Among the most important ascetic and meditative practices of all time, certainly Yoga, of Hindu tradition was the main means of realization and spiritual salvation of the oriental populations, represents one of the six DARSANA, one of the Hindu “orthodox systems of religious philosophy” and has arrived up to us, over the years, breath by breath, bringing well-being and balance.
In fact, DARSANA means “to see” and is intended as a way of seeing what is invisible to the naked eye. Something intimate, profound, that can help us heal our inner wounds and keep us in balance.
Balance, in fact, as what is most important in the practice of this discipline, composed of sinuous movements, more or less complex in synergy with breathing. We interviewed a teacher, a Yogi, a dancer and more, Azzurra Smolari, who studied and specialized in the most prestigious centers of oriental practices Bikram yoga, Hatha yoga, Iyengar yoga, Ashtanga yoga, Power Yoga and Tantra Yoga in Milan. , Florence, Paris, San Francisco, San Diego, New York and Costa Rica.
In California she then deepened both the study of “western” yoga and the tribal fusion style with the most important creators and performers such as Suhaila Salimpour, Caroleena Nericcio, Sharon Kihiara, Rachel Brice, Kami Little and Deb Rubin.
Yoga is not just a discipline, a physical activity for the mere care of the body.
How is it articulated?
A: Yoga more than a discipline is a spiritual movement that was born in India and has a millenary tradition.
This lifestyle includes meditation, physical exercises and a certain type of behavior towards others and the world around us.
How do dance and yoga meet?
A: They constantly meet and resemble each other: for example, among yogic practices there are some dances that help train body and mind. While the barre of classical dancers, which requires concentration and listening to one’s body, can be equated with asanas, the exercises of yoga.
What are the main benefits for those who practice not only yoga but in general the disciplines related to meditation?
A: The benefits are numerous and from various points of view: it stretches and strengthens the muscles, helps to relax (and therefore relieves anxiety, stress, improves sleep), brings a general psychophysical balance and strengthens the immune defenses, stimulates work all glands and internal organs (improves metabolism, regulates the menstrual cycle, etc.), increases memory and concentration, develops creativity and intuition.
What are the “rules” to follow (if any)?
A: It is always better to practice on an empty stomach for at least 3 hours, do not drink water while practicing and if you practice at home, find a quiet place and turn off the phone!
What are the mistakes that can be made?
A: Starting to practice self-taught, watching online videos: without the possibility of being corrected by a teacher you risk not performing the positions correctly and getting hurt.
Yoga and nature. What connection is there?
A: Yoga means union: it is our union with everything around us. So there is nothing better than meditating or practicing outdoors, immersed in nature and feeling connected with everything around us.
What would you recommend to those who want to approach disciplines of this type for the first time?
A: To leave your mind open, listen to your body and rely on a good teacher.
Azzurra Smolari for Lagalene Milano.
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