Our Yoga

Our Yoga

Hi, I’m Xian, I am the founder of the Ahimsa Yoga Ashram. Our Yoga here is based on my over 25 year experience with Yoga and my extensive studies of the philosophical, spiritual, as well as physical disciplines of Yoga, Martial Arts, Tai Chi, as well as Circus Arts, Acrobatics, Trapeze, Belly Dancing, AcroYoga, Stretching and many other subjects. I researched, in depth experimented and practiced for many, many years. All together, they have led me to question the way Yoga is being taught nowadays.

Over time I developed a SIMPLE, LOGICAL, yet REOLUTIONARY new approach that changes postures in sometimes just the smallest way, TRASNSFORMING the way you will ever think about YOGA!

I realized that ‘modern’ Yoga can actually harm the body. Many practitioners, as well as teachers are unaware of this.

The way Yoga is taught today, the spine is crunched in nearly every single posture! Vertebrae crunch on the disks in between and can cause the wearing down, slipping or other damage of these disks. Most postures crunch the disks in one way or another – sometimes double crunching if we do a turn and a forward bend at the same time for example.

Often when we do a pose, we open one side, but to do so, we crunch/close another. For example, a forward bend. You open your back, but crunch your front body and spine. In Triconasana (Triangle) towards the right, you stretch and open your left, but close/crunch the right.

It is usually taught that it’s normal that if we stretch/open one side, that we close the other one at the same time, as we then do a counter-balance. To me this means one crunches and energetically closes one side, but that’s ok because we stretch it afterwards. But actually, that stretch comes once again to the expense of the other -closed- side).

THE NORMAL SPINE

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A SPINE WITH POSSIBLE ISSUES AFTER MANY YEARS OF ‘CRUNCHING’ IN YOGA

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(not everybody gets these serious issues, but even small damage over time can cause discomfort or pain during the practice or everyday life.)

This means that half your body is always suffering, and that half of your energy lines are not fully open. Restricted like that, postures do NOT feel absolutely fabulous, but instead they often inhibit the breath, create pain or discomfort. Even if the crunching of the disks might not be felt straight away, over time, the problems can become apparent. Spinal disk issues are not reversible through natural means. Therefore prevention is vital.

Once we point out the crunching/closing of the body, the sensation that goes with it, and our students really pay attention, they can feel it. They wonder how they never realized before. Many practitioners have back pain and never realize that it is actually Yoga that is causing it.

The Difference With XianYoga

With XianYoga you will learn to to keep your ENTIRE BODY OPEN in EVERY single posture, where you NEVER CLOSE a side. No crunching or closing whatsoever, NO pain! Only fullness, opening and unrestricted breaths.

This is achieved by tweaking the alignment of traditional postures, through elongation, spiraling and many other little tricks. You will learn how to go into a posture and come out of it while maintaining the energy flow and body open on both sides. Going into and coming out of a posture is a conscious, connected journey of energetic alignment. When you understand that, you will learn to revolutionize your practice, no matter what style of yoga you usually practice.

With XianYoga settle for nothing less than absolutely fabulous! Once you have felt the OPENNESS you can achieve through XianYoga, you’ll never go back.
This is not a new Style of Yoga, but relearning and experiencing what Yoga was always meant to be! Beginners, advanced and established teachers welcome. On Xian’s mat everyone flows to the next level!

Come, learn, and submerge yourself in a world of Yoga you always hoped to be real, but never dreamed to find.

Is today’s Yoga causing harm?

A quick note on ‘modern’ Yoga

Many old time yogis think they know it all… so did I until…..

And once I knew this, it explained why Yoga, the way it’s being taught, is not the kind and gentle body loving exercise system that I thought it to be.

Yoga is actually a very young art form. We are in fact only really 2-3rd generation Yogis, religiously following a system that was not initially designed to be gentle and nourishing to the body, but solely to create strength and flexibility.

To explain why this is the case let me tell you a little history of Yoga. The physical side of Yoga is not ancient as you might have been led to believe, but is in fact less than 130 years old.  Its roots are based in an exercise system for the Danish Army. Yes. It is true. Many Yogis, including teachers are not aware of this.

Only slowly are Yoga teachers allowing themselves to question and adjust ‘ previously thought to be ancient’ postures, and create new approaches that are truly healthful to the body, spine, energy and breath, as much as the mind and soul.

With XianYoga I point out the common misunderstandings in postures, the areas where students often cause damage knowingly (as they feel discomfort) or unknowingly. I’ve taught anyone from complete beginners to 25year seasoned yogis and teachers who thought their Yoga felt great, until I pointed out a few small details…

After they implemented a few small changes here and there, they were speechless. The responses I usually get are: How come this is not taught anywhere? I can’t believe I didn’t know this. I can’t believe I didn’t figure this out. I will never be able to go to a normal yoga class again and see all those closed bodies. I have been damaging my spine for years!

Did you know:

  • That you are seriously crunching your spine and the disks in between in every single posture you do?
  • That you are closing/crunching your body, spine and energy lines on one side to open up another?
  • That your body is tense in the area you want to stretch?
  • You’d be surprised that: What you think is a stretch is actually often tension or a crunch
  • That twists just crunch the lower spine, but do not achieve elongation and rotation of the ENTIRE SPINE
  • That all backbends completely and utterly crunch the disks in your vertebrae?
  • That I yet have to meet somebody that knows how to actually lengthen and open the chest in a backbend?
  • That I yet have to meet somebody that ACTUALLY HAS scoliosis…., that most ‘scoliosis’ can be fixed by postrual re-alignment?
  • That you are seriously compromising knee and ankle health?
  • That you can’t take a FULL and completely UNRESTRICTED BREATH in every posture?
  • That wrong hip alignment creates a curve in your spine that is counterproductive to the stretch you’re trying to do? I’m talking in the non-obvious postures too
  • That many Yogis have back pain and do more Yoga to alleviate it, not realizing that it’s actually their Yoga that is causing the pain?
  • That you could be compromising spinal health for your later years?
  • That you are not 100% sure EXACTLY where to feel the stretch? And that if misaligned, you actually stretch a completely different muscle or straining a body part?
  • Do you have an understanding EXACTLY what the point of a posture is? You might be surprised
  • That you are pretzeling yourself into postures your body isn’t ready for, compromising your bodies openness, putting stress on the spine, neck, shoulders and more? You’d be surprised how many postures you are not ready for
  • That our current breathing cycles don’t necessarily support opening the body?
  • That a headstand does not have to take weight on the head at all, leaving the neck completely comfortable?
  • That shoulders back and down, crunches the upper back
  • Do you how to prepare yourself for a more advanced posture, that does not involve ‘just doing the posture over and over’ That many stretches are fake stretches? ie. thinking you can go deeply into a posture, but you actually compensated with a different body part
  • That ‘ancoring’ shoulders or butt cheeks in the ground, creates tension that travels along the spine
  • That tensing the butt cheeks in back bends (to protect the lower back) creates tension in the lower spine and belly? Areas you actually want to stretch?
  • That when you push your heels into the ground in Down Dog, that you are engaging the legs muscles, which means you can’t stretch them?
  • Do you have a full intentional journey in and out of each posture, knowing EXACTLY where to put that leg or foot or hand or arm with EVERY SINGLE movement, to stay fully aligned and open with body and energy lines throughout your ENTIRE practice?
  • Can you sit effortlessly and COMFORTABLY cross-legged for ½ hour or more?
  • That if you cannot sit straight without tightening your back muscles, any sitting postures will build up on that initial tension
  • Hyper-extended knees, cause lower back pain and compromise your postures

These are just a handful of the important points to start to pay attention to in your practice.

But this is just the beginning…

Come and join us to learn more about this exciting adventure into your body.

XIANYOGA

XianYoga alleviates all of the above and so much more.

You might have never known how much there is to know and the magic you can truly experience with each posture.

Understand where you are harming your body now or for the future and learn the AHIMSA way.

Transform the postures you didn’t like into your favorites and make your existing favorites even more spectacular!

COME AND FEEL WHAT YOGA WAS ALWAYS MEANT TO BE

REVOLUTIONIZE your practice and the THE WAY YOU EVER THOUGHT ABOUT YOGA

If you’d like to read more about our Yoga and how it is taught here at the Ashram, please click here

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