Yoga since the very beginning has always been an exploration on the subtle body, but along with its increasing popularity in the western world, it seems the focus has completely shifted. Most people nowadays believe that practicing yoga means practicing postures (asanas), but in its origin yoga has to offer so much more:
Referring to the dictionary the meaning of the word „subtle“ is, 1. thin, tenuous, or rarefied, as a fluid or an odour, and 2. fine or delicate in meaning or intent; difficult to perceive or understand; faint and mysterious.
Long before the invention of microscopes and imaging procedures (such as X-rays and MRI) the old mystics and yogis from India and Tibet had visualised and documented sophisticated networks and systems running through the human body transmitting a mysterious flow of energy, called prāṇa. Decades later and despite modern achievements the mere existence of this intrinsic „cosmic energy“, or “breath of life” seems to be beyond the scientific-orientated faculty of our imagination.
Seen through the lens of esoteric anatomy on an even more subtle level a fine-spun network of energy pathways permeates our bodies enabling prāṇa to pulse, flow, or eventually just trickle through – in fact the entity of the archetypal forces inside the body is contained and nurtured by prāṇa. Even more, not just the science of Yoga and Tantra, but also Buddhism and TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) are based on the system of chakras (Sanskrit cakra, “wheel”), presumed energy centres that are located along the vertical central axis, respectively along the spine.
As much as the “anatomical architecture” of our bodies and its inner organisation has an impact on the distribution of prāṇa through the blood-, nerve,- and lymphatic system, on a more subtle level our thoughts and emotions have a long lasting effect on its quality as well. In a thought-provoking manner we could ask ourselves how and where psychological and emotional stress manifests itself inside us – under the surface of the skin, in tight and hardened muscles; Under the diaphragm (so that we merely hold our breath most of the time); By subconsciously gnawing our teeth, or tensed and tightened shoulders?
sub·ti̱ l.es yoga
This course is an integrative concept merging the traditional methods of classical “hatha” yoga with other “somatic” techniques (Ida Rolf, Moshe Feldenkrais, F. Matthias Alexander).
In contrary to conventional treatment with the tendency to divide the human body up into many separate parts and treating them as such individually, sub·ti̱l.es yoga is based on the principles of completeness and proprioception. In order to sense and feel movement and orientation in space the practice provides a timeless open and protected environment for deep inner listening and feeling thereby containing of meditative as well as reflective structures.
The focus is on how and from where a certain movement or movement pattern arises, and which bodily sensations and signals can be received along with it. Imagery and embodied perception help to deepen the enquiry.
A continually fresh engagement with “postures” emerges from sensing and feeling the orientation of the whole body to ground and in space. Curiosity and a child-like open-mindedness help to recognize ease and freedom within the process as movement unfolds. From this comes the opportunity to re-connect, re-adjust and re-discover new ways of moving and being, thereby creating and establishing new movement patterns to gradually replace the old ones that have made movement or posture difficult or impossible.
::: Aligns the body structurally and energetically
::: Brings embodied consciousness into everyday life through practicing mindfulness
::: Enhances creativity and imagination
::: Increases overall vitality levels by fusing breath with movement
::: Calms the overly busy mind and restores and renews energy
::: Increases body awareness, core strength, adaptability and mindfulness beyond the limitation of the mat
sub·ti̱l.es yoga encourages the “beginner’s mind”. Therefore it suits beginners and advanced practitioners alike. No previous knowledge or experience is needed for enjoying relaxation, relief and re-acceleration as an antidote to our speed-driven lifestyle.
Note the dates:
Friday, 30th September 2016
Friday, 28th Oktober 2016
Friday, 25th November 2016, from 17.30 – 19.00
at PURE YOGA ASHTANGA VINYASA, Pfungstädter Straße 37, 64297 Darmstadt-Eberstadt, Cost: 15,- € (Drop-In)
Places are limited, so please sign up: