Rasa Yoga: a very complete and unknown yoga!
Rasa Yoga is a yoga that includes many practices: mudras, mantras, dynamic postures, rituals… This discipline aims to learn to better understand and understand its body, to be attentive to its feelings, it is a real sensory journey!
The origin of Rasa
What is Rasa Yoga?
What are its benefits?
How does a session work?
Where to practice Rasa Yoga?
With what equipment?
The term Rasa has several meanings, it represents :
1.The functioning of our sensesThe functioning of our senses, which allows us to fully enjoy every aspect of our life, to be healthy and in connection with ourselves and the rest of the world.
2. A state of complete absorption : the artistic dimension and creative source present in each person, which allows one to calm and anchor one’s mind in the present.
In Indian philosophy, Rasas are often discussed in the form of emotions:
- Shringara : the emotion of love
- Hasya : the emotion of joy
- Adbhuta : the emotion of wonder
- Shanta: the emotion of wonder
- Rauda : the emotion of anger
- Virya : the emotion of courage
- Karuna : the emotion of sadness
- Bhayanaka : the emotion of fear
- Vibhatsa: the emotion of disgust
According to Ayurveda, it is associated with food, and here are the 6 characteristics of the gustatory flavors:
–Tikta : bitter
–Katu hot : spicy
–Lavana : salty
–Madhura : soft
–Kashya : astringent
Indeed, Ayurvedic medicine gives particular importance to the diet and the dosage of Rasas. Because according to her, we are made up of 3 Doshaswhich are great sources of energy: Vata, Kapha and Pitta. These Doshas are influenced by the consumption of the 6 Rasas, and it is important that these Doshas are in balancein order to avoid a proliferation of diseases.
We all have in us a dominant Rasa, which tells us what type of food we should favour so as not to be out of balance. In other words, Ayurveda allows us to feel better based on a diet adapted to our profile, a good management of Rasas allows us toimprove digestion, sleep quality, strengthen the immune system and brain functions.
The rasa in the practice of yoga
In the Hindu spiritual tradition, the term rasa refers to theessence of human experience i.e. the emotions which govern the life of the man. Only in the practice of yoga, only the rasas are considered fundamental:
– Vira Rasa, which refers to the power to control one’s breathing
– Shanti Rasawhich is similar to the serenity of balance
– Sringara Rasawhich refers to the physical and spiritual unity achieved through the diligent practice of yoga.
Rasa Yoga is a discipline developed by the Californian
who is a yoga teacher of international renown, storyteller and lecturer who now has over 30 years of experience in yoga. She conducts workshops, retreats and teacher trainings around the world and online, and founded the Mythic Yoga Flow and women-only programs.
The practice is largely inspired by Vinyasa, Ashtanga and Hatha Yoga with the addition of mantra chanting, mudras, rituals, love of nature and self work in order to reach a certain state of spiritual elevation.
According to his Sianna Sherman, this practice focuses on deep understanding of one’s body, mind and energywhere each posture and each movement is performed and felt with full awareness. It pays particular attention to the importance of to the awakening of creativityand spirituality: it is a sensory journey of self-discovery. sensory journey of self-discovery.
The names of the postures are different from other styles of yoga. However, the main difference between Rasa Yoga and other styles of yoga is that this practice is oriented towards the spiritual aspect of each individualDuring the course, many references to Hindu legends are made.
It has many benefits for the body it improves :
- Brain functions
- Lung capacity
- Expression of altered genes
- Lowering of blood pressure
It also has beneficial qualities for the mind:
- Releases stress and promotes relaxation and a calm mind
- Cultivates a sense of inner peace and fulfillment
- Improves patience
- Develops an awareness of one’s body, oneself and the world around us
- Refocus on the small pleasures of everyday life
- Allows a better management of the 9 emotional Rasas of the Indian philosophy.
This discipline aims to highlight the fact that the emotions we feel are temporary, and do not characterize us as beings, it allows each one to manage them, even if sometimes they can be overflowing.
A Rasa Yoga session begins with a short moment of meditation which aims to refocus and anchor oneself in the present. It is often accompanied by the telling of a legend, a mudra (symbol performed with the fingers) and a mantra chant, in order to create a communion between the students and the teacher.
In a second step, students will perform various dynamic asana sequences, called dynamic flowas it is the case during a Vinyasa Yoga class.
And finally, the practitioners place themselves in a sitting position for a new mantra chantingbefore lying down in Savasana position for a moment of deep relaxation.
The practice of this discipline implies to realize many mantra chanting, of mudras, to attend the reading of legendary storyThis requires the presence of a teacher.
It is recommended to practice in the presence of a professional of the discipline in a studio or a specialized establishment, in order to be able to receive the adapted teaching, and to profit from advised councils to progress under the best conditions.
However, Rasa Yoga is not yet very popular in France, even if many yoga studios bear the name of this discipline (Rasa Yoga Rive Gauche in Paris…), finding a Rasa Yoga class near your home is difficult. Moreover, there are no online Rasa Yoga classes for French speakers, so it is difficult to practice this discipline from home!
To practice in the best conditions, it is recommended to get various yoga equipment:
– A meditation cushion, Whether it is made of cotton or merino wool, it will bring comfort and ease to your practice. It will allow you to adopt the ideal posture: the knees on the ground and the right back.
– A yoga blanket This will prevent you from getting cold when you do the Savasana posture at the end of the session. The ideal is to choose the blanket of yoga in wool of sheep of merino, it measures 135 x 200 cm and weighs 1,4kgit is made in Europe and certified Oeko-Tex certified.
-From books and games on Yoga, to further develop your knowledge about the philosophy of Yoga, the founding texts, but also the different postures you will perform!
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-The carpet of the Yomad range is the ideal mat for beginners and people with fragile joints: it is thick (6mm), measures 183×61 cm and weighs 1kg. is made from TPE, a soft, hypoallergenic, non-slip and ecological material.
Rasa Yoga is a discipline that combines pranayamas, meditation, mudra, mantra chanting and postures inspired by Ashtanga and Hatha Yoga. It is centered on the deep understanding of one’s being, and a listening of one’s sensations, feelings and emotions.
It has many physical and spiritual benefits, it improves brain function, flexibility, lung capacity, self-confidence and concentration.
So if you want to broaden your knowledge about the philosophy of yoga, discover new aspects of this universe, this discipline is for you!
There are many different styles of yoga so it is important to learn about each one to find the yoga that suits you!
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