What is Svaroopa Yoga?

Dana Clark of Hidden Valley Yoga and Healing Centre specialises in online classes, online personal yoga and Online Yoga Therapy, with the intention of using yoga as a tool for transformation and illumination.

Dana offers Svaroopa® Yoga which is a form of Hatha yoga. It is a technique for opening your body (roopa), to find your self (sva). It uses a radically different approach than most modern styles of yoga and can give you a new way to think about asana, (postures) practice.

Svaroopa® Yoga is an approach which holds postures longer, draws attention inward and creates a truly meditative experience. Its ultimate aim is to create core opening by releasing tension in the deepest layers of the body. This release deliberately begins at the tailbone and is carried up the spine, through the sacrum, waist, ribcage, and beyond. As this release is continually reinforced, the whole body begins to realign itself from the inside outward.

Dana offers online classes for beginners or students with yoga experience as well as individual yoga therapy sessions, and personal yoga sessions .

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The Svaroopa® Yoga repertoire includes standing poses, classical poses, and vinyasa in addition to floor and chair postures. This style of yoga is based on the sutra of "support equals release" This is seen at all levels of practice where students develop an internal sense of support. The core opening cultivated when practicing foundational poses carries forward into standing and moving, and students are able to find a sense of ease and deep release. Benefits of this style of yoga include:

  • Musculoskeletal changes in the body travel downward from the tailbone, releasing tension and disease in the legs, hips, knees, ankles and feet, and upward, affecting the spine through the sacrum, lower back, waist, rib cage, shoulders, neck, and skull.

  • Spinal release to create more space for the invertebral discs and nerve roots, improving communication throughout the body's systems.

  • The core opening relieves compression of the internal organs, improving digestion, elimination, and reproductive function.

  • Reduced physical tension throughout the body enhances vitality and stamina. As your body opens, your state of mind becomes more peaceful, centered, calm and uplifted.

  • Your emotional state shifts away from depression and anxiety towards compassion, contentment and joy.