The Living Mandala School of Yoga is a Registered Yoga School (RYS) with Yoga Alliance.
This method of vinyasa yoga is rooted in traditional yogic philosophy in conjunction with the ancient teachings of earth-based philosophies and the sacred practice of mandala creation. Using the Wheel of Practice, practitioners attend to their whole being through cognizance of the five elements, six directions, and seven chakras. Pan-sensory awareness is critical to the living mandala method, as practitioners move through the solidity of the earth element via bandha-engagement and grounding practices, the fluidity of the water element via fluid vinyasas and wave motion sequencing, the heat of the fire element through core-empowering practices and cardiovascular energy-raising, the softness of the air element through the mastery of balancing, pranayama, and chanting, and the intangibility of the ether element through drishti and meditation. The Living Mandala yoga class is practiced on two mats criss-crossed, or, ideally, on a circular mat. Practitioners move around the mat in fluid vinyasas, becoming the essence of each of the five elements at several different points in the practice.
Though the Living Mandala method of yoga is progressive, combining Eastern and Western schools of thought, the teacher training program is comprehensive enough that all students are encouraged to develop their own adaptation of the method, perhaps encompassing more traditional sequencing. There is an intense emphasis on personal creativity during the training, and, subsequently, students will never be told that they must teach in a certain way or within certain restrictions. Sacred knowledge, fervent attention to both gross and subtle anatomy, yogic techniques, and versatile teaching methodology are all integral aspects of the teacher training program.