»I have only rarely managed to experience such a unity of breath, bodily movement and spiritual alertness in my practice.« (Dagmar Heise – www.ashtanga-aachen.de)
Tāla Yoga is a yoga system, in which the exercises are fluently performed in harmony with your breath and with music specifically composed for it. It came into being based on years of research into breath and movement. Its aim is to keep your breath as even as possible during your entire yoga practice,
whether the movement is long or short and whether you are practising an easy or a difficult position. For breathing is the way to harmony and inner calm.
The concept of Tāla comes from Sanskrit and means ‘rhythm’ or ‘musical tempo’. In Indian Music, a Tāla is the basic rhythmic pattern which forms the basis of every piece of music. As it is true for every word in Sanskrit, Tāla has more than one meaning: Tāla is the essential nature or soul that is present in everything. It is the essence of the world, the basis and cause of all being.
I have composed the music, also called yoga tālas, to match your breathing and yoga practice. The yoga tālas carry you through your practice and measurably help you to breathe evenly. Your movements become steady and smooth. The pulse of the music has the tempo of your resting heartbeat. It has been scientifically proven to soothe and relax the mind.
What is special about the Tāla practice sequences is that they are set up on the basis of the principle »from the possible to the impossible« and lead to more flexibility and serenity through regular practice. Conscious and attentive listening to your breathing reduces stress and stimulates your ability to concentrate. This way, Tāla Yoga becomes a wholesome experience for your body, mind and soul.
»With your Tāla Yoga System, you have created something very special and have merged your music and the asanas into a single entity: pure flow. This practice was a wonderful experience. Thank you!« (Christiane Sasse, www.charisoma.de)
The objective of this system of yoga exercises is to teach all those who practise it a lifelike yoga practice, which is adapted to the circumstances of their bodies and their lives. The individual series of yoga positions include every possible movement of the human body in order to keep it healthy. Tāla Yoga is based on the experiences which I have gained in my 15 years of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga practice and 10 years of teaching activities. Over the course of the years, I have observed and guided hundreds of yoga students and have come to the following insight:
»Simplifying instead of complicating«. This is helpful if we would like to continue developing ourselves and our interaction with ourselves and our way of life. The Tāla Yoga practice is set up in such a way as to enable us to develop a regular practice appropriate to our living circumstances and our physical abilities.
Change is the only constant
For me, Tāla Yoga is the natural expression of creativity. It brings me great happiness to deal with yoga creatively and to pass my experiences on. I see Tāla Yoga as a »European« yoga system, which has been conceived of as completely pragmatic for the people of today. Just as we continually change ourselves and can develop ourselves – as the world changes itself and can develop itself – our yoga practice can change as well. For me, Tāla Yoga represents a further development of the traditional Ashtanga Yoga System. The focus is completely on the essence of the practice, breathing.