In the practice of hatha-yoga, we can acknowledge that a wish of the modern world is being reflected: The need to unfold toward an intimate dialogue with ourselves, toward a process of returning attention to the core of our existence in order to experience serenity, harmony and profound joy.
Originated in India, hatha-yoga, is an integral path of Yoga, an ancient discipline that focuses on the somatic metamorphosis. For the contemporary yogi, the practice of postures, known as ãsanas, and their relationship to the eternal breath, offers a new horizon of discoveries on how wise the human body can be: Our vehicle of self-realization and spiritual growth.
The main principle that underlies the yoga practice, but also represents the different manifestations of the Indian thinking, is that of Ahimsa, the cultivation of non-violence.
How can we achieve a harmonious integration of our entire existence, while honouring the wisdom and the intuitive intelligence of our bodies? And how can we learn to respect the needs of each moment and to make sensitive choices that will support our vision in life.
Such a discipline, where the heritage of an ancient tradition about the function of our consciousness has been translated and combined with contemporary scientific knowledge on psychosomatic function, will not only nourish our understanding about who we are, but will also define our perception of the world around us.
The Method Ruchpaul
"The architecture of a session has as an objective the fundamental destination of the yogic posture,
which is to modify by a physiological action the rhythm and the quality of the mental activity"
In the technique developed by Eva Ruchpaul, we focus on a progressive study of the ãsana practice and the conscious use of the breath as a transformative experience.
The posture, the ãsana, is not defined as a pre-condition or as a goal, but instead it is respected as an exercise of awareness that lead toward mental stability and self-realization.
The "bien tempéré" principle, that the postures are not repeated during a session but become unique experiences of stability, reflects the wish to guide attention toward a state of immobility, a state where the body is meditating beyond the limitations of time and form.
The ancient yogic tradition defines the ãsana as "stable" and "comfortable". Seen as an exercise of serenity, the ãsana creates an internal space of silence, yet without solitude. The posture is a compass that guides our attention to refine our ability to observe, to discover and to articulate movement.
Conscious breathing is an essential element in this process. The conscious breath is the fabric that weaves subtly through the yoga session. The more fluid and conscious our breathing is, the more we will experience completeness and peacefulness.
In such a state of equanimity we will learn how to perceive another notion of effort. The principle, of making an effort to reduce all physical effort in the practice of ãsanas, allows the posture to reveal its maximum healing effect and presents a state where the physical tension is transformed into a harmonious state of well-being.
Supporting the practitioner to discover his/her actual physical needs and moving far beyond any expectations about the ideal performance, we will be expanding towards an honest and balanced ãsana practice, where what is essential is to estimate who we are and how do we feel after a yoga session.
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