What is a Yogin?
A Yogin is the plural term for a Yogi or Yogini.
A Yogi is a dedicated practitioner of Yoga. Yoga especially in the West, often refers to physical exercises only. Here at The Yogin, we refer to Yoga as a holistic practice which includes but is not limited to Mantra, Asana, Pranayama and Meditation. Yogi is the term generally used for male Yoga practitioners, and Yogini is the term used for female Yoga practitioners.
In Vedic Sanskrit, yoga (from the root yuj) means "to add", "to join", "to unite", or "to attach" in its literal sense. In Classical Sanskrit, the word yogi is derived from yogin, which refers to a practitioner of yoga. The two terms are still used with those meanings today, but the word yogi is also used generically to refer to both male and female practitioners of yoga and related meditative practices belonging to any religion or spiritual method.
Who are we?
What is Akhanda Yoga?
The Akhanda Yoga style is a wonderful, holistic approach to teaching traditional Hatha Yoga. Akhanda Yoga encourages you to be a scientist and experiment on yourself to find what works and what doesn’t work within the guidelines given to us by founder, Yogrishi Vishvketu of the Nath lineage.
Akhanda Yoga, as we understand it, is an exploration of the body, mind and spirit. Through Asana (physical postures) and Pranayama (breathwork) we explore the inner and outer workings of the body; allowing, guiding, moulding and massaging the body in different ways to release tensions, stored emotions and create a clear pathways for our energy to flow freely. We use Mantra to cultivate a feeling of oneness (or Brahma), connectedness and devotion to something that is bigger than our individual selves.
Meditation is the reason we practice all of these other practices, which is the union of body and mind into harmony.
Michelle Savita Macnamara | Yoga Practitioner and Teacher
Michelle was introduced to Yoga initially by her husband Paul, in her early 20’s. After spending some time trying different lineages and styles of Yoga, Michelle was inspired by Ashtanga Yoga and the benefits of Mysore style or the self-practice method. With the guidance of a few teachers along the way, Helen Aldred in Liverpool (UK) and Christian Graham at Dena Kingsberg’s shala in Byron Bay (Australia) Michelle cultivated the discipline of self-practice and there began the unfolding of her yoga journey.
Beginning her Yoga journey with Ashtanga Yoga was a blessing, the self-motivating practice heightened Michelle's sense of commitment, effort and dedication to the practice of Yoga. After 6 years of dedicated practice, was introduced to the inspiring Yoga Teachers, Nick + Radha Bradley and to the Akhanda Yoga style. Michelle, alongside husband Paul, completing their in-depth 200hr Teacher Training in Australia, before continuing her studies for a further 300hr Yoga Teacher Training with Yogrishi Vishvketu, the founder of Akhanda Yoga in Rishikesh, India.
Now, using the Akhanda Yoga approach to Yoga practice and teaching, she still maintains the physical Asana practice while including other very important and varied elements of yoga such as Pranayama, Meditation + Mantra, creating a holistic and balanced practice and in turn, balanced life.
Paul Mridul Macnamara|Yoga Practitioner and Teacher
Paul has been exploring Yogic and other Spiritual practices since a young age but only came to the Asana practice in his early 40’s. Using Asana, Pranayama, Meditation and Mantra under the guidance of his teachers in Australia, Nick & Radha Bradley (founders of Akhanda Yoga Australia) and Yogrishi Vishvketu, founder of Akhanda Yoga in Rishikesh. Paul has been inspired by the great changes he has felt in his body and mind since undertaking the disciplines that Akhanda Yoga has to offer and hope his students feel similar effects in their lives.
Paul's qualifications include:
- Akhanda Yoga RYT500
- Certificate of Applied Astrology (AstroSynthesis)
- Usai Reiki Master