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Tuning in Yoga ...

we practice in synchrony.

In him was life
and life was the light of men;
 light shines in the darkness
and the darkness has not overcome it.

(John 1,4-5)

INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE:

Welcome to,

Afterwards, the practice proposal awaits you, consisting of two distinct and consequential moments:

  • Meditation

  • Ashtanga Yoga

Today's proposal will unfold like this:

Start reading the written track following the directions in order to prepare yourself physically, mentally and spiritually for what you are about to do.

Remember that it is always very important that you take the time and space to practice.

The entire proposal will last approximately 2 hours. However, if you feel you do not have all this time available, we invite you to follow the proposal at least up to the MEDITATION audio track included.

Following the written instructions you will arrive at the first MEDITATION audio track that today accompanies you in a space dedicated to letting go .

After completing the meditation, take the time you need, and then start practicing following the ASHTANGA YOGA proposal.

Here the choice is yours:

  • If you are an expert practitioner choose the track: FIRST COMPLETE SET.

  • If you are an intermediate practitioner follow the track: GUIDED PRACTICE

  • If you are a beginner or at least feel the need to practice with fewer positions, choose the track: ASHTANGA YOGA BEGINNERS

Given the characteristics of ashtanga yoga and the intensity and dynamism of the practice, it is essential that you read the following:

IMPORTANT!

The proposed practice of ASHTANGA YOGA   is designed for practitioners of ashtanga Yoga with already a minimum of  previous experience, in respect of their current level (expert, intermediate, beginner) . If you decide to follow it, do it with total serenity and especially if you are not already an ashtanga practitioner and / or do not have an already established practice, do not run away if the indications seem out of your current reach and understanding. Stay as long as you can and then slowly give yourself time to relax, breathe and calmly exit the practice.

To simplify, remember to print the card with the ashtanga positions and to print or view before starting to practice the card with the name of the positions that make up the audio track (only for beginners, ASHTANGA YOGA BEGINNERS page)

Good practice!

With Joy and Gratitude

Thomas for Kyem

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Prepare the practice space with care and attention, making sure it is intimate, quiet. It is important that this is a moment dedicated to you.

Carefully spread out the mat and use a pillow, folded blanket or zafu for meditation if you like or use them during your listening moments. This will help you maintain a more comfortable position for longer.

Keep the virtual support you have chosen to follow the practice (pc or phone) close to you but do not let yourself be disturbed.

Keep a pen and a notebook or paper handy, they will come in handy later.

Prepare a bowl of water and place it in front of you. In front of you place a lighted candle.

Sit on the ground bringing your buttocks on the pillow or directly on the mat, feeling the support on the ischium.

Cross your legs to find a position that is comfortable for you.

Listen to your body weight, balance the tilt of your spine until you feel straight but effortless.

Breathe.

Welcome the sounds coming from the outside trying to integrate them to your listening. Refine your listening more and more, reaching far and near sounds.

Look at the candle, observe its contours, its movement, its light.

 

The power of letting go:

When we walk, step by step, what is evident is that we cannot have both feet in contact with the ground. Whether you walk in the woods, on the beach, in the snow or on the asphalt in this case makes no difference. One foot, the other and so on.

There are five primary needs which regulate human life and which respond only to the laws of physiology. In increasing order of importance: reproduce, eat, sleep, drink, breathe.

For each of them, life has predisposed two distinct but connected moments and movements.

We can father a child but we cannot hold him back, prevent him from living his life.

We must eat, nourish ourselves with food to support ourselves in life and do it in a regular and dedicated way but we cannot keep all the food we have ingested in us, we will inevitably eliminate waste.

We must sleep and rest a suitable and dedicated number of hours to restore the forces spent during the day but it is essential that the morning sees us ready and energetic to face a new day, thus balancing sleep and wakefulness.

We have to drink to survive and do it abundantly to hydrate the body but no doubt some of that water will come out of our body in various ways.

We have to breathe to live. A handful of breathless moments and life passes. Breathe in  physiological and complete way. But without a doubt a breathing made only of the inhalation phase, of the only act of reception, would be impossible. There are two acts: I inhale and exhale. There are two movements, as for all other needs, as for walking.

What is true on the basis of physiology is also true from a spiritual point of view.

There are two movements: take and let go . They are distinct but connected; the absence of one foresees the extinction of the other. If I wish to prepare myself to receive, it is necessary to let go, with a happy soul, that which for me is no longer a source of nourishment.

Just as after eating the waste ends up in the latrine; or after having taken oxygen I will let go of toxins and carbon dioxide, so to balance one of the most beautiful equations of life, which gives only abundance, it is necessary to let go in order to receive. Let go in order to walk more lightly.

Learning to let go opens the doors for us to heal what is one of the most serious disharmonies that afflicts man: possession and the anxiety of possessing, in all its various forms. Thinking that you can possess someone or something is the highest form of dementia and stupidity, as well as the exact opposite of love. Pretending to possess reduces freedom, prevents movement, cancels the space of others and of oneself.

You can let go of a thought, an attitude, an attachment, a form of identification, a person, an object ... Anything that is let go takes back its own innate and innate freedom and for that wonderful game of exchange and resonance it gives freedom even to those who have let go.

The seed lets go of the idea and the form of the seed in order to become a sprout, the same does the bud to become a flower or the flower to become a fruit.

The foal lets go of the puppy idea and form to become a horse; so does the little eagle to become the largest and most imposing bird of prey in the skies.

The river lets go of the idea and the shape of a river to become a sea.

Letting go, not holding back, drives away greed, leaves sickness away and generates lightness and a smile.

Letting go does not mean deprivation or lack. Far from it. It is preparing to receive and receive in abundance.

The preferred time of letting go is now. Not yesterday or tomorrow. Now. Just as you are breathing, inhaling and exhaling, right now.

MEDITATION

The audio track  MEDITATION   takes you through a listening path. Listening to your breath, listening to your sensations. Listening to your inner dialogues. Listening to your wishes and choices.

Feel peaceful and independent . 

Meditation is an intimate journey that everyone can do only for themselves. Techniques are just expedients, tools to embark on this path. But  it is very difficult to guide a meditation effectively and it is even more so with the use of the virtual. Stay close to yourself and make your own path. With serenity, sweetness  and calm.

IMPORTANT:

Choose carefully the place where you will practice listening, make sure it is quiet and protected. Sit down in a stable and comfortable position.

Meditazione
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When you open your eyes, go back to looking at the flame of the candle in front of you. Observe its movement, its outlines.

Slowly regain tune with the body and gently move the main joints; neck, shoulders, wrists, pelvis, hips, knees, ankles.

Bring your hands into the bowl of fresh water that you placed in front of you and refresh your face, eyes.

Take the time you need and then write down in your notebook trying to answer these 2 questions easily:

  • What is letting go to me and what do I want to let go now?

  • What are my desires, what do I really want for me now?

When you want, start practicing by following the directions below.

ASHTANGA YOGA

 

I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned and revealed them to the little ones.

(Matthew 11.25)

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