What is Yoga?
Yoga is a concept birthed like all concepts from the human imagination. This concept was introduced to mankind through the efforts of early conscious explorers seeking answers to life's most fundamental questions; Who am I? What am I? Why am I? The beginnings of documented Yoga practice were developed by the Indus-Sarasvati civilization in Northern India over 5,000 years ago. The word yoga was first mentioned in the oldest sacred texts, the Rig Veda. The Vedas were a collection of texts containing songs, mantras and rituals to be used by Brahmans, the Vedic priests. Yoga was slowly refined and developed by the Brahmans and Rishis (mystic seers) who documented their practices and beliefs in the Upanishads, a huge work containing over 200 scriptures. The most renowned of the Yogic scriptures is the Bhagavad Gita, composed around 500 B.C.E. The Upanishads took the idea of ritual sacrifice from the Vedas and internalized it, teaching the sacrifice of the ego through self-knowledge, action (karma yoga) and wisdom (jnana yoga).
The birth of modern yoga came about a few centuries after an ancient scholar or body of scholars (Patanjali) organized the practice of yoga into an "eight-limbed path" (Yoga Sūtras) containing the steps and stages towards obtaining Samadhi or enlightenment. Patanjali is often considered the father of yoga and his Yoga-Sūtras still strongly influence most styles of modern yoga.
Modern yoga masters created a system of practices designed to rejuvenate the body and prolong life. They rejected the teachings of the ancient Vedas and embraced the physical body as the means to achieve enlightenment. They developed Tantra Yoga, with radical techniques to cleanse the body and mind to break the knots that bind us to our physical existence. This exploration of these physical-spiritual connections and body-centred practices led to the creation of what we primarily think of yoga in the West: Hatha (posture) Yoga. Budokon yoga continues this search for balance and unification of opposite forces, the warrior and the peacemaker.
What is Budokon Yoga?
Budokon yoga is a modern yoga style which unites the ancient tradition of self-inquiry with modern mixed movement. Budokon Yoga was codified and popularized by Cameron Shayne beginning in 2001. Considered a science, art and philosophy which synchronizes classical yoga with, martial arts, calisthenics, animal locomotion and life science, this physically demanding style reshaped modern yoga by rejecting the qualities of a yogi as defined by the yoga sutras, in place of more contemporary constructs of morality, spirituality and discipleship. The style was created as a conditioning practice for movers of all types seeking the highest level of agility, mobility, stamina, and strength.
The foundation of this style is the Budokon Yoga Primary Series. This series consists of 7 intelligently assembled sections of slow and controlled movements designed to improve mobility, agility, flexibility and strength. The techniques are learned through repetition and precision, the emphasis being on the transitions from posture to posture, rather than the holding of postures. The purpose of this class is to gain muscular strength, cardiovascular stamina, and joint mobility.