BEYOND FORM, SYSTEMS AND JUDGEMENT
The main reason why we start practicing yoga is to find some liberation from daily stress, given by life obligations, conditionments and boundaries of the society we live in. We actually find release and wellness in the practice, but at a some point we might feel demotivated due to the limits and conditions we also encounter in the way yoga is taught. Going deep into the practice of yoga, we might start experiencing the same limitations of daily life - too much focus on the form, an impersonal system oppressing self-expression, and dogmatic judgment.
We usually hear things like "if you don't practice 6 days per week you are not practicing yoga" or "if you don't square the hips it's not right", or "if you don't honor a guru you will get lost", "if you eat animals or smoke cigarettes you can't be a yogi", etc etc.
Leveza is a portuguese word that means lightness.
This is how we approach the magical science of yoga - a lighter and detached way to live the practice, through the understanding and respect of all possible paths, timings, and experiences. We teach how to consciously use the structure of these practices, with their rules and systems, always remebering that they are here to help us in the beginning, but they have a limited nature in the process of self-liberation. We can't just stick with rules all the times, we use them as a guideline to become better listeners of ourselves. 'ME' or 'WE' is at the center of the practice, not the system.
Commitment and discipline are needed, but are just the first steps. To keep stepping on the mat we need
understanding, loving kindness and detachment.
Students are not asked to stick to a single community, to a unique practice, a better diet, an eastern culture or a specific philosophy. In the end, it's about one practice, one asana, one humankind, one love. You might call it Kundalini or Ashtanga, Pranayama or Breathwork, Iyengar Yoga or Postural, Niyamas or ablutions, Ekadashi or intermitten fasting, in the end it's all the same thing, just expressed in different ways. Whether you go slow or fast, whether you get caught by the ego triggers of the system or you're a humble practicioner, we know that we are looking for the same experience - liberation.
We support students to explore all the beautiful structures of yoga, with compassion and kindness towards themselves and traditional teachings; to learn how to consciously enjoy both noticing whether there is conditioning (thus ego) or courageous self-listening.
We practice to find freedom from the burden of the self, that self who limits our true nature. Libearation sometimes might be from the ego, sometimes from the righteous and ideal self narrated by sacred books and gurus. We should learn to listen carefully to ourselves, because there are things that even if right, they don't resonate with us in that particular moment. The indicator of what is right and our ture self might be to feel loved and full of understanding.
Learn from traditions, then create yours.
Even this intelligent and magical practices of liberation can suffer from a very common conditioning: perfectionism.
We think that all this intense research for alignment is sometimes a huge struggle linked to the idea of the form. As long as there's no effort or pain, we think that true alignment stands in the dialogue between forces, rather than the form.
Alignment should be seen as balance, and balance is manifested in connection, dialogue, union of the physical parts and energies involved, rather than a 50/50 thing between parts - dualism is always triggering the mind. Like in a relationship, sometimes one does more than the other and it's safe as long as all know that it won't be always like that. Other times it will be the opposite.
As long as we feel a loving and lively dialogue, this dialogue can have a dis-aligned aspect :)
We think there's now the need to sustain more the listening, rather than the looking.
More compassion, rather than perfection.