Close to the new neighborhood I moved to recently there is a yoga class called Tibetan yoga. I got intrigued as I never heard of of this variation before (we practiced Lu Jong & Tsa Lung style) and went there with a lot of curiosity. As Oliver V., our teacher, told me before starting class, this school relies more on Buddhism principles instead of Hindi culture. Though of course this cannot be separated straight as Buddhism is also part of the Indian spiritual culture as stated by Loten Dahortsang in the German Yoga Aktuell magazine (issue n°98).
Taking place in a backyard in an Aikido studio, the place is hard to find but worth checking out. Announced only through Facebook and the OpenYoga Website (link below), the group is fairly small and familiar. A great exception contrary to those yoga studios where you have 30 or more people in one class.
A Buddhist based yoga
The style itself can be classified as a sequence of easy to learn postures where you can pick from many postures (but keeping it’s order within the original sequence). Nevertheless the positive effects can be reached by any level. Tibetan yoga is part of the Tibetan medicine system and is great for releasing back pain and stress, sleeping better, practicing self-awareness and enforces concentration.
The Tibetan yoga in general is based on the profound knowledge shared by monks and sages regarding nature, mind and body. They realized the influence of nature and the five elements on our body and developed a physical healing practice stimulating the energy flow within the body.
Eight thousands years ago Lu Jong first exercises got developed in the Himalayas region, in one of the oldest Tibetan parts called Bön. Yogis and monks practiced the Tibetan yoga in remote Refugio complementary to their sitting meditative work.
Thanks to the meridian stretching exercises they were able to keep their body healthy and their mind clear. Later Tulku Lobsang, a doctor and Buddhist master tought this functional kinetics to interested people so it got spread to different parts in the world and even reached Frankfurt.
With Lu Jong you are able to open the subtle body through all the 7200 diverse channels and thereby harmonize body and mind which is great on the spiritual path.
Tsa Lung is a very special form of Tibetan yoga. In Tsa Lung we work with our subtle energy body through the combination of breathing exercises and dynamic movements.
Tsa means energy channel and Lung means breath. The aim is to resolve blockades in the channels. Thanks to this method one can harmonize body, mind and the five elements and use the Tsa Lung energy in order to heal oneself or others.
Both forma can be practiced at any age and fitness level so if by any chance you find a class close to your home, just give it a try. No more excuses 😉
For more detailed information amd to learn about the Lu Jong level 1 practice composed of four groups of movements plus two additional exercises kindly check OpenYoga.