Sometimes the best thing you can do is not think!

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This is a short concentration exercise. Doing this every morning will enhance your focus, improve your memory and your brain’s ability to learn and absorb new information.

Sit up with your legs crossed, your back straight and head in an upright position. Place your hands relaxed on your laps or knees and take a few long and deep breaths through your nostrils. With your eyes closed create an image of a golden sun; keep visualizing this image for 5 minutes.

(... and you can do this online)

AN ENHANCED ABILITY TO FOCUS IS ESSENTIAL FOR A SUCCESSFUL LIFE, ON EVERY LEVEL, PHYSICAL, EMOTIONAL AND INTELLECTUAL, OR AREA, PROFESSIONAL, SOCIAL OR WITH THE FAMILY. THE MEDITATION TRAINING AIMS TO DEVELOP THIS SKILL USING DIFFERENT EXERCISES, ENABLING THE STUDENTS TO FIND WHICH ARE THE MOST FAVORABLE FOR THEIR OWN PRACTICE AND LIFE PURPOSES.

4 Exercises to Better Handle Anxiety, Fear, and Anger

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How a person deals with other human beings is a big factor in whether or not he or she succeeds in business and life. It involves emotional intelligence (EI), or the ability to recognize and appropriately react to feelings in yourself and the people around you, particularly when it comes to handling stress and frustration. According to Gustavo Oliveira - a consultant who has helped about 2,000 people worldwide improve their EI using something called The DeRose Method - it's a skill everyone can sharpen. Here are his words on four ways to build your emotional intelligence.

1. Study yourself.

To get a better understanding of your emotional responses, behaviors, and where your weaknesses may lie, learn to pay attention to your reactions and behaviors. And ask people close to you--only if they'll be honest--to tell you what areas of your personality need work.

2. Manage emotions during stressful situations by breathing correctly.

Deep and steady breathing through the nose with a relaxed ribcage is one of the best ways to lower stress in the body, and strong medicine for anxiety, fear and anger. Deep breathing sends a message to your brain to calm down and relax. The brain then sends this message to your body, resulting in a lower heart rate and blood pressure. And when you are relaxed and calm you can better manage your immediate emotions.

3. Channel your emotions.

One powerful method of handling negative emotions is to transform negative energies into positive ones by redirecting them to fuel new opportunities. For example, in 2009 I was expanding two successful businesses. Two years later, both had failed and my money was gone. I was crushed, frustrated and disappointed, but instead of letting my emotions reinforce an unproductive mindset and behaviors, I took a five-hour drive and started thinking about ways I could channel the power of frustration into something positive. During this time, I realized that my failures actually taught me many valuable lessons on how to run a business and the things that must be avoided. I decided to teach these lessons to others and created a course which was a huge success and became an amazing new asset.

4. Transmute your emotions.

Try to transform negative feelings such as anger, hatred, pain, and jealousy into positive ones such as, love, admiration, compassion and kindness. For example, I had a student who was a professional stand-up paddle (SUP) athlete and would become emotionally unstable every time a competitor provoked him during competitions, which would negatively impact his performance. So, I created a behavioral training response for him: I asked him to smile at the competitor, row harder and intensify his focus. With time and training his response improved drastically and his new and unexpected behavior destabilized the competitors who provoked him.

Envy is another common negative emotion. Some of my students have admitted that the achievements of others make them feel as though if they are not good enough. I train them to transform the feeling and substitute it with admiration for the person's success. They come to see it as an opportunity to learn from the person's strengths, which is a more useful and productive response.

Original article published here:

https://www.inc.com/christina-desmarais/4-simple-ways-to-increase-your-emotional-intelligence.html

Develop your strength and flexibility, increase your vitality and power.

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Well being that spreads from the physical to the emotional, intellectual and intuitional levels.

All actions involving our physical body reflect on the emotional, intellectual and intuitional levels. When we work on the denser aspect of our being - the physical - we are also shaping all other subtler levels. Being aware of the actions our physical body performs is paramount to perceive their effects and, ultimately, to elect those actions consciously. 

The DeRose Method techniques are far more than physical exercise, but a complete set of tools for body awareness and self-knowledge. They aim at reaching beyond the physical body, well into the other subtler levels. They generate cumulative, long lasting effects, resulting in consistent improvement in all levels. The outcome is a practice that clears tiredness and energizes, increases your vitality and power, and expands your awareness.

The sequence of techniques - either for beginners or advanced - elects the safest and most effective actions upon all body systems and structures. The breathing exercises increase your quota of vital energy, the compression of plexuses and glands even your emotions, the combination of both eliminates stress and develops concentration. Cumulatively, the physical positions bring muscular and articular strength and flexibility, and enhance your energy. The techniques that aid in the absorption of all these effects build a continuous, metabolizable progress.

Be strong and flexible, feel powerful and fully enjoy your life!

The physical positions and the concept of live energy

Psycho-physical techniques. The physical positions are also defined as psycho-physical techniques, due to the mental component included on the performance of the more than 2000 positions codified on the DeRose Method. The physical performance is merely the entrance to the effective accomplishment of the exercise. Once the body adjusts to the position, the true practice begins, with the use of localization of consciousness, coordinated breathing and mentalizations.

Permanence. In addition to these, one of the main features of these techniques is the permanence, in opposition to the western model of doing body movements with repetition. When the practitioner remains on the position, the latter acts deeply over the muscle fuses, receptors inside the muscle cell that are connected with tone and protection against the risk of strain. The permanence on the position, allied to the localized attention, coordinated breathing and mentalizations, allow the position to communicate with the muscle fuses, stimulating them to decrease their defensive control over the muscle. Thus, the muscle fibre decrease their level of contraction, stretching.

Release of energy. When the muscle fibre stretch, all the volume of accumulated energy to keep the muscle retraction throughout the years is progressively released, transformed into live energy. Therefore, the more assiduous the practice is, the quicker and greater the amount of released energy.

Above the average. When we combine the time and the frequency of the training of the physical positions with the other groups of techniques of a typical class of the method, the result is an individual living with a quota of strength and energy well above the average.

Imagine... And to close our post, I invite you to imagine the areas over which you wish to apply this natural, extra power, which comes from the release of physical and psychic forces, and the positive outcome of this channelling of force.

(adapted and translated from blogdojojo.com)

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Asana - The Elements and Body Movement

The Asana Elements

Body Movement Training

In each class physical positions are executed in a choreographic format, with distinct passages between techniques. This concept was restored from the vestiges of Ancient Yôga during the codification of the DeRose Method. It not only adds a beauty and grace to every class but deepens your strength, flexibility, balance, agility and coordination.

Asana - The Body Intelligence

"Where there is consciousness there is life." Shivananda

The Body Intelligence

At DeRose Method South Kensington physical positions are practised in accordance with the teachings of Ancient Yôga, taking the practitioner far beyond the initial benefits of health, strength, flexibility, balance and body-awareness towards the greater goals of expanded consciousness and self-knowledge.

In the DeRose Method we execute each position only once, aiming for maximum permanence, without repetition. Each position is executed with focused attention, and coordinated breathing, working simultaneously on both the physical and the more subtle dimensions of our being. Thus, mastery over the body is matched by corresponding mastery over the mind, and the emotions.

More than 2000 positions and variations

In DeRose Method there are more than 2000 positions, and variations, to master, the largest compilation ever recorded, creating infinite possibilities for your practice, and ensuring you will always have something new to learn and to propel you forwards on your evolutive journey.

Flexibility in life

Have you ever thought that flexibility has an impact on our emotions and mind?

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Our body is a blank canvas where the reactions to our emotions and thoughts are drawn and painted.

In nature there is no vacuum. Everything we think and feel has an impact on our body and vice versa. Try to work on flexibility, working the range of movements and joints, stretching your tendons and feel your mind and emotions getting flexible as well.

The attention we give to our body, the care we must feel when we stretch to don't feel pain, the persistence to stretch today an inch more than yesterday, is something we will take to our life the moment we leave the classroom!

Through flexibility we realize that achievements are gradual, and a result of persistence and attention to detail!

Our behavior and the way we see the world become lighter and adaptable to the moment.

To be flexible is much more than touching the forehead on the knees. To be flexible is to be able to have a fast, adaptable, tolerant and capacity to find solutions.

Text adapted, article by Inst. Sónia Saraiva

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Meditation Spotlight

According to the Oxford Dictionary of English: Meditation means "focus(ing) one's mind for a period of time, in silence or with the aid of chanting, for religious or spiritual purposes or as a method of relaxation." This is a very interesting definition, but clearly for someone who has studied the matter its flaws become clear. The state of meditation, or dhyána, is a state which can be described as linear intuition. Its technique certainly allows for the mind to be focused and may use symbols (interestingly referenced in the definition as silence, for no one observing someone metalizing a symbol will be able to hear anything!) or sounds (which the definition above refers to chanting).

The purpose of meditating, however, has never been a subject of debate. Whilst the roots that influence different types of practices may be naturalistic or religious, the goal of meditation is to achieve a higher state of consciousness, that of linear intuition.

In order to achieve this state, DeRose Method students train their technical execution on Saturday at 10:00. Visit our Timetable for more information!