While we don’t necessarily consider ourselves a Yoga studio, we do acknowledge that a big part of our message is rooted in sharing Yoga as a lifestyle to our community. Yoga, beyond the mat, the clothing and advanced postures as we have come to know it in Western culture is birthed from the lifestyle and traditional teachings of Eastern Philosophies.
As we continue to strive to do better to share this message and bridge the gap of honrouing the roots of Yoga while staying inspired to evolve with grace and creativity, we would like to share some resources that have helped us continue on this path.
If you are new to teachings of Yoga, these resources are great to help you get started in addition to participation of classes. You can gain a lot from one Yoga class, it may even be the door to help create your own movement or Yoga practise which it has for many of us on the Creator Team at Church 444. May your exploration continue to dive deeper into the roots of Yoga and how you can apply these themes into your own life and serve your communities.
JIVASU // www.jivasu.org
Founder of Naturality
Jivasu has hosted serval workshops and classes through Church 444 and it always a great pleasure to work alongside and learn from his teachings.
Jivasu’s teachings emerged from his direct spiritual experience.
Jivasu was born and raised in India. From a young age, his interests lay in understanding the depths of human consciousness. He trained as a paediatrician and after meeting his wife Karen, they moved to the Indian Himalayan foothills to serve marginalized communities.
Even as he worked as a physician, Jivasu continued his spiritual studies. With his medical background, he became deeply interested in the link between science and spirituality. Later, he studied integrative mind-body medicine at Harvard Medical School.
Jivasu’s work focuses on the bio-psychological architecture of what he calls the “natural self.” This led him to build a framework titled “Naturality,” which explores the scientific basis of energy, consciousness, complete health, and spirituality.
Jivasu has extensively studied the intersections of biomedicine, neuroscience, acupuncture, meditation, and a variety of ancient wisdom traditions, including Kundalini, Chakras, and Nada Yoga (yoga of sound and music). He is able to synthesize a wide variety of insights into an easily digestible, modern approach that guides people down their own unique spiritual path.
The Naturality approach (natural spirituality) is an integrative framework that brings together insights and research from many perspectives. It is a cohesive system that recognizes the complexity and the unique composition of each individual’s mind and body. By finding our own natural spirituality, we can access higher states of consciousness and energy, experiencing deep fulfillment and joy.
He is the author of Naturality: A Natural Path of Awakening and Meditation.
Jivasu teaches integrative mind-body medicine in medical schools worldwide, as well as his training programs of Naturality, Kundalini Yoga, and Nada Yog
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SUSANNA BARKATAKI // www.susannabarkataki.com
Susanna Barkataki has been a well respected and incredible resource for the direction we would like to take our space in as we move forward with building the Church 444 community and passing on the teachings of Yoga.