Yoga has been a great teacher throughout a great part of my life. It helped me to overcome deep fears, insecurities and showed me my worth. It transformed my vision of the world and myself, it taught me kindness and compassion towards others and myself but also made me strong to stand up for what I believe and set boundaries. It taught me to accept my weaknesses and faults and to forgive myself and move on. It gave me a direction and opened many doors along the path. It still teaching me and helping me to evolve as a human being. The learning never stops. I feel grateful for this practice and for all the lineage of masters and teachers that for centuries have been sharing this art of unity.
What is Yoga?
Yoga is a science of right living and, as such is intended to be incorporated in daily life. It works on all aspects of the person: the physical, vital, mental, emotional, psychic and spiritual. The word yoga means ” unity” or ”oneness” and is derived from the Sanskrit word Yuji, which means ” to join ”. This unity or joining is described in spiritual terms as the union of individual consciousness with the universal consciousness. On a more practical level, yoga is a means of balancing and harmonizing the body and mind.
The science of yoga begins to work on the outermost aspect of the personality, the physical body, which for most people is a practical and familiar starting point. Yoga aims at bringing the different bodily functions into perfect coordination so that they work for the good of the whole body. The effects of yogic practices are currently being researched by scientists and doctors around the world. Their results show that Yogic practices are a potent means to restore and maintain physical and mental health.
Yoga Poses what is commonly referred to as “yoga” can be more accurately described by the Sanskrit word Asana, which refers to the practice of physical postures or poses. Asana is only one of the eight “limbs” of yoga, the majority of which are more concerned with the mental and spiritual well being than physical activity.
Vinyasa also called flow because of the smooth way that the poses run together. It is one of the most popular contemporary styles of yoga. It is very similar to Ashtanga Vinyasa but it doesn’t follow the same sequence as in Ashtanga, instead, the teacher has the freedom to create his/her own sequences. Both have the same principle, each movement in the series is cued by an inhalation or an exhalation. The breath is the primary force as you move from one pose to the next. It reminds a lot of the fluidity of water, and its ability to work around any obstacles. The flow can vary from gentle and soft to vigorous and strong. Depending on the intention of the practice, the teacher or level of students.
Yin Yoga has become very popular also and usually works as a complement to other dynamic styles of Yoga. Yin Yoga is focusing on releasing the tension on the deep layers, the connective tissue – fascia- by holding poses from 3 to 7 minutes. Here the challenge is to overcome the fluctuations of the mind and to learn how to become still and present. Many people today find it very difficult to be still. I believe Yin Yoga is teaching us the gift of surrender and acceptance to what is. It is a great alternative for beginners as it doesn’t demand physical effort.
Yin Fusion is an invitation to explore Yoga in a gentle and therapeutic approach. A combination of asana using yoga props with meditative flow and mindfulness. I created this class to adapt to as many students as possible.