The mind is difficult to control; swiftly and lightly, it moves and lands wherever it pleases.
It is good to tame the mind, for a well-tamed mind brings happiness.

Meritorious deeds may seem to be bitter as long as they have yet to ripen.
But when they ripen, the merit-maker will see the pleasant results.

Dhammapada verses 35 and 120

Easy Yoga is a gentle and deeply transformative practice designed to improve health, unblock energy flow in the body and allow it to radiate outside without obstacles. It ialso supports regular, tranquil contemplation similar to body-awareness meditation (kaya satipatthana). This, however, does not have to involve hour-long routines. Contemporary yoga adopted long sessions required by the fitness industry. For the majority of people, however, practice not longer than 20 minutes a few times per week is sufficient.

According to WHO, in the modern world about 95% of people can be described as unhealthy (Agarwal, 2018) and the main cause of almost 90% of health problems is lack of balance between stress and relaxation. Our stress response designed by the evolution to protect us, in the contemporary world sabotages our life. Modern research shows clearly that balanced physical activity not only slows down the ageing process and prevents the most common diseases, but also helps instantly remove stress hormones from the body (Abou Elmagd, 2016).

The ability to deeply relax, slow down thoughts and remain relaxed, yet highly alert can dramatically improve every aspect of our life: from physical and mental wellbeing to mastering any professional discipline. If we had to choose one skill that guarantees progress on both personal and professional level, this would be the combination and balance of deep focus and inner surrender.

This three-week course involves short relaxation 'rituals', short challenges which anyone can adjust to themselves. The course is based on traditional principles of yoga, and is designed based on decades of experience to give the maximum health benefits in the most efficient way. The main principles are summarized in 4 points:

1. regular and gradual development of motivation;
2. gentle and slow short sequences in the rhythm of
3. gentle and prolonged breathing which is almost undetectable;
4. resting in viparita karani at least once a week.

In some cases vinyasa can be shortened to mastering just a single asana, similarly as in Iyengar style or Yin Yoga.This is particularly useful when mastering a meditative pose, such as padmasana (lotus pose), or virasana. Sometimes such session can also be followed by a balancing pose or a short vinyasa. Both strenght and flexibility is gradually built through gentle practice in a very relaxed state.

Agarwal S.K. 2018. Yoga in Health and Disease: Medical benefits of yoga, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Abou Elmagd, M. 2016. Benefits, need and importance of daily exercise, International Journal of Physical Education, Sports and Health 22
Public Health England 2021. Better Health Adult Obesity, Survey topline results on Better Health

About me

As an older kid and later teenager I fell into depression. When I was 14 years old, I found relief in lone walks in forests and also adopted vegetarianism, which gave me a sense of calm and freedom. These weekly hikes gradually also led to discovering meditation. Once I tried it, my whole world shifted and I could never give it up. I also started doing yoga, mostly to work on my meditative posture. Over time however, I discovered how complementary Hatha Yoga and Buddhist meditation were, despite differences in philosophy and practices. In terms of meditation, techniques tought by Theravada school worked best (particularly Mahasi method). I also discovered how effective yoga programmes were when combined the style discovered by Iyengar with original vinyasas as taught by Krishnamachariya.

During the last 30 years, I limited my yoga to aspects which contribute the most to physical and mental wellbeing and to my practice of meditation. I slowly refined and cooked it down to a combiation of the most effective elements. In 2015, I decided to do yoga teacher training a chose a program (Dynamic Mindfulness, 200-hour YTT) which combined Buddhist concepts and Hatha Yoga. Although I worked as a geologist for 20 years, in the recent year this project has become my full-time undertaking and I hope that, despite lack of support from famous names, it can contribute a little bit.

If you would like to ask any questions, you can post it on Easy Yoga Group on Facebook, or simply send me an email on gro.etutitsniasayniv|amot#gro.etutitsniasayniv|amot.

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