. AUM is where the heart is...... Shanti, Shanti, Shanti
By Caroline Dawson
Namaste! My name is Caroline Anne Dawson and I´m the English Yoga Teacher helping students to learn the art of relaxation and yoga. Knowing how important it is to find time in our busy schedules to relax and recharge our batteries I thought I would bring the yoga class into the school so you needn´t search any further than the next classroom door.
As a globe trotter I´ve found the practice of yoga brings peace & the feeling of being at home to where ever I lay my yoga mat. I started practicing yoga as a young child with my Mum & pursued it later in greater depth as adult. Being a qualified Yoga, English & . Management teacher as well as a Spanish student, I
understand the challenges and stresses to learning, especially a new foreign language.
So I had the idea to teach yoga in English at the Escuela de Idiomas to give the English students an opportunity to first relax & then to digest the English language in a more subtle and sub conscious way
yoga all about?
Yoga is that which stills the fluctuations of consciousness or as we call it, the mind. It´s a process of training the mind so one is able to focus and concentrate the mind & use it as a tool instead of being used and manipulated by its distracting thoughts. Ultimately this should lead to the yoking, the union of one back into one´s original state of all encompassing blissful lovingness. Please note that I did say ultimately and this divine state is of no guarantee for the six week course!
How do you design
So basically yoga
is about learning how to relax and bringing peace to the mind?
If chanting AUM incorporates all the sounds of the universe then it could help with pronouncing new sounds that one has to master in a foreign language.
I´m not quite sure if chanting AUM would have such a direct effect on your pronunciation skills but I have noted the change in the student´s pitch & vibration of the AUM at the beginning of the class to the AUM at the closing of the lesson. When one´s mind is calm the energy is flowing in a harmonious way so one is in tune with the vibration of the universe.
You also work
with the technique of Yoga Nidra. What exactly is that?
neath processing and imaging level of the mind, the doorway to the causal level of reality.
Yoga Nidra then
works on the more sublime level of the mind. Could it then assist with
the programming of the mind in terms of learning and in particular foreign
But when I think
of Yoga, I envision gymnastic postures & extremely flexible acrobatic
figures balancing on one hand. Do you teach any of these difficult postures
in your classes?
I know most people
don´t breathe correctly and especially when they are anxious and
stressed they breathe shallow and quickly. What is the importance of breathing
techniques in the practice of yoga?
When will the
next six week course begin?
If I´ve understood correctly, doing yoga in English not only expands your comprehension of the English language it seems to be an expansion & transformation of your entire being.
Do you have any
last thoughts of wisdom to share?
AUM ........... Shanti, Shanti, Shanti