At Kaliyoga our aim is to harmonise and balance the tangible aspects of our being in order that we can observe that fundamental, subtle, intangible aspect - the aspect that animates each of us as beautiful, unique beings. Each of us can only come to know this from direct, personal experience. So the student is encouraged, through internalisation during the flow of asana and pranayama, as well as deep relaxation, to make their very own personal journey towards a deep relationship with their innermost being.
by Arantza Puente, yoga teacher and Thai yoga massage therapist at Kaliyoga in Spain
Many people are initially introduced to yoga for stress-relief. The cause of stress is an inability to cope with activity. Intuitively the stressed person will usually attempt to re-gain control by thinking and working faster, but this burden of additional activity causes the mind to become even more estranged from the physical body, thereby increasing their inability to cope with activity.
Whereas the thinking mind can be a mill of ideas and worries, our body always speaks to us clearly and without speculation. Our thinking mind can relax more easily when it is tethered to our physical body - during yoga posture practice we achieve this via the breath. By linking the body & breath in a smooth sequence of mindful yoga postures, we start to relax, then we begin to experience greater intimacy with people around us, in a completely natural way, and our levels of stress begin to recede.
A regular yoga practice can dispel anxiety, doubt and depression, in addition to bringing many physical health benefits.
Our yoga method is concerned with how we do our yoga rather than what shapes we make - how we relate to whats going on inside ourselves, rather than perfecting it’s external form. We teach you to experience yoga not just as exercise/stretching, but as meditation-on-the-move. This is a method of yoga, not a 'style', the seeds of which will help you to practice any other kind of yoga. The method will also give you support in daily life. Practicing yoga with this method creates a special quality and depth of awareness that can re-calibrate the habitual ways we use our body and mind, triggering a deeper intelligence that helps us to live with more integrity and in-tuition.
This yoga method works inwards through the body, from the outside in.
By broadening, lengthening, grounding and softening wherever we can, we learn to synchronise our movements on the natural breath, creating a steady, lively foundation from which inner surrender and openness is cultivated. This is what the yoga postures are designed to do.
Developing the quality and breadth of awareness is the key to an inner-enquiry that can reveal tensions or dis-associations that we were not yet aware of and that we are constantly creating due to pernicious habits. In yoga we seek to cultivate presence within each subtle movement. Unlike habit, presence is always fresh, it never hides and it’s deep wisdom undermines any unskilful patterns of behaviour, leading to personal freedom.
The repetition of a sequence of postures has various functions: (1) it prints the sequence into our memory so that it can be easily adopted as a self-practice; (2) it forms a tangible framework that makes the subtle nature of Awareness more tangible; (3) the rhythm of your movements synchronising with your natural breath becomes a moving meditation that soothes the wandering mind and dissolves tension in the core of your nervous system.
How deeply you are able to dive into this moving meditation does not depend on the variety of postures : it depends on developing the ability to focus with sensitive, honest, open and non-judgemental awareness on your inner experience. Many "advanced" students are able to twist themselves into all sorts of wonderful impressive shapes, but they will be more nourished by a simple sequence of slow, repetitive, mindful vinyasa, thus experiencing a new depth of awareness and its meditive consequences. The desire for more variety really comes from the seeking mind, but the dynamic yoga method quickly reveals that variety is not nearly as exciting as the juicy, sharp clarity and energy that come from experiencing the inner presence of your real self.
by Lely Aldworth, yoga teacher at Kaliyoga
In this video Lely talks about her mindful approach to yoga practice