What Is "Fizziyoga"?

Yoga has lots of exotic-sounding derivations and concepts. Virtually all of them have their origins in India, where yoga has existed for centuries. Ashtanga, hatha, Kundalini, prana… often the words do not have a direct correlation in Western languages.

Until recently however, the Western world had simply tried to import Indian yoga wholesale. It is not until now that the West has begun its own contribution, and it has done so by merging its rational, medical, scientific model to the ancient achievements of yoga.

Carl Jung, although skeptical of the ability of Western yoga practitioners to bridge the gap to the intentions and disciplines of the East, thought that yoga was “one of the greatest achievements of mankind.” He would not have been surprised to learn, had he lived until now, that when the West finally developed its own yoga (as he predicted it would), it would bear the hallmarks of the great Western achievements.

Fizziyoga seeks to blend the best of Eastern and Western disciplines. From the East comes a great wisdom of spiritual seeking, meditation, discipline and egoless states. From the West comes the enormity of what science has achieved through anatomy, physiology and medicine.

Although a far younger field, Western science has enthralled the world with its achievements. Our knowledge of physiology and anatomy, of the body, mind and their disorders is second to none, and has transformed survival and longevity rates and physical health across the world. Its achievements in human medicine are truly astonishing.

When we seek to blend these two worlds in the pursuit of greater health, we do so by paying respect to what each side of the complementary pair has to offer. This is what makes fizziyoga such a fascinating, and powerful development. We should not be forced to choose when two sides have so much to offer, and so fizziyoga is the embodiment of the complementary “and”, rather than the imposed and factional world of “either/or”.

Indeed, release from this duality has long been a fundamental aim of yoga practice.

Fizziyoga can be used either therapeutically, or for maintenance and conditioning. It is particularly effective as a treatment for back pain, but has far more applications. In part, this is due to the ability of the yoga to be adapted for each individual, and each condition. The training of a physiotherapist is particularly useful for this purpose, since it includes a greater emphasis on anatomy and physiology than a standard yoga training.

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