Dynamic Method of training focuses on centering the mind on the breath and sensations in the body while mindfully moving through accessible asana practice which will soften the body, quieten the mind, deepen the breath and make our heart sing.
Challenging, yet safe.
External Dynamic: rhythmic movement
Internal Dynamic: broadening and lengthening
Authority: internal intelligence
Result: trusting life
‘Yoga must not be practiced to control the body: it is the opposite, it must bring freedom to the body, all the freedom it needs.’ ~ Vanda Scaravelli
‘Dynamic yoga …..clarifies each of the technical aspects of Hatha Yoga and integrates them all in the Classical way, but in a modified format. Hatha Yoga is like a diamond. Although its different facets face in different directions, they support each other, while both containing and leading to its inner sanctum: self-realization. To reach this sanctum we need safety and subtlety (Iyengar Yoga), softness and sensitivity (Vinniyoga), continuity and heat (Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga), concentration and internalization (Power Yoga), all together. Then we have Hatha Yoga. This is the approach of Dynamic Yoga.’ ~ Godfrey Devereux
Yoga brings us back to ourselves… and from here… well, the possibilities are endless…
As we allow ourselves to start to tune into our breath, allowing the movement of breath take us on a journey… of flow… the dance of breath and movement and our attention… playfully weaving suspended between these three points… starting to let go… of the need to control our breath, of our expectations, our wants, goals… finding ourselves in this moment now… suddenly completely immersed in this place nowhere, now-here… we enter yoga, that re-union with ourselves… where our body simply yields open, the mind goes quiet and still, and we are in our flow again…
In Dynamic method of training, the emphasis is on inviting the integration of functional, structural and energetic integrity. Here the mind focused with sensitivity on sensation becomes quiet, and the breath is softened and deepened with rhythmic movement. Together, they use the existing mobility of the body to awaken it more deeply and fully, allowing it to soften and open to new possibilities, released from the patterns of habitual tension and holding on. The ‘end result’ is feeling good, not just on the surface, but deep down within. Not just while you are doing it, but afterwards too.
‘Practice transforms us. We need to eat less, because we assimilate more and therefore there is a loss of unnecessary weight. We become more beautiful, our faces change and our walk gains in elasticity. Our way of standing is steady and poised, our legs are firmer, and our toes and feet spread out, giving us more stability. Our chests expand, the muscles of the abdomen start to work, the head is lighter on the neck…To watch these enchanting changes is amazing. A different life begins and the body expresses a happiness never felt before. These are not just words; it actually happens.’ ~ Vanda Scaravelli from the book Awakening the Spine
- I started attending Lea’s classes over a year and a half ago. At the time my experience and knowledge of yoga were limited to the stuff one can easily find on the Internet. I was not entirely sure what to expect, but among the things I suspected I would find were flexibility and calmness. A year and a half later I can confidently say that, although I have definitely benefited in that respect, flexibility and calmness are only the tip of the iceberg.
- Alongside of the physical and psychological aspects of the practice, one will also find in Lea’s classes combined elements of meditation, self-healing practices and non-religion specific prayer. Therefore, I couldn’t recommend Lea’s classes highly enough to anyone who seeks help to retrieve the solid ground which most of us have been deprived from, by living in a society shamefully inundated by layers of unwholesome nonsense.
- One can sense the integrity of Lea’s teaching, where no trace of ostentatiousness or arrogance is to be found. Lea had been practising yoga for decades, before she decided to teach it. So by the time she became a yoga teacher, she actually embodied yoga and its philosophy, so much so that it is now no easy task to distinguish between teacher and subject. Lea is what she teaches.
- Lea takes a genuine interest in her students’ well-being in and out of the classes, and generously offers advice, whenever asked. She doesn’t mind even admitting that she herself can fall flat on her face, while practising yoga at home. She approaches her students with the utmost respect, which manifests in the discreet corrections she will only make during the class, to protect students from injuring themselves. To quote the words in which she closes her classes ‘… bow to our beautiful bodies, without which we would not be here today’. And don’t be surprised if you leave her class twenty minutes later than expected: Lea is generous with time, and allows the flow of practice to take its natural course.