Yogito ergo sum

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The wind was flapping a temple flag and two monks started an argument. One said the flag moved, the other said the wind moved; they argued back and forth but could not reach a conclusion. The Sixth Patriarch said: “It is not the wind that moves, it is not the flag that moves, it is your mind that moves”. The two monks were awestruck. Wumeu Huikai, The Gateless Barrier, 1228.

About Gino

About Gino

I have been practicing yoga since 2000. After practicing Iyengar for a few years I moved to other forms of Yoga including Ashtanga and various types of vinyasa flows. In 2016 I completed the 200-hour teacher training program at Down Under School of Yoga in Brookline where I studied under the direction of Barbara Benagh and Natasha Rizopolous. As I was looking for a less rigid approach to Yoga to allow the body to express itself more fluidly, in the summer of 2018 I completed the 300-hour intensive course in Anukalana® Yoga with Jacopo Ceccarelli at the Samadhi School of Yoga in Florence. I have been teaching yoga since 2016 at health clubs and at the Brookline Adult Education. While my approach to yoga reflects the many years of practice of different types of Yoga with different teachers, ranging from slower meditative to vigorous flow as well as attention to alignment, I am now fully dedicated to the practice of Anukalana®. In my teaching I try to make the physical practice not an end in itself but a means to something more meaningful that can help us discover our true self.

Both practice and nonreaction are required to still the patterning of consciousness abhyāsa-vairāgyā bhyā tan-nirodhah – 1.12 Yoga Sūtras Pataňjali

From these, practice is the effort to be fixed in concentrating the mind – tatra sthitau yatno ‘bhyāsah – 1.13 Yoga Sūtras Pataňjali

Anukalana® Yoga

Anukalana Yoga

Anukalana® (integration in Sanskrit) is a style of yoga that combines yoga with other disciplines like Tai chi, Qigong, Indian and contemporary dance to create a more natural approach to the practice of yoga. The name Anukalana® refers both to the integration of these different traditions and to the integrated view of the body that it promotes.

Its objective is to enable each practitioner to achieve traditional yoga postures in a softer way, with little effort, rigidity or tension. It uses specific breathing techniques to facilitate flowing in and out of each posture in a very fluid way. Movement is at the heart of Anukalana® so that the entire body and its tissues participate in the practice.

Jacopo Ceccarelli, who is based in Florence, Italy, has been developing Anukalana® over the last 15-20 years. It’s a very comprehensive yoga approach which covers all aspects from breathing, to alignment, to how to transition in and out of asanas.

What has emerged is a complete approach to yoga involving both theory and practice. There are many elements that constitute the Anukalana’s® practice, for example:

– using the spinal wave to lengthen and soften

– finding one’s own alignment

– following the body’s spirals in the movement

– finding and following the flows of energy both when breathing and during the physical practice

– understanding and using the difference between movement and stillness (we reference Shiva and Shakti as consciousness and energy to differentiate between them)

– knowing when to use the bandhas in Anukalana® … and many more

If you would like to learn more about Anukalana® Yoga and his founder please follow this link https://www.anukalanayoga.com/en/ and watch the videos in the Images, Sounds and Voices section of this website

In absolute samadhi, a state in which the activity of consciousness is stopped, there is no time. “No time” means there is only the present time … Time completely disappears in absolute samadhi, and so does space. Causation also disappears. There is only a row of events. This state of no time, no space and no causation is simply realized, without discussion, as an immediate experience in absolute samadhi … Moment after moment, only the present comes and goes during the period of samadhi, a continuous stream of the present. Only in the present can we be said to exist. Katsuki Sekida, Zen Training

Live Streaming and Online Practice

All physical classes have been suspended due to the spread of COVID 19. However, there are several ways that we can continue our Anukalana® Yoga practice.

My YouTube channel has many videos of Anukalana® practices that you can do from the comfort of your home. You can find them here.

Starting from the week of July 6th I will be posting the weekly Anukalana® practices in the members only section of my website. The videos will be accessible on a subscription basis. To register please access the Yogi 🧘🏽‍♂️ & Yogini 🧘🏽‍♀️ Area. After you register you will be able to choose a one month subscription for $25, two-months for $45 and three months for $65. Each option gives you unlimited access to all the videos for its duration. You can pay via PayPal (gino.morelli@gmail.com), Venmo (@Gino-Morelli) or by check (if this is your preferred method I will send you the mailing address).

On October 6, I will start two new online streaming classes (Zoom) with the Brookline Adult Education

Yoga for Relaxation

Day of the Week: Tu
Dates: 10/6/2020 – 12/1/2020
Number of Sessions: 9
Time: 6:00 PM – 7:15 PM
Tuition: $130.00
Location: Online Course

Yoga in Italian

Day of the Week: Th
Dates: 10/8/2020 – 12/10/2020
Number of Sessions: 9
Time: 6:15 PM – 7:30 PM
Tuition: $130.00
Location: Online Course

Joshu asked Nansen: “What is the way?” Nansen said: “Ordinary mind is the way.” Joshu asked: “Shall I try to seek after it?” Nansen said: “If you try for it, you will become separated from it.” Joshu asked: “How can I know the way unless I try for it?” Nansen said: “The way is not a matter of knowing or not knowing. Knowing is delusion and non knowing is confusion. When you have really reached the true way beyond doubt, you will find it as vast and boundless as outer space . How can be talked about on the level of right and wrong?” At these words Joshu was enlightened. Wumeu Huikai, The Gateless Barrier, 1228

Retreats and Events

To be rescheduled

Anukalana® Yoga & Meditation Retreat in the spectacular region of Marche, Italy – June 20-27 , 2020

What To Expect

One week of twice-a-day yoga practice, meditation and sound healing with the opportunity to explore in depth both the physical and spiritual practice of Anukalana®. We will:

– investigate the Shakti (active/dynamic) and Shiva (slower/quieter/inactive) facets of Anukalana®

– learn how to use pranayama (breath) to create space in the body during the practice

– explore how movement can be used to soften the body and release tensions

Where

In a peaceful setting surrounded by gentle hills, pristine medieval towns, not far from the Sibylline Mountains and the Adriatic Sea, the retreat will be hosted at the resort le Case.

A picturesque medieval hamlet, le Case is nestled in the hills and fields of the Marche countryside at the end of the ridge that slopes away gently from the town of Macerata.

The resort le Case includes Organic Farm, Swimming Pool and Spa, Restaurant and Gourmet Pizza and Restaurant L’Enoteca.

What Is Included

Seven night – stay at Le Case Resort (single and double occupancy with king bed available)

Breakfast and dinner (vegetarian & vegan options available)

Morning meditation

Two daily yoga practices

Sound healing ceremony

Use of the resort facilities

Excursions in the surroundings are optional. They will be agreed with the participants and can include a combination of the following tours:

Main historical towns in the area

Romanic Abbeys

Medieval Castles

Archeological Sites and more

Space is limited, so book early and take this unique opportunity to explore and deepen your yoga practice!

Cost

Shared accommodation (king bed) $1,750.00 if full balance paid by April 15th, otherwise $1,950.00 payable by May 15th

Single occupancy $1,950.00 if full balance paid by April 15th, otherwise $2,150.00 payable by May 15th

A deposit of $500 is required at the time of booking. The deposit is refundable if cancellation is before April 30th.

How to Get There

The closest airport is Ancona (AOI) about 30 miles from Le Case. Lufthansa has connecting flights to Ancona from Munich. Other low-cost airlines fly to Ancona from London and Brussels. Bologna (BLQ) and Rome (FCO) airports are both about 165 miles away. However, Bologna is perhaps more convenient if traveling by train as it offers better connections to Macerata or Civitanova Marche (25 miles away). Please do contact me if you need help with planning your trip.

Other Travel Notes:

Plan on arriving on Saturday, June 20th during the day at Le Case, check-in time is 2:30pm. We will have our welcome/opening circle and light practice to recover from the travels on Saturday evening at 5:30pm.

We will hold our final practice and closing circle in the evening on Friday, June 26th. You can plan on leaving the following day. Check-out time is 10:30am.

Yoga mats, meditation cushions and blankets will be provided. Bring any additional props you may need for your practice.

Your passport must have at least six months validity remaining beyond your planned date of departure from the Schengen area

No visa required if planning to stay less than 90 days

No vaccinations required

Currency euro €, exchange rate approx. 0.91 but it can fluctuate so check periodically

and yet finally, stranded on the shore of the Bosporus, they (Candide and Cunegonde) settle down to cultivate their garden, working hard but also savoring candied lemons and pistachios. They find happiness precisely when they stop looking for it. When you pursue happiness, it will flee from you, but if you are lucky, you can stumble upon it when you least expect it. David Wootton, The Impossible Dream, in Lapham’s Quarterly, Summer 2019