher Dr. Christine “Citrini” Ware – Yoga Event in Havertown on Sunday, Dec 1 – 2013

Basics TriYoga Teacher Training

Basics TriYoga Teacher Training with Senior Teacher Dr. Christine “Citrini” Ware – Yoga Event in Havertown on Sunday, Dec 1 – 2013.

What is unique about TriYoga?

“WHAT IS UNIQUE ABOUT TRIYOGA?”
AND OTHER BACKGROUND QUESTIONS ABOUT TRIYOGA
BY CHRISTINE (CITRINĪ) WARE, Ph.D., E-RYT

What is TriYoga?
TriYoga is a complete method that includes the full range of traditional yoga
practices, including hatha yoga, nada yoga, karma yoga, bhakti yoga, and jnana yoga
practices. “TriYoga is in the tradition of the ancient yoga in that it is guided by the
direct experience and intuitive knowledge that arise from the inner flow of kundalini,
or universal life-energy” (Kaliji).

How does TriYoga differ from other styles of yoga?
The TriYoga Flows are similar to other hatha yoga methods in that they include
physical yoga practices, breathing practices, and practices to encourage
concentration and meditation. They include the use of props and modifications.
TriYoga is unique due to the Flows’ distinctive and systematic sequencing, the
wavelike spinal movements, the union of posture, breath and focus, the emphasis on
economy of motion, natural alignment, and pacing, and the systematized Prana Vidya
practices (the breathing practices, concentration techniques and meditation that
balance and increase prana, life energy). TriYoga is also unique because it was not
created, but rather inspired and guided by Kali Ray’s direct experience of kriyavati
siddhi (the spontaneous flow of asana, pranayama and mudra). Kriyavati (the
manifestation of prana, the universal life energy, through hatha yoga) continues to
guide the evolution of TriYoga.

Why is it important that TriYoga is systematized (and for students to progress
systematically)?
There are a number of ways to approach this question. In terms of learning, thesystematization allows students to learn foundational practices first, progressing as
knowledge, understanding, and comfort with the practices increase. With respect to
the physical body, the systematization allows one to build strength, flexibility,
endurance, and balance over time, beginning with simpler postures and sequences, and
progressing over time. The systematization also allows students in earlier levels to
experience more restful, sustained postures that allow for integration of what one is
learning, while students in more advanced classes experience fewer rest postures and
more “meditation in motion.” In terms of energy flow, the systematization allows one
to feel how energy flows through the body and how the practices increase and direct
energy. This is experienced first in more straightforward postures, progressing to
more difficult sequences in advanced levels. In order to maintain dynamic
concentration and release tension to deeply experience meditation, the body and mind
may benefit from more and more challenging sequences as previously learned postures
and flows become effortless. Lastly, TriYoga is systematized because this is the way
that the practices flowed through Kaliji, guiding the development of the system.

Who is Kali Ray?KalijiPhotoonAlter CopyrightChristineWareKali Ray is also known as Kaliji, Sri Kali Lakshmi Deviji, and Swamini Kaliji. She is the founder of TriYoga, a systematized yoga method with Basics to Level 7 TriYoga Flows and Prana Vidya (the trinity of breathing practices, concentration techniques and meditation that balance and increase prana or life energy), as well as hundreds of hand mudras. Kaliji has devoted her life to sharing the ancient, universal teachings of TriYoga. Kaliji is a swamini from the Jayalakshmi Datta Avadhoota lineage, initiated by Sri Ganapati Sachchidananda Swamiji. He recently conferred to her the honorary title of Vishwa Bandhu (Friend of the Universe). Many students throughout the world have been inspired and transformed by her presence, her mastery of the flow and the ageless wisdom inherent in the TriYoga teachings.

How did TriYoga evolve?
As a child, Kaliji was naturally drawn to self-inquiry and meditation. She would
frequently wonder, “Where was I before coming to this planet? Where do I come
from?” After asking these questions, she would feel blissful for a few seconds. She
had other childhood mystical experiences of inner connection. Then during a break
from college, after meeting a man who spoke to her about yoga and eastern
philosophy, Kaliji fell out of a boat during a storm. She thought that she was going to
drown. As she surrendered to this destiny if it was meant to be, she felt immersed in
bliss. After her rescue, she prayed for the Divine to reveal the source of this bliss.
At that moment, in July of 1975, kundalini (the universal life energy) awakened and
for twelve hours she was immersed in bliss. Five years later, on January 5, 1980, Kaliji
was leading a group in meditation. She shared a concentration technique of energy
rising up the spine. As soon as the meditation began, kriyavati siddhi spontaneously
awakened within her, creating the spontaneous flow of asana, pranayama and mudra.
Moved by the powerful energy and beauty of these flows, her students asked her to
teach what they had witnessed. This later became known as the birth of TriYoga.
Since then, the continuing flow of kriyavati (the spontaneous manifestation of
kundalini through hatha yoga) has flowed through Kaliji’s body while in meditation,
revealing TriYoga sadhana (practices).

What is the significance of the name TriYoga?
TriYoga represents the Universal Trinity that manifests the Divine. “Tri” means
trinity. The Trinity can be found throughout creation. In philosophy, TriYoga refers
to body, mind and spirit. In hatha yoga, TriYoga refers to asana (posture), pranayama
(breathing practices) and mudra (‘seal’ or practices to develop focus). TriYoga has its
source in the triple principle of sat (existence), chit (knowledge) and ananda (bliss).
The trinity also manifests as the three energies of the mind: sattva (balance, calm),
rajas (activity), and tamas (lethargy, stability). This Trinity is ultimately the formless
manifestation of the one Supreme Spirit.

What are TriYoga Flows?
TriYoga Flows is another name for TriYoga’s complete and systematic hatha yoga
method. The Flows integrate flowing and sustained postures (asana), breath
(pranayama) and focus (mudra) in systematized sequences. This trinity practice is
deeply meditative and transformative because it arose out of Kaliji’s direct
experience of kriyavati (the manifestation of the flow of prana, life energy, through
hatha yoga). There are seven levels of TriYoga Flows in addition to Basics. The Flows
are comprised of poses that are categorized into seven main posture groups:
Standing, Forward Bends, Spinal Twists, Backward Bends, Balancing, Inversions, and
Sitting. Since the method is systematic, students can progress from Basics to Level 1
and then to subsequent levels as they increase their flexibility, strength, endurance
and knowledge of the method. Through sustained awareness on all aspects of the
practice, the inner flow naturally emerges.

Common TriYoga Terms and Phrases Translated

COMMON TRIYOGA TERMS AND PHRASES TRANSLATED

BY CHRISTINE (CITRINĪ) WARE, Ph.D., E-RYT

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One of you asked mto translate some of the most common TriYoga terms and phrases. Here are a few  (…with more to come). (Please note: these do not have transliteration marks, so if you need assistance with  pronunciation, please ask your TriYoga teacher).

 

yoga – “union;” “effort;” union of body, mind, and spirit; from yuj, to unite or connect; the act ofyoking, joining, attaching, harnessing; self-concentration, abstract meditation and mental abstraction practiced as a system with its chief aim being to teach the means by which the human spirit may attain complete union with the Supreme Spirit; the union of the individual soul with the universal soul

yogi; yogin (male); yogini (female) – one who practices yoga

Tri – mother; trinity; triple

TriYoga – mother yoga; trinity yoga; merging toward cosmic consciousness where the trinity is inherent; yoga manifesting the trinity (e.g., satcitananda, triguna, mind-body-breath)

hatha yoga; hata yoga – yoga that transcends the pairs of opposites; union with the supreme via discipline; based on the trinity of asana, pranayama, and mudra (Note: if you pronounce it with a “th” sound, the word means violence, force and ultimately to kill – this is not what we want)

asana; yogasana – “seat;” yoga seat; yoga posture

kriya – means “action;” actions that propel one toward higher awareness; term often used in terms of cleansing practices; flowing from posture to posture is extremely cleansing to the body/mind… thus, kriya is used to denote the continuous movement

prana – energy; life energy; universal life energy; derived from “pra,” continuous and “na,” movement; prana also means “in breath;” that which allows the energy to flow in to nourish the body; in the context of the movement of apana and prana: prana is affected by the inhalation

prana vidya – the knowledge and its application in controlling the flow of prana for greater health and awareness; “knowledge of prana”

pranayama – “the control and expansion of prana;” breathing practices; from “prana,” life energy, and “ayama,” to control, to expand

mudra – meaning “sealing in the energy;” a seal; postures especially with hands and face to assist in inner communication

mantra – transcendental chant; that which protects the mind; from “man,” the mind, and “tra,” to protect

aum; om – sound representing universal energy; primordial sound

nada pasyanti – light and sound concentration practice; energy visualization

nidra; yoganidra – sleep; deep relaxation; the sleep of yoga, where the body is resting but the mind is awake

jaya or jai – victory

guru – teacher; that which dispels darkness and reveals light

jaya guru devi – “Victory to the Cosmic Energy which reveals the Light;” “Victory to health, wisdom, and happiness;” I have also heard this translated as: “Blessings for a prosperous life physically, mentally, and spiritually”

namaste (accent on the 2nd syllable) – “I bow to the Light within;” “Salutations to the Light in you;” “I honor the One Spirit in everyone” (as opposed to namaste with the accent on the 1st syllable, which means “to have nothing in your mind”)

mata – mother

guru mata ki ~ jai – “Honor to the mother teacher (who dispels darkness and reveals the light) ~

Gratitude

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In complete surrender, we express our gratitude for our yoga practice as inspired by Kali Ray’s TriYoga(TM) Flows, a complete hatha yoga method.  We are introducing TriYoga Philly Blog as a means to connect with our local and global TriYoga Community.  This blog serves as a way for us to answer questions, share stories and express our yoga practice through words of inspiration.  You have inspired us to manifest this online satsang and with it may we find growth, knowledge and maybe even some belly laughs from time to time. We are so grateful to be in this flow with all of you. Together lets create and inspire!

Many Blessings,

TriYoga Center of Philadelphia Staff

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