My Practice: The Yoga Of Waking Life
A 500-hour Registered Yoga Teacher under the Yoga Alliance, Urvil James was first unconventionally introduced to the path of yoga through various Japanese anime while growing up. Studying Marketing in university, he began to notice a strong correlation between Marketing's 'Perceptual Management' and the mind; a correlation which could not be fully understood through any degree of scholastic rigour. It was during this time that he went on to pursue a more formal education in martial arts, so as to explore this correlation further.
However, as the marital arts holds with it only one-half-of-the-whole to actualized self discovery, realization, and understanding, Urvil James turned to yoga upon receiving his first black belt in order to attempt to bridge the gap even further.
Finalizing his 200-hour Yoga Alliance teacher training certification in 2016, he set out to travel the world for five months alongside his partner in order to cultivate greater martial arts study and awaken a deeper spiritual understanding. While taking part in a meditation retreat at Wat Suan Dok in Chiang Mai, Thailand, Urvil James discovered a unique method and practice of presence, which he later went on to fully cultivate and ascribe as, 'The Yoga Of Waking Life'.
Returning back to Canada, he set out to complete his 300-hour Yoga Alliance teacher training certification, which concluded in 2017, and now aims to combine his cumulative understanding with learned contemporary practices in yoga and psychology; all while manifesting these practices in his daily life.
He regards himself as primarily being a ‘Jnana yogi’ and continually studies both contemporary Western and ancient Eastern philosophies and practices in order to enrich and further his understanding. A pursuit to bridge the gap between science and mysticism, which he calls, "Demystifying the Mystical in Order to Realize the Truly Mystical at Work." At present, he is an astute practitioner of zen.
F . A . Q . _________________
WHICH STYLE OF YOGA DO YOU PRACTICE?
WHAT IS JNANA?
In yoga, there are four primary paths leading to ‘yoga’ (or, what I call, ‘Presence’). These paths are: Bhakti (sacrament), Raja (exercise), Karma (selflessness), and Jnana (study). Of these four paths, Jnana is said to be the hardest, as it uses ‘Thinking-Mind’ to effectively snuff out ‘Thinking-Mind’—a true logical paradox.
WHAT IS YOGA?
Yoga is the ability to silence the mind from suffering.
WHAT IS THE ROOT OF ALL SUFFERING?
’Thinking-Mind’. Therefore, yoga can ultimately be seen as the ability to achieve a total state of ‘Presence’, or ‘Meditative Flow’, such that one becomes completely devoid of ‘Thinking-Mind’ by aligning their actions and intentions in the present moment.
WHY DO YOU SAY THAT YOGA IS MEDITATION?
Read the Bhagavad Gita*. Arjuna is taught how to achieve yoga by assuming only one posture—sitting.
HOW IMPORTANT ARE YOGA POSTURES, THEN?
They are important insofar as they are able to help you facilitate and ‘channel-out’ various energies and urges in order to become more present in this moment for extended periods of time.
WHERE CAN I REFERENCE YOUR STUDIES?
• E-RYT 200/RYT 500, under the Yoga Alliance
• Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACEP)
• Completed Wim Hof Method online training program
• Monkchat Meditation Retreat, Wat Suan Dok, Thailand