About Yoga Ratna

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“When we step onto our mat, switch off our phone and isolate ourselves from all external influence, maybe light an incense stick or a small candle, we enter into a deep listening state and make contact with our spiritual essence. Then we move our body within this space taking various forms (from the mineral and animal reign to that of the sages and divinities). In this way, “living, embodying” the symbols through the Asanas, transformation magically takes place”.

The yoga mat is a sacred space where a magical ritual takes place.

Introduction to Feminine Yoga

There are a lot of different types of yoga, each with its own characteristics and merit. They all, however, aim to allow our “luminous and divine” nature to emerge. For example:

  • Hatha-Yoga: the system of yoga that is the most well-known in the west, made up of eight branches: asanas, pranayama, concentration, meditation and so on. The scriptures which refer to Hatha-Yoga are “Hathayoga Pradipika” and the “Yoga-Sutra” of Patanjali.
  • Karma-Yoga: disinterested service, without expectation of a result or acknowledgment.
  • Jnana-Yoga: the yoga of knowledge and erudition.
  • Bhakti-Yoga: the yoga of devotion, the most famous scripture being the “Bhagavad Gita”.
  • Mantra-Yoga: meditation on and chanting of mantras.
  • Nada-Yoga: The yoga of sound with bhajan and kirtan (singing and dancing), in my opinion the most beautiful, ecstatic and entertaining method to glorify God and the Divine.

The word yoga means: to unite, to bind, and is used in India to indicate ways or paths to redeem, to “reunite” mankind with his original spiritual essence.

Here we will mainly deal with the theme of Yoga-Ratna which is part of the Hatha-Yoga system.

Unquestionably the most wonderful, fascinating and captivating style of Yoga I have had the opportunity to know and practice.

Yoga Ratna means the jewel, the pearl of yoga.

Created out of forty years experience of practice and teaching by Gabriella Cella Chamali who, while respecting the Orthodox roots of yoga, offers a new, dynamic, modern and captivating interpretation.

It gives particular regard to, on the one hand, the symbol that represents the heart of yoga-ratna allowing us to plumb the depths of our being, and, on the other hand, the Chakra related to each single position.

The feminine world is also taken greatly into consideration with the proposal of Asanas with feminine polarity and the indication of contraindications specifically for the characteristics of women’s bodies.

The world of symbols is a vast one and there’s a countless amount of literature on this subject, while in the jewel of yoga it suffices to practice, to immerse oneself in the form in order to reawaken dormant potential and enjoy the benefits. Using symbols one can even tell stories through the body.

In Yoga Ratna we also find some asanas that are not part of classical yoga but have been developed by its founder, following the criteria and parameters of yoga and getting ideas and inspiration from both Indian Classical Dance and kalaripayat (an Indian martial art).

In addition the practice is centered on the focusing of our attention on all the sensations, emotions and impressions that come up, without trying at all costs to reach perfection in the posture and without competing or making comparisons with other practitioners; simply being, living the form, the symbol, even if the limitations of our body allow “only” a partial execution.

The practice is always new and fresh and the sequences change with the seasons, needs or intuitions of the practitioner or teacher. All these aspects render the Yoga-Ratna method extremely interesting, versatile, fun and a beautiful path towards inner growth, offering both pupil and teacher a practice that encourages personal transformation and spiritual evolution along with physical well-being.

Starting out from the belief that the body, mind, emotions and spirit are one, it becomes clear that acting on one of these aspects, we influence all the others.

The practice consists of:

  • Warm-up exercises and stretching
  • Postures (asana)
  • Breathing exercises (pranayama)
  • Mudra and bandha (hand and body gestures, and postural fixation of some energy centers)
  • Guided relaxation
  • Concentration
  • Meditation
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The ‘Yoga is Magic Newsletter’ highlights the best in poses, sequences and advice. Learn about special programs, retreats, vacations and events. After signing up to the newsletter, you will receive my 'Yoga Ratna' video course completely free (€ 27 value), and the diploma thesis I wrote while studying at S.I.Y.R. School (School for Teachers Training of Yoga-Ratna). For my thesis I wanted to elaborate yoga sequences which could help reactivate the femininity inside us. By reading my thesis you will learn four yoga sequences - I created one sequence for each element: earth, water, fire and air. I called my thesis "The Feminine Dance", because I perceive life as a dance, sometimes frenetic, sometimes slow, sometimes serene and so on. I hope you enjoy the magical world of Yoga Ratna!

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I find yoga ratna very fluid; the feminine figures beautiful and graceful. The teaching is very fluid with comprehensive explanations. They benefit …
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