Tibetan Yoga of Movement: Perfect Rhythm of Life - LEVEL ONE
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Senior Instructors Fabio Andrico and Laura Evangelisti, together with other Yantra Yoga practitioners, present traditional Yantra Yoga as they learned it from Dzogchen Master Chögyal Namkhai Norbu. Shot on location at the Temple of the Great Liberation in Arcidosso, Italy, this two-part series is meant as an inspiration to begin, renew, continue, and deepen daily yoga practice with qualified teachers. Viewers see Yantra Yoga practitioners gracefully yet powerfully move through this dynamic and unique system of Tibetan Yoga, as they get a taste of its deep and lasting physical, emotional, and spiritual benefits.
Yantra Yoga is one of the oldest recorded systems of yoga in the world. Its unique series of positions and movements, combined with conscious breathing, can help coordinate and harmonize one s vital energy so that the mind can relax and find its authentic balance. Yantra Yoga contains a wide range of movements that can be applied by everyone, and it is a superb method to attain optimal health, relaxation, and balance.
This DVD series covers the full spectrum of Yantra Yoga. Each volume contains two discs: the first features detailed instruction in the movements, while the second is to follow during practice. Level One includes beginning instruction on the three preliminary series, as well as the First Series of Yantras. Specific attention is placed on the way to begin and end a practice session. Level Two, designed for those already proficient at the first level, includes instruction on the remaining four series of Yantras and the Pranayama of Rhythmic Breathing.
Movements covered in Level One:
- Vairocana Posture
- Warm Ups
- The Nine Purification Breathings
- Tsigjong: Loosening the Joints
- Lungsang: Purifying the Prana
- Tsadul: Controlling the Energy Channels
- The Five Yantras of the First Series
- Vajra Wave: Overcoming Energy Obstacles
About the Actor
About Fabio Andrico, Narrator: Fabio Andrico has been teaching yoga internationally for over 30 years. He is famous for using great skill, clear precision, and delightful humor to help students deepen their practice and understanding of yoga. Andrico began his career in the mid-seventies, when he studied Sivananda Yoga during a trip to India. In the following years, Andrico was exposed to many different yoga traditions. He ultimately met his teacher, Dzogchen Master Chögyal Namkhai Norbu, and had the rare opportunity to learn the Tibetan tradition of Yantra Yoga directly from this lineage holder. Andrico is both a Hatha Yoga and Yantra Yoga instructor, as well as an authorized trainer of Yantra Yoga teachers. He teaches Yantra Yoga internationally to groups of up to 700 participants in venue on six continents. Fabio Andrico has appeared in yoga DVDs worldwide, including The Eight Movements of Yantra Yoga and Breathe: The Perfect Harmony of Breathing, and collaborated on the best-selling book, Yantra Yoga: the Tibetan Yoga of Movement.
About Laura Evangelisti: Laura met her teacher, Chögyal Namkhai Norbu, in 1980 and has followed the Dzogchen Teachings ever since. In 1994, she was authorized by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu to teach Yantra Yoga and train prospective Yantra Yoga teachers. Laura extensively collaborated on the book Yantra Yoga, the Tibetan Yoga of Movement, with commentary by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu.
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This isn't like modern "trendy" yoga, in which I have witnessed many people injure themselves. In most modern yoga the sequencing is not usually coordinated in such a way that people wake up various parts of their bodies in an order that was tried and practiced by generations of yogis and yoginis... people who have less subtlety are therefore making the calls on what movements to do when, based upon "fun-ess", and not upon fascial alignment and neuro-muscular repatterning. I also see people injure themselves in modern yoga because they don't know their own limits, push themselves too hard, and most of the time this is at least somewhat related to the coordination of their movements not being in synch with timing with their own, natural, individual breathing pattern (and innate rhythm(s). I encourage people who use this DVD to try coordinating the movements with their own natural timing of their own breath (a remote control can be helpful for this so you can pause if you have a naturally slow breath like mine!)... I hope you get a lot out of this self-exploration and experimentation if you decide to get into using your own home yoga lab!
Also, if you like this DVD, there's a second one and a lovely Yantra Yoga book by the same authors. The book is great for elaboration on the subtleties of the asanas and the different kinds of breath and holds. The 2nd DVD gets more advanced, similar to Ashtangha Primary Series mixed with some Secondary series... but again totally unique (and I find it to be more beneficial than Ashtangha for most people, as it is really easy for many people to blow or pull their rotator cuffs in Ashtanga, doing so many ill-aligned chaturangas and up dogs).
Finally, my other favorite is Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche's book and DVD "Awakening the Sacred Body" for deeper guidance into the meditative aspects (with breath coordination and movement) of this amazing Tibetan tradition.
I find this style of yoga fascinating and would love to be able to execute the movements with the same lithe grace as the participants. If you watch the video enough times I think you could get to a point where this plus his other video would enable you to build a practice. I sincerely hope a more user friendly dvd is filmed soon