We are flying with Bali Spirit Festival this March

We are flying with Bali Spirit Festival this March

Less then a month till yogis and friends from all over the world will gather in Ubud, Bali for one of the largest yoga festivals in the world – Bali Spirit Festival. It is all about global yoga community well-being, personal and planetary transformation through yoga, movement and music.

From March 24th till 31st the town will be the world’s centre of yoga, meditation, dance and movement, personal development and healing. Let’s not forget the music! Music is the heart and soul of the Festival. From live music accompanying a yin yoga workshop, sacred music to participatory concerts and chanting, music will fill our hearts.

Be part of our flying team

We are happy to share that this year FlyHigh Yoga will be part of the Bali Spirit Festival’s family as a side attraction! We will be offering special open classes daily. If you are already a FlyHigh Yoga teacher, we are happy to invite you to join our Bali Spirit team on the spot! Contact us if you want to join.

Special 20% discount

We are offering a 20% discount off our March or April FlyHigh Yoga teacher trainings to all yogis that have a Bali Spirit Festival pass. The trainings cover the basics of FHY. Through this training, you will learn how to skillfully use the FHY belt, various poses that can be performed in the belt, how the belt can enhance a regular yoga practice and how to safely guide people in and out of these poses. Don’t hesitate to contact our team for more information about the training.

An exceptional gift to our March FlyHigh yoga family

Our amazing surprises don’t end here. From March 16th till 20th we are hosting our monthly teacher training at Ubud Yoga Centre and to all of you that are signing up to the training, we are giving a day to remember at Bali Spirit Festival Music stage on request. The pass Includes Access to daytime music on selected day (Coco Love Stage); Access to night-time music on selected day (Main Stage); Access to Dharma Fair and Community Workshops on a selected day. The music line-up is a constellation of ceremonialists and soul-healers, sound alchemists and truth-speakers, voices of angels, voices of the forest, voices of roots sunk deep, voices of ancient wisdom, expressed through a rising underground of spiritually-inspired artists gathered from the four corners of the planet. It will be really amazing and we will be so happy to share this experience with you!

What to expect from the Bali Spirit Festival this year?

The festival is an intense and inspiring event with a lot of fun! It offers you a wide range of events to choose such as interactive workshops and seminars, a lively community market and healing centre, a children’s activity zone, yoga classes and vibrant nighttime programs.

This year the global yoga family will gather together in sacred celebration, doing the inside-out work of personal and planetary healing and transformation. As we take time and space to re-align through yoga, we fine-tune our inner equilibrium and rejuvenate our bodies.

The daytime line-up reflects the rich variety of activities on offer at the festival, including Yoga workshops, Traditional Balinese performances, music and so much more. There are classes for all levels, for absolute beginners to handstand lovers across all traditions of yoga including Vinyasa Flow, Kundalini, Hatha, Jivamukti, Astanga, Laughter Yoga, Afro Flow, Children’s yoga and more! Jose Luis Jimenez, the Spanish founding father of FlyHighYoga, who is long-term yoga enthusiast and practitioner will be a part of the yoga line-up. He will teach Vinyasa classes at the festival. Jose has a deep understanding of the yoga teaching, that’s why his classes are initiating the work, sustaining it and then building to a peak, and completing and integrating it. Everyone using the code “JOSELUIS” when purchasing an Abundance or Full Spirit Pass, will get a discount of $50 on the ticket price. 

Bali Spirit Festival is more than a yoga festival, is a global celebration of community and well-being. Don’t miss it! Join the event here, or follow FlyHihgYoga and Bali Spirit Festival on Instagram for newest updates and live streaming from the festival’s events.

Guide to FlyHigh Yoga classes in Bali

Guide to FlyHigh Yoga classes in Bali

Guide to FlyHigh Yoga classes in Bali

Bali is one of the most preferable yoga places on earth, where you can practice all kind of yoga classes, take numerous workshops and retreats. The island is so inspirational and provoke everyone to do something differed and challenging.

For many people who try to practice yoga for the first time combining the traditions of yoga with something fun and energetic is the best option. If this sounds to you like something that you would try, then we can suggest you take the leap, give it a try, come and fly with FlyHigh Yoga. Very often we are asked where in Bali you can take a regular FlyHigh yoga class. That’s why we specially prepared to you this guide to all the studios in which you can join a regular FlyHigh Yoga class.

Ubud Yoga Centre

Our first stop in this guide is the Ubud Yoga Centre. In this place is hidden a little bit of magic. The yoga centre is a contemporary two-tiered complex building created with several functions in mind: Yoga Centre, Paiste Gong Centre, Kids Centre, Gift Shop, and a Cafe. So you can enjoy a really good yoga practice and also a good healthy meal. The place is kids friendly. The children can also do yoga here and try to fly with specially designed FlyHigh yoga classes for the little ones.  At Ubud Yoga Centre you can practice FlyHigh yoga every day. When you fall in love with FlyHigh yoga you can also buy the FHY hanging belt and practice anywhere you want. There is no need to reserve your spot in advance, just come and fly with us!

The Mansion – Ubud

Rooftop Yoga in the FlyHigh Shala, located on the third floor overlooking the greenery of Ubud. FlyHigh Yoga classes offer you a form of aerial yoga practice taking the same yoga poses you would normally practice on the ground but you are now suspended about a meter above the ground while your hands are on the mat below. You can find FlyHigh Yoga classes every day from Monday to Friday.

Samadi – Canggu

As a centre dedicated to healing and renewal, Samadi Bali provides a lush and inspiring environment for the nourishment of body, mind and soul in the heart of Canggu, Bali. At Samadi Bali, there are FlyHigh Yoga classes two times a week.

Serenity Eco Guesthouse – Canggu

Another piece of paradise is Serenity Eco Guesthouse in Canggu. Besides that you can practice FlyHigh Yoga classes here, you can enjoy the beautiful rice field & mountain views, with some of Bali’s best beaches just steps away. Here you can feel immediately at home and join a friendly community. People of all ages, skill levels and backgrounds are welcomed with open arms. Every Wednesday and Friday you can sign up for a refreshing and energetic FlyHigh yoga practice, where you can be carefully guided through every asana whit the help of the belt. After that, you can have something healthy and vegan to eat from the cafe and enjoy the Balinese’s serenity.

Blue Earth Village – Amed

Blue Earth Village is an evolving educational and community hub on the beautiful Amed coast of East Bali. The Blue Earth yoga deck is a stunning space with incredible views of Gunung Agung and Jemeluk bay. The shala is built of bamboo and recycled Ulin wood and is open on the sides yet still feels private due to its elevation. FHY classes are on Friday afternoons at 5:30 pm, please book your spot in advance!

Sunset Beach Yoga – Gili Trawangan

Practising yoga with a view is something that we totally love. Just one sweet fast boat ride to Gili Trawangan and you can enjoy an amazing view upside down with the help of the FlyHigh Yoga hanging belt at Sunset Beach Yoga. The place again offers you an unforgettable yoga and relaxation experience. Sunset Beach Yoga is one of the most beautifully divine studios that you can practice FlyHigh Yoga and enjoy the breath-taking sunsets. To join some of the classes you don’t need to reserve your spot, just drop-in and learn how to relax your body and mind.  Sunset Beach Yoga have daily FlyHigh yoga classes, every afternoon.

Taksu – Ubud

FlyHigh Yoga classes are coming soon to this charming open yoga shala overlooking a small jungle river in the heart of Ubud. For more information where you can take a FlyHigh Yoga, please contact us via our social media channels – Facebook or Instagram. You can write to us also and an email. Our team will answer all of your questions as soon as possible.

Vinyasa the poetry of yoga practices

Vinyasa the poetry of yoga practices

Vinyasa the poetry of yoga practices

There is a yoga practice that is full of silent beautiful rhythm. Every movement of the body is so smooth and graceful, is like a melody. The amazing flow that creates a feeling of lightness, ease and relaxation. That’s how the Vinyasa yoga feels and looks like.

The meaning of the word “Vinyasa” can explain a lot about the inner purpose of this practice, which is “arranging something in a special way“. In this yoga classes, the main is to coordinate movement with breath to flow from one pose to the next. Before we tell you why Vinyasa is the poetry of yoga, let’s get deep into the world of yoga branches and different practices, to discover the beauty of this physical and spiritual teaching.

In the beginning, there was only one style of yoga that evolves through the years. The most significant influence on the evolution of yoga is the Western world. Nowadays yoga transformed so much to adapt the ancients teaching to the modern world and people’s needs for spiritual awakening, healing and physical activities.

We can trace the roots of all the yoga styles that we know today to Hatha yoga, Ashtanga and Iyengar yoga. If you are new into yoga you should know that these styles are the grammar of yoga practice. They are known from centuries and are the inspiration behind every yoga style that we know today.

The Grammar of yoga

The traditional yoga styles are more challenging and highly structured for some people. For example, the Iyengar’s method is a form of hatha yoga and is based on giving primacy to the physical alignment of the body in the poses. In this style, it is taught that there is a correct way to do each pose and that every student will one day be able to attain perfect poses through consistent practice. The traditional yoga practices teach as so much about every asana, they are truly the grammar of yoga that is the foundation that every practitioner should know. But let be honest, sometimes the obsolete and old outlook of yoga can be less enjoyable and difficult, and too much for our twenty-first-century lifestyle.

The poetry of yoga

Nowadays yoga styles can be so fun and innovative. For Jose Luis Jimenez, who is a long time yoga practitioner and teacher, Vinyasa practice is the poetry of yoga. He has originally trained in Tai Chi and Iyengar yoga and learned the depth of traditions of this ancient teaching.

When Jose came to Bali he started his modern approach to yoga learning and teaching Vinyasa style. He was so inspired by this modern approach and immediately fell in love with the different Vinyasa yoga styles. Jose saw that yoga can be fun and asanas can be done with a more energetic and flowing way. This amazing experience makes him a truly unique Vinyasa yoga teacherJose has a deep understanding of the yoga teaching, that’s why his classes are initiating the work, sustaining it and then building to a peak, and completing and integrating it.

The most important thing in the Vinyasa practice are the two primary teachings – building a proper foundation and then constructing the practice to its peak and then slowly cool it down. Each of these phases has its own lessons to impart, and each relies on the work of the previous phase. Vinyasa yoga requires that we cultivate an awareness that links each action to the next—one breathe at a time. And all this is dressed up with so many energetic and flowing motions, full concentration and awareness of the mind. In Vinyasa every asana is perfectly connected to the next one, like a rhymed words.

To experience all of that you can join Jose’s weekly Vinyasa classes at Ubud Yoga Centre, Bali and The Yoga Barn. If you want to sink deeper there is nothing more perfect then join Inner Yoga’s 200HR Teacher Trainings where Jose is a leading teacher. You can learn key postures in Vinyasa – take an in-depth look at postures, alignment, adjustments, use of props and sequencing. And the most amazing thing is that you will have the opportunity to learn and practice this spiritual teaching in paradise. Inner Yoga retreats are handle at the amazingly stunning Azadi Retreat. Check Inner Yoga website to save your spot now.

A yogi between two different worlds

A yogi between two different worlds

A yogi between two different worlds

We met a lot of amazing people during our FlyHigh yoga teacher training who became inspiring yoga teachers. We would like to introduce you to Tatiana, who was a mentor in our latest FHY teacher training in Shanghai.

Tatiana is from Russia, but she had spent the last 5 years practising yoga in Shanghai. Apart from her yogi lifestyle, she is passionate about healthy and delicious food and fashion. As we all know every yogi has a special story about how yoga transformed their lives.

The beginning of a long yoga journey

Tatiana’s first acquaintance with yoga began a long time ago when she still lived in Russia. Back in the days, yoga wasn’t so popular in Russia and not everyone understands it. Her first yoga practice wasn’t pleasant at all and she felt very dizzy, but she decided to give yoga a second chance.

And … ”Looking back, I would like to say how grateful I am to my teacher, who believed in me and encouraged me to not give up. When I moved to Shanghai, I didn’t understand how I could I live without yoga. That’s why I started to look for a place to continue my practice. I have tried a lot of yoga studios and teachers until I found the right place, where I can deepen my practice and knowledge about yoga. There was I time that I had a very busy schedule, but I never missed a single class. Doesn’t matter if I was in a good or bad mood, or just tired, I give myself a magic kick to go to my yoga practice.

The reason behind my devotion and motivation is that yoga recharges me like nothing else, and it’s the easiest way to stay healthy and mindful in the dynamics and stressful everyday life…”

 Other than living and practising yoga in Asia, Tatiana has had the opportunity to not only explore the Asian yoga lifestyle but also the European one. Her life in Berlin helps her to see the difference between the western and eastern yoga life.

“In my opinion, there are more yoga schools, opportunities and “yoga- likeminded” people in Asia. Meanwhile, yoga in Europe still has the potential to expand and develop. Of course, you can find everything you need in the big cities, but if you go further out of them, it becomes more complicated and challenging for the yoga practitioners.

Yoga can make you fly

Tatiana’s yoga journey took her to Bali. The island that has the intoxicating power to provoke you to experiment and try new things. This magical vibes took her to a FlyHigh yoga class.

“I started practising FlyHigh yoga in Bali with different teachers and I liked it very much because I saw real progress in my usual Ashtanga practice. It helped me to improve some asanas. I remember being so inspired by the practice, that I bought the FlyHigh yoga DVD and the FHY belt to continue to practice when I went back to Shanghai. I was so passionate about flying, so when I returned to Bali for the third time I was lucky to be a part of the FlyHigh teacher training.”

 FlyHigh yoga combines traditional yoga poses and postures with the help of the belt. And it’s inspired by the oldest traditions of Iyengar yoga. The beauty of this kind of aerial yoga is that it gives you freedom and helps you to learn and be more confident in your regular yoga practice. As Tatiana said, she loves it because the FlyHigh yoga helped her to discover a new dimension of her daily yoga practice.

“The key is the belt. You can practice the same poses that you still can’t do in your regular practice for some reasons. For example, if you can’t do a handstand, when you know that your belt is there for you and supports you, you can do this asana so easily. The FHY belt can help you to learn how to adjust your hands, head, legs and body in these positions, and to gain strength. After practising FlyHigh yoga you can easily go into the poses in your regular practice. But you have to understand, my advice to all of the yogis is that there is no magic in life! Practice yoga regularly, be patience to yourself and your body.  Work hard and one day you will achieve your goals.”

After this experience, she joined the latest FlyHigh yoga teacher training, led by the founder of FlyHigh yoga – Jose Luis Jimenez, as a mentor in Shanghai.

“This opportunity was more than just an experience. As I told teacher Jose, the feeling was like in those 5 days I had lived another life. Five amazing days which were dedicated only for yoga. Meeting those 22 amazing and dedicated yogis, was such an inspiration for me. In the beginning, as a teacher, you have to create the trust with your students, break the ice and by the end of the training you’d already know everyone. At the end, I was so happy, but at the same time sad, because the training was over. The connection between the people was so strong, regardless of the short period of time that they know each other. I remember the last day, when the training was over and everyone took their certificate, people just stayed at the yoga studio until late at night and talked to each other, asked me questions and shared between us the love of yoga and FlyHigh yoga. It’s amazing how FlyHigh yoga can bring people together, make them friends, like a family.”

 Yoga is lifelong learning, a journey that never stops. You can find more inspirational and real yogi stories on our blog. If you are curious about the yogis’ lifestyle in Shanghai, check Lynn’s story, who is one of the best yoga teachers there.

How yoga can be dangerous with a bad yoga teacher

How yoga can be dangerous with a bad yoga teacher

How yoga can be dangerous with a bad yoga teacher

You may wonder how yoga can be dangerous. It’s proven that the risk of injury from practising yoga can be much lower than the risk of injury from many other forms of exercise such as running or fitness. Yoga is an activity that has always been described as an injury-free practice that has many benefits like relaxation, stress relief, pain relief, a stronger and more flexible body and a more peaceful mind.

So, how can yoga be dangerous?

Yoga has been a big trend around the world for the last few years because it offers a lifestyle teaching combined with physical exercises to all of the practitioners. As we said earlier, yoga practices can provide pain relief. A lot of people took yoga classes because their friends or doctor told them that their bodies would feel much better, but a lot of those people decided to stop doing yoga after the first class. Why? That is because they went to a class that was not suitable for them and they were taught by a horrible teacher.

Because of the huge popularity of yoga and the countless teachers’ training, it’s almost possible for everyone to become a yoga teacher. Unfortunately, some of these teachers would later teach yoga in an unsafe way and make yoga practice a horrible experience for a lot of people. It is very important to be able to recognize a bad yoga teacher because yoga is beneficial for everyone. If you happen to be in a yoga class that you absolutely don’t enjoy, it is most likely that you are having a problem with the way the teacher guides the yoga practice and not the yoga in general.

Fear not, we are here to give you some signs to look for when you visit a yoga class for the first time. Beginner teachers who want to improve their teaching skills may also find this article to be helpful.

The personal touch

Imagine going to a yoga class where the teacher is late and doesn’t even bother to introduce himself. This is important because the first thing that a yoga teacher needs to do is to win the trust of their students. As a student, especially if this is your first time at a yoga class, you may feel nervous and insecure. A little introduction will help the students get ready as it takes some of the pressure off of their shoulders and make them feel more comfortable. Creating a friendly and safe environment is one of the most important things to do before starting a yoga practice.

Understanding the students’ needs

Another red flag that you need to pay attention for is when your yoga teacher doesn’t ask the class about any health and safety questions before starting the practice. As we mention in the beginning, yoga can be really dangerous for the students that have recently experienced injuries, or back problems that require any special treatment. Those students need special attention and are suggested to be given modifications to prevent them from aggravating their injuries. This also applies for the beginner students. If the class is mostly attended by beginners that means that the teacher should keep that in mind and put an extra effort in explaining the asanas and not only use their Sanskrit names. Understanding the different needs of the students allows the teacher to meet them where they are. Then, give props and modifications that are relevant and necessary–so no one goes out in a stretcher. Explain at the beginning of the class that students should modify their poses to “keep themselves safe” or to “honour their bodies”. The teacher should choose poses for the class that allow people with injuries to get help and the people without injuries to feel challenged.

The art of leading a yoga class

Yoga practice is not only a physical but also an energy practice. That’s why the way the practice is built up is very important. There are 4 phases of a yoga practice – warming up, building up, heating up and cooling down. You can’t imagine how many students have dropped off of yoga classes because the teacher didn’t know how to properly lead the practice. An incorrect structure of a yoga class can lead to injuries, dizziness, confusion and tension. If you, as a student go to a yoga practice that feels confusing and finds it hard to follow the teacher or feel the absence of a smooth flow between the poses, please feel free to leave the class.

Fortunately, there are more good teachers than bad ones in the world. Remember that the very nature of yoga promotes compassion and the pursuit of wisdom. If you’re a beginner and you are looking for a yoga class, keep these signs in mind and you’ll find a teacher and group that will be able to meet your needs.

As a teacher, you can improve your teaching skills every day so you can provide as much assistance to your students in their journey to self-knowing and healing. Being a yoga teacher is a mission and not just a job, that’s why it is so important to be fully committed. If you want to continue to build up and develop your yoga teaching skills, joins us in some of our courses and become an amazing yoga teacher who understands and supports the need of your students.

 

 

 

How to make it a December to remember this holiday season?

How to make it a December to remember this holiday season?

How to make it a December to remember this holiday season?

And just like that, we are again facing the end of another year. December is a magical time when the intensity of the energy vibrations across the globe is really high.

In order to focus on the positive, pleasant and creative experiences, as well as to feel the joy and the euphoria of the upcoming happy moments, we should prepare ourselves. The end of the month is a perfect time to clean our home, our body and our mind. This is the season to spread the love around you and to give to others that are in need.

How to do that?

In order to give around positive energy, you must clean yourself first. Get rid of the old and unnecessary items and things that you haven’t used for a long time. This will clear a place for the new and the fresh thing that is on your way. All the holidays that are celebrated around the world during December are focused on the good deeds, love, family and friends which can be done by supporting and helping the people around us. So allows yourself at this moment to helps others give back to charity all the thing that are no longer serves you. Now is the best time to be generous. Get rid of the chaos and the mess by arranging everything at your place. Harmony at home brings harmony and balance to your thoughts and deeds.

Your body, your mind and your spirit are in constant connection with your home. As you clean and arrange your home, do not neglect your true self. Get rid of old financial obligations; unpleasant and unnecessary emotions and thoughts; refresh your body and mind by directing your attention to beautiful and pleasant thoughts, feelings and experiences.

The joy of giving

Whatever you do to others, you do to yourself, many spiritual traditions preach that, especially at this time of the year. As we give to others, we are creating conditions to receive. Аs you give to those in need, you are planting seeds for your own nourishment. Additionally, when we do something for someone else, the heart center becomes activated. The important thing during this last period of this year is to understand that we are part of a bigger story. And as yogis, our mission is to uplift everyone and try to make the world a better place.  We can’t do that without loving-kindness, generosity, and giving to others.

The practice of giving, or dana in Pali, has a preeminent place in the teachings of the Buddha.

Dana refers to the act of giving and to the donation itself. The Buddha used the word cage to refer to the inner virtue of generosity that ensures that dana is connected to the Path. This use of cage is particularly significant because it also means “relinquishment” or “renunciation.”

In the teaching of the Buddha, the practice of giving claims a place of special eminence, one which singles it out as being in a sense the foundation and seed of spiritual development.

The Buddha understood giving to be a powerful source of merit with long-term benefits both in this life and in lives to come

Different types of giving

For Hindus, dana (giving) is an important part of one’s dharma (religious duty). Dharma has a wide variety of meanings such as eternal law, duty, conduct, behaviour, morality and righteousness. Each person has a dharma towards family, society, the world and all living things. Any giving that is motivated by selfish considerations loses its value from the spiritual point of view.

All kinds of holidays are upon us, the whole world is celebrating. Be mindfulness, be generous to all people around you, and don’t forget that the most needed thing from all is simply LOVE.

How yoga revolution in China impact the people?

How yoga revolution in China impact the people?

How yoga revolution in China impact the people?

The last decade China embracing the spiritual and physical teaching of yoga following the worldwide trend of practising the ancient Indian tradition.

In the modern world of China yoga fits in people’s lives in the best possible way. Yoga is very trendy in China basically because it has a component that is very different from any other physical practice and it brings to all the practitioner’s mindfulness and awareness. Simply, yoga is everything that is between the gym and the monastery. The trend’s huge because yoga is a mix of physical activity, breathing, healthy living and eating. That’s why people are so attracted to yoga and yogi lifestyle. It’s like a lifestyle relegation, where people can choose how much they can be involved with. In a world where people are so materialistic, yoga is a returning to the spirituality and self-awareness.

The popularity of yoga in one of the most amazing cities in China, Shanghai is one of the beloved forms of physical and mental training, among the Chinese and the expats living there. The yoga studios in the city increase their numbers every year. Statistics show that more than 10 million Chinese now practice yoga regularly.

To understand and feel the yoga life in Shanghai we went to one of the most established high-end yoga chains in the city Y + yoga studio. We can say that Y+ is the establishing stone of yoga in Shanghai and China. The great locations of the studios and the variety of classes offered throughout the day, starting from early morning and going well into the evening, are one of the benefits of the Y +. You can find there more than 45 classes in 14 defriend categories, including various types of yoga; mini classes and workshops and registered international yoga teacher training. One of the best things is that at Y+ you can find practice lead in English, that’s why the yoga studio is so beloved from bough expats and Chinese.

At Y+ yoga studio, we met Lynn. She is an amazing long-term yoga teacher. Lynn uses her spiritual nature to cross the different dimensions of the universe to help people heal and convey the message of the universe. At the same time, she also teaches yoga around the world and across China to share the true meaning of yoga. We had a meaningful conversation with her about the yogis’ lifestyle in the big city like Shanghai and the spirituality between the huge skyscrapers.

Lynn share with us her thoughts about the spiritual life in the big city: “Yoga lifestyle is challenging in the big city, of course, but in the same time can offer a lot of different styles of yoga practice that can make the mind and the body stronger. Spirituality is everywhere, no matter if you are surrounded by buildings and the noise of the city or you are meditating in the jungle of Bali. Every person is a divine and has its own mission on earth. To learn, to love and to give. If you want to find the spirituality you must just look deep in yourself or in people around you.”

Everyone who practices yoga has been touched in some way by its transformative power. For someone is simply the better feeling that they have in their bodies.

Or perhaps some experienced more profound changes in their life, relationships, and worldview. But because these changes often take place over time, it can sometimes be hard to pinpoint exactly what it is about yoga that helps people.

Yoga for Lynn is the most effective way to awake the soul. “Some people aren’t aware that they live in their physical bodies and through yoga therefore asanas they can move the energy and purified their bodies. Yoga open the mind and lighten the energy within. This way we can live a healthier life.

To help people achieve more peaceful, healthier and happy life at Y+ people who seeks transformation and to reconnect with theirs’s inner self can find all kind of spiritual and meditative yoga practices that can help them to release the stress that is contained in the body, to open their mind and discover new dimensions in their lifestyle.

Lynn, tell us more about the practice in the Y+ yoga studio “Among the traditional yoga styles such as Vinyasa and Hatha yoga, you can discover a new styles which are inspired by traditional yoga styles like the aerial practice of FlyHigh yoga, which is based on yoga Kurunta from the Iyengar yoga traditions where ropes are used. We introduced FlyHigh yoga in Shanghai and at Y+ several years ago with a several 40 hours teacher training with Jose Luis Jimenez, the Spanish founding father of FlyHigh Yoga. Many people still don’t understand and estimate the benefits of this practice. FlyHigh Yoga is therefore a bridge to good physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing for all yoga practitioners. The practice helps to decompress the spin, strengthen the core and the body; increased body awareness and control, so the practitioners can really be in the “Now”. From next year at Y+, we are starting a regular FlyHigh yoga classes and we are planning more teacher trainings and master classes.

More about the Y+ yoga studio in Shanghai you can find on their website and their WeChat account. If you are curios and want to know more about FlyHigh yoga check our next training on our website.

Healing the mind, body and the spirit with yoga

Healing the mind, body and the spirit with yoga

Healing the mind, body and the spirit with yoga

The world is energy, all kinds of energy that affect our lives and wellbeing.  From the beginning of our lives till the end we stored our emotions, fears, feelings, problems, strength, and weakness and so on in our bodies. They are the source of our health or illness. The energy can make our bodies sick or can health it.

Sri Ramana Maharshi once said, that “Fixing the mind on psychic centres such as the sahasrara (the thousand-petalled lotus chakra), yogis remain any length of time without awareness of their bodies.  As long as this state continues they appear to be immersed in some kind of joy.  But when the mind which has become tranquil emerges and becomes active again it resumes its worldly thoughts.  It is, therefore, necessary to train it. With it becomes externalised.  It will then attain a state in which there is neither subsidence nor emergence.”

As we said at the beginning, we are all made of energy and we can heal through it. The mind controls everting. We can tuning our body energy and switch our emotions with our intention we can truly change our lives physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. By diving into our heart and mind, and unite with our true self.

Our two bodies

Let’s say that we have two bodies that we live in.  We have the physical body and also we have an energy body. This energy body is connected to our physical body. By healing the energy body, you are healing the physical body. When you are not feeling well physically, it is probably due to one or more of your chakras being discharged or blocked. This basically means that there is either too much or not enough energy in the chakras. We need to have the right amount of energy for our physical body to function correctly.

The body can look like a series of vibrations ranging in increasing density from “true self” to the physical body. Yoga teaches us that the mind affects the body as much as the body affects the mind, while spirit interacts with both. Yoga seeks a balance between the mind, body and spirit. And it works mainly through the body to achieve this balance. All types of yoga will enhance the energy flow in our body.

Yoga can unite our mind and our body

Practising yoga we can release physical and emotional knots held in the body through a process of gentle stretching of muscles and fascia. Yoga can teach the mind and body to release tension and to let go. If we observe how we and our bodies react to the different asanas this can tell us so much about our blockages, problems, fears or where our strength is. Look carefully your reactions when you performer the defriend asanas. How they make you feel, comfortable or the opposite? Do you can fully relax in the position, can you let go? Through yoga, we can understand and find out if our mind and body are united. Yoga practice can work to enhance the energy systems of the body. We can combine different poses to draw energy from the root chakra up and into the crown with music and mantras. In this way, we work on the physical level and mind-spirit level. Breathing exercises or pranayama helps the circulation of energy through the breath. Meditation at the end of most of the practice can help on re-training the mind and body to relax.

As we energized the body through yoga and other means, the physical and emotional attributes corresponding to that frequency are also energized, as is our consciousness. The body holds our emotions. When we have a blocked emotion, the chakra that corresponds to the part of the body holding that emotion is also blocked. When the energy starts flowing through the practice of yoga and other means, the blocks dissolve and the emotions open. It takes deep trust to release these blockages, but it can be done by getting the prana moving through yoga and other spiritual practices. Yoga is the only practice that concentrates on the physical and mental.

Easy ways to defeat and relief the back pain

Easy ways to defeat and relief the back pain

Easy ways to defeat and relief the back pain

Yoga is one of the most effective remedies for helping soothe the back pain. If the practice is done right, it can help to stretch and strengthen muscles that support the back and the spine, if yoga practice is used in conjunction with physical therapy, it can improve the muscle movement and focus the mind. The combination of the two goes well beyond flexibility and strength building.

Yoga practice is recommended to avoid the wrong posture of the body, which is the main source of back pain. Unfortunately, many people bring their incorrect posture routine into their practice. In this cases, the practice isn’t helping and even can worsen the problem. The best solution is yoga practice that is based on alignments, like FlyHigh Yoga for example. By practising that kind of yoga practice people can heal and create a spine decompressions.

To support that, we talked with one of the best experts on this topic in Bali – Pascal Steenbakkers, a Senior Physiotherapist Consultant at Bodywise Bali-Therapy Centre, Seminyak. He is Dutch with more than 22 years of clinical experience, specialized in sports injuries, acupuncture, dry needling and spinal injuries. Pascal is one of the most booked physiotherapist consultants in the region who helps numerous people from all over the world. He frequently combines spinal treatments with the Fly High Yoga belt. The top 3 injury areas he regularly sees in his practice are shoulder, knee and spinal problems.

Lower back pain can cause problems that involve nerve irritation or compression that can lead to hip and knee pain.  It is not uncommon to have back pain with knee pain as well.  When your lower back hurts, you could change the way that you walk which could cause your knee and hip to start hurting.  Sometimes the knee injury occurs first.  Then due to an abnormal gait pattern, the hip or the lower back will become painful.

“Different types of back pain need a different kind of approaches. When I advise a patient to use the FHY belt, it is mainly to reduce the disc pressure, which is very helpful. Not only gives it immediate pain relief, but it helps them to also rehydrate the disc over time. They should use it on a daily base for about 10 mins.” – says Pascal.

One of the greatest benefits of Fly High Yoga is that it provides major spinal decompression, offering relief from different forms of back pain. With this decompression of the joints and spine, proper alignment and posture can be achieved with more ease. Additional benefits of this type of yoga are increased upper body circulation and it significantly improves strength, stability and flexibility at any level of practice. A great full body workout in each class since almost every part of the body is utilized, strengthened and stretched throughout the class.

According to Pascal, yoga is beneficial for most of us. It builds strength, coordination and flexibility. Relaxation and reducing stress is very important these times as well. Emotional stress often is the reason for different kind of back, shoulders and neck pain.

Pascal practices FlyHigh yoga himself and recommends the FlyHigh yoga belt mainly for spinal decompression. “It feels great and it definitely reduces my lower back pain (also from my patients). It also brings more blood to the brain, which increases the oxygen level. So who knows, I might become a bit smarter as well.” – says Pascal.

The FlyHigh Yoga hanging belt is a fantastic tool used to perform aerial yoga. Optimum for restorative inverted poses and intensifying your ground yoga poses. FHY Belt is a lifestyle tool for alleviating stress, releasing tension and strengthening the body and the mind.