What is Svaroopa Yoga?
The name svaroopa is Sanskrit for the true self that is at the foundation of everyone’s being. It is comprised of “sva,” meaning the truth of one’s purest self within, and “roopa,” which means form. The state of Svaroopa is the state of internal bliss or the inherent state of peace that is our true nature and which can be achieved by quieting the mind. In the words of the Yoga Sutras, “In the moment that your mind becomes quiet, you abide in the bliss of your own being.”
Svaroopa Yoga in Practice
In particular, Svaroopa yoga focuses on opening up and releasing tension from the spine, beginning at the tailbone and working upwards through the entire spinal column. Svaroopa poses are specifically sequenced and performed in precise alignments with the goal of achieving ‘core opening.’ Props such as soft blankets are often used to support alignment while performing yoga poses and to aid and assist the body in releasing muscle tension and in opening up gently but deeply. The ultimate goal is to experience bliss and to live as more conscious human beings.
Tenets of Svaroopa Yoga
Four major tenets of Svaroopa yoga are:
- Everything begins from the tailbone
- Support enables release
- Muscles are for movement
- You are consciousness
Svaroopa Yoga Classes
Svaroopa yoga classes can be quite diverse, as there are 120 poses and over 380 alignments to choose from. Most Svaroopa classes emphasize a particular theme, with sessions beginning and ending with a ‘marker’ pose which helps students understand the core spinal releases they are experiencing that day. The sequence of the poses is deliberate and designed to create release along the spine and to build a foundation of stability from the tailbone upwards. Core openness, in turn, is the vitality from which inner strength and stamina develop.
Svaroopa Yoga Benefits
Among the many benefits are:
- Releases tension and stress
- Provides back pain and strain relief
- Boosts immune system
- Aids in respiration
- Aids in digestion
- Improves metabolism
- Lowers risk of cardiovascular diseases
- Relieves headaches
- Improves sleep
- Increases mental clarity and body awareness
- Increases vitality
- Aids in meditation
- Allows you to know yourself in your truest form
If you would like to connect with your true inner self and achieve a state of bliss naturally, start Svaroopa yoga today.