“Rahini Yoga Begins from the Inside Out…It Helps Grow The Yoga That’s Already Inside Each of Us.” — Dr. Dean Telano
RAHINI YOGA by Dr. Dean Telano - Founder of Rahini Yoga.
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Rahini Yoga is a Heart Centered Yoga known as the “Yoga of Spiritual Alignment,” because it promotes spiritual growth, transformation, personal empowerment, healing and radiant health.
RAHINI STYLE OF YOGA
Rahini Yoga is a dynamic fusion of Hatha Yoga, Raja Yoga and Yoga-Energy Healing Movements that that produce a combined effect greater and more powerful than the sum of their separate effects.
- Hatha Yoga = For the PHYSICAL BODY — In Rahini Yoga this includes the union of the pranic and mental forces; or Prana Shakti (life force) and Manas Shakti (mental force).
- Raja Yoga = For the MENTAL-EMOTIONAL BODY and SPIRITUAL HEART BODY (“HRIDAYA”) — According to our definition, Raja Yoga includes Kundalini Yoga (Laya Yoga), Kriya Yoga, Mantra Yoga, Dhyana Yoga (As described in Bhagavad Gita), and Patanjali Yoga (Yoga Sutras). The amount of study on each yoga depends on the student’s level of Rahini Yoga.
- Yoga Energy Healing Movements = For the BREATH-ENERGY BODY — In Rahini Yoga this a skillful combination of yogic body movements, breathing exercises, meditation, hand yoga (mudras), sound (mantra), affirmations, and visualization.
The synergy found in Rahini Yoga will “Awaken The Yoga Within.” It is truly an awakening of the health and wholeness in each of us, becoming of One in body, mind, heart and spirit. Through Rahini, we open ourselves to the oneness of our individual self with the greater Universal Self.
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.
RAHINI YOGA HEALING ENERGY MOVEMENTS
All Rahini Yoga classes include Rahini Healing Energy Movements. These movements are a unique distillation and refinement of some of the most powerful healing techniques in the world.
WARM RAHINI YOGA CLASSES
Warm Rahini Yoga classes are available for those individuals who want to experience yoga in a “warmer” environment. “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” or “ENERGY” breathing techniques,” specific to Rahini Yoga.
This is not ‘hot’ yoga where the typical class temperature can be as high as 105 degrees. In ‘warm’ Rahini Yoga, the room temperature is 82 to 90 degrees. We believe the yoga room does not have to be 105 degrees to be beneficial. The warm, but not hot, temperature allows for a wider range of students to comfortably attend the class.
Rahini Yoga practiced in a warm room will safely stretch and strengthen various areas of the body. This practice will naturally detox, restore and revitalize the body. Warm Rahini Yoga also improves the mental health of the person. It promotes self discipline and teaches how to focus. In this manner, your stress, worries and other mental ailment are eradicated. With a calm, clear mind it is easier to relax and experience inner peace.
Warm Rahini Yoga classes are one of many different types of Rahini Yoga Classes created and offered.
RAHINI YOGA MEDITATION CLASSES
Rahini Yoga meditation includes 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.
A Rahini Yoga Meditation class often incorporates “Movement Meditation.”
Movement Meditation during a Rahini meditation class includes a wide range of techniques that consists of body movement, energy breathing exercises, hand yoga positions (mudras), sound, positive affirmations or visualization. Movement Meditation combined with mindfulness will help to restore the vital energy throughout the body.
Additional Benefits of our Movement Meditation:
- — Clears and calms the mind
- — Balances the brain, the glandular, digestive and nervous systems
- — Relieves chronic physical and emotional pain
- — Helps to manages stress and reduce tension
- — Reduces anxiety and depression
- — Restores neuroimmunoendocrine balance
- — Increases dopamine and serotonin levels
- — Enables you to experience vibrant health and well being
In this class, “movement meditation” is done before “silent, sitting meditation” to help calm and clear the mind, balance the emotions, steady the breath and to relax the body. Silently sitting at this time will allow the body, breath and mind to fully integrate the positive effects of the movement meditation. This will allow you to meditate naturally and for longer periods of time. Our meditation movements are not difficult to do and can be easily modified for the student.
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,” a 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 ROOT #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.”