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Here and now


Here and now.

Your own yoga

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Here and now


Here and now.

Your own yoga

Explore

 

I am Diana, architect, urban researcher and yogini living in Zürich and learning around the globe. After many years living in Singapore and traveling around Asia, yoga became more than a practice on the mat, a lifestyle. At first, my assumptions about yoga kept me away: too mystic, too closed, too dogmatic. One day in Singapore, I walked into a class that instantly resonated with me. As my breath finally slowed down I noticed how my postures became steadier, longer, firmer. For the first time, I understood how breathing was some kind of super-power, the ultimate connecting bridge between mind and matter. And that bridge is the yoga, the yoking, the union. What seemed at first as a breakthrough quickly became inspiration, leading me to dig deeper into this world of light and darkness which is yoga.

I have been greatly influenced by Rinat Perlman and Patrick Creelman, founder of Pure Yoga, with whom I have studied intensively in Hong Kong, on foundational and also several advanced trainings. Their precision and intelligent methodology has not only fascinated my curious mind but also greatly influenced my practice. Their teachings and their implementation in my practice have led me to a search of asana intelligence through accurate actions and technique rather than just "flow". Again, I find myself where I began with, investigating the strengthening of that invisible yet real bind between mind and matter, intention and muscle, and inversely exploring how a postural practice can bring transformative change at psychological and emotional levels. We do what we believe we can do.

 
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Creativity


I see yoga through the eyes of an architect, precise, detailed, mathematical. Yoga is a creative discipline in as much as design or architecture. In every sequence, in every fold, we find the beauty of evolving geometries, the intelligence of precision and a story to tell.

Creativity


I see yoga through the eyes of an architect, precise, detailed, mathematical. Yoga is a creative discipline in as much as design or architecture. In every sequence, in every fold, we find the beauty of evolving geometries, the intelligence of precision and a story to tell.

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Stillness


The practice of asana brings the mind into an even state and strengthens the body. We begin to cease the fluctuations of the mind when we finally focus on breath and alignment into the posture.

Stillness


The practice of asana brings the mind into an even state and strengthens the body. We begin to cease the fluctuations of the mind when we finally focus on breath and alignment into the posture.

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Process


However, the goal of yoga is not the pose, but how we practice it: the full awareness, the vigilant attitude. A pose is never finished; it is a tool, a process. Have we observed carefully how we move through this world in our bodies and minds?

Process


However, the goal of yoga is not the pose, but how we practice it: the full awareness, the vigilant attitude. A pose is never finished; it is a tool, a process. Have we observed carefully how we move through this world in our bodies and minds?

 

When I taught my first class: the first 5 students who showed up seemed to walk out exhausted yet happy. And they came back, again and again. As I continued to teach, I began to realise that I had not only something genuine to share, but also I had found a powerful means to become accountable for my own practice. Every day is a chance for practice and every failure, is one for progress.

I am grateful to Patrick Creelman and Rinat Perlman for their guidance. To Rashita for taking me into the world of intelligent breath. To my students, for their teachings. To my friend Lenne.

Photography by Lenne Chai.

 
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Philosophy


Philosophy

Yoga is meditation in motion.

Philosophy


Philosophy

Yoga is meditation in motion.

 

Full awareness of what happens in the body is a form of meditation, it is a process that takes us into the present moment. When our body finds its own alignment, we can stay long enough into the asana as to experience and obtain its benefits. Yet this perfect alignment is not dictated, it is latent and fluctuating. Hence, everyday we discover our new body, coming to the mat with a beginners mind and practicing with a lightness of being yet with persistence. What works one day might not work the next, and it is with this fine flickering line we need to work with each day.

My belief is your belief in your own practice, take from it what you will… My aim is to inspire you into discovering your own yoga, not just for the time we spend together, but for the rest of your life.