YOGA: YEM: Yoga as Energy Medicine

 
 
 

ABOUT YEM

WHAT IS YOGA?

The art and science of Yoga reaches far beyond the impressions most Westerners have of it being a series of bendy, physical exercises. Yoga is a systematic body of knowledge and practice that teaches integrated living, while living our highest good, following our deepest joy.

While yogic knowledge spans the breadth of spiritual study, herbal medicine, astrology and such, what we mostly know of yoga in the Western world is one small branch of it, called Hatha Yoga, which concentrates on the health and purity of the body. Whether you are doing Kripalu, Ashtanga, Hot Yoga, Power Yoga, Kundalini, or any other kind of yoga in a local yoga studio, you are likely doing some form of Hatha Yoga.


WHY PRACTICE YOGA?

The goal of Hatha yoga is the purification of subtle channels that run through the body, so that we can experience unending bliss while still present in the body. It is understood that our ego and our attachments are in the way of this fountain of joy, and as such, clog our ability to tap into true abundance.

When injuries, exhaustion, discontent, overdoses and addictions set in, we must make peace with the sobering fact that we are actually part of nature, and as such, must live by earthly, mortal laws.
 Living in alignment with nature lets us tap into an infinite well of power and creativity, the very life force that continually creates this amazing universe in which we live. Yoga is a way to trade in the never-ending rollercoaster search for temporary highs for a life that welcomes eternal bliss.


WHAT IS YEM?

YEM is where yoga and healing meet. YEM focuses on the flow of life-force energy in the body and weaves together the influences of meditation, medical intuition, and holistic healing with Hatha, Iyengar, Scaravelli, Ashtanga and Tantra yoga.

YEM infuses the body/being with consciousness. Bringing together subtle attention to yoga postural alignment, mindful-breathing, meditations and chi energy-work, YEM awakens the latent intelligence within the body/being and guides practitioners more deeply into the present. It clears the body’s energy channels to tap into unlimited power and live with greater ease and peace. Attendees to Parvati’s YEM classes and workshops, whether they are beginners or longtime yoga teachers, come away glowing and expressing profound appreciation for the benefits they already feel.


IS YEM RIGHT FOR ME?

YEM is a gift to dedicated practitioners of yoga or meditation, while also being accessible to beginners. The asanas are simple, yet effective, as the focus is on the awareness of breath-energy as it moves in the body.

Through mindful breathing, energy work and subtle attention to yoga poses, you will explore how to let your body become receptive to life-force energy and direct energy where healing is needed. You can experience deep relaxation and increased health, vitality and well-being.


GETTING STARTED

You do not need to invest in props, blocks, bolsters or other materials to get started with YEM. A yoga mat is all you need, and if you don’t have one, you can very well practice on any lightly cushioned surface such as an area rug.


 
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WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT YEM

YEM gave me a deeper understanding of the power of the breath and how breath is linked to movement and energy. I felt a deepening and level I have never reached before. I feel I can apply these amazing principles into my daily life and yoga practice.
CG, Yoga student, Omaha (USA)
I feel I can be more mindful and aware of my breath as energy and the lines of energy in my body and through my asana practice. I got far more than I expected. I particularly love how you taught the flow of life force that brings us into the pose. Really powerful.
DN, Energy healer, Toronto (Canada)
Parvati taught me how to lead a yoga practice from the inside out, how to practice safely and how to really take care of my spine. I love how she brought breath to body movement, letting it lead, and nurture egoless openness.
SP, Yoga student, Miami (USA)
Parvati is a unique and gifted yoga instructor with a rare ability to see and clear energy blocks.
Yoga Magazine (UK)
Parvati is an expert in her field. She relates beautifully to participants and has great presence.
EC, Yoga Teacher, London, UK
Wow! Parvati is such a gifted and mesmerizing teacher... one of my favorite aspects to her teachings is the way she draws in energetic movement and lines of energy. She'll help you become more aware of the subtle intricacies of the practice. Each routine is incredibly revitalizing and healing. Great DVD.
Rachel Koontz, Alive in the Fire
Parvati's workshop was GREAT for me, a reminder of how essential the breath is. We spent 3 hrs on a primary breath flow, taking it through a number of simple poses. It was pivotal for me in releasing chronic tension/stress from my low back. I have been able to bring this into my daily practice and continue to release this chronic pain/stress pattern as it recurs. I found her to be incisively insightful and deeply in tune with energy blockage patterns in each student. I'm very glad I attended.
Teresa S., yoga instructor and massage therapist, Olympia, WA
A thought-provoking workshop that questioned some of my habitual patterns around yoga and pointed the way back to the core of the practice.
LS, yoga student, Toronto
I really appreciated how it wasn't at all about whether you could get "all the way" into a pose, but about what your body's energy is doing during that pose. It defuses the competitive streak I see sometimes in other yoga classes.
KP, yoga student, Toronto
Parvati seems to be able to tell exactly what's going on with you energetically, and guide you in your practice with a few wise words and minimal physical adjustments.
JH, yoga student and Reiki practitioner, Aurora
Parvati is a sensitive, compassionate teacher with a strong sense of self. She is inspiring.
DD, dancer, choreographer, Montreal
Parvati's teaching and music stirs hearts and supports the soul's journey home.
Anne Marie and Colin Matthews, Founders, Kula Yoga Studios

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WHY YOGA IN THE NIGHTCLUB

I am often asked what inspired me to bring yogic expression into the club scene. I answer easily. Yoga In the Nightclub is a natural expression of who I am as a musical artist and dedicated yogini. Yoga is not a physical practice but a way of life. It is about learning to be present in all one does, to see the divine here, now, in this moment. As such, yoga is everywhere. It is about feeling connected to something much greater than our limited ego or will. It is about being in service to life, feeling interconnected to that very life force. Yoga In The Nightclub is a celebration of life and a reminder that we can find awakened presence everywhere.

Yoga in the West is mostly known as a series of bendy physical exercises. Yet there is much more to it than fitness. Yoga’s systematic breath and body exercises, designed to clear the subtle channels in our energy system, prepare us for meditation, through which we may experience a life inspired by our interconnected, multidimensional true nature. Our body, that once was seen as “mine”, is no longer our identity, but a gift on loan from the divine. We care for it, but we are not attached to it. The practice of yoga offers us the opportunity to experience the transmutation of matter into pure light, embody the multidimensional and rest in the eternal.

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WE ARE ALL CONNECTED

Hatha yoga, the physical practice of yoga, is just one of many aspects of yoga, which range from selfless service to astrology and prayer. The Sanskrit word “yoga” most simply translates to “union”, implying that the practice of any yoga will bring together our perceived sense of separateness. As a whole, yoga is an ancient science of life. It is a practical method of shedding excess and bringing us back from the self-delusion of separation from the divine so that we may realize our inherent interconnection to and ultimate oneness with it.

As we begin to understand that yoga is everywhere, we come to see how we are all connected in vast ways far beyond the limitations of our personal will and ego. What I do affects you, and vice versa. We are one earth family. At the heart of it all, we share the same heartbeat. Breathe to be. We are one.

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AWAKENED LIVING

When we are open, life blossoms, just as a flower opens to welcome the morning sun.  We see that the sun, though it is millions of light years away, has a tender yet powerful relationship with the flower, as do the rain and the clouds. From this perspective we see that we are part of the whole. Life is a symphonic masterpiece with which, when we are open, we are completely resonant.

As we come to understand our oneness, we can revel in it with wonder and joy. We can consider in awe how immense it all is. We can let go of the idea that an illusory, isolated sense of self could possibly be in control, and open to an exquisite unfolding of life in absolute perfection. Our actions become not about “me” but about the whole. Each moment is integrated within the whole. No one decision is separate.

When we begin to see that each decision we make affects not just ourselves but everyone and everything on the planet, we act with more compassion. When we have more compassion, we realize the impact of our actions and we naturally want less and practice more kindness. As stewards of the Earth, we each are called to learn to live in harmony with ourselves, each other and our planet. We all breathe the same air and live on the same living organism, our planet. Varied in race and creed, we are all one family, children of the same mother, the planet Earth.

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THE OPPORTUNITY FOR GRACE

In each moment, there is infinite grace. By becoming more conscious as we practice yoga on the mat, at work, at play or in the nightclub, we let go of the unnecessary and develop greater internal spaciousness which blooms throughout our lives. In this space new life and possibilities arise.

As we rest our awareness on the simple purity and grace of the breath, we realize - we are alive! We let go of wanting things from the future and the past and open to what is here and now. We feel as vast as the sky and rooted in the richness of this moment.

When we “breathe to be”, we understand our interconnection. We see that we are not the doers but a part of the whole, the same energy that is in the flowers and in the stars. We know that our essence is divine - from which we have come, to which we return.

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Gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi swaha
Gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi swaha
Gone, gone beyond. Oh what awakening!
Gone, gone beyond. Swaha!

I am light, dancing in delight!
I am light, dancing through the night!
I am light, in delight!
I am light, dancing through the night!

Gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi swaha
Gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi swaha
I am the light, liquid gold light
I am in delight! Swaha!

I am light, dancing in delight!
I am light, dancing through the night!
I am light, in delight!
I am light, dancing through the night!

I am the light (gate gate), liquid gold light (paragate)
I am in delight (gate gate) transforming the night (paragate)

Gone, gone beyond (gate gate)! Oh what awakening! (paragate) (I am)
Gone, gone beyond (gate gate)! Swaha!

I am light, dancing in delight
I am light, dancing through the night
I am light, in delight
I am light, dancing through the night

I am light, I am light, I am light, I am light, I am light (gate gate)
I am light, I am light, I am light, I am light, I am light (paragate)
I am light, I am light, I am light, I am light, I am light
I am light, I am light, I am light, I am light, I am light

I am light!

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