WHAT IS IT?
The Quantum Method of Yoga was developed by Lara Baumann in an endeavour to give practitioners the skill to spontaneously construct dynamic sequences ideally suited to the individual’s present physical, mental and emotional requirements, as well as time and space available. Generally a flowing practice, synchronising breath and movement (vinyasa) is regarded as most effective in increasing health and fitness, harnessing vital life-force (prana taken in primarily through the breath), stabilising emotions, and supporting a stream of consciousness that leads to greater mental stillness and focus.
To assist the practitioner in individualising their practice, a system of grouping and sequencing postures has been developed. Assessing what kind of yoga practice is suitable for oneself on the day can be a tricky affair, as very often the thing one least wants to do is what one most needs. To this end, assessment tools have been devised. These draw strongly on the medical and healing branch of the Indian Vedic tradition, namely Ayurveda and its science of the three doshas or biological humours.
Quantum Yoga derives its name from the many links between the ancient wisdom of yoga and modern science, in particular quantum physics. The basic insight that you manifest your reality is taken to its logical conclusion. If yoga is to become a truly transformational practice, the most important thing is to cultivate awareness, hone one’s skill to really listen in, take responsibility for one’s own well-being and act accordingly using the tools that Quantum Yoga provides. The result is a healing, conscious, intelligent, empowering, creative and sacred practice that leads to self-realisation. Through focusing on one’s true nature and listening out for the inner voice of wisdom, one pierces through to a universal dimension that connects us all. Yoga means union.
Naturally, the process of understanding and developing the skill to apply the Quantum Yoga principles, as well as the expansion and exploration of one’s alphabet of asana (postures), takes time and practice. Meanwhile, the student is advised to practice the appropriate Quantum sequence (having taken the Ayurvedic personal Assessment test), moving at one’s own pace from beginner to master level (see The Series).
To this end, Lara has written the popular book “Quantum Yoga, The Holistic Approach to Creating Your Ideal Practice”, and produced high-quality easy-to-use inspirational DVD’s and audio-CD’s of all Quantum Yoga sequences (please visit our Shop).
Classes are led by qualified teachers in the Quantum Method® all of whom bring their own unique approach to the practice. The classes are open to all levels and will offer challenges to the more experienced practitioner, whilst also accommodating and encouraging those new to yoga. Please go to Find A Teacher to view their individual Schedules & Locations internationally.
Private Yoga tuition is an excellent way of strengthening and deepening your practice. The one-on-one guidance and adjustments allow us to establish a sequence that is perfectly suited to your body’s needs, whilst supporting a positive state of mind. In this way we can take into account any past injuries or recurrent ailments. The yoga sequence will also be adjusted in accordance with your needs on the day. Thus sometimes the practice will be dynamic and at other times mostly restorative. The focus will be placed on asana (posture) and vinyasa (breath-synchronised movement) at most times, whereas on the days you feel depleted or unbalanced a more meditative practice with pranayama (breathing exercises) may be advised. Private tuition can be taken on its own or in conjunction with classes. For more information on this and schedules see Find A Teacher .
Pregnancy Yoga is growing in popularity, as it ensures a more pleasant pregnancy and has proven to be of great support during labour. Furthermore, after having given birth a regular yoga practice is very effective in helping you regain shape and fitness and overcome possible post-natal depression or just adapt to the challenges of your new life. The Quantum Yoga teacher training program includes a lecture on pregnancy yoga, and many of the teachers listed on this site have completed further specific training and/or have practiced through their own pregnancies. Lara has shot ANJALI, the Quantum Yoga pregnancy sequence in November 2012.
Students with specific problems, such as asthma, high blood pressure, MS and other ailments can be greatly helped by practising yoga. Please feel free to contact us to discuss any such condition with a view to taking up a regular practice.