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!

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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Why do so many successful people meditate?

You may be surprised by the names on this list, but more and more musicians, actors, professional athletes, Olympians, coaches, young professionals and people from all walks of life are turning to the practice of meditation. Here’s why…

Flexibility in life

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

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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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.

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

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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!

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Jerk-Style Cauliflower Steaks

Stunning steaks made from cauliflower, a vegetable subtle enough to absorb all the luscious marinade while still retaining some necessary bite.

Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/gas mark 6.

Place all the marinade ingredients into a food processor or mini blender and blitz until coarse but spreadable.

Remove the leaves from around the cauliflower, but don’t remove the bulb at the bottom, as this is what will keep your steaks intact. Halve the cauliflower and, working from the cut side out, slice each steak around 1½ cm thick … you will probably only get two full steaks from each half but you can roast the remaining florets in the same way.

Generously brush the steaks with the marinade. If you want to do this ahead of time, you can leave them to marinate in the fridge until you need them.

Place the steaks on a roasting tray and loosely cover with foil. Roast for 15–20 minutes before removing the foil for a further 10 minutes, turning once.

Heat a griddle pan to a medium-high heat and finish the steaks off in the pan to mark/sear on both sides. Serve with your chosen accompaniment.

Ingredients

For the cauliflower steaks

  • 1 medium cauliflower

For the marinade

  • 35 g fresh coriander
  • thumb-size piece of fresh ginger
  • 1 scotch bonnet
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • juice of ½ lime
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper