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Hatha Yoga – the Foundation

‘Ha-Tha’ means the yoga in which the aim is to unify the two energies of ‘Ha’ (the left, coll energy of the moon) and ‘Tha’ (the right, hot energy of the sun) and merge them together in the center of the body.

The classical Hatha Yoga in the lineage of Swami Sivananda (1887 – 1963) is a holistic yoga, which also includes the development of the body (asanas), breathing excercises (pranayama), meditation and relaxation. It is practised in a special sequence in order to make sure, that the student gets to know all aspects of his being, as the true depth of yoga is not immediately sensable for a beginning student.

 

Vinyasa Flow – a Dance with the Breath

‘Vinyasa’ means to flow or link purposefully. This class is a dynamic sequence that combines fluid movement with rhythmic breathing for a transformative mind-body workout.

Moving with natural flow, this yoga style enhances vitality and agility while building strength and flexibility. As you flow from pose to pose, your pulse quickens, your mind clears, and your body unwinds.

 

Yin Yoga – “Go to Yin-side”

Yin Yoga is a part of the original Hatha Yoga tradition. In its modern incarnation, Yin Yoga combines the influences of Indian Yoga with Chinese Daoist practices and Western science to improve our health on many levels. With its emphasis on long-held, passive stresses of the deeper connective tissues, Yin Yoga mobilizes and strengthen our joints, ligaments and deep fascial networks. It offers us a way to leave behind our ideas of how we should be, and return to our true selves, where all lasting healing takes place. (from: “A complete guide to Yin Yoga” by Bernie Clark)

Yin is yielding, allowing and nourishing.

Turning from the outer forms of yoga to the inner revolution that yoga can offer = “to go yin-side”, as Bernie Clark (www.yinyoga.com) would say. It is here that the deeper aspects of yoga are revealed. Adding a yin or quieter aspect to our yoga practice can introduce us to the possibility of Physical / emotional / mental equilibrum by marrying the softer, contemplative modes of being in life to the stronger activities we are so often compelled by.

 

Aerial Yoga - for the first time in Sri Lanka!!! 

Aerial Yoga is a fun new way to practice traditional yoga. By using a soft fabric hammock suspended from the ceiling you elevate your asanas in a playful way.

Using a soft, fabric aerial hammock suspended from the ceiling, you’ll explore new and traditional yoga asanas (yogic postures) with your body weight partially or fully supported. This allows you to expand flexibility, increase range of motion, build strength, lengthen the spine, and relax the nervous system. Never more than a few feet off the ground, you’ll let go into gravity, be held in the hammock, and awaken yogic bliss.

I am teaching Dana®Aerial Yoga, the style of my teacher Dhanya Daniela Meggers (Germany). “Dana” is a sanscrit word with the meaning “to give away” or “present”. It is a very ‘yogic’ aerial yoga style. Mantras, Meditation and Pranayamas are much more important then in other, more acrobatic variations of aerial yoga.

Enjoy this wonderful video about Dana®Aerial Yoga to get a first impression:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eq7T5n6vp8k)!

> Dana®Aerial Yoga in Germany: http://dana-aerialyoga.de/startseite.html

> Aerial Yoga in New York: http://www.aerialyoga.com/

 

Conscious Dance – Freestyle & for Everybody

In conscious dance, also known as "intentional dance”, the dancers enters the dance floor with a sense of intention. Guided by a teacher you can move as you wish. You are barefoot and there is no talking during the dance session.

This freestyle dance does not require dance experience. It can become a form of active mediation, where music, movement and the breath are used to shift our brain wave patterns from the day-to day cognitive beta state, to the more meditative and insightful alpha state. 

Have a look at different styles of ‘Conscious Dance’: Soulmotion, 5Rhythms, Trance Dance here:

> http://www.consciousdance.org/index.php

> www.soulmotion.com

> www.5rhythms.com

> ‘Trance Dance’ with Shiva Rea (www.shivarea.com): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TRou8B31Hic

 

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) Meditation – May I be kind to myself 

Mindful Self-Compassion combines the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion, providing a powerful tool for emotional resilience.

A randomized controlled trial demonstrated that MSC significantly increased self-compassion, compassion for others, mindfulness, and life satisfaction, as well as decreased depression, anxiety and stress. Visit the Center for Mindful Self Compassion website (http://www.centerformsc.org) to learn more about MSC and how it can help you have a healthier relationship to yourself.

Mindful self-compassion teaches you to take care of yourself in difficult moments and situations. To talk to yourself as if you were talking in a supportive way to a good friend and to learn some wonderful gentle ways of how to face difficult emotions.

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