KAUAI, HAWAII RETREAT
WITH JONATHAN PATRIARCA
APRIL 21 – 30, 2015
Immerse yourself in the practices of Bheemashakti Yoga in the beautiful and tranquil setting of Kauai, Hawaii.Read more →
BHEEMASHAKTI YOGA SYSTEM ™
When the body is ready through the EOP of the Dimensional Practice an Asana Practice can replace the Dimensional Practice. When the major blockages have been mostly healed and the Seven Dimensions significantly opened asana sequences will continue the advancement of the physical body. This process of EOP can take months to years depending on the characteristics of the individual body. There are many factors that influence these characteristics such as the age, diet, sex, life style, and congenital influences. At this point the student may experiment with any style of asana practice including Ashtanga Vinayasa, Hatha, and Iyengar. The student will enjoy the benefits of the EOP process which changes the quality his/her yoga practice significantly.
On the other hand, the Bheemashakti Yoga System incorporates the Asana Practice with the Dimensional Practice. Basically, the Dimensional Practice lessens as the Asana Practice progresses systematically. This approach to Asana Practice is the most fascinating concept I have ever been lucky enough to experience. This concept uses the yoga template: Sun Salutations, Standing Sequence, Sitting Sequence, and Finishing Sequence. This is the same template as Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga.
The yoga practice will be a systematic progression. This progression will be different for every individual but the practice follows the same basic strategy. For instance, an individual that has went through the EOP process and reached a desired level of achievement begins to intergrate the Asana Practice. This would begin with the basic exercises of the seven dimensions. The first seven days, for instance, the student would do sun salutations gradually progressing to 5A and 5B. After the sun salutations the practice would go directly to the Finishing Sequence. Included are some leg exercises that help support hip opening. The major difference of this practice is that all asanas will be held for 30 kapalabathi breaths even in the Sun Salutations. We do not intergrate jump forward and jump backs in the Sun Salutations. Instead, we practice walking forward and back 6 inches at a time keeping the legs straight. We call this Elephant Walk and it supports controlled strengthening of the upper body and core muscles. With this process the Sun Salutations will take about 30 minutes to complete.
The next seven days the student intergrates the Standing Sequence asanas. The gradual addition of asanas (usually 3 per day) are introduced while performing 30 kapalabhati breaths in each asana. Sometimes each asana would be performed two times for the student that needs additional energization and mastery of the asana. Again, following the Standing Sequence the practice proceeds with the Finishing Sequence. The following several days there is an addition of a few asanas of the Seated Sequence per day. This practice could take over 2 ½ hours long. This practice is then repeated in the afternoon. This process of Asana Practice continues the advancement of the physical body and mastery of the asanas.
This approach to physical yoga could seem very complex and difficult but in my opinion and experience it is the fastest and most efficient way of transforming the body with yoga. This strategy requires a very knowledgeable practitioner of the Bheemshakti Yoga System to guide a student to mastery but its foundation is simple: Improvement of the body through the Seven Dimensions of the Body.