Fluid Strength is rooted in the eight limbs of yoga* as described in The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. They provide clear and wise guidance for living a fulfilled life.
The eight limbs are usually thought of sequentially and practiced individually. In Fluid Strength they are woven into a synergistic whole which brings a concentrated potency to the practice.
Feldenkrais Neuromotor Learning Principles
The Feldenkrais Method couples movement with self-awareness to help people gain more access to their potential. Refining self-awareness is an essential component of neuromotor learning and as such is a natural companion of traditional yoga.
Ayurvedic Healing Principles
Yoga and Ayurveda are rooted in the same philosophy, making them mutually supportive of each other’s goals. Embedded in Fluid Strength are a number of Ayurvedic healing principles that impart their rejuvenating power to the practice.
“Yogic philosophy is interwoven into the class in a way that only a sage teacher can do.” Ann (Massage and Shiatsu Practitioner)
“I came to Fluid Strength looking for a low stress, low impact way to exercise without hurting myself. The practice is both easy on my touchy system and pleasurable to do. I have gained strength, and mobility. My posture has been transformed, and I feel more resilient.” Claudia (artist)
*Eight limbs of yoga
An overview of the eight limbs of yoga from the Yoga Sutras.
Restraints (yamas) are five guidelines for developing a clear and healthy relationship to the people and the world around us. The five yamas are non-violence (ahimsa), truthfulness (satya), non-stealing (asteya), regulation of sexual energy (brahmacharya), and non-grasping (aparigraha).
Observances (niyamas) are five guidelines for cultivating our ability to relate to ourselves in a way that that supports the blossoming of an authentic sense of self. The five niyamas are purity (saucha), contentment (santosa), surrender to God (Ishvara pranidhana), the generation of heat and spiritual discipline (tapas), and study of the Self and of sacred scriptures (svadhyaya).
Postures (asanas) are for cultivating a strong, healthy body. They are also a means of coming into a conscious relationship with oneself.
Regulation of breath (pranayama) balances and stabilizes our breath, which helps to balance and stabilize our body and energy. Awareness of our breathing is also a tool to help us to live more fully in the present moment.
Sense withdrawal (pratyahara) is a process for learning how to more skillfully use our energy in order to enhance our lives.
Concentration (dharana) is the capacity to gather our attention into a single point and hold it steady. A concentrated mind is the most powerful tool we have on our journey of self-discovery.
Meditation (dhyana) helps us to discover inner stillness and more spacious levels of mind.
Self-realization (Samadhi) is awakening to the reality of our deepest nature.