‘Chitta vrtti nirodhah’ or the cessation of mental fluctuations, is the goal of all yogic paths. Samanta offers students many routes to this one goal – explore the meditative Sivananda hatha yoga, embrace a dynamic Vinyasa practice, or use props to gain strength and stability in advanced and beginner postures. For students, Samanta emphasises the importance of sadhana – inculcating a sense of regular practice at the same time and same place, every single day.
Samanta combines classical, dynamic, therapeutic and restorative practices according to the student’s age, physical and mental temperament and his or her environment.
This form of Yoga involves the practice of Asana (physical postures), Pranayama (breath control) and Dhyana (meditation). It is more structured in the posturing: achieve a pose, hold it, extend it, release and realign.
One concentrates on breathing with motion while moving into the postures. In this ‘breath-synchronized movement’, you flow gracefully from one pose to the next on an inhale or an exhale.