Awakening Therapeutic Yoga
MY YOGA STYLE
My approach to yoga is all encompassing and has evolved over the years as my own personal Yogic journey has unfolded. I started my practice with Anusara Yoga, then I focused on Asthanga for a short period before diving into Vinyasa Yoga.
During my pilgrimage to India where I studied in the Ashram to become an Hatha Yoga teacher, everything inside me changed – my ideas, my attitude and my approach to Yoga. Since returning from India, my practice has altered drastically. My Yoga style now incorporates different styles and schools of Hatha, including the Shivanadanda sequence and Kundalini Yoga. I also teach Yoga to kids and am an Ayurvedic nutritionist.
I am currently focusing my practice on Shamanic and Integral Yoga and am training with the Imaginal Academy of Selene Calloni Williams. Shamanic Yoga is born from the encounter between Yoga and the Shamanic tradition, it is an ancestral, sacral practice... read more.
THE CLASS EXPERIENCE
Each class I teach is different because I tailor them to the needs and the physical constitution of my clients (Dosha).
The sessions are strongly focused on breath work (Pranayama and Shamanic). I also teach Kundalini’s awaking techniques inspired by Shamanic Yoga.
Kundalini is our greatest power – it is the sexual energy that we must put at the service of the mind. Kundalini is often blocked and needs to be awakened. Once awake, we must learn to channel and direct it towards the heart, the mind and spiritual powers.
In my classes I always include asanas, mantras chanting, and healing musical instruments to synchronise body, mind and spirit with infinite benefits to the nervous system, Shamanic practices and meditations.
The experience is enriched by essential oils, Tibetan bells, instruments, incense and palo Santo.
I could define my practice today as an “Awakening Therapeutic Yoga Style”. It is based on three styles of teaching:
My lineage comes from Bihar School of India (Meditation, Pranayama, Sun Salutations, Standing up, Balancing and Sitting Asanas, final relaxation in Shavasana – enriched by essential oils, Tibetan bells and Mantras) but with the influence of other practices and techniques that I have learned flowing between the postures seeking to open the heart and the consciousness.
Hatha Yoga is a system of yoga which is specifically designed to give the practitioner perfect mastery over the physical body. It includes Asana (physical postures). Pranayama (breathing practices). Mudra (psychic gestures). Bandha (energy locks). It also includes the practices of physical and mental purification called Shatkarmas. These six cleansing practices consist of Neti, Dhauti, Basti, Nauli, Kapalabhati and Trataka.
Traditionally the practices of Hatha Yoga is been used by the yogis to prepare them for the advance practices of Raja Yoga (in Sanskrit, the word raja means "king," or one who has achieved self-mastery. While the word Yoga itself means “union”, thus a Raja Yogi is someone who achieved the self mastery by the means of yoga and has established absolute control over the body and the mind).
Shamanic yoga is the oldest and most authentic yoga. Animist shamanism, as a way of ecstasy, is the oldest form of spirituality on this planet. From the Vedas to the Yoga Sutras, the Indian spiritual tradition has strongly absorbed the techniques of shamanic ecstasy and the visions of early shamanism.
The main forms of Indian and Tibetan yoga are strongly imbued with animist and shamanic feeling.
The practice of Shamanic Yoga leads to a new existential and social paradigm, characterised by a harmonic, non-dual relationship between man and nature. Practicing shamanic poetics means reconnecting oneself to one's soul, to one's inner world, letting out latent potentialities. The Shamanic Ritual therefore leads to a rapprochement with the Great Mother, to Nature, to a profound healing of the soul.
The class is a real pure Ritual. The lesson takes place in the "psychic or imaginary forest" where you feel a state of ecstasy, you ask the permission to enter and you realize an offer (your credence, your fear, your deep disease). Here you will experience the physical-corporeal experience ("Child Experience”) and the visionary-symbolic-imaginary experience ("Mother Experience”), which implies the use of particular "magical-psychic formulas", the reference to images with a powerful evocative force, visualisations of shapes, colours, yantra and repetitions of mantras.. https://selenecalloniwilliams.com
The integration of the Ayurvedic Nutrition course allows me to envelop my clients in care that is completely holistic – meeting every need – body, mind, spirit and soul. Ayurveda and Yoga are ancient sisters and work in harmony to help people to stay healthy physically, mentally and emotionally.
Every client receives a personally tailored therapy based on their Dosha (constitution/physical structure). This consists of a healthy diet plan that is aligned with a conscious Yoga practice, Meditation, Music therapy and Purification (with breathing techniques and physical cleansing). A full 360 degrees of care!