“Inner clarity that flows forth from personal experience is central to the practice of Vijñāna Yoga. It is a practice of mind and body, which strives for simplicity while seeking precision in posture and breath from a deep inner listening and a clear, wide view.
Our practice is based on four components: sitting, pranayama (breathing exercises), asana (postures) and studying the written tradition of yoga. These elements of practice are carried out with a focus on the seven principles of Vijñāna Yoga: relaxation, quieting the mind, intention, rooting, connection, breathing, and expanding.
Focusing on the seven principles allows us to be inwardly attentive, and to see and understand from within in order to act skillfully in the world. Another unique aspect of Vijnana Yoga is the focus on the ten vayus in our practice.
Vijñāna Yoga was founded in 2003 by Orit Sen-Gupta, a student of Dona Holleman, in collaboration with longtime yoga teachers, and continues the yogic tradition of Sri Krishnamacharya and his students BKS Iyengar and Pattabhi Jois.
A natural continuation of the long tradition of yoga, Vijñāna Yoga is not new: the yogic concept of vijnana – understanding from inside – expresses the spirit of our practice and the principles guiding it.
Shankara, the father of the Vedanta school of yogic thought, explains that vijñāna is an understanding or knowledge arising not from external information learned from a teacher or tradition, but from an an inner clarity revealed by personal experience.
Ramakrishna continues this interpretation by saying that the knowledge and certainty that fire is burning wood is jnana – knowledge. But to cook rice on this fire, to eat the rice, and to be nourished by it, this is vijnana – to know, experience, and understand from inside.”
– text by Vijñāna Yoga International
Nelle Hens is fascinated by movement and rest and the facilitation of dynamic stability. She is a certified Vijñāna Yoga Teacher, as well as a dancer, choreographer and confidential advisor. Regardless the form of her practices, she sees them grow from an inner listening. Her personal yoga practice is forming the foundation on a daily basis for this and supports Nelle to move from within and act more skilfully into the world.
Nelle came in contact with yoga in 2006 during her dance education and practiced Iyengar and Ashtanga Yoga. Since 2009 she has a regular practice and started teaching. In 2017 she enrolled in the three-year course Vijñāna Yoga Teacher Training (800 hours) with Orit Sen-Gupta, founder of Vijñāna Yoga.
“Orit Sen Gupta’s teaching introduced me to a flow of stability in my life. Creating anchor points and tools to trust movement and motion. Embedded in softness, subtlety and clarity her guidance inspires and encourages me to move from within.” – Nelle Hens
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