“अथ योगानुशासनम् ॥१॥”


Yoga starts here, now.”

– Patanjali



“The primeval intelligence is not like a seed which you must nurture. It is more like a sun that shines through the gaps in the clouds. When we allow a gap, the spontaneous, intuitive understanding of how to proceed on the path suddenly, automatically comes to us.”

 – Chogyam Trungpa

Etymologically , the word Yoga (Sanskrit, Pāli: योग yóga) comes from the verb “yoke”, and  from the root “yuj”, meaning to join, to unite. 

As an ancient contemplative discipline, Yoga is both a path of discovery as well as remembering. It does  not give us recipes for  “how to be” and “what is good for us”, but awakens the profound sensitivity within where,  when tuned in, we find our own undeniable truth which opens the door to wisdom and compassion. It is a practice of being in unity, being whole. In that sense, one cannot  “do” Yoga in order to one day feel whole. One does the practice by “being” Yoga. Often represented by a yogi sitting on an open lotus flower (Sanskrit “Padma”), this  practice never stops “flowering” and growing.   It  represents the wholeness within oneself (microcosm) as an inseparable part of the larger wholeness around us (macrocosm),  and  therefore the practice of service to nature and all life everywhere.

On the outer level, practising Yoga improves the circulation of the Life Force  (Sanskrit “Praan”), which supports the health and well-being of the sophisticated body systems: Respiratory, Neuro-Endocryne, Cardiovascular, Digestive, Muscular, Skeletal, Integumentary, Immune system,  Fluid system etc., keeping  the body vital and the mind relaxed and awake.
This outer form of practice is often associated with the physical movement through Yoga postures (San. Asan) and breathing practices (San. Pranayam).

The inner practice of Yoga uses the body/mind relationship and its countless expressions to discover their inseparability. When unhindered, the mind-body relationship is  inherently open and wise. This happens when we listen and are willing to look deeper, through the layers of resentment, fear, pain or  pleasure, regret or ambition. The main vehicle of this inner aspect of the practice is Meditation.

According to Tibetan Tradition, the highest Yoga (Maha, Anu (San. अनुयोग) and Ati Yoga (Dzogchen, Tibetan རྫོགས་ཆེན་) is considered sacred practice, that can only be orally transmitted by highly qualified  teachers  who themselves have dedicated their whole life  in training and practice.

In its essence, Yoga is a moment to moment practice of being in the world while transcending any dualities. Like a profound martial art which transcends the opponent,  Yoga is a path of courage, a practice that takes one leap beyond the familiar to walk this fragile and unpredictable miracle of  life mindfully, wisely  and  compassionately. 

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The following are the Yoga styles we teach on a daily  basis. The Yoga Wheel’s speciality is  “braiding” the knowledge, experience and wisdom of all the following schools while keeping the integrity of each and every style:



“Does a drop stay still in the ocean?

Move with the entirety,

And with the tiniest particular.

Be the Moisture in the oyster

That helps to form one pearl.”


“Vashistasana”, Photo by Carol Sawyer

For us, the practice of Hatha Yoga is a practice of applying the meditation in movement. Mindfulness is  applied to  both stillness and movement while attending to the wholeness of the body,  guiding us effortlessly through the Yoga postures.

The practice begins with the subtle awareness of the breath and the intricate energetic matrix of the prana and vayus, threaded through the unified fields of soma and  followed by cultivating the body’s bio-tensegrity in the movement.

Applying movement principles in  standing or sitting, the  practice progresses into more challenging postures (inversions and/or backbends), bringing strength and balance of the body and stable presence of the mind. The practice ends with resting and/or Yoga Nidra.



“I do not believe in miracles, I rely on them.”

Yogi Bhajan

 Photo by Gregory Gavanski

This is a  fast acting practice using specific movements (kriyas) which aim to  elevate the body-mind -heart and awaken the powerful energy called Kundalini.

While attending to the life force (prana ) with its 72,000 channels (nadis) and chakras, this powerful practice focuses on the well of energy within us, often blocked by our deep habituation. Awakening this energy source one awakens to the Dharma.

Kundalini Yoga, as taught by Yogi Bhajan, consists of specific Yoga kriyas and meditations and it is inspired by the teaching and practice of Sikh Dharma. Meditation, Sound (Naad)  and Mantra are essential to  this practice. Hence, this  profound practice affects our deepest  physical, energetic, mental, emotional and spiritual layers. It opens us to the miracles within and around us.



“Once you find the energy body and you thread your awareness through it, 

it does the movement for you.”

Gioia Irwin

 “Gioia”, Photo by Bradley McNeil

This Yoga style is named by Jnana (Sanskrit “awareness-wisdom”). Vijnana is  one of the inherent sheaths (koshas) of the body-mind-heart. It is also known as a  practice of being present to the deep non-conceptual and unhindered intelligence, which is the inherent nature of our mind; ultimately awake and open.

There are four main practices of  Vijnana Yoga: The Seven vital principles are guidelines for the asana practice; an extensive practice of pranayama (attending the prana trough intentional techniques); “Just Sitting” practice of meditation; and the study of Yogic texts.

Yoga in the Vijnana style can be traced back through the lineage of T. Krishnamacharya, and more recently B.K.S. Iyengar, Dona Holleman, Orit Sen-Gupta and  Gioia Irwin. It involves intermediate and advanced practices.


 YIN (inspired) YOGA

“The mind is like the wind and the body like the sand; If you want to know how the wind is blowing, you can look at the sand.”  

 Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen

 Photo by Carol Sawyer

Mindfulness is applied in postures held for 5 minutes and longer while turning attention toward the body’s bio-tensegrity and  Qi meridians.

Balance between the tension elements of the connective tissues and the compression elements of the bone structure, on the more internal level, creates an open flow throughout the somatic and pranic  pathways,  stimulating and balancing the work of organs and glands, while encouraging  the equanimity  of our mind. On the more exterior level, Yin practice helps elongate what has been shortened and/or compressed, and shortens what has been overextended and, in time, corrects the body’s posture and improves well-being.




“If the Love is our only appointment,

We have all the time in this world.”

Sakyang Mipham Rinpoche


 Photo by Denis Gobeil


This style of Yoga is a restoring, repairing, as well as a relaxing practice, consisting of a few long-held and well-supported postures, thus suitable for bodies of all sizes and strengths.

We are skilled in incorporating the knowledge of Yoga therapy, which helps injured bodies heal. Postures are  held anywhere from 5-20 minutes allowing the body to relax and release long held tension as well as strengthen weak areas. It is a great introduction for those who have never practiced Yoga and/or have trouble with breathing.



“We are not a problem to be solved. We are the mystery to be embraced”.

Old adage

 Photo by Denis Gobeil

Yoga Nidra implies complete relaxation in non-movement (often just laying on the floor) while maintaining consciousness. This allows our dormant  layers of creativity and healing energies to come to the surface.

While enhancing awareness while relaxed, Yoga Nidra harmonizes the deep layers of  the mind. Among its many benefits, it is well known for its assistance in treating anxiety and stress related insomnia.



” To find health is the object of a practitioner. Anyone can find disease.”

A.T. Still

 Photo by Denis Gobeil

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