These sessions aim to introduce students the practices of Integral Yoga that focus specifically on one or more of the chakra. Integral Yoga sessions work on full-body stimulation as well as specific stimulation. Specific stimulation might be therapeutic, such as soothing the lower back, or energetic, such as opening the heart centre (anahata, the fourth chakra). The chakra provide a framework for practising yoga and meditation because they bridge the gap between the physical, mental emotional and energetic bodies.
What These Sessions Include
- 2-hour Integral Yoga session (including meditation and relaxation);
- Chinese tea using 2-3 natural ingredients (including guidance on their preparation and health properties);
- Samples of Chinese tea to take home; and
- Time for asking questions and sharing.
About Integral Yoga
Integral Yoga of the Dharma Ananda tradition fuses Hatha Yoga, Kundalini Yoga and Dhyana Yoga and relaxation with a Taoist twist for working the physical body, energetic body and the mind. It is open and creative practice that offers both an accessible introduction to integral yogic practices as well as advanced philosophical and experiential teachings in wisdom (Prajna Yoga) and compassion (Karma Yoga and Karuna Yoga) for students navigating the processes of awakening.
‘The first cup moistens my lips and throat. The second shatters my loneliness. The third causes the wrongs of life to fade gently from my recollection. The fourth purifies my soul. The fifth lifts me to the realms of the unwinking gods.’ ~ Lu Yu
About Chinese Tea
Tea is an important part of Chinese tradition. As Chinese society developed and progressed, tea production has played a role in driving economic development while tea consumption has remained a practice of daily life. Tea has an extremely close relationship to Chinese culture, and its study covers a wide field and has very rich content. The main varieties of Chinese tea are classified as green tea, black tea, Oolong tea, white tea. Chinese tea is not limited to tea leaves. Often wisdom from classical herbalism (艾草) as part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) included loose infusions of three ingredients of a vast range of organic flowers, roots and spices that have medicinal and therapeutic properties. Aside from simply drinking as a beverage, Chinese tea culture comprises two dimensions. The first is for tea tasting and nourishment. This involves judging the quality of the tea ingredients by the colour, fragrance, flavour of the tea, the water quality, the properties of the ingredients, and even the beauty of the tea set and presentation. The second is considered a form of tea art, which is similar to the meditative practice of Japanese tea ceremony with matcha (抹茶). When tasting tea, the taster should be able to savour the tea thoroughly while attentively observing and savouring the environment, atmosphere, music, infusing techniques, appreciation for the origins of the tea, and the interpersonal relationships.