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Rasa is a Sanskrit term meaning “essence” or “fluid.” In the spiritual tradition, this term refers to the essence of human experience; the emotions that govern human life. Tantric belief identifies nine basic human emotions. In the practice of yoga, however, only three of these Rasas are considered to be fundamental: the Vira rasa (refers to the power of controlling the breath, mind and body), the Shanti rasa (refers to the serenity of equilibrium) and the Sringara rasa (refers to the spiritual and physical unity achieved through yoga).
To live happily, to be in your essence you need to bring the necessary balance within yourself so that you become available to the magic of life. Overall balance is necessary to experience life joyfully and not suffering. When we experience our essence we feel whole, we experience Grace. Being in our essence is empowerment itself and gives us the capacity of involvement with life. Essence is softness, the capacity to surrender, empathy, self-regulation, preciousness and the sense of self-worth. Strength, Clarity, Presence, and Courage are qualities that abide when in our essence. In contrast, the lack of contact with our essence gives us a sense that we have lost our way home, that we have lost our paradise.
Breath melts all the separate parts of ourselves together.
Yogarasa is a Yin style of Yoga practice by AnapnoeYoga®, mainly mat practice- where we release tension-, where we integrate Pranayama and Pratyahara. We cultivate slow, deep, long breathing and allow our body to melt into gravity while internally observing, accepting and releasing our points of tension or discomfort (staying in our limits rather than forcing the body). As we delve in this process or body melts open and becomes more flexible while healing the fascia and connective tissues. We explore a wide range of Asana sequences, transitioning gracefully with the breath from one posture to the next. It is about learning ‘non doing’. Through this practice our physical body heals and transforms into a supple one, releasing toxic blockages, our breath deepens and our mind becomes peaceful. We come into being and access our receptive nature. We cultivate awareness through the body and inner movement within outer stillness.
My intention through these Yoga practices is that we transform ourselves and learn tools that we can always use to live in harmony. Nurturing through yogarasa, Meditation and Pranayama, chanting, dance, and many sacred ritual practices to reconnect with our divine inner and outer nature.