Jane’s House teacher training curriculum is derived from the work of Godfrey Devereux. Mr. Devereux teaches something called the dynamic Yoga method. Mr. Deverux’s teaching is not to be understood as a new “style” of Hatha yoga. It is essentially a way to organize and experience the actions one takes within practice. That organization itself is also set within the context of the Yoga Sutra. After many years of practice (of various kinds), Mr. Devereux has endeavored to formulate a set of basic principles that can be taught to students in the beginning of their training to give them a way to gain autonomy in their investigation of Yoga (largely in respect to posture practice, but not totally).
Within the realm of technique, students are taught to organize the many possible actions that the body can take within the rubric of three main areas: expanding actions (broadening actions), extending actions (lengthening actions), and spiraling actions (the basic medial and lateral rotations of the major joints). Within the realm of orientation, or how to relate to any particular practice, students are taught that Yoga is practiced as a triune system of dedication to practice, self - inquiry, and surrender. Both the technical training and the orientation are delivered to students via the five basic techniques common in all forms of Hatha Yoga. These are:
- Asana: practice at the level of body to free the somatic structure from restriction caused by unconscious repetitive behaviors and/or trauma, so that action in the world can become free from generating tension. Asana is practically taught as the technique of re-aligning the body in relation to the basic structure of the skeleton and the normal range of motion in the joints, and using the musculature to support that positioning in both movement and in stillness.
- Pranayama: practice at the level of breath, to surrender it into its own natural freedom, which is apart from conception, and physical and /or psychological imposition. Ujjayi Pranayama, Nadi Shodhana, Surya and Chandra Bedhana are examples of common techniques that are taught.
- Bandha: practice at a deep, subtle level to surrender the transformative energies of the human being into the core of the body. Bandha is the technique that reveals the inherent unity of the gross and energetic aspects of the human being, transforming perception so that attention is surrendered into the experience of an always-already present, non-dual awareness. Mula, Uddiyana, and Jalandhara, pada and hasta bandhas are common techniques taught.
- Vinyasa: the art of learning, arranging actions, and moving in concert with the breath in a specific, sequential fashion, and of surrendering attention into this movement as feeling-awareness and intelligence.
- Drushti: practice at the level of mind contextualizes the vagrant tendencies of everyday awareness, and the endless permutations of phenomena in the world of time, so that these tendencies and perceptions can be surrendered into the impersonal space of pure awareness, where they arise and pass away without resistance or attachment. Drushti is taught as an orientation toward self study and reflection, and also as an actual structural adaptation (positioning the eyes in various places) in the posture practice, and/or the Pranayama practice, and/or the seated meditation practice.
The teacher training directed by this learning method requires only a willingness to orient one’s self toward the classical practices in a way that will benefit others. Such a willingness means immersion in these techniques with a spirit that cultivates an openness to existence and ALL of its continuously arising conditions; or, as Godfreydev says: yoga is an ongoing invitation (to both teacher and student) to surrender