SwáSthya is the systematization of the most ancient Yôga known to mankind. Historically, it belongs to the pre-classical period, to the Dravidian culture, a period of time over 5000 years ago.
However, that which was practiced by these ancient people was mostly lost and it took Professor DeRose 24 years of consecutive traveling and researching to be able to systematize and share this with others.
SwáSthya Yôga main characteristics:
:: Ashtanga Sádhana: the orthodox SwáSthya practice has eight parts: mudrá, pujá, mantra, pránáyáma, kriyá, ásana, yôganidrá and samyama
:: General execution rules
:: Choreographic sequences
What is Yôga?
Once, a famous dancer improvised a few instinctive movements. These movements however were extremely sophisticated, thanks to their virtuosity, and as a result, stunning. This body language was by no means ballet, but had undeniably been inspired by dance.
The breathtaking beauty of this technique moved those who witnessed its expressive nature. They asked the dancer to teach them his art. He did so. In the beginning the method had no name. It was something spontaneous which came from within, and which was echoed only in the hearts of those who had been born with the good fortune of having a more refined sensitivity.
The years went by, and the great dancer managed to impart a large part of his knowledge. Until one day, a long time afterward, the Master passed to the invisible plains. His art on the other hand did not die. The most loyal disciples preserved it intact and assumed the mission of passing it on. The pupils of this new generation understood the importance of also becoming instructors and not to modify or alter any of the teachings of the ingenious first mentor.
At some point in history this art gained the name integrity, integration, union: in Sanskrit: Yôga! Its founder joined the ranks of mythology with the name Shiva and with the title Natarája, king of the dancers. These facts occurred more than five thousand years ago in the northwest of India, in the Indus valley, which was inhabited by the Dravidian people. And so, let us study the origins of Yôga of this period and find its original proposal so that we can identify authentic teaching and distinguish it from others, which were either compromised due to consumerism or to the inference of incompatible foreign forms. Just as Yôga this admirable people also developed Tantra and Sámkhya. Their civilisation, one of the most advanced in ancient history, was lost and buried for thousands of years, until the end of the nineteenth century when archaeologists found evidence of their existence and started to excavate two important archaeological sites where they discovered the cities of Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro respectively.
After this discovery, there were even more. Today there are thousands of sites distributed over an area larger than Egypt and Mesopotamia. They were impressed with what they found. Cities with planned urban areas. Instead of tortuous alleys they found avenues up to forty-six feet wide, cutting through the city in the directions north south and east west. Between them pedestrian streets, upon which ox carts did not pass. On these streets the houses of the middle class had two floors, atriums, indoor sanitation and running water! Don’t forget that we are talking of a civilisation that flourished three thousand years before Christ. It goes on. Streetlights, and covered sewers, children’s toys of which there were cars whose wheels turned, jointed cows heads and dolls with hair implants, there were also imposing barns which had an ingenious ventilation system and elevated platforms to facilitate the loading and unloading of carts.
1. Is all Yôga the same?
Absolutely not! This philosophy has techniques, standpoints and perspectives as different as human languages, as times in history and as countries. Each teacher adds or removes something, thus contributing to an absolute diversification of techniques and concepts (often mystical or religious) that make the existing mess even greater.
All state that the Yoga they practice is the oldest. In actual fact the oldest Yoga is virtually unknown and this can be proven by historical facts. And it is also a fact that those who claim that the Patanjala Yoga, or Yoga of Patanjali, is the oldest do not know what they are saying. Patanjali lived 2000 years after the appearance of Yoga in a small place in India, more than 5000 years ago.
2. Does Yôga have anything to do with religion?
Of course not! That question is as perplexing as asking if you have to be religious to practice golf. The majority of the instructors learn Yoga in India, or from someone who went there to learn, and the Indians do not teach Yoga to whom they do not trust.
These Indian teachers mix religious standpoints not only regarding Yoga, but regarding anything they do, be it business, parties, travels…
The Westerner that doesn’t know this travels to India and learns a few techniques alongside the confusing religious mix, without any concern for the evolution of the practitioner.
Don’t get confused, what really matters are the techniques and not the beliefs!
The equivalent is obvious if we think of an engineer considering religious aspects instead of the laws of physics to develop a project… it is unlikely to produce great results…
3. Why is Yôga no longer inexpensive?
Have you ever had this thought: why is my plastic surgeon so cheap? Why is my lawyer’s fee so low? Why does my dentist charge literally the cost of a pizza at my local restaurant? Why is my finance consultant’s rate so inexpensive? You really don’t ask yourself these kinds of questions, do you? And I would like to try and guess why: because all of these professionals, as others in their respective fields, have studied and worked very hard to get where they are today.
Likewise, this is the case of Yoga teachers who take their education and training very seriously. They expect to be thoroughly tutored and have invested money in their profession in order to specialise and graduate with knowledge of exactly what they are doing. They do not ‘play at giving classes’ at night or during the weekend.
What would you rather have? A class with someone who has become a teacher by means of a weekend workshop, or a month of training, or even (rarely) a year of training, or would you rather have a class with someone who has been properly trained, has read, has practiced for over 4 years, and only then obtained a certificate issued by a board of examiners composed of older, experienced and acknowledged professionals?
It seems obvious and only fair that a highly certified professional should charge differently, in accord with his level of knowledge and skilled experience. Therefore, if you wish to hire the services of a professional in any area that takes your health into consideration, do not look at the price, but to the quality guarantee. Try to learn where and how the training and certificate, of these professionals, was obtained and also if they are supervised and by which institution.
4. What kind of benefits can we gain?
If we practice a philosophy of life with the sole aim of gaining benefits, we are acting as if we were at a lavish dinner eating only the crumbs that fall on the floor.
Anyway, if you are practicing, it is because you like it and feel good doing it. As side effects you feel.
5. Which habits do I need to change in order to start practicing?
First of all, let’s make it clear: none!
But, yes, it is true that many people associate this fantastic philosophy of life with a lot of fanatical and radical lifestyle options, which make life hard for those who wish to make serious work of it!
6. My sexual performance and desire has slowed down and down…
Normally, as soon as you start practicing those problems immediately disappear. Problems concerning sexuality, when they are not physical and are related to tiredness, stress and routine, tend to disappear.
Instructors are not doctors, and they don’t intend to heal or offer any therapeutic relief, but it is a fact that the students comment on having an immediate increase in libido as soon as they start practicing.
7. Is Yôga for women, sick people, mystical people, and does it have a relaxation purpose, or therapeutic aim, or meant for older people?
Yoga is not aimed at any of these audiences.
Without any prejudice, true Yoga can and should be practiced by young people, with an enterprising spirit, who are willing to change and evolve. A good and strong Yoga, dynamic, intense and vibrant, without relax, therapy or old age.
But that is a prejudice! No, not really, it is specialisation. It is possible for an older person to practice, provided they are in excellent physical condition and very healthy. The actual reality is that the aged public that look for Yoga tend to already have some kind of health problem that only doctors have the technical qualification to treat. Even if we wanted to help, it wouldn’t be within our training or competence.
8. Do you lose weight with Yôga?
Yes, as with any other physical activity. However, what makes us reach our ideal weight is adequate nutrition and intelligent physical exercise.
We believe that it is worse for the body to have exhausting work-outs and keep a complete nutritional chaos. Health is the marriage of three: exercise, nutrition and a good frame of mind. Intelligent physical exercise is that which increases health without generating injuries, such as swimming, walking, Yoga and a few other.
9. How long does it take to become an instructor?
Years of focused and in-depth work, dedication and learning are what are required for the instructor to understand what they are doing. Just as you wouldn’t trust a doctor trained in 4 weeks, it is not advisable to place your health in the hands of someone who has trained for less than 2000 hours under constant supervision by someone who deeply understands their work.