My Practice: The Yoga Of Waking Life
A 500-hour registered yoga teacher under the Yoga Alliance*, Urvil James was first introduced to the path of yoga through various Japanese anime while growing up. During his university studies in marketing, 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 sort of scholastic rigour. It was during this time that he went on to pursue a more formal education in the martial arts, so as to explore and practice these concepts further.
However, as the marital arts only hold with them one-half of the whole to self discovery, realization, and understanding, Urvil James turned to yoga upon recieving his first black belt.
Finalizing his 200-hour yoga alliance teacher training in 2016, he set off to travel the world for five months alongside his partner in order to cultivate greater martial study and an awakened spiritual understanding. While taking part in a meditation seminar in 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, concluding in 2017, and now aims to combine his unique understanding with learned contemporary practices in yoga; all while manifesting these practices in daily life.
He regards himself as primarily a "jnana" yogi and continually studies both contemporary and ancient philosophies and practices in order to enrich his understanding. A pursuit he regards as "Demystifying The Mystical" in order to realize the truly mystical at work!
F . A . Q . _________________
WHICH STYLE OF YOGA DO YOU PRACTICE?
WHAT IS JNANA?
In yoga, there are four primary paths to achieving yoga (or, what I call, "presence"). These 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 paradox for thinking-mind.
WHAT IS YOGA?
Yoga is the ability to unburden oneself from suffering.
WHAT IS THE ROOT OF ALL SUFFERING?
Thinking-mind. Therefore, "yoga" ultimately can be seen as the ability to achieve a state of total presence, or "flow"; such that one is completely devoid of thinking-mind by fully aligning their actions and intentions.
WHY DO YOU SAY 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 digestion and the channeling out of energies and urges in order to become more "fully present" in this moment for longer.
WHERE CAN I REFERENCE YOUR STUDIES?