International Centered Yoga Association
“Yoga is skill in action”
Bhagavadgita, sutra II 50
What is Centered Yoga?
Centered Yoga is a method developed by Dona Holleman. It is the result of her personal experience, her encounter with the great 20th century philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti in the mid-fifties and sixties, and her work with B.K.S.Iyengar in the early sixties. At the same time, she studied the shamanic philosophy of Carlos Castaneda. Later, while living in Florence, Italy, she met
Vanda Scaravelli, with whom she developed a close friendship.
Out of this mixture she developed the Eight Vital Principles of Practice:
- The meditative state of mind or the ‘not-doing’ of the mind;
- Relaxation or the ‘not-doing’ of the physical body;
- Intent or the ‘not-doing’ of visualisation;
- Rooting or the use of gravity;
- Centering or the awareness of hara;
Centered Yoga Schools
The Association promotes Centred Yoga schools and teachers, and Dona Holleman’s method, throughout the world. We are a big family and open to new enrollments and partnerships, even from schools following different methods. We aim to be an international point of reference for the practice of yoga.
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