Nevine Michaan developed her yoga through 40 years of practice and teaching. When I joined her class for the first time, I quickly felt as if she knew me. She set me up in Bound Angle Pose and assessed my body, reading where I was oriented and what I needed to do to get what I want. It was the beginning of an incredible journey that continues to this day!
Katonah Yoga synthesizes Hatha Yoga, Mythology, Taoist Theory and Sacred Geometry. It is a recipe for finding joy. It teaches techniques that enable me to access archetypes from the universe, which is awesome, mystical, intelligent and functional. Much as a baker knows what ingredients to put together, calibrating his oven with measuring tools to bake a cake from his recipe, the practice teaches how to mediate polarities (such as hot and cold) by the archetype of a triangle: Strength, Structure, Stability. Applied to the body: Stable in the Base, Capable in the Middle and having a higher Vision. Yoga is the dialogue between body, mind and breath. My physiology is my neurology. My state of mind shows up in my body mediated by my breath. As my breath, so my mind. With breath work, I vibrate higher to the frequency of joy. By folding, unfolding, twisting and stretching my body, I use the Magic Square as an image bank to weave my personal narrative, my Golden Thread.
Asana is origami for bodies. Paper origami done right is a cup that holds water or a boat that floats. Asana that functions is a fold that has no creases. It is the principle of balls fitting into mitts, hands into gloves, and feet into shoes. When a pebble is in my shoe, it is not comfortable. In my asana, it is about having that connection that fits so that current runs through me. When I get into a hang and my knees fit into my armpits and my heels are enveloped in my palms, I am soothed. The body is designed to fit. I do not use feel. I measure. For example, to measure hip distance, I put two balls of my fist between my foot arches. In time, I learn to self adjust.
There are three principles of all esoteric dialogue: Polarity, Pattern and Repetition. Nature follows patterns: Spring follows Winter; Summer follows Spring. When I understand its pattern, I can use it to my advantage and improve my well-being. Through repetition, I master skills. Eventually I do it with effortless effort, Wu Wei. Soon, my body opens, my breath warms and I develop being in the flow. I practice with joy, ease and grace!
Glyphs and Maps by Nevine Michaan / Susan Fierro katonahyoga.com
Note: The teachings, metaphors and language of Katonah Yoga as I share in this journey are by Nevine Michaan and her teachers. Any omissions and errors are mine.