Once Upon a Time in India – Vajraghata

Once Upon a Time in India

In the beginning, yoga was something very different from what we see today.

It was a mystical dance, devised by the Shamans of Harappa to access a state of trance.

Mohenjo Dharo seal. Hindus Valley, 3600 bC

Around 3600 bC, the Harappan civilisation was conquered and destroyed by the very people we now identify yoga with: the Vedic Arians, an Indo-European population who had travelled all through the Middle East and had by that time just managed to cross the Himalayas.

Throughout the millennia, these two ethnical streams mixed at all levels to shape up the modern Indian culture. But they were very different to start with.

The Vedic people were warlords, where the Harappans were peaceful farmers.

The Vedic people had a tightly hierarchical social structure – from which the current Indian cast system developed, where Harappan society was surprisingly equalitarian.

The Vedic people were obsessively concerned with norms and rules: which food to eat and what not, what was allowed to be touched and what was forbidden, what kind of behaviour was pure and what impure.

The Harappans were laid back, enjoyed sensual pleasures with no guilt and bathed together in the large public pools installed at the center of the main city squares.

Vajraghata aims to get back to the roots of yoga, unearthing the mysterious charm and freedom of primitive times.

WHAT DO WE DO?

To be true, little is known about how the Harappans practiced yoga. But this is for us not a limit, it’s our most precious resource.

We can in fact enjoy the utter freedom to disregard all concerns towards any supposed tradition, let ourselves be inspired by whatever we like among the yogic techniques of posture, breathing and meditation. But at the same time be playfully creative, and include in our approach anything that makes sense to us in the power it has to unleash our full human potential.

Vajraghata Yoga practice is just as intense as it is non-performative and non-judgemental.

The asanas are integrated in a system of physical and psychological transformation incorporating dancing, singing, screaming and rejoining with our natural freedom of movement.

Though based on a sound and thorough understanding of human anatomy, our physical practice privileges instinct over technique, aiming to re-establish a deep connection with our innate, animal perception of body and motion.

WHO IS THIS FOR?

It’s no walk in the park.

If in one session you may be invited to dance wildly, in the next you may be encouraged to sit still at length.

Vajraghata is a Sanskrit word meaning ‘to be struck by thunderbolt’, referring to the life-changing power of the practice. When experienced in a group, it can get to the point of a shock therapy in overcoming blocks and bestowing instantaneous realisations on what this is really all about.

But the group is also there for support.

When coming to a Vajraghata workshop, you won’t be a solo player confined to your mat. The real magic comes out of the interaction with the other participants, that will allow you to experience relationships based on true openness and connection.

So you don’t need to have any preparation or skill to join us.

The only requirement is the willingness to open up, accept the unexpected, and let a flood of pure bliss blow your mind away.

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