Raja Flow Yoga has evolved out of a process of study, research and experience in the endeavour to use Yoga in a way that is effectively intelligent, safe and fun.
In this system, Yoga is filtered through a precision lens and delivered through a multi-layered technique.
Raja is the Sanskrit for Ruler (of the Kshatriya Varna - warrior caste) and refers to the focused intention of a king to guide people into greatness, which is inherent in every practice.
Flow refers to the stream of consciousness that is then tangibly manifested by practitioners through distinct pathways to create a practice.
There is so much we can do with our body and psyche that it’s unrealistic to expect we can do everything in a single practice.
It’s also typical of the Western mentality to believe that we only have 60 minutes to ‘fix’ ourselves and we must do as much as we can with this amount of time almost in the attempt to perform a miracle.
When this approach is applied to Yoga, it can be especially unhealthy - we convince ourselves that we’re looking after our health and wellness while we are most likely doing the opposite.
A lot of things commonly done in Yoga feel great. However, there are countless beneficial elements of a Yoga practice that don’t necessarily trigger that feeling we identify as good - they simply feel neutral.
If you had to choose between a practice that feels great during every moment but may ultimately damage your body and distorts your psyche, or a practice in which you won't feel good just during every moment but truly increases your physical and mental health levels, which would it be?
Compared to mainstream, this system uses alignment, biomechanics and breathing in a more organic way. The practices might feel different and so will be the effects of the practices.
Anything can be done very well, mediocrely or simply badly. ‘Yoga is good for you’ is not a truthful statement. Good Yoga is good for you - bad Yoga isn’t.
Raja Flow Yoga is a refined system which acknowledges these truths and works with very specific practices. A typical class only combines elements that correctly work well together in the context of that particular class. What is not done in one session will be done in another.
Besides the traditional Yoga repertoire (sometimes approached from a different angle), there are signature Raja Flow Yoga poses, transitions, vinyasa patterns (short, precise flows to link asanas) and anatomical movements that do result in improved physical and mental health.
Every practice we do is a journey and has a destination. The sequences are varied and depending on the aim, involve a selection of postures, a way of breathing and a defined movement focus. The consistent integration of Yoga Anatomy principles into the system lends a therapeutic edge.
In this system, there are 5 routes that provide structure for and define the nature of every single practice. Each of the 5 routes opens us up to a number of possibilities, so two practices of the same route might seem similar as wells as rather different.
This modus operandi allows us to ultimately enjoy the benefits of Yoga in the most comprehensive way.
Five Ways help distribute the work more coherently across different practice. These are divided into Luminous and Gleaming.
Three Luminous routes are moderate to high intensity and very specific in their anatomical cut. They open and tone different regions of the body and prompt the nervous system correctly. The streams of awareness brought forth stimulate, calm or synchronise the body-mind complex.
Two Gleaming routes are low to moderate intensity and focus on more subtle elements than the obvious muscles. They effectively reshape fibrous connective tissue and address short-term and chronic stress to restore peace.
The answer is simple: it is not possible to truly work through all the layers of the body and mind in one single session, especially if the practice is of a repetitive nature, which is an approach found in many systems.
While we might like some practices more than others, all should be practised with equal dedication. In order to work correctly, yoga requires patience and time - that's the way it's always been and it will ever be.
Raja Flow Yoga is an intelligently creative system, which uses simple movements woven into more complex choreographies and ultimately endeavours to use Yoga as a healing practice.
In a time where everything is moving so fast and is fragmented, Raja Flow Yoga invites practitioners to embark on a beautiful and profound adventure.
For seasoned practitioners coming from other Yoga backgrounds, it is best approached with no expectations and an open mind - after all, isn't that what Yoga is about?
Antonello has been having a wonderful adventure in the realm of Yoga. He enjoyed training within different traditions and lineages, and was lucky to study with a few masters.
The ride was bumpy at times, especially in the early days, when the lack of experience clashed with the desire to dive deeper into Yoga.
Despite the harder moments and given an early awakening, he carried on in his journey and spontaneously embarked on a mission to rectify the approach to Yoga where adjustments were needed.
This is how Raja Flow Yoga was born.
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