Embodyoga®, is an evolving tapestry, woven from the deeply healing, therapeutic, and spiritual essence of Yoga and cutting edge studies in the field of body-mind-consciousness.
Embodyoga®, developed by Patty Townsend, is an exceptional and comprehensive approach to the ancient science of Yoga. It weaves together Patty's depth of wisdom and experience with hatha yoga practices and tantric yoga philosophy, with the insights of Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen's Body-Mind Centering®, Embodied Anatomy™, and Embodied Developmental Movement™.
Yoga tells us that the nature of energy itself is intelligent awareness and that this intelligence is the stuff of which the universe is made. And so Embodyoga® begins with the premise that our entire self: body, heart, and mind, is a sea of vibrating creative awareness. And we recognize that each aspect of our physical and energetic form is an expression of awareness, manifesting as individual qualities and traits. Through the gift of human consciousness we are able to witness our very nature as it is: creative and self-aware.
Supported by the yogic principles of Santosha (contentment without implying non-action) and Viveka (discrimination) Embodyoga® cultivates an active relationship with the universal and the individual self. Regular practice provides us with a direct experience of recognizing the unity of the universal and the personal as one integrated and inseparable system. Our premise is simple. Each aspect of our structure: skeleton, fascia, muscles, organs and glands, nervous system, skin, and subtle energy body, has its own expression as, and in the field of creative intelligence.
Yoga places consciousness at the core. And at the core, our subtlest level of awareness is space and the quality of ananda (bliss). The invitation of yoga is to experience this by direct experience.
To embody yoga is to enter the body-mind fully with clarity of awareness, self-acceptance, compassion, and awe.