FAQs About Portal Yoga

1. HOW IS IT DIFFERENT FROM OTHER FORMS OF YOGA?

Most other forms of yoga have set patterns and postures. Portal Yoga does not. It is a synthesis of styles and forms that relate to the students, circumstances, and fluctuations that reflect non-static Universe. It acknowledges that all yoga leads to one yoga.

2. WHAT’S WITH ALL THE BREATHING?

Nature requires us to breathe. Besides the obvious fact that we’ll keel over if we don’t, conscious breathing provides multiple benefits. It helps us to focus, similar to what happens with a camera, so that we can get a clear picture of what’s going on within and around us. That allows us to be more present, access and move energy in our bodies, keep channels open, clear out what’s unnecessary, be more creative, nourish spirit, and refine personal intuition. It’s still the fastest, easiest, and most accessible way to get into a meditative state.

3. WHAT WILL IT DO FOR ME?

You’ll be more comfortable in your own skin – more relaxed, balanced, and less frenzied. You’ll develop strength, flexibility and tone. Your metabolism will become more efficient, which produces a host of benefits including healthier skin and a leaner physique. You’ll be more present and intelligent. A relaxed, intelligent face is a beautiful face, so you’ll be looking and feeling your best on a lot of levels.

4. WHY WOULD SOMEONE CHOOSE PORTAL OVER OTHER FORMS?

Because they are drawn to it. Timing. Serendipity. Because the idea of Swami O’Bryan’s makes them laugh. Because it fits with their worldview, or changes it for the better. Because it takes them to another place without diminishing their life experience, individuality and know-how.

5. WHAT IS SLOW-FLOW?

There are many yoga styles, Ashtanga, Bikram, Power Yoga, Flow itself, that are considered “flow” – and, in this context, Flow would mean continuous and connected movement. Slow Flow is more concentrated and challenging because it moves at the pace of ones breath, using that breath to generate movement rather than using movement to generate breath.

6. YOU MENTION A ‘SWAMI’. IS THIS A RELIGIOUS PRACTICE OR A CULT?

The New York Yankee’s of the 1950’s weren’t considered a cult because their catcher’s name was YOGI Berra. Swami O’Bryan’s is a structure, a context, within which individuals can gather freely…..and leave! It’s actually more of an anti-cult.

7. WHAT DOES ‘DO-ABLE’ YOGA MEAN?

Yoga you can do no matter what level of skill or training you might come to class with. It is unencumbered by levels, emphasis on advancement, or the need to become a human pretzel. Many images of yoga have been presented that show it at its most extreme. I wanted a word that would question preconceived notions about yoga. I like pretzels, but they’re not necessary to feel balanced and whole. (Also, I needed a word that would fit on my sandwich board).

8. WHERE DOES THE NAME ‘PORTAL YOGA’ COME FROM?

A portal is a doorway that can transport those willing and wanting to move through it, from one place, or one state of being, to another. It has also come to be regarded as a kind of energy vortex, or molecular gateway. I feel called to help guide as many people through as many portals as possible.

9. WHAT HAPPENS IN A CLASS?

You breathe. You move. You listen to the sound of the breath as you link your breathing to movement. You work, mentally and physically. You are consistently drawn back to the sound of your breath. You sweat. At some point, a threshold is crossed and you begin to feel as if your breath is breathing you. Unnecessary stresses and tensions are wrung out of your body like water from a sponge. In the end you rest, allowing your body to come into its own equilibrium. You leave feeling better than when you walked in.

10. YOU MENTION ELMER FUDD, BUGS BUNNY AND CLAIM TO CHANNEL A SWAMI. IS THIS A JOKE?

There’s nothing in the Yoga Sutras that says yoga has to be serious. Laughter is right up there with breathing on the fast track to a more balanced life. While I’m completely sincere about the work, I am also mindful that sincere and serious are not necessarily synonymous.

It is not for me to change you. The question is, how can I be of service to you without diminishing your degrees of freedom?
– Buckminster Fuller

It is not my intent to change anyone. I choose to rearrange both the internal environment that the person inhabits, and the external environment in which I live and teach, in ways that advantage both the person and humanity and moves them in preferred directions.
– Maurice Kaehler

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In His Own Words
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About Portal Yoga
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