Rahini Yoga is a Hatha style of yoga which follows a Buddhist approach to meditation. Rahini Yoga is the Sanskrit word for True Living. It fuses both Tibetan and Hatha types of yoga which greatly focus on natural movement, breathing, mindfulness and meditation.
Rahini Yoga was founded by Dr. Dean Telano, who is co-owner of True Living Yoga and founder of Bon Buddhism. He is also the head instructor for the Rahini Yoga Teacher Training Programs, Reiki Teacher Training Program and Meditation Teacher Training Program at the Rahini School of Yoga.
Emphasis of Rahini Yoga
Rahini yoga consists of Vinyasas or yoga pose sequences which are combined with specific breathing exercises. These are also known as Rahini Yoga Flows, which put emphasis on:
-Achieving healing through yoga
-Aligning the body
-Increasing strength through constant practice
-Increasing self- observation and awareness of the breath, mind and body
-Encouraging proper energy flow
-Tapping into higher spiritual dimensions.
The Roots Of Rahini
Rahini Yoga is a relatively new type of yoga but is rooted in different foundations. In fact, some of its most popular influences are Hatha, Kundalini and Tibetan yoga.
When it comes to the spiritual aspect of Rahini, it takes root in the following things:
1.Goddess Saraswati. Rahini is greatly influenced by the Goddess Saraswati. She is a Hindu deity who symbolizes knowledge and learning. She is the embodiment of compassion, wisdom and truth. Known as the mother of the Vedas, she also embodies consciousness and awareness of the here and now. To achieve and realize her, one should go beyond what the senses feel and bask in the serenity of the spirit.
2.True Living or Rightful Living. The word Rahini means “true or rightful living” in Sanskrit. This was defined in Nathas, a series of esoteric yogic texts. These texts describe the dialogue between Gorakhnath, the founder of Hatha Yoga and Matsyendranath, who was his guru.
The guru Matsyendranath explained to Gorakhnath the importance of achieving right living, and that in order to attain it, one should turn to the mind.
3.Mind of Clear Light. The last spiritual root of Rahini yoga is defined by Dr. Dean Telano, founder of Rahini Yoga. He mentions that true living entails bringing forth joy and lightness into one’s mind, heart and life. The essence of yoga is felt by carrying out and living one’s life in a rightful manner. It is only by turning to the mind and achieving a mind of clear light, where Rahini can be achieved. Once one taps into that mind, one also frees and opens his ear which will allow clear light to shine through.
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