Learn Yoga by Teaching Yoga

When one adventures into the Self, into the longest and blissful journey, there are many ways of understanding and different ways of learning..

There are books of course, there are many classes, many teachers and if one is lucky enough there is the discipline for the personal practice… and yes there are more sources, nature, meditation, etc.. but one in particular as title reveals by itself, its very interesting, learning yoga by teaching yoga..

“You do not really understand something unless you can explain it to your grandmother.” A. Einstein

From my personal experience, seeing others stepping into this journey we call yoga, not only got me deeper with understanding, but brought efficiency by learning better and shorter symbols to explain even bigger, complex to abstracts.. that’s why and many other reasons i say:

“My teachers are my students and my students are my teachers..”

So, see yourself, where are you regarding this concept? Are you sometimes missing even your personal practice because you don’t really understand what’s going on? Are you addicted to your teacher? If yes.. free yourself!!

“Yoga is the fearless expression of the Self.. ” re-quoting with love my teacher, Roshan

during my initial training in India, Rishikesh, we were many practicing “on and off” yoga, some even came to enrich and get a personal discipline, personal practice with the help of the yoga teacher training.. some came with a lot of years and dedication and still left with more.. and this is not because of the teachers, training, colleagues, time or places to study.. for sure.. they all played and important role.. but this is also about the process.. about the mindset.. to come and learn.. whoever you are to take a seat.. and do a yoga teacher training..


very soon, 1-15 of February 2014,  I’ll manifest as a teacher for a Yoga Teacher Training, what a richful event event for me and for the ones attending..

surrendering to the Divine..

hari om, tat sat, namaste!

Fii sincronizat cu vibratia Soarelui!

Unul dintre multele aspecte pentru care Salutam Soarele / Surya Namaskar / Sun Salutations este alinierea cu energia lui, cu fazele sau momentele acestuia..

La fel cum sunt 12 luni intr-un an sau 12 zodii… sau ziua impartita in 12 momente, la fel si Surya Namaskar, forma tradiotionala de Sun Salutation este compusa dintr-o serie de 12 asane. Iar daca in minte va curg deja interesante asocieri.. pe cand va veti mai linisti… am sa va mai las cateva seminte..

In cele 12 asane doar 7 sunt diferite..

6 coboara trupul si 6 il ridica..

iar pentru cine a avut ocazia sa le experiementeze la unele din clasele pe care le sustin poate isi aminteste si mai multe… precum faptul ca sun salutation este o secventa de posturi, nu o coregrafie, fiecare asana nu este doar un drum pentru cealalta ci o ajuta, o cheama..

mai mult Surya Namaskar in versiunea traditionala are o mini-colectie de mantre, cu propozitii, cuvinte sau sunete specifice (vibratii) pentru fiecare postura..

apoi mai sunt multe de amintit, despre chakre, despre 93% din toate grupele musculare, despre glandele hormonale, etc.. toate aceste informatii trebuie sa traiasca in voi la inceput, in timpul si dupa executarea acestora pentru ca manifestarea, ca energia, ca vibratia sa se sincronizeze si desavarseasca in voi..


miercuri 12 noiembrie de la 7:30 – la Club Moving Cluj, voi reveni asupra acestor detalii intr-o clasa de Foundational Yoga - din categoria Practica Personala -> Inceputuri in Yoga -> Salutarile Soarelui


 


 

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Raceala (comuna) – Terapie prin Yoga

Yoga propune cunoasterea si inelegerea manifestarilor care se intampla asupra corpului nostru inaite de a descrie cateva aspecte terapeutice. Unul din lucrurile pe care ar trebui sa le intelegem este ca exista o tendita naturala a corpului de a elimina toxine, iar raceala este una dintre cele mai intalnite forme de curatare si re-echilibrare (punct sustinut si in Yoga Management of Common Diseases – Dr. Swami Karmananda). In alta ordine de idei sunt si alti factori care pot grabi o raceala, cum ar fi un regim alimentar neadecvat, o digestie lenta, o viata sedentara sau mai bine zis lipsa exercitilor care duce la lipsa unui tonus muscular si probleme in circulatia sangvina.

Raceala poate fi prevenita cand energia pranica este prezenta in corp in cantitati corespunzatoare si functile fiziologice sunt in echilibru.

Primele simptome pe care le intalnim si la raceala precum ar fi si un gat uscat ne trimit direct cu gandul la un usor dezechilibru pranic. Recomandarea imediata ar fi sarirea peste o masa si practicarea de kryias precum neti si kunjal (pana la 2-3 ori pe zi), impreuna cu tehnici energizante de pranayama. Punct in care recomandarea mea este odata cu nasul curatit practicarea a:

– cel putin 5 serii de kapal bhati (preferabil 108 contractii)
– 3 serii de bastrika (intre 25-50 de expiratii)
– 5 serii de anulom vilom (in proportia de 1:2:2) pentru curatarea nadi-urilor

De asemenea se mai recomanda si ceaiuri fierbinti cu condimente picante: ghimbir, piper, scortisoara, timp de odihna in liniste, poate chiar absenta comunicarii verbale o vreme (mouna) pentru a minimaliza pierderile inutile de energie – vorbind.

Iar daca febra si alte simptome mai severe apar, retragerea la pat si 6 sau mai multe pahare cu apa fierbinte si lamaie pe zi. Iar in timpul febrei neti si kunjal sa nu fie efectuate, in plus Yoga Nidra si comunicarea (verbala) de preferal doar interna.

Daca raceala este recurenta de mai multe ori pe an, trebuie analizat mai atent dezechilibrul sistemului de imunitate,poate sunt alti factori care trebuie luati in considerare (de la alergie alimentare, lipsa vitamine/minerale, lipsa proteine, probleme digestive sau de metabolism, etc.)


Alte recomandari:

– practica regulata de Surya Namaskar intareste capacitatea, rezistenta corpului in fata tuselor si racelii
– nu se recomanda fumatul
– inhalatii de vapori timp de 10 minute si gargare de apa cu sare
– iar bineinteles ca si sursa de nutrienti sa nu lipseasca fructele, supele fierbinti din legume de sezon impreuna cu fruze de coriandru, ghimbir, si alte condimente picante. Alimente bogate in vitamina A si C.


Artrita – Terapie prin Yoga

cu aceasta ocazie nu am sa intru in a descrie aceasta forma de manifestare, ci doar pentru a sumariza un raspuns ateptat.. atat folosind surse traditionale, carti specifice ca Yogig Management of Common Diseases – Dr. Swami Karmananda cat si proprile-mi impresii..


 

Abordarea Yoga:

1. Asana

– pentru preventie cat si pentru experimentarea intregii liberatati de miscare se recomanda serile pawanmuktasana insa inainte se recomanda inmuierea membrelor in apa rece sau calda si sarata pentru incurajarea circulatiei sangvine

– shashankasana, marjariasana, shashank bujangasana, akarna dhanurasana si apoi dupa ce creste capacitatea surya namaskar intre 6 si 12 serii in fiecare dimineata

[..] ToBeContinued – in perceptia personala mai sunt unele posturi chiar si inversiuni pe care le-as sugera insa urmez sa le testez cu o persoana in aceiasi situatie inainte de a le recomanda

2. Shatkarma – se vorbeste aici despre curatarea cailor digestive prin tehnici kriya specifice [..] – pentru eliminarea acidului si a altor resturi – insistandu-se ca artrita nu se poate total indeparta din corp cat timp va exista constipatie. In alta ordine de idei se recomanda si tehnicile care implica neti pentru caile respiratorii.

3. Pranayama – textele traditionale vorbesc in particular despre anulom vilom (nadi shodhana) si bastrika… insa sunt amintite la modul general si tehnicile care implica respiratia abdominala, din care eu propun kapal bhati impreuna cu kumbakha si uddiyana bandha

4. Meditatie – forma in care ea poate influenta nu este un subiect ce se poate usor sumariza, asa ca am sa revin intr-un articol mai complex pe aceasta tema – este de dorit pastrarea observatiei asupra corpului si a mintii in ceea ce privesc obiceiurile. Pe de alta parte, daca gandul nu se poate desprinde de durere, introducerea unei stari meditative cu focalizarea pe durere nu poate aduce, ca fruct, decat mai multa durere.

5. Regim alimentar – seminte si cereale gatite in forma de mancare si forme usoare de proteina animala provenite din lapte cum ar fi iaurturile. Legume gatite sau fierte, in special cele verzi si contraindicata este ceapa. Salate cu frunze verzi, telina, rosii, sfecla rosie, morcovi, castraveti, cu germinaturi, seminte, etc. Fructe (cu exceptia bananelor), atat proaspete cat si dezhidratate, nuci in cantitati mici si in loc de zahar se recomanda mierea.

Reducerea laptelui si a produselor lactate cum ar fi branza si unturile si ocolirea alimentelor super-procesate sau rafinate precum faina alba.

Daca e neaparat necesar, cantitati mici de carne alba si peste pot fi consumate ocazional.

Mancatul la ore fixe si in special ultima masa sa nu depaseasca orele 19 pentru a permite o digestie corespunzatoare si un somn linistit.

Fara snak-uri intre mese, iar sarirea peste o masa precum si alegerea unei singure zi din saptamana fara mese (post) ajuta in momentele de prag inalt al durerilor precum si acelereaza eliberearea si refacarea sanatatii.

6. Amaroli – inmuierea unui burete si masarea incheieturilor cu urina veche sau fiarta, mai ales in cazurile lungi in care se folosesc analgezice si terapie cu steroizi.

7. Odihna – orice activitate trebuie sa-si regaseasca particica ei de odihna, mai ales in momentul cand se experiementeaza un nivel ridicat de inflamare.

8. Exercitii – mentinerea unei atitudini pozitive, corespunzatoare, chiar  determinate asupra exercitilor pana si la ideea de ati depasi confortul si a te mobiliza pentru continuarea lor si prin ele a unei vieti active, a unui stil de a trai prin auto-sustinere.

Plimbatul, inotul, gradinaritul si alte forme gentile de exercitii pentru a sustine si pastra muschii si incheieturile puternice. Exercitile pot fi integrate impreuna cu cateva asane simple.

9. Temperatura si Masaje – scufundarea totala in bai fierbinti si aplicarea locala de caldura umeda sau uscata, in special iarna, relaxeaza muschii si mai scapa din contractile dureroase. Caldura de asemenea reduce durerea si inflamatile, crescand functile metabolice, ajutat la eliminarea toxicitatilor, grabind procesul de productie a lubrifiantilor naturali, reducand unflaturile si ajutand in reabsorbirea dezpozitelor nedorite de calciu, a formatiulilor osoase din jurul muschilor, ligamentelor si incheieturilor.

Ulterior unui corp incalzit se poate aplica masaje la nivelul membrelor ce va relaxa sistemul senzorial, calmand si sistemul nervos motor, promovand circulatia si irigarea corpului cu sange si limfa.

10. Atitudine mintala – deasupra tuturor, persoana aflata in terapie trebuie sa lupte pentru rabdare si pozitivitate si sa nu se lase descurajat de durerea si disconfortul care pot aparea la inceput. Yoga Nidra fiind de asemenea recomandata pentru reducerea durerii si transformarea mintii ce va reduce dependenta de medicamente si sensibilitatea durerii.

 

 

Cui apartine Yoga?

am fost recent la o intalnire pe teme indiene la cluj si bineinteles ca s-a deschis usor deviant cu subiectul principal, ideea de yoga.. au fost intrebari la care am mai raspuns si in alte ocazii de genu: Yoga Religie? Yoga Indiei? Yoga din Bhagavad Gita? Yoga lui Krishna?…

Yoga apartine tuturor, iar spre surprinderea multora, cand invatam despre yoga in burta Indiei nu zicem ca asta ii este originea, ci facem trimitere la cele mai vechi izvoare arheologice ce regaseste Yoga intr-o comunitate care a trait in zona Avganistanului de azi..

Yoga este ceva ce poate aparea, regasi ca un nou in oricine gaseste drumul spre Sine, nu apartine si nu este orginara, ea doar este. La fel cum nu Cristofor Columb, nici vikingii nu au descoperit America. Sau cum natura isi stia  perfect functiile ei si era in deplina armonie si inainte ca omul sa inceapa sa o descifreze.

Yoga este pentru toti – o metoda – o unealta – un drum –

revin..

 

Clase / Cursuri Yoga Cluj – Octombrie – 2014

Date / Time

Class Focus

02.10.2015

07:30

Foundational Yoga – S04E01

03.10.2015

07:30

Morning Yoga Flow

05.10.2015

10:00

Yoga Intro

07.10.2015

20:30

Evening Yoga

09.10.2015

07:30

Foundational Yoga – S04E02

10.10.2015

07:30

Morning Yoga Flow

12.10.2015

10:00

Yoga Intro

14.10.2015

20:30

Evening Yoga

16.10.2015

07:30

Foundational Yoga – S04E03 – I

17.10.2015

07:30?

Morning Yoga Flow

19.10.2015

13:00

Yoga 210 min – Free entry for meetup group members

21.10.2015

20:30

Yin Yoga

23.10.2015

07:30

Foundational Yoga – S04E03 – II

24.10.2015

07:30?

Morning Yoga Flow

26.10.2015

10:00

Yoga Intro

28.10.2015

20:30

Evening Yoga

30.10.2015

07:30

Foundational Yoga – S04E04

31.10.2015

07:30?

Morning Yoga Flow

Intensive – Yoga Teacher Training – Jamaica

I was invited these days to step as a teacher for an Intensive Teacher Training in Jamaica, February 1-14, 2014 by Blackbird Yoga in collaboration with Yoga Bless Jamaica.

Find more about the team, Kelly Thornton E-RYT 200 ,RYT 500 & Amber Aten E-RYT 500 as also of the even by joining the info event on the 10th of Octomber 2014.

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Blackbird Yoga is a 5 star***** Rated Yoga Alliance Teacher Training Program

For more info, please email: blackbirdyogaarizona@gmail.com
Contact phone:  +1 876 278 6484

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It’s an asana (pose) good or wrong?

many times i open the yoga class saying that yoga is not a sport, that you are not competing or comparing with your yoga mat colleagues (and at some level not even with yourself).. and i would love expand into this some other time.. because yesterday night when i said this, one new participant asked, after other words:

“Then how can you say we are doing wrong?”

Oh, that was a lovely smart moment question, but in my attempt to quickly answer and get back to the class and practice maybe i was not fully understood. My fast answer was:

“Well you are right, you’re not doing the pose wrong, you are on the journey to the pose, to its full expression and benefits – i will tell you what we understand from this pose and at the limit of your current understanding, your attempt to enter the pose (if done with true presence) will always be good – but as often not what we, or the one who propose this pose thousand of years ago, like to agree it is.”

Confusing? then you are paying the correct amount of attention.

So we could manifest one asana in different forms, based on our personal “range” of understanding, motion and moment in time and depending on our intention it cannot be called differently that good, but i would rephrase it from now as “good effort”, “good understanding” or somehow else and not as “good pose” or how one of my loved teacher (Narendra Singh)  would say it “This is for you!” and very rarely “This IS!!!”
(aka between collegues as “dees ees” :) “dees ees position” , “dees ees final position” [video1, video2])

STILL .. because we are all in this journey, which actually is the same journey no matter how many paths one will see, we agree that understanding is one, the truth is one.
As we come to yoga not to express our ego, but to surrender it to the practice, so our journey and understanding of the asana poses should bring us together, aligned into less “fluctuating” expressions.

I am currently preparing an article, in romanian language, about Warrior 1 (Virabhadrasana A) but also including all warriors 2,3 and reversed (Virabhadrasana B, C), and while on the quest of collecting other ideas upon it, i passed over these lines:

“Yoga is the physical embodiment of myriad myths and poetic forms. If we look only at the asanas (postures) themselves, we can see each one has the potential to connect us to something deeper, something metaphysical (“beyond the physical”) within ourselves. Each posture is named and modeled after some creature, mythological archetype, or revered being. By placing our body into these postures, we become a physical metaphor for the thing we are imitating. In doing so, we can invite profound awareness around how the characteristics of these creatures, archetypes, and revered beings might be showing up in our own physical, mental, and spiritual make-up.”

so its is very important that we understand the goal of the pose, its origin, its final expression, its benefits, actually everything about that pose so that we are aware of our experience when manifesting ourselves into it.

In few words – YES, WE ARE SUPPOSED TO UNDERSTAND THE POSE AND DO IT CORRECTLY AND ALIGNED WITH THEIR DEFINITIONS, ENERGY. And [please] don’t promote, don’t public[shortcuts] personal messages from your teachers – it will only confuse others and prolong their journey [, please understand the messages behind ahimsa, satya and swadhyaya].


As i mentioned in one previous line, there will be an article on warrior poses in Romanian, but for my international friends I will shortly sum up my findings [before a focused post on this]:

Especially Warrior I, Virabhadrasana A, is not a traditional pose in yoga – where you can only track it down to Krishnamacharya, which was the teacher of Iyengar, K. Pattabhi Jois, Desikachar (which passed it to Gary Kraftsow) and this happened about 70 years ago. More recently than that by divine revelation it appeared also in Bikram Yoga but with the back heel up which is an exception of totally other understandings as also this “Bikram Yoga” which tries to mimic Indian conditions on performing asanas is let’s say “excommunicated”, not thought in India, not recognized by Indian yoga teachers and gurus.

Virabhadrasana is linked to an Hindu legend which involves Shiva, Shakti, Daksha and Virabhadra and all these poses interpret those events. As my initial personal feeling, these poses were initially dance poses or as previously mentioned, Gary Kraftsow – foundator of Viniyoga American Institute) said, they were present in the ancient indian martial arts – as one who performs any martial arts would notice its grounding, efficient energy to retreat and the courageous frontal gaze.

Why they were introduced in yoga? and other martial arts? - this is a journey i invite you all to understand for these and any other asana..

Yoga is the fearless expression of the Self..