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Approaching Universal Yoga is a progressive four-part practice series designed to prepare students physically and energetically for a full experience of the challenging practice of Universal Yoga. Key concepts, postures and sequencing unique to Universal Yoga are gradually introduced over the course of these four practices.
Key concepts introduced in this series include:
- • Full range of motion exercises for each joint of the body
- • Balanced stretching and strengthening of each main muscle group of the body
- • Equal amount of postures for the arms and legs
- • Equal amount of forward bending, backward bending and twists
- • Long sequences of asymmetrical postures to generate strong internal energy flows
- Practice 1: Static stretching and mild strengthening. Level: beginner/intermediate
- Practice 2: Static stretching and basic dynamic strengthening. Level: beginner/intermediate
- Practice 3: Vinyasas and stronger asanas are introduced. Level: intermediate
- Practice 4: "Mandala" sequence for complete balancing of consciousness. Level: intermediate.
These practices are designed for able-bodied students with a keen interest in physical development as a foundation for spiritual practice. It is recommended that even fit experienced yoga practitioners begin the Approaching Universal Yoga series with Practice 1 in order to gain familiarity with the key concepts and postures. Mastery of these practices prepares one for the full-length intermediate Universal Yoga practice featured in the Introduction to Universal Yoga DVD.
Universal Yoga is a unified scientific approach to achieving liberation of consciousness through a balanced application of physical, energetic and psychic practices. This system reflects Andrey Lappa's experience with spiritual teachers of the Hindu and Tibetan Buddhist traditions of the Himalayas, his decades of personal practice and research, and his belief in complete freedom and creativity in practice.
The Universal Yoga asana practices in this series are designed to begin creating a powerful balancing and centering influence on consciousness. Because Universal Yoga is based on a comprehensive understanding of all possible yoga forms and techniques rather than on specific fixed patterns of asana or vinyasa, these sequences are just a few examples of thousands of possible sequences, or Universal Yoga sub-styles, that can range from very vigorous and active to very quiet and restorative. Andrey encourages students and teachers to use the tools of Universal Yoga to create unique practices well-suited to support their own personal development along the spiritual path.
About Andrey Lappa
Andrey Lappa is one of the most influential yoga masters of the post-Soviet countries. He has studied with teachers both famous and unknown, including BKS Iyengar and Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, and has practiced meditation in many monasteries and temples throughout the East. After many years of exploration into the most esoteric and challenging practices of yoga, Andrey developed the incomparably powerful and effective Universal Yoga, a comprehensive approach to spiritual evolution. Andrey is president of the Kiev Yoga Federation in the Ukraine.
Currently he conducts teacher training programs around the world and has re-introduced hatha yoga to the monks of his Tibetan Buddhist lineage in Nepal. He is the author of the book Yoga: Tradition of Unification.