BHEEMASHAKTI YOGA SYSTEM

WHAT IS IT?

The Bheemshakti Yoga System is an approach to physical yoga that has not entered the western consciousness. This concept is not new but it is based on the physical practices of ancient Swara Yoga. Nothing is written about the practices of Swara Yoga except for theoretical knowledge. This theoretical knowledge can be found in a book written by the Bihar School of Yoga located in Northeast India. This information has very little to do with the Bheemashakti Yoga System, a practical approach to physical yoga based on Swara Yoga as taught by Master H.R. Suresh.

The Bheemashakt Yoga System supports the belief that all yoga is the same.

This does not mean that it must be the only system of yoga practiced. It just changes the approach in which yoga is practiced. For example, the popular way physical yoga is approached is through the repetition of postures, called asanas. This is the approach of most systems that are introduced to the West including Ashtanga Vinyasa, Hatha, and Iyengar Yoga. It is hard to imagine any other approach to yoga. Since the introduction to yoga in the West we have been conditioned to this approach.

What other approach can there be?

For the past decade the image of physical yoga is that of slim individuals in a “pretzel-like” posture. Since ancient India began carving pictures of these images in stone, picture is a major way introducing  students to yoga. In recent past individuals would pick up a book on yoga observing pictures to get an idea of what yoga is. Videos have also been a popular way of seeing yoga. These days we can see almost any style of yoga on internet websites like YouTube. All these media tools are very beneficial in one way but it can be very destructive in another way. One benefit of this media is that it can create inspiration in an inspiring student. The major destructive affect is that it may create a false image of how to achieve these abilities. For example, an inspiring yoga student may watch a video of a women dropping back into a backbend and then coming back up to standing position. How does a beginner achieve this ability? Is there any information out there that will systematically teach the individual how to achieve this? I have not seen such information until my experience with Bheemashakti Yoga.

“It is not about achieving goals but just being present in the practice”

The current approach of yoga will be very effective for some individuals. For example, if a dancer is transitioning into the practice of yoga all is needed is the regular practice of asana sequences. The repetition gradually creates master of yoga through hard work. Usually, advanced asana students gravitate towards Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga because it contains most of the advance abilities of physical yoga. Just keep in mind that these abilities are not limited to just Ashtanga Yoga. What if a student practices yoga regularly, puts in sustained hard work, but is unable to achieve his/her goals? Some teachers state, “It is not about achieving goals but just being present in the practice”. I think this to be true but I believe most Westerners want to improve. I believe it is not how good you are but how much you improve (if improvement is desired). I think this is the same with anything in life.

I believe it is not how good you are but how much you improve (if improvement is desired). I think this is the same with anything in life.