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September 19, 2010 - 1:42 pm
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How do you answer this question? I get this question alot from students just beginning Yoga with me. I usually answer that I am trained in Hatha Yoga and that is what is taught. Inevitably, I get the response of "Yea, but which one? Iyengar, Astanga, Anusara, etc. As a new teacher, I sometimes stumble on this because I'm not quite sure if I'm teaching any particular "style". I've read about various styles, taken some information/techniques that pique my interest, but don't feel I'm "trained" in any particular "style" of Yoga. So, how best to answer this question? Should a Yoga teacher be trained in a particular "style" of Yoga?

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September 20, 2010 - 7:12 am
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I too have my diploma from Aura and it is Hatha. I will remember the option to say "Aura Yoga"--guess it just never crossed my mind. Thank you for the info. Very helpful.

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April 24, 2011 - 5:16 pm
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I am new to Yoga and I was asked that question, too, despite the fact that I am not yet done with my coursework for certification. What is Aura Yoga exactly?

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April 25, 2011 - 6:14 pm
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Hi Cohoyo,

Namaskar!

Aura Yoga is a contemporary sub-style of hatha yoga. If Paulji had an ego, he would have named the style after himself but it looks like the name of the wellness center accidentally stuck to the style. What Paul is teaching is a therapeutic form of hatha yoga. The system borrows on every safe aspect of teaching hatha yoga without blind dogma.

Anything that hurts students is discarded. In other words, if your teacher tells you to hurt yourself because that's the way it's been done for thousands of years, that's typical dogma. People can and will get hurt if teachers demand blind faith without safely thinking about how the body is made. What Paul calls "body mechanics" and the "human machine" are governed by modern laws of sports medicine, physical therapy, and medical science. Yoga teachers should have systems in place to do no harm.

I'm not going to slam other styles but the spine is something we should take care of. The knees are a hinge joint. The neck is not made to spin around in circles because it's not a ball and socket joint. You shouldn't adjust a student's neck unless you are a chiropractor and have a student's consent. That's only the tip of the ice berg. Where did I get this from? I visited aura and spent time with Paul for a total of 3 weeks.

Now the site has exploded with information. For lectures and demonstrations visit:

//www.yoga-teacher-training.org/category/videos/

Hari Aum,

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April 25, 2011 - 10:01 pm
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Dear Fellow Teachers,

I always called it: "Aura Yoga" and I agree that it is a more gentle and therapeutic form of Hatha Yoga. Paulji has written over a thousand articles online and the message is safety for students is job #1. The message of safety and the Aura style is growing on the Asian side of the Pacific because I ran into more than a handful of Aura Yoga teachers at a conference in Taiwan.

Hari Om Tat Sat

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April 25, 2011 - 10:26 pm
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Wow! Asia! I know they have a good foot hold in the US, Canada, Australia, South Africa, continental Europe, and the Middle East. It therapeutic, restorative and gentle natured Hatha Yoga. Nobody gets hurt and you feel great. I've been in contact by watching their facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/AuraWellnessCenter

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Remember on 60 minutes when Bikram jumped on a students chest with both feet while the student was in Camel pose! That would never happen in an Aura yoga class. What is Aura Yoga? Aura is a gentle form of yoga. Aura's popularity took off like a rocket. That's surprising when you consider how many people like to get their butts kicked at a no pain - no gain boot camp yoga class.

The idea is to be able to teach any student who comes to class. It's a user friendly style. Aura yoga is a gentle 21st century style that is growing and evolving, but the rules are consistent. Learn how the body works, stay safe, and don't hurt your students. No more to say - Really.

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Call it Aura Yoga if you like. That's what most people call it. Paulji has two lineages that go back centuries in time. One goes through the original New York Vedanta society back to Swami Viveknandaji and the other is through Swami Krishnanandaji back to Swami Sivananda and before that. Obviously we can trace back further than that, but the "Aura" style is a modern spin of an ancient science that is more about healing than anything else. If Paulji doesn't want titles, robes or names that's his way.

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At least it is a yoga science built for change and not a style based on ego that is unwilling to change if modifications need to be made.

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April 27, 2011 - 11:39 pm
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Aura yoga - that's it!

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