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What’s Bhakti Prema Yoga?
Bhakti Prema Yoga is a school of yoga that teaches a path to transformation using ancient and modern healing tools.
The path involves the following principles, that the teachers embody in their lives and convey in their classes:
Bhakti: We believe that the divine can be found in every aspect of life, and hence this path cherishes the aspect of Bhakti yoga, union with universal consciousness by love and devotion, as expressed through chanting, pooja, altar care and other spiritual practices. We believe that the more spiritual we become, the more we can perceive that which is spiritual.
Prema: Unconditional love. We foster love towards ourselves, every sentient being, and to life itself, by adhering to the guiding principles of: Acceptance, Forgiveness, Letting go.
Svadhyaya: Self study and study of the scriptures. Yoga is an ancient antropotechnique that was developed to answer the problem of the suffering inherent in life (duhkha). In this path we study how the ancient seers solved this problem in different and unique ways. We consider ourselves life-long students, on a learning journey open to embrace the teachings of all yoga schools, of science, and different spiritual traditions. We accept that knowledge is evolving and hence that our beliefs can change and likewise what we teach can change too.
8 limbs: This path encompasses the practice of all the 8 limbs of yoga, placing much emphasis on yamas, niyamas and pranayama.
DaDaDa: As teachers of Bhakti Prema Vinyasa, we are guided by the teachings of the Bhradaranyaka Upanishad: Dāmyata Datta Dayadhvam (DaDaDa): “Be Self controlled, Give, Be compassionate”.
The Bhakti Prema Experience
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Bhakti Prema Vinyasa class
A Bhakti Prema Vinyasa class is an alchemical space of transformation that offers the following elements:
Bhakti: Chanting, offering mantras at the beginning and at the end of the class, either with the accompaniment of harmonium or with voice only (vedic chanting). Altar preparation and care.
Prema: Unconditional love. This starts with yourself, accepting who you are fully and how far you have come in your spiritual path. We then shine prema on all the people around us, in our teachings and in how we relate to our students.
Vinyasa: Movement as a form of embodied spirituality. The classes are taught at a slow pace with lots of attention to details and somatic embodiment. The goal is to bring the practitioner outside of their head and back into their body, while keeping them aware of every time they “drop out” of the body, whether to start thinking or conceptualizing what they are doing. The teacher uses detailed cues to guide the students while walking between them and offering individual assists when needed.
Parinama: Transformation. The solar vinyasa classes can be challenging physically and mentally, to push the practitioner out of the comfort zone, into the place where transformation can happen. The student is always empowered and encouraged to develop bravery and courage from feeling uncomfortable, challenged and vulnerable. Hence the teacher is a guide to a territory that for every student needs to be explored in their own way. Kramas are offered for all the challenging poses and transitions. The lunar classes are a place for nourishment and presence.
Svadhyaya: The classes are taught with a theme that encourages self-study and reflection and draws from Indian philosophy. The theme offers reflection prompts during the practice.
Bhava: The classes cultivate a bhava, a feeling-state that can be emotional, playful, or spiritual depending on the theme of the class and the kind of transformation that is encouraged.
Functional asanas: The cues and alignment are grounded in the understanding of skeletal variations and hence are functional rather than aesthetic. The teacher offers hands-on-assists, and allows the students to contribute and shift to personal practice whenever they need.
Naada: music. We use music in our classes to accompany the bhava and create a mood for the class. We encourage experimentations and creativity in the flow.
Sangha: the teacher builds community with other spiritual seekers.
Freedom: personal contributions in the class is cherished. The teacher has a welcoming attitude towards variations and self-practice.
Bhakti Prema Yin
A Bhakti Prema Yin class is a lunar nourishing space for svadhyaya and community that offers the following elements:
An opening and closing invocation played with the harmonium or a Vedic mantra.
A theme for self development that draws from yogic philosophy.
Yin Yoga postures presented for each target areas, taking into account skeletal variations, offered with props,according to the foundational teachings of Paul Grilley.
Mindfulness and self-reflection prompts, and the possibility to journal during the class.
My name is Ameriga, I am a yogi from Sicily, addicted to salted water, traveling and kitesurfing.
I teach yoga at my rooftop yoga shala in a tiny beach village in the south of Sicily for 8 months a year.
For the remaining 4 months, I travel around the tropics looking for wind and waves, and go back to India to study with my yoga teachers.
I was always attracted by Asian philosophies and cultures; in fact I even decided to pursue my first University degree in Oriental languages and Cultures.
My studies brought me to live in Japan and Burma, which subsequently led me to travel through most of South East Asia.
I became very fascinated with Buddhism, and at 25, I completed a silent Vipassana 10-days meditation retreat which spurred my love for meditation.
Postural Yoga arrived later on in my life, and it was love at first asana!
…the best part was the yoga. Ameriga is extremely knowledgeable and driven to share every bit of herself with her students. Passionate, adorable accent. I learned so much.
Maria Petrykowski, USA
I came for ten days to attend an outstanding yoga course. Everyone at Floripa is so helpful and kind, the atmosphere for me was wonderful and it is a testament to this that I met so many returning visitors. I stayed in a shared room which was perfect for me and the space, the proximity to the sea, the incredible food but most importantly everyone that worked made it a special experience and I will definitely be returning.
Joanna Drot-Throa, UK
I loved being challenged on and off the mat each day - and it was so worth it because the amount of knowledge you‘ll have accumulated after this course is unbelievable. Even if I should not end up as a teacher after all, I feel like my own practice and understanding of yoga has evolved so much. And what‘s best: I got to hang out with the loveliest people and create a beautiful tribe that will hopefully stay in touch for a lifetime!
Natalie Bauer, Germany
If you are on an inner journey, looking for the best teacher and training for you, trust me Floripa must be the place.
There is an ancient saying: "When the student is ready, the teacher will appear". So it was for me when I met Ameriga. She is such a provider of knowledge, a source of inspiration, able to push yourself beyond the limits of your comfort zone.
This TT was one of the best experiences of my life, I found my tribe and together we started looking at the world with different eyes.
Sun, sea, delicious italian food and wine are only a plus;)
Alice Nuvola, Italy
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