Starting with our bodies and physical sensations, the practice of yoga goes way beyond the mat. We move, we flow, we stretch, twist, turn our bodies upside down, test limits, grow, and expand. It is exactly this focus on movement that brings us back to the present moment, quiets our mind and allows us to return to our natural state of being: happiness.. Vikara yoga is all about coming back to your heart.
We combine many different practices at Vikara and it is blended into one seamless yoga experience.
The word Hatha can be translated as ‘willful’, ‘forceful’ or the yoga of activity, observing what’s happening within when you hold a pose. Vinyasa, on the other hand, is the practice that brings movement and breathing together. Our combination of Hatha and Vinyasa classes usually involve a set of physical postures, breathing techniques and flows, practiced more slowly and with more static postures aiming at aligning, observing, feeling and thus listening to body, mind and spirit to open our channels and heart.
Often also called yoga of love, Bhakti means devotion. The practice is one of the four main yogic paths to enlightenment that unites the practitioner with the divine and can be mainly achieved through service. We believe that - as with everything else in life - service is something that has to be found and established in yourself first before it can be expanded to others. That’s why we usually start with the focus on ourselves when learning how to serve and giving love during our yoga asana practice. This helps us find in our hearts what we are really good at in order to give it to the world as a service.
The tradition of Taoism, as it is applied in martial arts and Tai Chi, is woven into our yoga practice. It gives us a powerful tool to connect with energy flows beyond the six spinal chakras and tap into the energy from the earth and the elements through the chakras in our hands and feet, experiencing connectedness and unity with the universe.
We perceive asanas (postures) as a deep cleansing practice. They help us getting to know our bodies and purify them in order to connect to ourselves by connecting to the whole. We do this by becoming aware of our pranic cord antakarana as our main channel. Once this channel is cleansed, we are able to listen, receive messages and embody our life purpose.
Yoga beyond the mat
Yoga beyond the mat