Yoga Therapy & Daily Practice — Advaya

Yoga Therapy & Daily Practice

The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion

— Albert Camus

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To create change that goes beyond the surface is one of the hardest things we can do.

Yoga Therapy utilises the many techniques and tools of Yoga and Ayurveda according to the individual’s constitution as well as their particular goals and needs. In this way, a personal practice allows us to evolve in the most efficient and harmonious way possible.

Advaya co-founders, Ruby and Christabel Reed, are both trained Yoga Therapists. The work they do on a 1-1 basis lies at the heart of the work they do through Advaya, which aims to empower and support deep systems change within and without.

For the majority of their students, the aim of 1-1 sessions is to create a home practice that not only holds the individual through whatever challenges they are faced with, but also allows them to reconnect with the joy and wonder of embodied life. Utilising techniques of movement, breath, sound, meditation and the ancient science of Ayurveda, Ruby and Christabel can assist healing at the physical, mental and/or spiritual levels. Whether you suffer from back pain, want to build greater strength or develop a daily ritual that connects you to the sacred, Ruby and Christabel are passionate to share these ancient practices for personal and collective renewal and regeneration.

One-to-one sessions are not only the most productive way to learn and evolve but also the most traditional.

About 1-1 Sessions#

“Teach what is inside of you. Not as it applies to you, to yourself, but as it applies to the other”
— Tirumalai Krishnamacharya

There are manifold tools, systems and techniques that fall under the umbrella of ‘Yoga’. Within a 1-1 Yoga Therapy context these tools may be applied uniquely to the individual through careful observation and consultation.

While group classes are wonderful and any Yoga practice is better than no practice, it is important to recognise that no two people are the same - the nature of our physical, mental and spiritual make-up are so diverse and nuanced that the way we respond to particular Yoga techniques greatly varies. Furthermore, not everyone has the same goals or feels limited by the same obstacles.

We all have different journeys to go on. Christabel and Ruby hope to empower individuals through Ayurveda and Yoga Therapy - passing on different techniques and creating simple practices that ignite the wisdom and healing already within the individual.

Ayurveda

This ancient practice of Ayurveda has earned its place in many of our daily lives with its more intuitive approach than so many of the regimes that we look to today in the West.

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Yoga & Social Change

“What we practice on the small scale sets the pattern for the whole system”

Advaya seeks to bridge the gap between inner healing and social change.

Advaya co-founders, Ruby and Christabel Reed, are both Yoga Teachers and Yoga Therapists. It was their practice that gave birth to Advaya and their continued training consistently informs their understanding of systems change and spiritual activism.

Ruby and Christabel were inspired to create Advaya as they became disenchanted by the apathy and disengagement of the wellness industry with the ecological and climate emergency. They asked, how can we work on cultivating inner transformation, purity and clarity when we are not engaging in the same way with our surroundings? Surely, personal health is dependent on planetary health?

The irony they perceived at the heart of the burgeoning Yoga world is reflected in activist and social change organisations that often appear to be re-creating the same oppressive and hierarchical tendencies that they are mobilised to replace. The high rates of burn-out go to support their belief that inner practice is integral to outer change-making: to create deep systems change that goes beyond the surface level requires faith, commitment, practice, reflection and refinement, which is the process of action as explained by Patajali’s summary of Kriya Yoga.

Advaya advocates spiritual practice, not as a means of transcending the physical world but as a way to actively engage with it, whilst removing the obstacles that prevent us from living with joy and freedom.

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The Practitioners #

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Christabel Reed #

Christabel Reed is a yoga teacher and yoga therapist trained in Hatha, Ayurveda and the lineage of Krishnamacharya and Sri Desikachar. At the heart of her practice and teaching is the exploration of how we can come back to our most natural state — to our wholeness.

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Ruby Reed #

Ruby is an activist, catalyst, connector and organiser inspired by communities coming together to create change.

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