Praxis Yoga Ethos and Approach

Praxis Yoga holds a humanistic focus to student-centred learning as the basis of the taught-approach. The reason why is simple.

The basic assumption is that every human being is individual and unique, from their own essence and potentiality through to their life journey and experiences encountered to date.

These experiences influence and affect the way a person experiences their life through their body. No two people are the same and assumed not to be.

Praxis Yoga enables this to happen by:

Creating the safe environment – in order for change to have a chance of happening, it is important to offer the body a sense of feeling physically and psychologically safe. Praxis Yoga regards safety with paramount importance and holds this:

Physically, in class teaching – all physical Yoga practices are taught safely with how the body was designed to move and modifications offered where relevant.

Environmentally – the School Room is a beautiful and warm held space making use of natural light, surrounded by stunning trees and with access to a garden oasis.

Psychologically, the space offers students the chance to feel safe, nurtured, valued and cared for without judgment. Teaching is offered by invitation and never forced – it is assumed that the students choose and take responsibility to engage with the offered process and practices.

Strong knowledge base: with my strong connections to Yoga from my family’s Bengali Brahmin heritage and life-experience, I bring a unique quality of East-West fusion to Yoga class teaching that holds meaning, relevance and authenticity. Students are introduced to the origins and meaning of practices and how they can be even more beneficial when held with awareness and understanding.

Inclusion: this is held with great importance. Students are met as individuals, with needs acknowledged and adjustments made where relevant. For example, physical limitations due to injury, pregnancy, the ageing process or on-going conditions are acknowledged and a class will offer modifications and adjustments to enable the student to practice. A variety of teaching methods are also offered whether you are a visual, auditory and kinaesthetic learner.

Valuing and nurturing the student-teacher relationship: much learning is gained when there is a feeling of being heard, met and ultimately understood. Each student who studies at the school is given time and attention in order to be supported and enabled, and simply to recognise the importance of insights gained from their practice and how they can be used in daily life.

Structured Practice/Process: each class/workshop is planned thoroughly and carefully using a structured vinyasa approach (explained more fully on the ‘Praxis Weekly Teaching’ page). The varying needs of the students are taken into account. Space and time boundaries are also respected.

Importance on community: Praxis places great emphasis on a sense of belonging at the School. Although individual students come for their own personal practice, there is an invitation to be part of a growing wholesome like-minded community. This can happen by simply being silent in a group class whilst working together. It can be through exchange in workshops. The whole process of ‘community’ has been an organic one of evolution – by meeting others to share experiences and ideas adds richness and variety, expansion and creativity. The School prides itself on providing the environment to offer that sense of belonging.