Every day we start with a wonderful detox procedure where we cleanse both body and mind. Some of the yoga sessions are focused on poses that helps the body release toxins.
Every day you participate in a 90 to 120 minute yoga session both morning and evening. The yoga sessions include movements (asanas), yoga dance, self massage, guided deep relaxation, chanting and meditation.
The yoga we practice on this trip is called Rajadhiraja Yoga and is based in Patanjalis system of Ashtaunga Yoga. Ashtaunga yoga means eight limbs of yoga and includes ethical guidelines (yama and niyama), physical postures (asanas), withdrawal techniques of the mind, concentration practices, breath exercises, dhyan (deep meditation) and also a practice of complete enlightenment.
The poses are similar to those that are practiced in Hatha Yoga, Raja Yoga, Iyengar Yoga and other styles of yoga. The difference in Rajadhiraja Yoga asanas is that the poses are repeated several times, usually four or eight times and that you hold your breath for about eight seconds in each pose. This makes the asana work deep on nerves and glands and leads to a release of energy which makes you feel relaxed, calm and at the same time filled with lots of energy after a yoga session.
It also creates an effect that stays with you, long after the yoga session is over. In Rajadhiraja Yoga asanas the practice is calm and contemplative and gives you more energy and increased consciousness.
Every session is always concluded with a self massage which work to help the lymphatic flow in our bodies. During asana practice our sebaceous glands produce a fine secretion, this is very beneficial to gently rub back into the skin. It is also just a beautiful thing to get in touch with every part of your body after a session.
Many persons believe you have to be very flexible to be able to do yoga. This is quite a common misunderstanding. It doesnt matter how flexible you are and the goal of yoga is not to become flexible or get a beautiful body. When we practice yoga we focus on finding harmony between our breath, movement and intention and how they flow together. We try to become conscious of ourselves. The most important in yoga is to be present in body and mind. You just need to be what you are right now. Nothing else is needed.