ŚIVAŚAKTI YOGA

Śivaśakti yoga is deeply rooted in the yoga tradition and embraces the findings of modern science. The integration of yoga into everyday life is a major aspect. Śivaśakti sādhana is not limited to practicing on the mat, but is practiced in every situation in life. In the tantra tradition śiva and śakti represent the polarities of the divine in the universe, in nature and in us. In yoga, these opposites merge. The quality of śiva is centering, grounding, muscular, rational, introverted, masculine, with the focus on the inside. The quality of śakti is expansive, growing, organic, feminine, intuitive, emotional, extroverted and unfolding. All these aspects are present in the creation. Śivaśakti yoga is about recognizing and becoming aware of these qualities in us. Through this awareness, we can create an intimacy between the qualities and ourselves, embrace them and understand that none is more important than the other: they complement each other optimally. śivaśakti yoga celebrates the new-found intimacy and inspires us to experience the fullness of life.


The sādhana practice was conceived to bring back the balance between body and mind and to work on all aspects of life. This can give rise to a new awareness of our divine essence. Using the tantric concept of pañca kośa (5 bodies) and cakras (energy centers), śivaśakti yoga teaches a more holistic understanding of human anatomy that goes beyond the physical body. śivaśakti yoga not only means engaging with one's own existence, but goes beyond that and directs attentiveness to our social, political and environmental responsibility. My teaching style combines in a special way the experience of centuries of proven yoga techniques with the findings of modern, Western-oriented kinematics to enriched with our personal experiences. Aṣṭāṅga sadháná is the name for the ancient, classical and holistic practice of yoga on the mat. In aṣṭāṅga sadháná not only body positions are the focus. Body and breathing are systematically trained. I attach particular importance to the careful perception of emotions.


The instruction in  aṣṭāṅga sādhana consists of eight parts:


  1. mudrā - What makes you happy, gesture, seal. Arrive in the lesson, in the body and in the breath. Let go.
  2. pūjā - Offering, inner ritual. inner attitude, getting into meditation.
  3. mántra - Vibration, magic sound, sound essence of being. Vocalization of mantras.
  4. kriya - Action, cleaning exercise. Activation of the body through the connection of breath and movement, mobilization of the joints.
  5. āsana - Position, seat, inner and outer posture. The body as a tool of evolution and as a channel for the flow of energy.
  6. prāṇāyāma - Regulation of respiration. Breath as a connection between the body and the inner self, control the vital energies.
  7. niṣpanda - Relaxation. Relax the body, turn off the mind.
  8. dhāraṇā  / dhyāna - Concentration / contemplation, inner vision, meditation..