Hatha Rahja Yoga (HRY) is Yoga of the Body and Mind -  a union between body & mind. HRY consists of Yogic Physical Exercises, Asanas and Sequences, that are intended to develop the body & broaden the mind both mentally and spiritually.


YOGA OF THE BODY

Students learn how to build up to the Asana experience  -  a  posture that is held for some time. This however is advanced practice. Therefore, my aim is to simply increase the flexibility of the body. The body is as young as it is flexible. HRY concentrates on the health of the spine, why? Because the spine houses the  nervous system. When we maintain the spine's flexibility and strength through the practice of HRY we can improve the circulation of the body. Yogic exercises also have a positive effect on the internal organs and the Endocrine System (glands and hormones).


I try to relate the Asanas and Sequences to the different  parts of the body in relation to the 5 elements: Air, Fire, Earth, Water and Ether. For instance - Lungs => Air,  Heart => Fire, Feet => Earth, Reproductive organs => Water and Mind => Ether.


Students will

learn the

12 basic

Asanas/

Postures:










The aim is to show students how to  incorporate the  5 principles of Yogic Practice into their daily lives. These Principles are:

  1. Proper Exercise.

  2. Proper Breathing.

  3. Proper Relaxation.

  4. Proper Diet.

  5. Positive Thinking.


Students  will become familiar with  3 paths of Yoga:

Bhakti Yoga  -  Opening the Heart.

Karma Yoga - The act of selfless service, and generosity.

Rahja Yoga  - Yoga of the Mind


YOGA OF THE MIND

Students will  be introduced to various Meditation Practices and Techniques.

  1. Deep Relaxation.

  2. Deep Breathing.

  3. Concentration of the mind.

  4. Kundalini  Yoga (working with different ways of breathing).

  5. Chest and Nasal cleansing.


Students will learn how to use meditation in order to improve their health and longevity.

1. Sitting Forward Bend

2. Cobra

3. Locust

4. Bow

5. Spinal Twist sitting

6. Standing forward Bend

7. Triangle series

8. Fish

9. Plough

10. Shoulder stand

11. Head stand

12. The Tree

Paschimothanasana.

Bhujangasana.

Shalabhasana.

Dhanurasana.

Ardha Matsyendrasana.

Pada Hasthasana.

Trikonasana Utthita and Pavrivritta.

Matsyasana.

Halasana.

Sarvangasana.

Sirshanasana.

Vrksana.