My life got to a point where I couldn’t tell whos live I was living, but if was clear that it was not mine at all and I didn’t know where to go from there. I kept wishing and aspiring for yoga. It was calling me. So, a few years ago, I listened to my soul, guiding me to my first yoga teacher training and since then, yoga is my way of living. I have always been active, I used to dance ballet when I was a little girl and then practiced gymnastics, dance, running, aerobics, box and other sports. But it was yoga, which enabled me to experience the swirling from physical to much deeper and subtle levels of my being. Practicing asanas, meditation and conscious breathing made me really feel my body for the first time and above all, I became more aware of things, that were happening inside of me.
Yoga is a date between your soul and your body.
- Finished 300 hours Hatha Yoga Teacher Training v Yoga Yama – Slovenia
- Finished 500 hours Hatha Yoga Teacher Training v Parinama School of Yoga and Somatics – Slovenia
- Finished 100 hours Yin Yoga Teacher Training v Shanti Atma Yoga – Spain
- Finished 200 hours Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training v YogaUnion – Bali
- Finished 21 Hatha yoga program – India
FLOW OF QI
Yin yoga originated from ancient Taoist philosophy and spiritual traditions of China. If you see a yin-yang symbol, there is the dot of the opposite in each. This is true for yoga- there’s not such a thing as absolute yin or absolute yang.
Yin Yoga is a relaxing yoga style, using support to hold gentle postures for deep opening and release. Yin Yoga focuses on depth in asana, to hold awareness with your breath.
This awarness allows the body to soften and the postures to stimulate connective tissues, fascia, and ligament, as well as affect bone density, joint mobility and the overall health of the internal organs. Yin is a meditative practice that is more stable, hidden, dark or grounded energy. Yin focuses on connective tissue and joint health. This is done through long holds with relaxed and passive muscles.
On a physical level, there are at least three things we are working with- bone, muscle, connective tissue. Muscle is the most external, the most elastic and the most yang. The bone is the least pliable and cannot be stretched, and the most yin. The connective tissues are between the two. When we want to strengthen our muscles, we stress them. When we need to strengthen our heart, we stress it by doing cardio. That’s yang. When we need to strengthen our connective tissues, we stress them in a passive state. That’s yin.
Yin exercise releases stagnant energy, stimulates and soothes the organs, allows the vital energy to travel to more deeper Yin area of the body, improves flexibility, lubricates joints, calms the nervous system, encourages the healthy flow of the lymphatic system.
TWO FORCES IN THE BODY
Hatha Yoga, (Sanskrit: “Discipline of Force”) stresses mastery of the body as a way of attaining a state of spiritual perfection in which the mind is withdrawn from external objects.
Hatha Yoga traces its origins especially to Gorakhnath, the legendary 11th-century founder of the Kanphata Yogis, but it grew out of yogic traditions dating back at least as far as Patanjali (2nd century bce or 5th century ce), author of the Hindu classics the Yoga-sutras and the Mahabhasya (“Great Commentary”).
Hatha Yoga stems from a deep understanding of the mechanics of the body, and uses yogic postures, or yogasanas, to enable the system to sustain higher dimensions of energy. By practicing this profound science, one can change and enhance the way they think, feel, and experience life. Hatha Yoga is about creating a body that is not a hurdle in your life. The body becomes a stepping stone in the progress towards blossoming into your ultimate possibility.
Hatha is a general category that includes most yoga styles. It is an old system that includes the practice of asanas (yoga postures) and pranayama (breathing exercises), which help bring peace to the mind and body, preparing the body for deeper spiritual practices such as meditation.
“We teach Hatha Yoga as a transformative process. The transformation will not only be on the level of your body but in the way you are.” – Sadhguru
South Indian master Krishnamacharya, championed the vinyasa approach as central to the transformative process of yoga.
The word vinyasa is defined as the ‘movement between poses in yoga, typically accompanied by regulated breathing.’ In yoga, it’s generally known as the mergence of breath and movement in association with a pose or sequence. The yoga style itself generally begins with a warm up, followed by a dynamic exercise routine, finishing with a cool down.
Vinyasa exemplifies the changing nature, where we enter the asana, stop for a moment, and move forward to the next position. Just as nature we become more fluid in the movement of our body, breath, and spirit.
Vinyasa, is a breath initiated practice, that connects every action of our life with the intention of moving towards what is sacred, or most important to us.
With the practice of vinyasa, we move through versions of Surye Namaskar or sun salutation.
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