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MATRIKA YOGA SCHOOL

OUR STORY

From the integration of the different yogic styles and traditions

KASHMIR SHAIVISM

When talking about Kashmir Shivaism or Kashmir tantra we are talking about those practices that allow self-awareness.

Today there is a lot of confusion regarding what is tantra. The public is believed that by performing secret rituals, the use of mystical formulas and mantras, the invocation of spirits and deities, one gains transcendental “powers” and experiences. In our opinion, this vision of tantra is naive, confusing and too complex. Confusing self-realization through the path of the senses with a despotism where the ego is not at the service of the whole, but of oneself against the whole.

Consider the Shakti (The Energy) as a living luminosity, increasingly subtle, carried from center to center, from bottom to top, by the breath energy, through the stem of the lotus flower. When that energy calms down in the upper center, then the awakening of Consciousness occurs. – Vijñana Bhairava Tantra

Tantra is a way of life and a particular way of perceiving reality. Kashmir Tantra presents a series of values ​​that allow to live in harmony within the social and natural environment while being pleasant and satisfying for the individual.

Yogic practices within Tantrism seek a harmony between society and individual where global and personal interests are seen as one.

Within this tradition, the individual will not be free until everyone is. That is why the practitioner of this tradition seeks both their emancipation and that of their close ones.

Tantra teaches how to accept the world as it is and “use” its worldly values ​​for self-realization. It presents an integral view of life that synthesizes amusement (bhoga) and liberation (moksa) as well as worldly entertainment (pravrtti) and renunciation (nivrtti). He advocates a positive Yoga that makes everything sacred and good. The message of Tantra is timeless. Our vision of tantra is nourished by the teachings of the Kashmir Shaivism School of Yoga, India. Where Amit Raina and Lina Ma impart the teachings of Swami Laksmanjoo.

We have also been inspired by the teachings of Christian Pisano, Eric Baret and Dr. Mark Dyczkowski.

From there, it is the experience itself that really marks the way.

BKS IYENGAR

One of the most important figures in the history of Yoga BKS Iyengar, direct disciple of Tirumalai Krishnamacharya, student of yoga teacher Ramamohana Brahmachary founded Iyengar Yoga.

Iyengar Yoga presents the alignment aspect of each posture, the use of accessories and the importance of paying close attention to anatomical details. Iyengar Yoga is the practice of precision. Asanas are held for long periods and are often modified with accessories. This method is designed to systematically cultivate stability, flexibility, strength and awareness, and can be therapeutic for specific conditions.

This type of yoga is particularly suitable for people with back problems and for people suffering from stress (two conditions that often go together).

Iyengar Yoga is defined by three defining characteristics: time, technicalities and sequencing.

“Giving does not impoverish us, nor does retaining enrich us.” “Without having achieved asana perfection, energy cannot flow.” – Bks Iyengar

Our school has certified Iyengar Yoga teachers with a lot of experience in this teaching methodology.

We trust Iyengar Yoga as the guiding framework for a good postural and respiratory foundation within yogic practice that allows the sadhaka to advance in his practice through exploration and in a self-taught way.

HATHA VINYASA YOGA

First of all, it is said that the asana, the physical practice of Yoga is the first stage within hatha Yoga. When one practices asana, one gains firmness in the body – mind, freedom from illness and lightness to act.

– Hatha Yoga Pradipika

The word Yoga means union and derives from the Sanskrit word “yuj” which means “link”. This union refers to the union between individual consciousness and universal consciousness. In a practical way, Yoga is a way to harmonize body, mind and emotions. This is done through the practice of asana, pranayama, mudra, bandha, shatkarma and meditation and it is necessary to do it before the union takes place with the highest reality.

Yogic practice begins to work on the most superficial layers of being, the physical body, which is the most familiar to most human beings to begin with.

When the organs, muscles and nerves do not work in harmony, they act in opposition.

Within Hatha Yoga our inspiration comes from the Bihar School of Yoga and Krishnamacharya.

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