O M K A R A  M A S S A G E  A N D  Y O G A

MY YOGA JOURNEY

It started in 2008, moved from a strong feeling for yoga I attended my Teacher Training  in 2011 in India with ‘Yoga Vidya Gurukul’, traditional Hatha yoga from Satyananda tradition of Bihar School of Yoga. I regard this as the official beginning of a very extensive and wide path that I’m still walking.

It’s been a transformational journey in which I explored and attended many different types of yoga workshops, intensive courses and classes in Europe and in my yearly trips to India. Some years were spent, beside the daily Asana and Pranayama practise, in a special call for experiencing the aspect of devotion so called Bhakti, chanting of mantras and Japa meditation. Some others up to today by reading the sacred scriptures of Yoga so to integrate this ancient philosophy as a whole. Three years ago I went to an Iyengar Yoga method based class and connected so deeply that I am currently in the long and serious training to be a certified teacher.

Iyengar yoga regards the body as a vehicle for self exploration, to perceive the mind, to develop a quality of reflectiveness, a tool to employ for greater self awareness, so that yoga practice becomes a mirror to the self. 

My classes are highly influenced by this method, focused on precise details in alignment, body-mind awareness and breath control. By following a progressive series of asanas (postures) the student is guided to achieve strenght, mobility and stability in the body and in the mind. I invite students to come to their yoga mat to feel, to learn how to connect with their body and to sharpen their mind. Shifting the focus into their inner awareness. 

Yoga is described by Patanjali as a self study (svadhyaya) which ultimately means that we learn about ourselves through practice.

Yoga shows us ways of understanding the functioning of the mind, and helps to quiten their movements, leading one towards the undisturbed state of silence which dwells in the very seat of consciuosness

-B.K.S. Iyengar

OMKARA

Omkara is another term for Om (or Aum), literally meaning “OM maker.” Omkara is the primordial sound from which the whole universe was created. Ancient Yogic texts, such as Bhagavad Gita, Patanjali Yoga Sutras and Upanishads, mention of a method of meditation where one concentrates on the sacred sound of the Om mantra, which is believed to represent Brahman, or Absolute Reality.

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‘Yoga is when every cell of the body sings the song of your soul’
-B.K.S. Iyengar
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