A Cross-Disciplinary? Approach to Hatha Yoga Education

"Cross-disciplinary" is a term that refers to systems or practices that cross academic or professional disciplines. Like Inter or Multi-disciplinary styles, Cross-Disciplinary Yoga™ explores the predominant features of the major forms of yoga offered across the world today.

"Cross-Disciplinary" has been used in academia as a word that focuses on collaboration, rather than competition.  There are so many amazing and revolutionary contributors to yoga.  At DevaTree we believe that when all the different philosophies and thought-forms come together in a spirit of collaboration, it takes all of us to new levels of growth, freedom and abundance.

Cross-Disciplinary Yoga™ has at its fundamental roots the belief that yoga is meant to be inclusive.  With a strong focus on student self-determination, we honor that each student comes to yoga with certain preferences, experiences, biases and interests, and that these may shift and change throughout our lifespan.  Our freedom to explore and evolve our personal practice and teachings over time is both a privilege and our birthright.

Cross-Disciplinary yoga™ honors the creativity and personal truth of every student. Instead of learning how to be true to DevaTree method, students are guided through a learning process that helps them be true to themselves, both on and off the mat.

The Cross-Disciplinary Yoga™ system has been co-created with yoga educators from various traditions so that your experience is an expansive and well-rounded one. You can envision the components of our approach on a pyramid or triangle.  At the base of the pyramid are the active and reflective or sun and moon practices, in balance with one another. 

On the Sun side are the more physically active, strengthening and opening practices like the postures or asanas.  This part focuses on structural alignment, technique, and a comprehensive but enjoyable approach to anatomy.  On the Moon side are the more restorative or cooling aspects of the practice.  In this component we introduce restorative yoga, breathing, mudras & meditation practices.  The reflective side plays a big role in calming anxiety and stress.  These practices help bring the mind into the timing of the body, and make it easier to live in the present moment.

At the top of the Cross-Disciplinary pyramid is the quality of Svadhyaya or self-study.  Svadhyaya applies to all the dimensions of our practice, both on and off the mat, and is viewed through the lens of self-compassion.