Yantra Yoga or the Yoga of Movement is an ancient system of Tibetan yoga based on the text The Union of the Sun and the Moon, written in the 8th century by the master Vairochana. It was introduced and taught in the West by master Chögyal Namkhai Norbu in the early 1970s. Yantra Yoga makes use of various types of movements and positions linked to different aspects of breathing in order to contro and coordinate the vital energy or prana.
Since our physical and mental wellbeing depend mainly on the condition of our energy, by practising Yantra Yoga we can keep ourselves in good health and reach a calm, present and relaxed mental state which is the base for understanding our own real condition.
Our resident instructor Oana Marcu:
I became passionate about Yantra Yoga when I met Chogyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche, teaching Dzogchen in Tuscany. I had the fortune to follow classes and teacher training courses with the most important teachers of Yantra Yoga: Laura Evangelisti e Fabio Andrico, who offer continuous updates and support.
I have graduated Psychology and am working also as a reseacher and university lecturer in Sociology. I have been living in Italy for 10 years, but I am originally from Romania.
My Yantra Yoga teaching style starts with warm-ups for the body (loosen the joints and stretch the muscles) and for the breathing, with a lot of breathing awareness practice. Then follows a gradual immersion into the main aspects of Yantra Yoga, especially focusing on the breathing and adjusting the positions, in a personalized manner, to each body condition. After few months of practice, the student becomes autonomous to practice at home, too. In the advanced courses I also teach the main series of yantras and their relative pranayamas.