Kinesthetic intelligence and body function, oh yes they combine perfectly! – 13/07/2018
Our second week at the Kinesthetic Intelligence seminar was completed, which at this stage involved performing a cycle of Yoga practices designed and operated by registered Hatha and Raja Yoga Instructor (500H) by Yoga Alliance (USA) and Yoga Alliance International (INDIAN), Georgios Nastos, with the support of registered Hatha Yoga Instructor (200H) by Yoga Alliance (USA) and Yoga Alliance International (INDIAN), Sophia Koutelida as his teaching assistant. The content of the project, unique in its kind in Greece, is an innovation in terms of design and execution, and can become a human resources development tool for companies and institutions. To this end, Creators of Cosmos will provide a series of newsletters detailing the structure, content and targeting of educational modules. This newsletter presents the third, fourth and fifth practices.
The third practice was dedicated in activating and strengthening the digestive / abdominal system, breathing awareness, and synchronizing movement and breathing. During the practice the participants were introduced to the Kapalambati Breath or otherwise the Breath of Fire. On a psychodynamic level the trainees had the opportunity to activate their 3rd energy center of the body, the Manipura chakra, to connect with virtues and parts of their personality, such as Power, Confidence in Self, Sovereignty, Will. Following the practice, a feedback cycle was held with participants, allowing them to exchange personal views related to their experiences.
The practice involved strengthening the body, by activating the center of force (Manipura chakra), strengthening the rectum / lateral abdomen, major / minor chest, strengthening the base and the entire Spine. In addition to the practice of Sun Salutations, the practitioners aimed in creating a flow movement (Vinyasa), regarding a more ‘accurate’ synchronization of both movement and breath.
The fourth practice was dedicated in both arm balances and standing balancing postures. On a psychodynamic level, those postures are linked with low self-esteem, thus by practicing arm balances, the practitioners increase their self-esteem. The main purpose / goal of these category of Asanas is to balance brain’s right and left hemispheres, the sympathetic and parasympathetic system. Following the practice, a feedback cycle was held with participants, allowing them to exchange personal views related to their experiences.
In this practice, the instructors, allowed the participants, with minimum guidance (offering support when necessary), to experience and explore both their physical and mental boundaries. In that way, practitioners managed to realize the importance of conscious body function. The practice was dedicated in gaining stability and power, strengthening, and harmonizing both muscular and nervous systems, developing concentration and balance, in an emotional, mental, and physical level. As a result, the practitioners had the chance to strengthen their left and right sides of the body separately, and also their nervous system. Breath practice was also present, this time emphasizing at the four acts of Yoga breathing (inhale-hold-exhale-stillness), as well as counting their inhalation and exhalation time.
The fifth practice focused primarily in the category of inverted asanas (postures). This was a practice concentrated more into the aspect of energy rather than the physical effects, as most of those postures are working at a psychodynamic level. Inverted asanas, although demanding, are suitable for almost everyone, given the right adjustments, making them approachable to many the practitioners. It is a fact that inverted asanas are calming the mind, help blood flow throughout the body, and also enhance imagination and creativity. Practitioners became familiar with the seven main energy centers (chakras) of the body. Following the practice, a feedback cycle was held with participants, allowing them to exchange personal views related to their experiences.
The practice was dedicated in creating a closer contact with the self and the body, to achieve the calmness of the mind and to relax the thought process. The purpose of the practice was to improve the abilities of observation, dedication and concentration, and to achieve a free flow of energy through the body in order to improve brain hematopoiesis for mental rejuvenation.
We especially like to thank Mr. Andreas Provelegios, owner of Yoga and Budo (Arts and Evolution) Life Long Learning Center 1 for his sponsorship of equipment. Mr. Provelegios is one of the first contributors in our effort. Please take the time to visit Yoga & Budo (Arts and Evolution) Center in the following link: www.yogabudo.com
The seminar is conducted in the Municipal Market of Kypseli, the new “home” of Creators of Cosmos, that was because Impact Hub, as managing authority selected us to be hosted in the building, as they considered our proposal to fulfill the criteria set. That is to say the person / environment is at the center of company’s scope, ensuring at the same time a sustainable development plan.