July 7-9, I was fortunate enough to participate in the practice of Ashtanga Yoga, in Haapsalu, at a summer camp with Lino Miele.
I would like to share some impressions. Haapsalu, of course, is ideal for such events – a cozy and calm city, fresh air, especially after the rain … Evening promenade at sunset, under the cries of seagulls, in an airy high spirits after a day of practice. Here is a photo mood:
A bit about Ashtanga Yoga. The founder of the style is considered to be Sri Pattabhi Jois. Actually, “Ashtanga” – is translated as the “octal path” and is based on the 8-step yoga proposed by the sage Patanjali, who wrote the “bible” of yoga – Yoga Sutras. Continue reading
I was recently invited again to Radio 4 in the morning air – to talk a little about yoga and about our upcoming yoga camp in Spain. Before turning on the microphone, the dear presenter asks: “how to introduce you?” – Honestly, this question always baffles me. Yoga instructor? Yoga trainer? Yoga teacher? What is hidden behind these labels? How are ordinary listeners listening to them?
The hackneyed word “guru” in Sanskrit only means “dispelling the darkness of ignorance.” Although in fact it is closest to the truth, in our world with distorted concepts it is worth calling yourself a guru and tomatoes and accusations will fly into you, but this is not even the point. I really do not want to belittle the meaning of this word, devalue it. “Guru” – only your students can call you, not you yourself. So who am I? ! Continue reading
Do you agree with the statement that relaxation for modern Westerners is an art that needs to be learned? Or are you convinced that relaxing means coming home, leaning back in an armchair, closing your eyes … Maybe splashing something relaxing in a glass or turning on a relaxing TV / computer? Many believe that it is enough to go to bed and relaxation will come automatically. But why, then, having overslept a seemingly sufficient number of hours, do you wake up tired and broken? Stress becomes habitual, we stop noticing it until it “shoots” with increased pressure, asthma, an ulcer or other bad sore. Thoughts, anxieties and worries are brewed in the head even at night, burdening dreams. Yogis call this dream “Nidra.” But there is another type of sleep, free of burden – this is YOGA NIDRA or yogic dream or “dream without dreams” as it is also called. Continue reading