BASEWORKS PRACTICE was developed by Patrick Oancia.
Patrick came from a background of over 3 decades of dedicated study and practice in the Iyengar, Ashtanga Vinyasa and other yoga traditions, mindfulness practices, martial arts, competitive athletics, sociology, eastern and stoic philosophy.
During the first years as a teacher, Patrick taught freestyle, inspired by the merging of concepts from different methodologies. After many years of teaching and practicing, he could see that the way yoga was taught often fell into one of these categories:
- It was too difficult for the majority
- Only people of specific body types or those very self-motivated would be able to excel
- It was too diverse and over-simplified.
While he observed many could practice at any level, in any given way, the majority of people were either not able to progress much from what they learned, or would eventually lose interest.
As a teacher, Patrick wanted to offer an alternative. He wanted his students to move toward challenges intelligently, with more realistic personalised goals and outcomes that looked first at refining quality of movement, rather than focusing on aesthetic perfection or overly complicated frameworks. He also wanted to expose his students to ideas outside of yoga practice for a broader perspective on mind-body-connection.
The BASEWORKS PRACTICE system principles were already integrated into all of Patrick's public classes and workshops throughout his career as a teacher and in 2005, he structured it as the syllabus for his teacher training program.
From January 2010, BASEWORKS PRACTICE was officially launched as a public class level “yoga inspired” movement system scaling into more diverse programming in fitness, wellness and mindfulness practices. It has been the signature syllabus of Patrick Oancia's YogaJaya Studio in Tokyo since then.
Presently there are over 70 certified BASEWORKS PRACTICE teachers worldwide. Teachers are trained through a support system based on consistency in learning with mentorship and constant personal reflection. The BASEWORKS PRACTICE syllabus is continually evolving via student and teacher feedback. Complimentary programming is being introduced and developed at all levels to extend into areas of learning in movement, wellness and lateral thinking.