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

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!

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!

Absorbing the effects of the techniques

Managing stress, refining emotions  In the deepest state of rest and absorption of the effects of the techniques, the regeneration that takes place goes beyond the mere physical metabolization, by which all organic tissues are revitalized and strengthened, directed for perfect functioning, health and longevity. In this deep state pre-conceptions as well as prejudices are suspended, those reserves that prevent us from self-awareness and, ultimately, from self-realization.

Even if we don’t realize it, an important part of our drive is dissipated with the clash between conscious intentions and unconscious dispositions, very often resistances to conscious intents – not always for our benefit. This inner tension is expressed through a high level of stress and overwhelming emotions. The intimate personal work that takes place during the deeper stage promotes changes on conscious intentions and unconscious dispositions, according to the truest aspirations of the individual.

The disagreement between both conscious and unconscious determinations is gradually solved, as goals that assert the true aspirations come through and are addressed. This diminishes and eventually stops the dissipation of one’s finest driving energy, enabling it to be purposefully directed to those aims. With the regular practice of this technique of absorption of the effects, especially when preceded by the other techniques (breathing, organic cleansing and physical positions, and others), the practitioner builds the setting for personal accomplishment that is gradually translated into the practical initiatives that design a harmonious reality, free of stress and rich with favorable emotions.

Personalized, individual attention to practitioners

In our relationship with our practitioners everyone is an individual. This means that practitioners have a program developed exclusively for them which follows the guidelines of the DeRose Method and which is personalized. The ultimate objective is to achieve individual progress and evolution.

Practitioners select an Instructor to work with them on this personal development program, setting goals and objectives. Practitioners and their instructors will then monitor the progress consistently and constantly. This program follows the guidelines and the stages outlined in the DeRose Method’s evolutive scale. Each practitioner can go as far into this scale as they desire (although your instructor will always be hoping for a graduation to the next level).

Everyone starts at the DeRose Method at the first degree, beginner. The graduation to the next degree takes place when the practitioner fulfills certain predefined criteria which will also be part of the individual development program. Each stage after that generates a quality improvement producing an effective development goal at each stage of the process.

Are practitioners obliged to progress? Of course not! Our Method can be easily personalized so that each individual can have the experience that is best for them. However, your instructor will always want to have goals to help you to improve.

Through a practitioners’ program the objective is always to maintain evolution and achieve ever higher levels of performance, development and satisfaction!

Gustavo Cardoso

Absorbing the effects of the practice

Absorbing the effects of the techniques of the practice is, in itself, a technique, the specific moment of the practice to metabolize all the previous parts. It is the most effective tool for eliminating stress. Initially, the technique aims to rest and relax the whole body, into a progressively deeper state. With the regular practice, this leads to a threshold between sleep and vigil, when all your best capacities as an individual are enhanced – all the skills, gifts and qualities.

You can then positively affect your emotions and your intentions, aims and projects, improving your ability to get things done. The energy generated throughout the practice is specifically aimed at personal accomplishment, emotional stability and overcoming inner tensions.

Consolidating strength, power and energy

The terms originally associated with the ancient techniques that make the DeRose Method are strength, power and energy. The technique of absorption of the effects of the practice is yet another way to achieve these three main results.

An attentive look at the techniques The terms strength, power and energy are consistently repeated in the ancient texts as results of the practice, results that naturally percolate from the physical to the emotional level, the intellectual and intuitional levels and beyond. An attentive look at the techniques will only confirm this.

The breathing techniques increase the quota of vital energy, they regulate the impact of emotions increasing the power of focus, the combination of both effects brings a greater inner and outer strength.

The detoxifying effect of the organic cleansing techniques, revitalizing organic tissues and regulating hormonal release, improves the flux of energy and enhances it, with a direct increase in organic power and strength.

The physical positions infuse the energy throughout the body, strengthening muscles, tendons, ligaments, articulations, bones, with a direct increase of physical power. The technique for the absorption of the effects of the practice comes as a tool to entirely assimilate these effects, consolidating the three main results of the practice.

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

Concepts for a fulfilled life

Is there anything better than waking up each morning and feeling alive?! With no expectations that today will be a better day than yesterday, or that the day after will be better than today. That good sensation that everything is right, and on its own place. No matter what happens, everything will remain the same, perfect and harmonious. Much more subtle than happiness, with no euphoria, but rather a satisfaction in the form of  a conscious pleasure.

Under this feeling, in our lives and those of others, it is possible to identify a common pattern: an ideal, a purpose, a dream or some other project in life.

But then, everyone has dreams. The question is, how much energy and effort do you put in them? Are any of your dreams part of your ideal of life, does it really make a difference in the way you do things, in the way you act? Does your dream mould your personality, the way you see things? Is your life project bigger than yourself?

Every human being has an intuitive channel. It works as a kind of inner voice. This channel is so strong that it escapes any attempt of understanding. it is at this level that our true desires are expressed, without any judgment, they flower in their purest essence.

These are moments of pure clarity in which we allow ourselves to set up goals in accord with our heart.

The DeRose Method practice increases lucidity. With the strengthening of the biological structure and the increase of concentration, it produces the expansion of consciousness. The result is, after a short while, a better use of the intuition channel, greater clarity and prosperity in all levels: physical, emotional and intellectual.

Practice with discipline and with pleasure. Define what is really important in your life. Take time for everything that brings you happiness, prosperity and stability. Go for it!

The world does not need heroes. The world needs rather more conscious human beings. Start this by working on yourself!

Sonia Ferreira

DeRose Method Professional Teaching Course

Soon we will be starting a new cycle of the DeRose Method Professional Teaching Course and spots are limited.

Your career determines your life’s legacy and should enable you to leave the world a better place. Your work represents your essence so make it inspiring and fruitful. It must serve a deep purpose that resonates with your ideals, values and philosophy of life.

The cornerstone of the DeRose Method profession is a noble philosophy you can live by proudly, with honesty and carry with you eternally. As DeRose Method Entrepreneurs we only teach what we practice. We teach from experience and never stop being students of life. We are a community of idealist & entrepreneurs who believe we must be the change we want to see in the world. None of this matters if the new generation of good people like you don’t take the torch and pass it along to the following generations!

For more information about the course: derosekensington.co.uk/professional-course or speak with us southken.uk@derosemethod.org +4420 7373 7070.

Choreography

CHOREOGRAPHY AND CONSCIOUS MOVEMENT

The choreographic format is one of the main features of our practice. When we execute the techniques with emphasis on the movement our body conscience expands, we increased our concentration, and transform a simple practice in a true work of art.

And because life is movement, not staticity, also the practice should be. When we do our daily practice with this consciousness we extrapolate this concept of movement and fluidity to everything we do on a daily basis. We transform the way we move, how we walk,  how we feed ourselves …. everything becomes more aesthetic and delicate, but sharply done. We become so much more delicate with our body and the way we deal with it. We become better persons, to ourselves, and to the others, emphasizing grace, delicacy and power, that only a sadhana can do.

In your next practice remember this: combine focus and improvisation. Focus and stability, having the feet on the ground, while the mind is relaxed and flowing through improvisation. One of the biggest features of learning our practise is you get to live here and now which is one of the biggest concepts of life.

Until then, inspired yourself with the choreographies by DeRose Art Company.