STYLE

YOGA IS YOGA

There are no yoga Styles. There are various expressions of yoga. Popular methods such as Ashtanga Vinyasa by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and the Iyengar method by BKS Iyengar are not different entities. They convey yoga in a manner that is expressive of the mental and physical attributes of the founders. Both masters were taught by the same guru named Tirumalai Krishnamacharya who instructed according to the ability and needs of the individual. These are just a few examples of many regarding how yoga methods are derived and instructed.

Internalizing multiple expressions of yoga sheds light on the connection points between them. Identifying such connection points collapses the boundaries housing the myriad of yoga expressions along with systems outside of yoga. Through internalization the various methods become one.

Yoga with Perumal is made up of 6 parts acting as an underlying foundation. These parts are pranayama, preparatory, salutation, strength, stretching and meditation. Each part fits together in a synergist manner. The combination of them in sequences are created according to the individual and group being instructed.

Yoga with Perumal endeavors to lead the way to connection points within yoga methods and systems in order collapse boundaries. Yoga with Perumal is an ever evolving yoga. It does not believe in a fixed form. If there is a form then it will inevitably evolve to take a new shape. Ultimately the goal is to connect into the hidden aspects of yoga and discover ones own yoga practice which is always in evolution over a course of one’s life. 

6 PARTS

I. Pranayama (Opening the Breath) 
The class start is a pause to let go of the outside world. During this stage we emphasize the opening of our breath by clearing our nasal passages through pranayama. We practice a 1-4-2- ratio for inhalation, retention and exhalation. Example: Inhale for 4, hold for 16 and exhale for 8 seconds. As we slowly inhale, hold and exhale the breath is heated by the internal temperature of the body. This opens our sinuses. A byproduct of Pranayama is a runny nose so have tissues available. Sample Video

II. Preparatory (Joints)
If you have not been active over the last one to two months then the preparatory series is very beneficial. The elderly and pure beginners will find this as a good step before foundational, isometric, holding strength postures. Here we enable the synovial fluid to lubricate the joints while warming the muscles surrounding the joints. It will move the blood and increase the heart rate for a good warm-up. The preparatory series will also help hone your balance for more advanced postures. It is excellent for those traveling with limited amounts of floor space. It provides an overall body routine in as little as 10 minutes.  Sample Video 
III. Strengthening (Muscle Building) 
Strengthening stage makes use of postures that progress from holding, isometric postures to transitional, isotonic postures. Here we promote greater blood flow through the muscles. With muscle fibers pumped with blood we are then prepped for in-depth stretching.  Sample Video

IV. Sun Salutation (Breath with Movement) 
This is movement synchronized with breath performed slowly without explosiveness. Keep the mouth closed and breathe through your nose only. At first the breath is primary and the movement is secondary. Sun Salutations will break the body into a sweat when performed slowly and with control. This type of sweat generated from within is detoxifying. The salutation stage starts of as basic and then as we develop it then progresses into dynamic forms. Sample Video 
V. Stretching (Seated Postures) 
With the blood pumping through the muscle fibers our body is made ready for stretching. We may require a moment to relax from strength and salutation practices. Then we may progress diligently into stretching. From here we will be better prepared to remove any tensions in our bodies. This acts as the final preparation to meditation. Sample Video 

VI. Meditation (Emptying the Mind) 
The previous stages, especially the physical practice, is to prepare us for meditation by releasing tension and pains within our bodies. After achieving this we are prepped for meditation. Meditation requires practice. You may not meditate easily. So first we start with relaxation techniques. It is ideal to practice the entire lesson with the least amount of thought. Once familiar with practice you may achieve a type of "Meditation in Movement" with my voice merely guiding you.   Sample Video

DYNAMIC PROGRESSIVE FUSION YOGA

There are no styles and naming our yoga is unnecessary. Merely thinking of it as Yoga with Perumal which is nothing more than the interpretation of yoga by the teacher Perumal Koshy is all that is necessary. Despite that students, editors, journalists and agents have all asked, “What kind of yoga do you do?”

In an attempt to describe Yoga with Perumal's expression of yoga the words dynamic, progressive, and fusion are used. Yoga with Perumal is Dynamic Progressive Fusion Yoga. It is not the name but the abstract which it is conveying that should be focused on.

Dynamic 
Dynamic implies an active changing style that is vigorous and purposeful. It means to be full of energy and enthusiasm while undergoing change / development. 

Progressive 
development which develops in layers. There is an underlying foundation (6 parts mentioned above) from which the practices are derived from. This approach also experiences gradual change over time. Progressive also implies a gradual increase in intensity. 

Fusion 
Fusion is the merging or blending of two or more things in the physical and non-physical realms. Yoga with Perumal is the blend of various yoga styles, systems and ideas. It is the conjunction point of these that are searched out, noted and expressed in a synergistic way.
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