Yoga classes were held every morning (Monday to Friday) from 7:30am to 9am in the outside yoga hall of Casa Domani. The space is very conducive to yoga classes as it is built with natural materials (clay tiles bamboo walls) and that the fresh air and the nature's sounds invade the space and bring a sense of wellness to the students.
Saket Mohen is a person with a very deep approach to yoga and its practice. He lives yoga all through the day starting with his personal morning practice and it is very inspiring for a student like me who comes from the West and is knowledgeable mostly in asanas. During my stay the teaching has informed me about the large spectrum of yoga not only about the asanas.
The classes started with OM chanting often followed by mantra chanting by Saket Mohen; the old Sanskrit chants are very inspiring even if we do not understand the words of the ancient language. Saket Mohan was always very generous in translating the meaning of the chants and mantras so that we could be part of the experience. I feel that the door to chanting has been opened for me and that I will be able to continue hearing and learning more in the future.
Saket Mohan always adapted the daily practice to the temperature my fitness level (I am more than 50 years old; very much in shape but sometimes a little bit stiff when I wake up). This was greatly appreciated.
Most days we started with warm ups sometimes Sun salutations followed by various asanas (balance sitting backward bending eyes exercises etc.). Between each asana a relaxation period was suggested so that the body parts would go back to their natural place (including heart rate). I feel that this approach increases very much my strength as my body is able to integrate the effort in a comfortable way.
Asanas were followed by pranayama session (breathing exercises). This is the most important aspect of yoga that I discovered here. Pranayama is a natural for me (and everyone else I guess!) as it brings my prana my energy up ! My lung capacity must have increased at least twice! The practice of pranayama is great for the body level but mostly for the mental level as it brings clarity and calmness to the otherwise too active mind. With the mind calm the self is more easily available and approachable and I was more able to be my observer. And keep the state almost throughout the day and night.
The relaxation session that was held at the end of the yoga practice was also a great tool. My mind and my self are now able to make abstraction of the body for quite a long time and are able to travel in time (back and present) in emotions (happiness and sadness) in concentration and even in epiphany! During one session this week I was able to understand the meaning of non-attachment and the liberation that comes from it. Non-attachment does not equate to coldness; on the contrary it frees the spirit to hold its warmth but without the burning that holding emotions would bring. My Kapha is very happy to find more balance!
As for improvements for the classes or the teaching approach I do not have anything specific to suggest. The yoga hall is very appropriate as mentioned above; the teaching is of very high quality and adjusted to the specific needs of the members of the group; Saket Mohan's English speaking is very sufficient for a yoga class. His language is very clear and instructions are very clear also. He is a discreet man and under his seriousness there is such a warm heart and great intelligence and interest in the Universe!
I hope that this message is useful for future students who would like to know about yoga classes offered at ANHC. Please do not hesitate to give them my email address if they need to have more information.
Bonjour Sunita and Saket Mohan !
Please find below my feedback about yoga since the last three weeks since I practice yoga with Saket Mohan after departure from Vinay Sharma.
Name : Marie-Eve Brunet
Country : Canada
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