Upa Yoga

Upa Yoga is a simple yet powerful system of exercise that activates the joints, muscles and energy system.

Based on sophisticated understanding of the body's mechanics, Upa Yoga releases the inertia in the energy and brings ease to the whole system.

Within the human system the energy flows in along 72,000 pathways called nadis. At the joints, the nadis form energy nodes, making the joints storehouses of energy. Upa Yoga activates this energy and also lubricates the joints, creating and instant sense of alertness and liveliness.

Upa Yoga essentially means "sub-yoga" or "pre-yoga". Because of its many immediate and evident benefits, the word Upa Yoga in Indian languages is commonly used to denote "usefulness".

Upa Yoga has several benefits:

  • Relieves physical stress and tiredness
  • Exercises the joints and muscles
  • Rejuvenates the body after period of inactivity
  • Negates the effect of jet lag and long travel

    In the Indian languages, the word Upa Yoga has unfortunately degenerated to mean: that which is useful. The word upa means sub or semi, so Upa Yoga is sub-yoga or semi-yoga. Yoga is for union. That means it is for a committed practitioner who wants to attain to his ultimate nature. For someone who does not have such desires or intentions – he is not ready to be sucked into the core but at the same time he doesn’t want to get lost in the mundane – for such a person we offer semi-yoga or Upa Yoga. Over a period of time in the usage of language, the word Upa Yoga has been interpreted as useful yoga or useful act. It is useful, there is no question about it, but that is not the way to approach anything. You do not approach something only for its usefulness; there may be something more to it. If you lose the attitude of using it, it will not only become very useful to you, but also transform the fundamentals of who you are.

    Upa Yoga is a system of yoga which is not very strongly oriented towards the spiritual, it is more towards the physical, psychological and energy dimensions of a human being. It is for one to live a more complete physical life. When I say physical, that includes psychological and emotional aspects. One basic thing to understand is that yoga is not an exercise form. Rather than doing serious yoga as an exercise, Upa Yoga may be a good way to start for many people today because it is a powerful system by itself. When they feel drawn to it they can go into yoga.

    One aspect of Upa Yoga is to understand the body’s needs and operate accordingly. When I say needs, I am not talking about your body wanting to run to the bathroom or lie down or collapse. When you lie down in horizontal positions and become static, a certain inertia gathers in the energy system and parts of the joints are not lubricated as they should be in normal activity. If you move without lubricating your joints, they won’t last too long. A human being has been liberated physically only because of the type of joints he has. All the joints are store houses of energy because the nadis behave in a certain way in the joints. So, one aspect of Upa Yoga is towards activating the lubricants and energy nodes in the joints so that the rest of the system begins to function.