After more than 35 years practicing yoga as it is taught nowadays in the majority of schools, when I got in touch with Dynamic Yoga it was a revolution to discover that we can practice yoga not from the mind control, but from the intimacy.
After many years practicing zen meditation, trying to be in the present throughout the sensations, as a way of not to be drawn by fantasy and imagination, but to be in touch with the reality, it was a revolution to discover that in dynamic yoga, as in zen, you practice being present to the sensations arising in the body. And it has two main advantages: your practice becomes safer and you get used to be aware of what is really happening.
It was a revolution to discover that Dynamic Yoga is a door to the meditative mind if it is practiced as an enquire of the sensations taking place and if being guided by the more elemental ones -pleasure and pain-, if we allow the body to express naturally and if we are aware of it.
It was a revolution to understand and to experience that the practice of yoga is a pleasure, that this is what yoga is, to enjoy the practice, to enjoy life as it is, being absolutely present to what happens.
Enquire, invite, allow… This attitude, inseparable of Dynamic Yoga, changed radically my understanding of yoga. It implies a total commitment with what we feel in the present moment, accepting the body as we find it every day and acting in consequence and with respect, not wanting to change anything, not pretending it is not like it is, not imagining it has capabilities different from reality, not pursuing external ideals, ideal postures… Feeling the reality the way it is, without adding anything, without ignoring anything.
The reality, the physicality, the concrete (Dynamic Yoga basis are just concrete things -knees, feet, spine, lengthening, broadening…), the fact that there isn’t any reference about unverifiable things (theoretical notions, i. e.), the direct experience, intimacy, acceptance. I like its way to approach the postures, as a dissection of everyone in many others to prepare it, to ensure the practice with total care.
Wholeness, non duality, interdependency, impersonal nature of the reality, the non duality between emptiness/form, concepts easy to understand when we read it but not so easy to embody are being clearer through the practice of yoga postures.
There is an aspect of Dynamic Yoga that appeals particularly strongly to me, above the other ones: free breathing. Not controlling our breath, not counting it, not forcing it. Freeing our breath is a liberating way to approach yoga and pranayama. And a very different way to approach vinyassa and ullola, based on the rendition to the breath as it is, to things as they are. It implies also a deep trust in the intelligence of the body, in life.
The intimacy with sensations actually taking place while practicing has taught me the habit of being really honest with myself about what I’m feeling in every moment, even out of the mat. This is having huge consequences in every aspect of my life, all of them beneficial.
Yoga, as the process of going from obvious to subtle through the body, has become one way to get in touch with Consciousness. After many years practicing postures in one hand and meditation in the other, as two different things, even if I always knew deep in my heart they could not be different, the discovery of Dynamic Yoga marks a before and after. With the sensation of being back home.