KATONAH YOGA®

 


Katonah Yoga® is a syncretic Hatha yoga practice developed by Nevine Michaan over 40 years. She and her teachers incorporate classical Hatha yoga with Taoist theory, geometry, magic, mythology, metaphor, and imagination — in a practical framework designed to potentiate personal and communal well-being.

Framing the practice, maps of time and personal space are defined and refined. Themes using asana as origami, manipulating form for function, and developing a sense of personal measure are incorporated in Katonah Yoga practices.

Katonah Yoga is organized around three principles of esoteric dialogue: all polarities are mediated by trinity; the universe has pattern, pattern belies intelligence; by virtue of repetition there is potential for insight.

Disciplined techniques are organized for revelation through revolutions.

MEET NEVINE
Meet Nevine

Nevine Michaan, Founder and creator of Katonah Yoga possesses a gift for teaching the physical and esoteric aspects of yoga. Many consider her the Teacher’s teacher, a philosopher, a poet; a seer. Her teaching methods are articulated intelligently with meaning and metaphor. Nevine’s practical approach entwines the body, the breath and the imagination. Her unique dialogue and insight is matched by her extraordinary ability to convey and communicate her keen acumen.

Michaan, born in Egypt in 1954, moved to New York at the age of three. In her early 20’s while studying history and comparative religion at Vassar College she discovered meditation. Nevine understood that there is a function(s), a formality and a fit to the universe and that yoga is a tool, a technique- a practice with repetition which gives us the opportunity to participate in life intelligently and joyfully.

Nevine started a daily practice in NYC with renowned yoga instructor Allan Bateman, in the 1970s. She became fully immersed in what would become her life’s work(s). She began teaching Yoga in 1980, and founded the Katonah Yoga Center in Katonah, New York in 1986. Nevine continues to teach in her studio in Bedford Hills, NY and to inspire those both near and far, of all ages and backgrounds.

Nevine Gomuk

Please read a fantastic interview with the founder of KATONAH YOGA® and my beloved teacher Nevine Michaan here.

For more information, please visit www.katonahyoga.com.

 

 

A Glimpse of KATONAH YOGA® (english)
(German version below)

Life involves carrying weight: responsibilities, emotions, memories and the weight of our bodies. The particular way in which we carry our emotional, psychological, and existential weight forms our postural disposition. Yoga offers an archetypal framework, a revolutionary method based on universal ideals, with which one can reform, re-tune, re-calibrate, and ultimately transform themselves.

Katonah Yoga has been developed by Nevine Michaan and her teachers over the last thirty years.  It is both spiritually refined and eminently practical.  By synthesizing classical Taoist Chinese theory, traditional Hatha yoga postures and meditation, it provides a clear yet powerful understanding of the mechanics of the body while encouraging increased awareness of the self.

The essence of all Hatha Yoga practice is the postures (asanas). Once the basic posture is achieved, the form of the posture can then be deepened through study and through the work of the breath.  As an aid to deepening the experience of the postures, Katonah Yoga employs the vast resources of Taoist thought, a branch of Chinese philosophy, which is several thousand years old. This simple, very clear system of natural laws and correspondences is used in Katonah Yoga as a kind of image bank to help move the mind through the body, and to deepen the mental understanding of the individual poses. The synthesis of Taoist and classical Yogic thought produces a poetry of interpretation which is unique to Katonah Yoga.

 

KATONAH YOGA® sieht die Asanas als Metapher. Wie du dich zum Beispiel durch eine Vorwärtsbeuge bewegst spiegelt wieder, wie du dich durch deinen Alltag fort bewegst, oder auch nicht. Ein gesunder Körper und ein größeres Bewusstsein ist das Ziel von Katonah Yoga. Yoga Asanas werden dazu genutzt, um deinen Körper und deinen Geist freizusetzen.

In der Synthese zwischen traditionellen Yoga Asanas und dem einfachen, sehr klaren System von Naturgesetzen bietet Katonah Yoga ein sehr klares und doch sehr kraftvolles Verständnis der Mechanik des menschlichen Körpers an. Die anatomisch korrekte Ausrichtung des Körpers in den Körperhaltungen (Asanas) und bei Bewegungen (Vinyasa) wird als Alignment bezeichnet und hat im modernen Yoga eine lange Tradition.

Funktionales Yoga ist anatomisch korrekt ausgerichtet und lässt die Energien im Körper ganz anders fließen. Eine ausgeglichene Körperhaltung ist sehr transformativ. Sie ermöglicht nicht nur eine schöne und flüssige Yogapraxis und einen ununterbrochenen Energiefluss, sie unterstützt ganz nebenbei auch die Entwicklung einer tiefgreifenden Wahrnehmung deiner Selbst („Body Mind“-Link).

Durch die präzise Ausrichtung in Verbindung mit der Anatomie nach physisch-analytischen Gesichtspunkten erreichst du mehr Stabilität in jeder einzelnen Übung und erlebst dadurch mehr Kraft, die aus Deinem Inneren kommt.

Ziel dieser Alignment Methode ist es, ein Fundament für eine solide und vor allem verletzungsfreie Yogapraxis zu schaffen.

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For more information please visit

Katonah Yoga, Bedford Hills, New York, USA (click here)
The Studio, New York City, New York, USA (click here)

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