This Workshop will introduce Learners to Bereginya- the practice of Slavic Gymnastics, or Slavic Yoga. Slavic yoga is a physical and mental exercise, steeped in the traditions and culture of Central and Eastern Europe. Historically it was a way for Slavic woman to keep their strength and care for their health, and an important part of navigating short summer and severe winters.
The movements and poses are inspired by nature, mimicking animals or plants. Compiled into sets of seven, they are practiced depending on the season, weather, and even the practicing person’s date of birth. The origins, however, are shrouded in mystery, and are believed to be a system of physical and spiritual practices based on the beliefs of ancient Slavs.
The exercises are a set of 27 practices that aim at strengthening, stretching and relaxing the body, stimulating the endocrine system, as well as helping with stress, unblocking emotions and lifting our mood. They are specific for women and the movements have been passed down from grandmother and mother to daughter
This energy ritual passed from generation to generation, and people believe it’s much more than just a set of exercises- that it’s a medicine, philosophy and wisdom of tradition where bad charm is locked down by talismans hidden in embroidered symbols.
Bereginya is named after a goddess from Slavic mythology, and focuses on thighs, hips, abdomen, uterus and female reproductive system. It is believed that these movements not only strengthen muscles, but also improve functioning endocrine system prevent development of diseases.
I love to teach women Slavic yoga, and have been doing so for years, both in person and online. In each lesson we will start with an intention, and do a short meditation to focus our mind on a certain idea. The essence of this method is that during the lesson we not only work with the body, through stretching to create balance, and harmony, we also do it mentally, directing our attention to our goals.
This practice is about your happiness as a woman. About harmony. About building strong family and relationships. About energy connections, and about creating a beautiful space around you!
Regular exercises help you to understand and love your body, to care for it and treat it like a temple. A temple, where the heart can be in silence accept the lessons of life. The power of Woman's yoga is the blessing of the Universe. I hope to see you in my class.