Our Vision: Why we exist
At the heart of everything we do is a diverse and welcoming community of humans who have been touched by the experience of being human.
The word ‘Yoga’ is derived from the Sanskrit root ‘Yuj’, meaning ‘to join’ or “to yoke” or ‘to unite’. So what does that mean, and what are we uniting?
Patanjali described yoga as “the cessation of the modification of the mind”. To understand what he means by “modification of the mind” we look to Kleshas, the cloudy mental states of the mind that impact our ability to be with our experiences as they are and as they are not. The five Kleshas include Avidya (ignorance), Asmita (egoism), Raga (attachment), Dvesa (aversion or hatred), and Abinivesah (clinging to life or fear of death). These illusions create our Avidya, which translates to ignorance, misconceptions, misunderstandings, and incorrect knowledge.
Common places to discover our avidya is in our fears, who we believe ourselves to be, what we believe we are and are not capable of. It is these illusions, the lens we see ourselves, and the world around us that create our suffering, preventing us from experiencing Turiya, the transcendental state of an enlightened self.
As Patanjali said, yoga is a lifestyle to end the illusions in our minds that prevent us from being in union with our true selves.
And this is where our why begins.
How do we do what we do
- We empower you through our programs to see your true self clearly.
- We mentor and support your development towards sharing and teaching embodied living any way and anywhere you choose in the world.
- We embody our own lives fully and stay true to who we are! Our vision is our north star that leads our actions from the drawing board to the classroom.
Above all, you will gain the tools, resources, and community to be with everything and anything in life with peace of mind and freedom.
What if religion was each other?
If our practice was our life?
What if the temple was the earth?
If forests were our church?
If holy water-the rivers, lakes, and oceans?
What if meditation was our relationships?
If the teacher was life?
If wisdom was self-knowlege?
If love was the center of our being?
What If – by Ganga White
A problem worth solving
How can we have more access, and yet also more illness and suffering than ever before? The universal answer is far beyond my wisdom, and yet there is simplicity to finding freedom in the individual.
We choose to be a stand for all people.
We will never stop standing for everyone to have access to their true self. To know that we can be the source of our suffering or we can be the source of our aliveness, peace of mind and freedom. This is the why that guides our vision. It leads and guides our actions as an institute.
Transforming the world takes something that is confronting. It requires us to be responsible by facing our dis-empowerment and fears. This is not something we do once, it is an ongoing practice.
In the words of one of my mentors, “how dare you diminish the difference you are here to make”. The world needs each one of us empowered, in action, and fulfilled.
In conclusion, if we want a world that is different, it starts with being different for ourselves and the community around us.
- Professional ethics and standards are crucial to our vision and values. Therefore, are an integral part of our school and classes.
- In addition to our values, we follow the International Coaching Federations Ethics and Standards, and the Yoga Alliance Ethical Commitments.
- Our students are perfect as they are. And, our role is supporting them in reaching their goals and creating their vision in the world.
- Partnership exists between students and the teacher. Above all, our role is to support the learning, self-discovery, and healing process.
- The teacher is only a guide that creates a space for self-discovery, that the true guru lives within the individual
- We honor the choice for our students, teachers, followers, and everyone in the world to choose for themselves.
- In offering the teachings of Yoga for all to discover, and to support each individual in finding their own experience, and freely apply learning uniquely in support of their own personal well-being.
- That each individual has their own inner sanctuary, “Gharba”. Where our most pristine self is in complete intactness. The place where our true Self resides. Where freedom from imbalance, expectations, and judgment of our current society, and koshas is possible.
- In an honoring approach to Yoga that holds space for all 5 layers of self (Koshas) to be in supportive balance.
- In the self’s innate ability to heal, experience, and honor each person’s own unique path.
- We honor the choice for each individual to discover and honor their own balance between Pravritti and Nivritti.
- By being with our true self, in all our ways of being, we begin the process of finding liberation.
- We honor the history of Yoga, with its many branches, its wisdom, and our lineage, as an exploratory opportunity for the liberation of suffering. While also inviting curiosity and the ability to consistently discover newly.
In the spirit of respect, reciprocity and truth, we honour and acknowledge Moh’kinsstis, and the traditional Treaty 7 territory and oral practices of the Blackfoot confederacy: Siksika, Kainai, Piikani, as well as the Îyâxe Nakoda and Tsuut’ina nations. We acknowledge that this territory is home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3 within the historical Northwest Métis homeland. Finally, we acknowledge all Nations – Indigenous and non – who live, work and play on this land, and who honour and celebrate this territory.
This sacred gathering place provides us with an opportunity to engage in and demonstrate leadership on reconciliation. Thank you for your enthusiasm and commitment to join our community on the lands of Treaty 7 territory.