Yoga

Louisa Raszyk

Yoga is a somatic inquiry into the present moment – by cultivating sensitivity to what is actually happening in the body now through simple, accessible movements and shapes, the intelligence softens  and opens into a deeper consciousness. In doing so, we naturally become more intimate with life, more open to the present moment in all its diversity, more capable of intimacy with ourselves and others, and perhaps experience an easier acceptance of life’s constant changes.

The Dynamic Yoga Training Method taught by Louisa Raszyk encourages the awareness and expression of innate interconnectedness that is the intelligence of the human body. It is yoga as self-inquiry.

In early yoga texts such as the Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra, « yoga » was more often associated with seated meditation. But Western influence in India from the late 1800’s, combined with existing medieval Hatha Yoga techniques which sought to control and manipulate the body, and the propagation of yoga in the West from the mid 20th century, have placed a much stronger emphasis on the physical aspect of the practice – now fed also by the performance and competitive-based conditioning of the Western mind. The Dynamic Yoga Training Method  proposes something quite different –  yoga as an inquiry into what is actually happening via a progressive sensitization of the body (vinyasa krama), going beyond superficial notions of strength-training and flexibility-training.

MY YOGA EXPERIENCE

I am a Senior Dynamic Yoga teacher, practicing yoga since 1989 and teaching since 1998. My yoga teaching has always been influenced by my investigations in butoh dance and shiatsu, both of which are deep journeys into somatic awareness.I am also the founder of Red Earth Centre (Paris 2004).

I first encountered yoga in India in 1989. I was largely self taught, with a passionate daily practice until meeting Godfrey Devereux (www.dynamicyoga.com) in 1996. In the past I have also been a dedicated student of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and Iyengar Yoga, but the yoga I was teaching was always based on sensitivity which came out of my own experience. I couldn’t find a “yoga” that addressed that, I couldn’t find a yoga that recognized self-inquiry through sensation as the heart of Yoga posture practice, and that had a way to teach that through yoga posture. So I continued to teach in my own way, grounded in years of dedicated daily self practice.

So when Godfrey started to really form Dynamic Yoga into a step by step yoga training method based in sensation in the early 2000’s, I began to work more closely with this method. I have seen it evolve over the years into a clear method renowned for its integrity in the increasingly commoditised and superficial world of modern yoga practice. Being a pedagogy, and not a style, the Dynamic Yoga Training Method can be adapted if you wish, to any yoga practice form, it will protect your joints (yoga injury is now cited as one of the leading reasons for physiotherapeutic visits), and above all will perhaps lead you to trust that your own body, in this moment, expressing through its cacophony of sensation, is the only teacher there is.

I established the Red Earth Centre in Paris 2004 as a “centre for global body investigation” revolving around a core of Dynamic Yoga, dance and shiatsu.

I teach yoga classes and retreats internationally, mostly in Paris at my dear Red Earth Centre, in Australia and in Bali, Indonesia. I am also a shiatsu practitioner, dancer, and mother to two children.

TESTIMONIAL

“I have been doing a bit of yoga on and off for more than 10 years now.  More often not practicing than practicing.  Since I have started with Louisa at the Red Earth Centre, two years ago, I love her style of teaching and find myself practicing regularly.  Louisa is not only technically well trained in how to rejuvenate and relax the body and mind, but she is also intuitive in her practice which brings a warm ambiance to her class.  I am always amazed by how I feel with even the slightest adjustments in my poses corrected by her. It opens up a whole other level of understanding my own body which I wouldn’t have discovered or felt.  I always walk out of her class feeling great!”  – Mitzi, Paris

Class times : Paris Red Earth Centre  – Thursday 6pm (by appointment), Thursday 7.30pm, Friday 12.15 (lunchtime class one hour). Verrières Le Buisson – Monday and Tuesday by appointment. Always check the calendar on this site if you aren’t sure.

RETREAT Villa Boreh resort, Bali, August 15 – 20 2018, €1050 (all included except flights).

Tarif :  17€/trial class ; 35€/trial week ; 22€/class ; 165€/ten class card valid 3 months ; 185€/ten class card valid 6 months.

Contact : 06 10 89 76 04/   redearthcentre@yahoo.com

 

 

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