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. 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 formalized education in the Martial Arts, so as to explore this correlation and practice its application further.
However, as the Marital Arts only holds with it one-half of the whole towards actualized self-discovery, realization, and understanding, Urvil James turned to Yoga upon recieving his first black belt in order to attempt to bridge the gap.
Finalizing his 200-hour Yoga Alliance teacher training in 2016, he set out to travel the world for five months alongside his partner in order to cultivate greater Martial 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 program, concluding in 2017, and now aims to combine his cumulative understanding with learned contemporary practices in Yoga; all while manifesting these practices in daily life.
He regards himself as being primarily 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 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 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 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 the moment for longer and longer periods of time.
WHERE CAN I REFERENCE YOUR STUDIES?