A greeting

keep inside
a small space
empty without
chickens die
of sacred soft bones
windows without shutters
a house
keep you lit
the little light
a voice
to indicate who needs it
the direction
a small fire
of cells arteries veins
to which to settle
holding out his hands
and you can say if you want
if you want if you want
Christine Bellemo, Thoracic house, AnimaMundi Editions

Towards Darśana Vol. 4

Photo by Alberto Beggs © All Rights Reserved

Work continues on brainstorming with the new working group towards Darśana Vol. 4!
The collaboration with Gianfranco Del Moro and Marco Passavanti of AYCO, it is proving to be very rich and interesting to complete the in-depth work put in place in these years of continuous training.
We are still fine-tuning the title and precise contents but we can anticipate some contents – stimulus shared by Gianfranco Del Moro:

Today there is a lot of talk about awareness making it one of the most inflated terms, ma il buddha, creator of the term and of the concept (sati, print pali, and to die, in Sanskrit), at least in the way that interests us, what value he gave to this mental factor? It was so important in meditative practice in order to achieve liberation from suffering, goal that the Buddha had set himself? It mattered in everyday life? And just in case, as he suggested putting it into practice?
Today the term is a bit worn, we will try to regain possession of the original concept, making use of the words and original thoughts of the Buddha.
We will take advantage of this understanding to see mindfulness at work in our meditation practice. And not only: we will also do short practices of
asana to experience it in action and a short interactive workshop that will stimulate deep understanding of the concept.

What is the role of mindfulness in everyday practice?

While waiting to anticipate also the contents brought by Marco Passavanti, that in addition to being a practitioner he is an academic scholar and that, therefore, they will move on two channels, we can bring you the dates forward:

Saturday 4 is Sunday 5 February with Gianfranco del Moro
Saturday 4 is Sunday 5 March with Marco Passavanti


The formula will be the intensive one with precise times still to be agreed.

EDIT: here is all the info and the complete programme!


Like previous editions, also this cycle of training subjected to the scrutiny of YANI (National Yoga Teachers Association) to be recognized as valid as continuous training in order to obtain the credits required of already graduated and associated teachers, also for modular participation, where certified by us.

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Finding the extraordinary in the ordinary

Experimenting starting with the known: the experience of the laboratory
“Wellness goal – Metabolic Syndrome”


We want to tell you a story, a regional project in which we participated at the request of the Aulss Department of Mental Health 8 Berica with whom we have been collaborating for some time.
Starting in May 2021, In fact, we have given lessons of yoga – gymnastics aimed at health and fitness within the spaces of the day center of the Mental Health Department of the San Felice multipurpose center; the project was aimed at a group of patients selected for the risk of developing the "metabolic syndrome" and envisaged a multidisciplinary approach, including our laboratory.

Manu conducted one lesson a week from May to November and followed all the coordination meetings: we give you a brief report that in part follows what we have related to the Region.

Starting from the first presentation meeting of the laboratory it was evident that the lessons would take place starting from the sitting position on the chair: the use of the mat for ground work, In fact, it would not be accessible to all participants, given the varied physical conditions. We therefore oriented the work starting from the chair and towards the standing position.
This initial "limit" proved to be a valuable resource for exploring the practice in an unprecedented way, also easing the diffidence and concerns expressed in the first instance by some of the participants: "Look, I can't cross my legs", "With my knees it won't be easy", "I always have back pain" ... the chair, as a household item, Instead, immediately lowered the level of performance anxiety, transforming itself from a simple and well-known everyday object to a potential "tool" and companion for practice.
This reversal of vision is precisely what we have tried to bring as a red thread throughout the proposal: take an object, a gesture, a movement, a "domestic" position, known, and discover its other potential. You don't always need striking gestures or complicated movements to explore, listen, experimenting ... is in the known and in the repeated, in the already consolidated, that we can explore a listening potential without increasing the level of anxiety, Of fear. From there we can then move on to something else that is unknown, unbalance and discover something new: learn.

This use of imagery inspired by domestic life is a precious legacy of the experience made by Manu al Dance Well Teacher Training: contaminate practices, adapt them to the goal which is always presence, the possibility of being there and experimenting in one's own possibilities. There is no common road for everyone and everyone, there are ways, there are courses, there are times. But accompanying all the waterways to the sea is the goal to be pursued.
Experimentation doesn't have to be endless: a catalog of practices is proposed, you experience them, it fits her, is observed, you listen, he expects. It is allowed to settle and is repeated, but you also change, but not too much; keep a common thread, repeating but with small variations lowers the anxiety threshold in people who would not define themselves as "first-hand" experimenters: in this way, in slim form, you experience it, but without shouting it, you let yourself go, but slowly.
And after a little experimentation, it has varied, the point is made: what worked? What to keep? What do we remember? What we liked? What challenged us? What have we tried to repeat on our own?

Here comes the beauty, the famous racking.
We tried to propose a routine of practices that could transfer from the weekly space of the laboratory to the daily space of life, where to insert some small transformations that can have a great impact on general psycho-physical health.


Word Cloud created for the certificates of attendance with the words that emerged during the workshop.

Towards the end of the cycle of meetings we had the experience of shared management: after many experiments and proposals, it was time to try to settle what was left in memory as salient and useful: something we particularly liked or experienced as best for us. We have therefore dedicated the last ones 4 co-management meetings: each proposed and conducted an exercise for the group, and everyone and everyone could collaborate with variations, relaunching.
In this way the individual contribution was reverberated in the group, heightened, clarifying how the group is a real driving force: if everyone remembers a piece, the group is able to remember an entire lesson!
Furthermore, the stimulus of the individual stimulates the body memory of the other, promoting experimented variations but also new proposals: once the body opens to experimentation without the mental block of “not knowing what to do / not be able ", all the potential of simple gestures emerge as spaces for experimentation.

It is precisely the simple gestures of care that have gained the greatest consensus, among all the self-massage on the feet: in the last co-conducted lessons it has never failed! In general, we put a lot of emphasis on work “on the feet”, on rooting, on feeling the earth, the support, standing on two feet, then on one; the transit from two feet – a foot – two feet we call walking: that moment of gambling, of suspension, of balance that all and all of us constantly experience but to which we do not give weight, thinking of not being able to stand on one foot. And instead… just expand the times and There you go.
Massage your feet with tennis balls or simply with your hands, recognize by touch where it is needed or how to warm your feet: intuitive gestures of care that do not require great technique but a progressive familiarity, a simple love for each other.

If we were to summarize the experience of the laboratory, we would say that overtime is not always needed, but a recovery of the ordinary: work to propose simple bodily listening and accessible care practices, basic, but don't take it for granted, favoring the feeling, perceiving experimentation.
Massage your body, knead it, tap it lightly with your fingers or tennis balls or rub it with a fabric; actively use your hands, squeeze them, stringerle, massage them, feel its strength and potential; use the look, external and internal, train hearing, tame silence and darkness, often horizons of fears; find silent company in the breath, able to “sew the pieces together” as we have repeated many times.
Experience that our state of mind affects our breathing, but also that staying in the breath can change the mood, and in this way we can influence it "for good", or even just recognizing our state of mind through our breath, and name it.

(Ri)Take a common rhythm

Those who practice yoga know this, the balance between inside and outside is always subtle, because we are made of many layers and infinite connections to what surrounds us. One cannot take care of the body and mortify the mind or vice versa. Yoga has been a great resource for me over these very long months; to be able to practice it online, like many other disciplines that have moved to digital platforms due to Covid-19, it allowed me to maintain awareness of the accumulated tensions, and gave me a way to lighten them, above all, it did not make me lose a community of people with whom to share an experience of attention and care.

One of the aspects on which there is always little attention when talking about physical practices, sports in particular, taken as we are by competitive spirit, it is the sharing aspect:bodies doing the same thing, they take a common rhythm. but yet, much of the benefit that comes from it also comes from there.


Alessandra Sarchi


Sri Vasavi Yogashram Chennai


From Monday 24 May Aśvattha reopens the doors of its center to members.

The practice on line in recent months it has proved to be a precious resource, with all its limitations but also with many possibilities, and not just to stay “connected”…
It led each and every one of us to compete with a new way of practicing, create new ways of teaching, it has opened up new possibilities for exchange and experimentation. It was very tiring to deal with absence, with the solitude of conducting a monologue, with the impossibility of passing everything, absolutely everything, but it was a great way to break free from some routine patterns, like the need to always see and hear everything at the same time.

The mode on line it has certainly changed the approach of the senses: the impossibility of three-dimensionality and of all the proprioceptive information that comes to us when we are immersed in an environment determines, usually, the predominance of a sense, which is often the view; but this encountered an objective impossibility of predominating given the limits of medium, at least in our unprofessional broadcasting system. So rely on the word, word heard without being confirmed by the visa, it was itself a practice. Word needed, capable of leading but not burdening, able to be exhaustive, to arrive clear.

And then the experience of creating a domestic space to be elected a śāla – practice room, partly connoting the space in a more way “welcoming” ma, especially, connoting ourselves to that attitude of welcoming. Making space around is making space inside, find a little one Holy of Holies within us and authorize us to enter.

In this way we have nourished the flame of that doing together which is practice yoga: certainly an individual practice, that does not end with the moment “on the mat” how often you want to remember. Something deeper and more pervasive, rooting like the most vigorous weeds, capable of creeping into every fold and every crack, even more so if we were practicing it at home.

From Monday 24 we will go back to practice together in the presence, giving a little’ of oxygen to the flame, bringing what we have experienced and discovered in recent months in the space of sharing, that “do together” that marks the rhythm of what is put in common, are the bodies, are the souls, vibrating in tune.

We can not wait!

Manu & Albiji


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For information on the provisions for resuming sporting activities in the presence, here.
For information on the arrangements for resuming sports activities indoors, infographic.



There are two stages in teaching…

“The first is when you have to deal with people who come once a week 'to do yoga', who are not yet truly interested and who are not always faithful. It will be the hardest time for you.
The second stage is when these people will be touched by the grace of yoga and will start practicing on their own. They will want to know more. Their search will be triggered.
Everything will then become easier for you, but at the same time more complex.”


Gérard Blitz, YOGA the rule of the game


It has been almost a year since our face-to-face activities ceased, and then rarefied, and then interrupted again.
During the first lockdown we have decided not to continue the practice on line for several reasons looking for, Instead, to promote individual practice: any individual practice, as we describe in the article.
For us, For example,, era work on the book.
We tried to show our closeness on social networks and here on the site, writing articles, giving ideas and suggestions and sharing the experience of many and many practitioners who were trying to practice alone (more often in cat companions, in reality).

Each cercato sought their own way of living that moment and brought the practice into their life in the most accessible way, most felt. It took time, it took commitment, perhaps, fatigue. Certainly presence.
But, when we met, there are many who told us about the evolution of the practice in their lives. To share strategies and acquisitions, loves blossomed for practices previously opposed and well-being derived from the suggestions and inspirations received.

We had, obviously, also shared the practices carried out on line from friendly centers, promoting experimentation and contamination (which is a beautiful thing, even if now the term sounds really bad!) and what emerged is, obviously, much more than we expected.

In September we resumed at full capacity, contingent but happy.

And when the face-to-face practice stopped again in November, we decided to continue it on line: now yes, we could really do it. Because we didn't experience it as an obligation, a surrogate, a necessity. We experienced it as a desire, a possible space for sharing that, But, it is not “necessary”: we all learned a bit’ more to live with ourselves and to bring the practice into this solitude.
In fact, there is someone who is not practicing on line because it carries on its own individual practice.

Is not it beautiful?

So let's go back to the farce of Blitz: the path of Yoga as a path of liberation, of emancipation, of independence, which enables us to adapt to ever-changing situations.

This is the real possibility.

Reflections on care

The theme of "care" is the one that matters most to us. Not the cure intended as "therapy", nor as "survival support", citing the studies of Luigina Mortari, but that care "that cultivates the being to make it flourish. [that] It is not an answer to the urge to survive, to feel bound by the need to persist, but it responds to the desire for transcendence, to the need for horizons of meaning in which to actualize one's being as being able to be " [1].


It is the care that each one turns to himself, dedicating time and space, listening and letting everything possible be done in its best forms. Not the big companies, but that enterprise which is one's life, net of the possibilities of the moment.


Even stronger right now we believe it is “here” that we must return, attention to detail, of the little one, of what it is our power and our responsibility to do best, for us but not only.


Care is relationship, For definition: relationship with me, relationship with the other, relationship with the whole. We are interdependent, so if we take care of ourselves the right way, with respect, with listening and dedication, we take care of everything.


The cure is a doing, is embodied in actions, not in good intentions or in nice words.
Care is the body, is a do together with.


So let's not make subsistence enough, and we don't just think about therapy, although both are fundamental: in between there is our possibility of "not being satisfied with an idea of ​​good if there is an idea of ​​better available", always to use Mortari's words.


And it is our responsibility to strive for that best.


[1] Mortari Luigina, Philosophy of care, Raffaello Cortina Publisher, 2015, p. 25

The practitioner of yoga

The practitioner of yoga also knows the price of a silence that results from the possibility of reaching a self-concentration that manages to free oneself from everyday worries and the noise of the world.. Those who do yoga every day gradually come back to themselves and discover being here and now in themselves, with itself as the source from which decisions are born, i gesti, the words and the way of relating to each other, others and the world. Since then they no longer pull us out or invade us inside, but they take advantage of our inner culture and are also modified by it.


Luce Irigaray, interview by Maria Piacente

There is a secret in Yoga

Silence is not just keeping quiet

Silence is not just keeping quiet
but it is your inner peace
and it is in everyday things:


in the run of a child,
in the flight of birds,
in the rain and snow
that falls free and settles gently
like a dancer in her show.


This is silence, that you can't see,
but keep it yes.
And you just have to find it
why silence
it is you.



Do it, 11 years, Peruvian
in Candiani Chandra Livia, But where are the words, Effigy editions, 2015.

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