Val Boyko is an advanced Kripalu Yoga Teacher and Mentor. She has over 500 hours of teacher training and over 2000 hours of teaching experience. She is based in Newtown Square, PA and teaches classes and private clients in the western suburbs of Philadelphia.
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Val is also a Continuing Education Provider with the Yoga Alliance. Her signature program is the Yoga Teacher Mentor Program for small groups of teachers to learn, share, play and inspire each other to be the best teachers they can be.
You can find out more about Mentoring and Val’s approach to yoga at her website RelishYoga.com
“What is Yoga?” I’ve read many interpretations that have arisen from the original text in The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.
My favorite interpretation comes from Georg Feuerstein. He has such knowledge of the original texts and philosophy of Yoga and is skillful in bringing yoga from a very different time and culture, and making it meaningful for us today.
“The complex five thousand year old tradition of yoga is about a very simple thing: happiness (ananda). Yoga tells us that in order to realize lasting happiness, we must discover our true spiritual nature. This requires that we commit ourselves to nothing less that self transformation and self transcendence. For although our true nature, or spiritual Self, is always the same, it tends to be obscured by our conventional thoughts, emotions and patterns of behavior. The yoga tradition compares this circumstance to the brightly shining sun, which is ever radiant but periodically hidden from our view by drifting dark clouds.
Yoga helps us to remove all obstructing (mental) clouds, so that we may come to enjoy the sunshine within. It is an extensive program of reeducation though which we learn, step by step, to live in the light of our true nature. Only when we have truly found ourselves will we be able to live in peace, harmony and happiness in the world. This is what is sometimes called the sacred life….
For many people, practicing yoga means to do yoga postures once or twice a week or even every day. Although this approach can yield many benefits, such as better health and greater vitality, the real power of yoga is unleashed only when we engage in yoga as a way of life, twenty four hours a day. Yoga is universal and applicable in all situations. It is first and foremost a mental or inner discipline. Even the postures (asana) have a spiritual purpose and must be practiced with full awareness. Every single yoga technique is a tool for discovering the abiding happiness of the ultimate Self or Spirit.”
I love this graphic from the Huffington Post showing how Yoga can transform your body – even after one class.
Find out more about my approach to yoga and where I am teaching yoga at my website RelishYoga.com