Yoga Rasa योग रस - Essence of Yoga
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What is Rasa
Rasa: the "taste" or essence of any impression; the aesthetic experience in transcendence; the emotional fulfillment of the soul; nectar of life.
In the Natyasastra, Bharata says that the experience of aesthetic appreciation is a brother (sahodara) of the infinite bliss (Brahmananda) that is Brahman.
Tantrism is closely associated with the esthetic experience. The esthetic experience, triggered by an image, a musical composition, a scene, or an event, can generate a true, vibrant and deep emotion. When the emotion and the personal equation coincide, the person is projected in the depth of her being and a spontaneous joy occurs. The person is carried in the field of conscience represented by Buddhi, first impersonal Tattva, expressing the intuition and the intelligence of the heart.
Ordinarily, these occasions remain rare and unpredictable. However, the tantrika (tantric practitioner) through his practice and through his efforts in the mastery of his life, attempts to trigger this energetic mutation. The tantrika incorporate his immediate and ordinary surroundings in his sphere of consciousness and action
When Shakti manifests, she triggers incredible esthetic experiences. This state is known as Rasa Loka.
Rasa Loka is a plan unimaginable to the ordinary understanding. It is the one of esthetics and beauty. It is also the one of taste, of the capacity to taste the world and its experiences, to feel the sensation as pure vibrations, a direct and pure touch, without any interaction with an personal element. Rasa brings the universal manifestation to a depthless unfolding of beauty and harmony. All in us carries the mark of the beauty since no degradation linked to the destructive and painful tendencies of the lower plans contaminates Rasa. Be it about creation or destruction, about furious and violent forces or about beneficial forces of nature, be it sufferance and agony, or happiness, all without exceptions appear as spotless beauty and esthetics. The yogi who tastes the tastes of the world, with his conscience immerged in Rasa, escapes the mental, intellectual and moral limitations of the ego. He sees only love and harmony in the universal manifestation, in the beings present in it and in himself.
What is Yoga Rasa
Yogarasa proposes an integrated and progressive well-being system. Methods rely on practice and supportive education materials. They aim towards ability for the practitioner to adapt and modify intelligently the program to his or her own profile. As such, it is pragmatic, rational, while maintaining a deep spiritual individual and societal component. Yogarasa abides by its etymology: to re-unite.
Rasa (Sanskrit: रस) literally means "essence" and refers to esthetics. The concept is subtle and has different facets. Here, it is taken as a style of yoga that aims at a quality of esthetics and strives towards reaching the essence of the experience. As such, Yogarasa proposes an integrated and progressive well-being system. Methods rely on practice and supportive education materials. They aim towards ability for the practitioner to adapt and modify intelligently the program to his or her own profile. As such, it is pragmatic, rational, while maintaining a deep spiritual individual and societal component. Yogarasa abides by its etymology: to re-unite.
- Hatha Yoga and Pranayama
This unit provides the practice of specific corporal and breathing exercises. The dynamic and rational of each exercise as well as that of their dynamics is progressively revealed.
This units introduces the energetic cores known as chakra or lotus, as well as some of the energy conducts. Specific exercises promote the regulation of these energetic system. The unit uses the preceding one, supplement it and develop it in more subtle areas.
- Acupuncture Systems
This unit integrates the acupuncture energetic systems to the previous sections and permits additional regulatory mechanisms accessible to the student. This unit relies on the theoretical and practical approach to meridians, acupressure, energetic cores and their coherent blending with the two previous units.
- Adjunctive Techniques
Additional tools are introduced as well, including but not limited to bandhas, relaxation techniques, biofeedback, and seminars.
- Areas of research and expertise
- Fibromyalgia, IBS, sleep disturbances
- Allergies, sinusitis, migraines
- Endocrine regulation
- Menstrual disorders, menopause
- Health maintenance and General well-being
- Fatigue, C.F.S., lassitude
- Mental - Emotional
- Stress and anxiety
- Phobias, addictions
- Seasonal Affective Disorder
- Musculoskeletal and Connective Tissues
- Pain (back, neck, shoulder, arm, hip, leg, sciatica, knee)
- Arthirtis, Fibromyalgia
- Chronic respiratory conditions
- Enhancement of the immune system
- Constipation, diarrhea, slow digestion, gastric reflux
- Cold, asthma
- Promotion of local and systemic circulation
(1) Some conditions may need individual sessions, or additional therapies.
Yogarasa and Systems Energetics Applications - SEA
Energy systems such as Yoga and Oriental Medicine are often perceived as different entities. However, they are actually part of a unique paradigm when approached from Systems Theories These systems matured over centuries of theories, observations and clinical experiences and withstood the time factor. Being essentially dynamic models, their normal evolution is to fuse and then become one with the Western Medical paradigm. This integration is suggested by the development of various models, among which Systems Energetics, the model used by Eric Serejski. In addition, yoga and acupuncture applications are enhanced by modern medical technology. For example, they find application in hormonal disorders as well as in functional electrolytic disorders, where laboratory tests allow subtle diagnosis, design of the treatment as well as the follow up of the therapy.
Eric Serejski has studied yogi in a variety of its forms, from physical to esoteric from over 20 years. This work led him to further investigate the concept of energy, bringing him to acupuncture and herbal medicine, which he practices for about 15 years. His quest brought him to travel to Asia and meet extraordinary teachers. His contribution to acupuncture span from regulatory functions, academic functions, international lectures, educational promotion through the translation of over 20 books and the writing of numerous articles and books. His present work focus on integrative approaches while investigating concepts of aesthetics, beauty and harmony in health and fostering the unfolding of the true essence within each student.