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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.

Physical Positions

The physical positions, pleasurable and firm, are executed in a choreographic way, without repetitions and linked by movements of transition. In the first stage, the physical positions develop body awareness, motor coordination, and the elasticity of the tissues, articular flexibility and muscle tone. With regular practice, in order to progress further, you will learn how to keep the positions stable, comfortable and aesthetic: the breathing must be conscious, deep (abdominal and complete) and rhythmic (regular), while you localise your consciousness, focus on mental images, colours and sounds, and maintain a deep feeling of intention and a strong sense of purpose.

Muscular tension and energy When we practice the physical positions, they unravel the complete picture of our muscle and articular limitations. Many of these limitations are a result of tensions.

The phenomenon of muscular tension The muscles have a great capacity to contract. Each and every stimulus captured by the senses produces a reaction of contraction on our musculature. When we interpret the stimulus as a threat to our integrity, our muscular network contracts, building a protective shield with the aim of reducing the impact of the intimidation on our vital areas.

Partial contraction Once the threat ceases, the muscles return to their point of rest, partial contraction or muscle tone, which is the ideal stage for the muscles to initiate a contraction immediately after receiving a sign from the nervous centres. In complete relaxation, the muscle would take too long to react to the stimulus, placing survival in risk.

Stiffness However, if a threat is present for a long time (months or years), the muscle tone gets deformed, leaving the tissues retracted, stiff and the muscles lose the ability to return to the level of rest or partial contraction.

Tiredness and pain This way, we deteriorate our flexibility, the flow of blood in the muscles, the reflexes, the sensory perception, increasing the accumulation of toxic products on the cells and predisposing the muscle network to tiredness and pain.

The origin of threats

Fear The vast majority of the chronic muscular tensions have their origin in fear, a basic, instinctive emotion, crucial for the evolution of mammals. The function of this feeling is to scan the environment in search of real or imaginary threats.

Education In Man, this emotion is trained through education, and conditioned and improved regarding the norms and rules of collective life. Some people express mostly reserve and opposition, while others express courage and trust. Many factors determine their behaviour: the place and time, family values, ethnic values, genetic aspects, among others.

Training These factors shape the way each of us interprets the flow of life events. If we regard them as threats, we will be stiff. If we regard them as part of our training to continuously improve, we will fell at ease. After all, what really matters is the way we see reality, not reality itself…  

The energetic cost of muscular tensions

Stagnant energy Hypertonic muscles, with too much tension, demand a continuous flow of energy to keep their retraction. Energy poorly channeled. which remains stagnant, directed to maintaining the shield of muscle armour, with the purpose of self-defense. The trouble is that 90% of the threats exist only in our imagination. Because our energy is limited, we feel continuously tired and a permanent sensation of physical, emotional and mental impotence.

Western model We spend years focusing exclusively on work, the need of acknowledgement, security and comfort, decades of a life-style that tends to anxiety, dispersion, and lack of inner bodily communication. The consequence of this model is that our intercostal muscles, the extensors of the spine, the anterior and posterior muscles of the thighs, nape, back, face, arms, and other, fell a chronic lack of rest, of a healthy tone, relaxed and comfortable. This condition affects the breathing, flexibility, concentration, sleep, humour, leading us to a low quality life, without the perception of value and priority.

adapted text from Joris Marengo’s blog: http://blogdojojo.com