The practice of Yogagaia
HONORING THE MYTH OF THE SACRED JOURNEY:
The practice of Yogagaia consists in celebrating our journey toward expanded levels of awareness. Allowing the awareness of our human body to lead us to the the awareness of the Kosmic body (the sum total of reality, matter, body mind and spirit). Our evolution toward greater consciousness is the evolution of the Kosmic consciousness.
BEING THE TRANSFORMER OF THE HUMAN TOWARD A NEW HUMAN SPECIES:
Evolving into understanding our true place in nature and realizing how we are an integral part of it also consists in the practice of yogagaia. Practicing Ahimsa (non violence) with a consciousness that perceives that everything is connected, that every action has an effect.
TO COCREATE WITH THE UNIVERSE AN ECOZOIC ERA:
Developing a vision of an ecozoic era and creating the intention represents the practice of Yogagaia. This process of creation will be ultimately the fulfillment of the manifestation of the human species’s true nature.
HOW DOES YOGAGAIA WORK – Laura Clark
Our bodies are miraculous connectors to other species, to all matter on the planet and to the universe. Inside ourselves, in our cells and sinews, we hold memories of our own individual formation, our evolution from the sea, and even of the formation of our planet and the very universe itself. The practice of Yogagaia, is a special combination of traditional and nontraditional asanas and flow sequences. It enables us to connect to our place in and among the plants and creatures on the earth and the very substance of our planet. We unlock memories of our evolution in our physical bodies, containers of billions of years of history, through a combination of movement and meditation.
YOGAGAIA TELLS THE STORY OF THE UNIVERSE, SUMMER
2006 by Tresca Weinstein
How did the universe begin? There are many answers to that question. The Big Bang theory. The Chinese deity Pan Ku, who hatched from a cosmic egg. The Judeo-Christian God, who in the beginning created the heavens and the earth.
With a practice she calls Yogagaia, KYTA member Hasita Agathe Nadai fuses movement and music with the story of how the universe came into being—a story told by science and informed by spirit. Drawing on her background as a biologist, geologist, and yoga teacher and practitioner, Hasita has developed a series of slow movements, a form of yogic meditation, that are carefully coordinated with her text. She will lead a community session on Yogagaia during the KYTA Conference, October 19-22.
“It’s almost like a shamanic or healing ritual,” she says of the practice. “It wakes up memories in ourselves of our ancestors and of our wholeness. The message is: It is a miracle that we are here.”
For Hasita, that’s true in more ways than one. Born in Vienna, Austria, she fled to Italy with her family as World War II approached; she also lived in Croatia, Yugoslavia, and Hungary. At age 21, she came to the United States, where she studied cell physiology at Columbia University and later married and raised a family. At age 50, she went back to school for a master’s degree in geology, and in 1994 earned her Kripalu Yoga teacher certification.
“Yoga is a wonderful avenue because yoga’s intention is to bring us to inner emptiness, to let go of our old stories and embrace the new ones through our body, because the body remembers,” she says. Yogagaia, she explains, encourages us to tune in at the cellular level to our deep connection to the earth and the universe—and when we truly experience that oneness, we find ourselves living the principles of ahimsa.
“We have reached a point where we can choose to inflict irreversible damage to this planet, or we can choose to live in harmony with it and respect the rights of all the other beings that live here,” Hasita says. “When we become aware that the story is ours, that the trees, the galaxies, the stars, and our bodies are all made of the same stuff, we realize we are not simply a collection of objects. We are a community, a sangha.”