The last DharmaBrunch for this year is very special and this time we want to experience the wholeness of the whole body through an ayurvedic practice of walking massage followed by a culturing of the energy that creates life, the Prana. But what is Prana?
Ask yourself this: What comes first consciousness or matter? Are our brains creating the consciousness or are they merely receiving it like a radio? What comes first the emotion or the hormones associated with it?
The prevalent understanding of life in our society is that it comes out of inmate matter and in countless random events finally gives rise to the complexity of consciousness.
But, if your ancestor is an ape, and his ancestor is another animal and so on all the way back to the single cell that was once floating inside the primordial ocean and even before the single cell to the inanimate matter. How can you tell that the potential for life is not IN the matter itself? How can you tell that matter IS not life itself, is conscious, is alive – every single atom and quantum?
Abhinavagupta an indian scholar of the kuala school from over a 1000 years ago speaks of the egg of the peacock, that though doesn’t look like a peacock already has the potential, or more modern “the information”, to blossom into the beautiful, flamboyant tail of the peacock.
This inherent intelligence or intention of matter itself in indian philosophy is called Prana or Chi for the asian tradition. The flow of the prana in space becomes life and expresses through matter and evolution. The understanding of Prana is the understanding of the system of your body as a whole. Ailments, Moods and Feelings are expressed as movement of this prana energy in the body. It is not important to think of prana as something physical that can be measured with a device some time in the future, no prana is an inherent quality, like information or intention. That can be experienced through practice.
Ayurvedic Walking Massage
Ayurveda understands that there are countless energy channels in the body, that permeate it like the veins and arteries. These channels are called Nadis or Meridians in the chinese tradition. Beyond the muscles we are working with activating these energy channels during the massage by pressing on certain points along their path. This allows for a flow of energy that is felt as a lightness of the body as well as clarity and focus of the mind.
The Ayurvedic Walking massage is brought to us through the family of my Teacher Bhagavan Shanmukha in the @Shri Kali Ashram. For a yogi to maintain a long career it is important to keep the muscles supple and the mind relaxed. If the body is stressed however one can neither sit nor meditate, therefore massage is an integral part of the Shri Kali tradition.
The walking massage is called this way because it is done entirely with the heels and toes, hands are only used when absolutely necessary. The feet are trained to become precise instruments for massage and allow for a deeper pressure with a lot less effort for the giving person.
During this event, I first will show you how to do it on a lucky volunteer and then you have the possibility to try giving and receiving yourself under guidance for about 30 minutes each. It is fairly easy to learn and is a treat to start the day with! It’s nothing intimate so that you don’t necessarily need to bring a partner. However a massage is one of the nicest things to give to a loved one.
With the clarity and softness that comes with the walking massage we will devote ourself to the perception and the culturing of the flow of Prana itself, through Pranayama or breath exercise practice (~30 minutes). Pranayama at first is a mere breath exercise, but over time it gains new qualities. It becomes a meditation and the movement of the prana is felt. In Indian philosophy enlightenment itself is formulated as the rise of energy in the human being, the rising of the kundalini.
The last part are sweet vegan treats prepared with love and care enjoyed in the beautiful space of the @Spirit Berlin. We will have different desserts tea and coffee.
Who is teaching at the event?
The event is being organised by Ilya, who studied 6 months in a traditional tantric ashram in India. He is teaching in the Kaula Tradition, that combines tantric philosophy with ayurvedic medicine to its own style. The philosophy is described best by its holistic approach to the body.