In many parts of the world nowadays, Yoga is a household name for a wide range of physical, mental, psychological, and spiritual disciplines. It also happens to have a very wide and diverse understanding and application. There are many styles of Yoga, even traditionally.
Some modern schools of Yoga like to consider themselves as having a ‘lineage’, which implies that they have an original teacher who gleaned some essential aspect of Yoga discipline. Here at Melbourne Yoga and Meditation Centre we have selected teachings from 12 main types of Yoga and we call it Field Yoga. It’s called Field Yoga for a number of reasons. In the practical sense a “field” is the zone of influence of the force. Most people tend to identify most closely with their physical body as their zone of influence, and tend to identify with what their physical body is capable. But the human being is not confined exclusively to identification with physical body components and functions. We also have feelings, and thoughts, and some people have spiritual aspirations. Each of these areas has several kinds of Yoga to which we may refer for discipline. The following drawing gives an indication of some of the different aspects of Field Yoga. For an explanation, and for deeper insights, come along to the studio and speak to Malcolm. He’ll be happy to share some practical as well as theoretical insights into the origins of what is practised here.
Field Yoga is a modern living breathing style. We are not stuck in the past. We have taken what is valuable from tradition, essentialised it, and produced a modern adaptable useful discipline suited to many body types, personalities and interests. And we have developed mental, psychological and spiritual disciplines which take the physical disciplines to their entitled end.