In Yoga Now is an authentic classical school of yoga established in Chicago, by certified teacher and founder Dana Coman (aka Dana Sharada). In an effort to bring traditional hatha yoga to the world, this school has been established to transmit classical Hatha Yoga in its purest form.
Our teachers have been trained at Isha School of Hatha Yoga in Coimbatore, India during a six months intensive program designed by realized master, yogi, mystic and visionary Sadhguru Jaggy Vasudev. Sadhguru is profound mystic of our times, is a visionary humanitarian and a prominent spiritual leader. A contemporary Guru, rooted as strongly in mundane and pragmatic matters as he is in inner experience and wisdom, Sadhguru works tirelessly towards the physical, mental, and spiritual well-being of all. His mastery of the mechanisms of life, an outcome of his profound experience of the Self, guides in exploring the subtler dimensions of life.
The practices we teach have been passed for thousands of years with no distortions. They have the potential not only to heal someone from physical ailments, but it also has the potential to build a strong foundation for experiencing higher dimensions of life and states of consciousness.
What is Hatha Yoga?http://isha.sadhguru.org/mission/isha-yoga/isha-hata-yoga-school/the-science-of-hatha-yoga/
"Unfortunately in the western part of the world, if you utter the word “yoga,” people think you must twist yourself out like rubber bands or stand on your head. Yoga is not an exercise form. The word “yoga” means union. Today, modern science has proved that the whole existence is just one energy. So if all this is one energy, why is it that you are not experiencing it that way? If you can break the limitations of the illusion that you are separate, and begin to experience the oneness of the existence, that is yoga. The religions of the world have always been talking about God being everywhere. Whether you say God is everywhere or everything is one energy, is it any different? It is the same reality. When it is mathematically deduced, we call it science. If you believe it, we call it religion. When you find a method to get there, we call it yoga. So what is yoga, what is not yoga? There is no such thing."-Sadghuru
Hatha Yoga: Directing your energies
To lead you towards the experience of yoga – of union and boundlessness – we manipulate the energy and move the system in a certain way. Physical postures are one aspect of this. Understanding the mechanics of the body, creating a certain atmosphere, and then using the body or body postures to drive your energy in specific directions is what Hatha Yoga or yogasanas are about. Hatha yoga is not exercise. Asana means a posture. If I sit in one way, it is one asana. If I sit in another way, it is another asana. So innumerable asanas are possible. Out of these innumerable postures that the body can take, eighty-four fundamental postures have been identified as yogasanas.
Hatha Yoga: A preparatory process
Hatha yoga is a preparatory process of yoga. The word “ha” means sun, “ta” means moon. “Hatha” means the yoga to bring balance between the sun and the moon in you, or the Pingala and Ida in you. You can explore Hatha yoga in ways that take you beyond certain limitations, but fundamentally, it is a physical preparation – preparing the body for a higher possibility.
If we want to do Kriya Yoga, we always prepare people with Hatha yoga because without the body being prepared, it will not be able to take higher dimensions of energy. It will break. It is just like if your pipe is not ready and you pump in too much force, something is bound to burst. Hatha yoga, so to speak, could be understood as preparation of the pipe.
There are other dimensions to this, but to put it simply, just by observing the way somebody is sitting, you almost know what is happening with them. If you have observed yourself, if you are angry, you will sit one way; if you are happy, you sit another way; if you are depressed, you sit yet another way. For every different level of consciousness or mental and emotional situation that you go through, your body naturally tends to take certain postures. The converse of this is the science of asanas. If you consciously get your body into different postures, you can also elevate your consciousness. The practice as you see it currently in most places – the mechanics of it – is simply of the body.
You have to breathe life into Hatha Yoga, otherwise it will not become alive. This is why, traditionally, there has been so much stress on a live Guru – to make it come alive.
Classical Hatha Yoga
After twenty years of yoga entering the West and becoming popular, despite it being taught sometimes in ways that leave much to be desired, still, the health benefits of it are undeniable, wherever you live and whatever you do. Right now the number of people practicing yoga is growing in a big way. This could be simply because the scientific community is slowly beginning to recognize the depth and dimension of what this is. But if improper, distorted kind of yoga spreads, in fifteen years’ time, scientific studies will clearly come out and tell you in how many ways it is harmful to human beings, and that will be the downfall.
So it is important that we bring back classical yoga as it was. If it is taught in a proper atmosphere with a certain sense of humility and inclusiveness about the whole process, it is a really fantastic process of shaping your system into a fantastic vessel, a fabulous device to receive the Divine.
There are certain dimensions of this that are almost absent in the world today. It is there in some places, but generally in the known places, it is absent. I would like to bring back those dimensions.
It is a very powerful way of living. Power, not over somebody else; it’s all about power to access life.
Dana Coman (aka Sharada Dana) is a certified Isha Yoga teacher and the founder of In Yoga Now.
Born and raised in Romania and residing in USA for 16+ years, she has been practicing Yoga for 15 years now, and Isha Yoga for about 3 years. She spent 3 years studying yoga and meditation in Trinidad, India, Thailand, Indonesia and Nepal. Her passion is sharing Classical Hatha Yoga with the world.
“Yoga has transformed my life in many ways. It has improved my health and brought well-being in my life, but most importantly it started the journey to find my true self. It is very hard to find health and happiness and sustain it. We often see glimpses of our own divinity, and we sometimes recognize our true nature, but it's hard not to be distracted - and misled - by the physical world. Yoga has helped me look within and find the “real” source of happiness. I can’t help, but want to share this gift with everyone I meet, as true happiness and transformation is possible for each and everyone one of us. Yoga is a technology which shows us the way. It works for everyone!” Sharada Dana