Rahini Yoga Helps Grow The Yoga That’s Already Inside Each of Us
RAHINI YOGA by Dr. Dean Telano - Founder of Rahini Yoga.
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RAHINI YOGA. Rahini Yoga is a Heart Centered Yoga known as the “Yoga of Spiritual Alignment,” because it promotes spiritual growth, transformation, personal empowerment, healing and holistic health.
STYLE OF YOGA. Rahini Yoga is a synergy of Hatha Yoga, Raja Yoga and Yoga-Energy Healing Movements that that produce a combined effect greater than the sum of their separate effects.
- Hatha Yoga= For the PHYSICAL BODY
- Raja Yoga = For the MENTAL-EMOTIONAL BODY and SPIRITUAL HEART BODY (“HRIDAYA”)
- Yoga-Energy Healing Movements = For the BREATH-ENERGY BODY
The synergy found in this style of yoga will help to ”AWAKEN THE YOGA WITHIN” and guides you to find a deeper connection with your body, mind, heart and spirit.
This style of yoga consists of traditional, modern and unique Rahini yoga postures that are designed to be practiced “traditionally” or in the form of “Warm” Rahini Yoga or in vinyasa form, called “Rahini Yoga Flows.” This versatility allows for greater learning, deeper experiences, exciting challenges, creative exploration, and plain and simple – a joyful, unique yoga experience.
RAHINI YOGA FLOWS. The term “Rahini Flow” refers to the practice of breath synchronized movement. Generally, opening and expanding movements are made on inhales and contracting, folding movements, or changes of position are made on exhales. The correct use of a specific Rahini Flow will facilitate a deeper experience of each pose, while at the same time also encourage a fuller and deeper breath and breath focus. The result is that the Flows and asanas become linked together by the breath – like a thread in the center of a garland, and the practice becomes fluid, effortless and graceful. In the beginning, extra breaths are often needed during the Rahini Yoga Flows, but after consistent practice you will move effortlessly along the garland.
Physically, Rahini Flows create heat within the body, increase blood and lymphatic circulation, help the body to detox, and enhance the natural healing processes of the body. Energetically, Rahini Flows move blocked energy and return the body to a state of balance. When practicing the Rahini Flows, “vital energy” (prana) begins to “flow” naturally and freely throughout the body and its energy channels, improving physical, emotional and mental health.
WARM RAHINI YOGA. “Warm” Rahini Yoga is when Rahini Flows are used before and after static (holding) yoga poses, some of which are specific to Rahini Yoga. This sequence is repeated throughout the yoga class. The Rahini Flows during warm yoga are linked by ujjayi breathing, while the holding postures use either the Rahini Yoga ”empowerment breathing technique” or “energized breathing techniques,” specific to Rahini Yoga. The yoga room temperature is 85 to 95 degrees. We believe the yoga room does NOT have to be 105 degrees to be beneficial. The warmer temperature also allows for a wider range of students to attend the class.
RAHINI YOGA MEDITATION. Rahini Yoga meditation incorporates Yogic and Buddhist schools of thought, study and practice. The authentic meditation techniques are designed to “connect ourselves with ourselves” and awaken the natural state of mind that dwells within our Spiritual Heart – HRIDAYA. As our Spiritual Heart awakens, so does our capacity to experience peace, joy and inner freedom.
RAHINI SCHOOL OF YOGA AND MEDITATION
Some of the main elements of the “Rahini School of Yoga and Meditation” – A Yoga Alliance Registered Teacher Training School, are:
- * Precepts & Principles of Rahini Yoga
- * Asanas, Rahini Flows, Kriyas & Healing Yoga Movements; Bandhas; Drishti
- * Bridging Body & Mind with the Breath
- * Adjustments & Assisting for Alignment; Micro-Moving; Yoga Props & Modifications
- * Teaching; Student Safety; Communication; Cueing
- * Physical & Energy Body Anatomy
- * Prana Building Breath Exercises
- * Naad Yoga & Mantras; Mudras for Healing & Transformation;
- * Healing Meditation; Relaxation Techniques
- * Yogic & Buddhist Spiritual Study
3 Spiritual Roots of “Rahini”
SPIRITUAL ROOT #1: Rahini comes from the Indian word which means, “Goddess Saraswati,” Saraswati is a Hindu deity that symbolizes knowledge, learning, speech, music and the creative arts. Saraswati embodies compassion, truth, wisdom and a higher spiritual consciousness. She is the “Mother of the Vedas”; she is the river of consciousness that enlivens creation; she is the dawn-goddess whose rays dispel the darkness of ignorance and delusion. Without her there is only chaos and confusion. To realize her one must go beyond the pleasures of the senses and rejoice in the serenity of the spirit.
- “Ambi tame devi tame nadi tame Saraswati”: ”You are the Mother. You are the Goddess. You are the river Saraswati”
- – From the “Rig Veda”.
SPIRITUAL ROOT #2: Rahini is a Sanskrit word that means “true living” or “rightful living” – The word “Rahini” is cited and defined in the “Gorakhbodh,” an esoteric Hatha yogic text of the Nathas. The Nathas is written in the form of a dialogue between Gorakhnath, known as the “founder” of Hatha Yoga, and his Guru, Matsyendranath.
*Gorakhnath: ”How can one carry out true living (rahini) and how can one carry on meditation? Where is the elixir? How can one drink it? How can one keep the body for ever?”
*Matsyendranath: ”By turning to the higher (Urdha) or the mind, you can attain right living; by turning to Shakti you can achieve right meditation; by turning to the heaven within (gagan) you can have the elixir of immortality (Amirasa) and by turning to conscious activity (chit) you can drink it. By relinquishing desire, one can gain the immortal body (bidehi rahai).” 
SPIRITUAL #3: Dr. Dean Telano / Sukh Shabad Singh, Founder of Rahini Yoga, Teaches:
- Rahini means “true living” and it entails bringing lightness or joy into one’s life, mind and heart.
- The nectar of yoga is ultimately tasted by carrying out true and rightful living, Rahini. It is only turning to the higher mind – “mind of clear light”, that Rahini can be attained.
- To tap into the mind of clear light is to tap into the blissful seed of the heart. Opening and freeing this heart-seed will allow the bliss of “clear light” to emerge and shine forth.