HATHA RAJA VINYASA YOGA
the shortcut to immortality
Seated in a meditative pose, ancient yogis discovered that a straight spine and deep, slow abdominal breathing were not only vital to comfort , but also assisted in finding deep concentration
The beginners class is for people who start their yoga practice. We will teach you the basic flow of the sun salutation and the main basic postures of the Dharma Yoga style. You will learn how to align your body the right way to prevent injury and there is time to ask questions for a better understanding.
The Maha Shakti is an open level class that adjusts to the level of the practicioners. There is space for different variations of the basic poses, so as a beginner you can solidify your practice and challenge yourself into deeper variations as well as an advanced practicioner who wants to go further and shift into different states of conciuosness. You could say the Maha Shakti practice is the little sister of the Master Class. In the end there will always be a guided deep relaxation, where body and mind can rest and the prana can do its work.
The Master Class will challenge you at its best. Here we share the full knowledge of Sri Dharma Mittras over 50 years of Yoga practice. You will find Master Asanas, preparations and variation of the poses.
It is recommended to have a basic understanding of the main poses but we encourage every beginner to face the challenging practice.. We will guide you deep into the poses to experience it at your best level.
Furthermore the Master Class offers a variety of Pranayama - breathing excercies, Dharana - concentration excerciices and Dhyana - meditation exercises.
"Your body can go as far as your imagination can."
The Dragon Flow is a vivacious practice
using the mythic symbolism from the Chinese Dragon Dance
in a fusion of Thai Qi and Hatha Yoga.
The practice itself follows a flowing, repetitive structure.
Each breath to be one movement like in Thai Chi.
The sequence is repeating in itself.
This way of sequencing makes it a moving meditation.
It challenges the balance, the ability to combine breath and movement, enhances the communication between both hemispheres and the awareness of the body moving through time and space.
The Dragon Dance is celebrated in the chinese culture. The movements symbolise historic roles of dragons
demonstrating power and dignity.
Dragons are believed to bring luck and rain.
Their qualities are positive, including power, dignity, fertility
and wisdom, although their appearance can be frightening.
In the myth of the west, the dragon was a symbol of chaos, a misanthropic monster destroying sun and moon, holding the fruitful waters. It needed a hero or god to fight the dragon for the earth to arise and sustain.
Some psychodynamic and psychoanalytic interpretations
see the dragon as a personification of power and rule,
of the enemy forces holding the self from its liberation,
a figure of taboos.
The fight with the dragon
is a symbol in a psychological perspective
for the struggle with the “evil” inside
and outside of the individual.
Both visions of the dragon don ́t have to be contradictory
they correspond in a beautiful way.
The negative image urges us to act,
the positive one empowers us at the same time.
A Dragon dance creates heat inside,
which can be used to burn anything you want.
Depending on the day and students in the class,
we will flow 2 to 4 dragon dances,
combined with 1 -3 meditations in between.
Y I N
. . . a silent deep practice.
Yin Yoga holds the concept of Taoist Yoga which includes the science of Acupuncture, a flow of Qi, or Prana, or energy through pathways called Meridians or Nadis.The exercises were developed to harmonize the flow. Dr. Hiroshi Motoyama (Japan) and Dr. James Oschman (US) explore the possibility that the connective tissues running throughout the body provide these pathways for the flow of energy described by ancient texts.
The connective tissue (ligaments, tendons and fascia) are dryer, harder and stiffer than muscles which are fluid-filled, soft and elastic. In a Taoist perspective the connective tissues are described as Yin, the muscles as the Yang tissues.
A yin practice stretches the connective tissues around the joints without force.. Connective tissue is different from muscle and needs to be exercised differently. It responds best to a slow, steady load. if it is stretched gently by holding a Yin pose for long time, the body will respond by making it longer and stronger.
During a Yin Yoga class you will be on the floor, practicing 9-13 poses with a short Savasana between each pose. Sometimes the sequence will include little counter movements. You will only move when changing from pose to pose, the rest of the time, you will try to relax and let go of as much tensions inside as possible. You will stretch deeply and feel fresh and recovered afterwards.