A Surya Yoga session will take you through a flow of standing postures and sun salutations before we move inwards through longer holdings of seated forward bends and hip-openers. We then balance the body and the nervous system through backbends and twists with focus on alignment and Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) Throughout the session great emphasis is placed upon containing the Prana within and channeling it upwards through Pranayama, Mudra and Bandha.
Daniels Surya Yoga Sessions can be physically challenging. They are powerful, therapeutic and transformative and involve strong bodywork. However, the intention of the sessions is not to make the body lean, flexible or strong, although this will occur if you practice regularly.
The purpose of Surya Yoga is to establish a foundation for higher practice by strengthening the nervsystem and by burning away impurities from it that prevent the kundalini from moving freely in the nadis. Surya Yoga differs from Ashtanga, Vinyasa and Power Yoga as it skilfully awakens and channels the life force (Prana/Qi) throughout the body instead of just exercising it. Surya Yoga generates an abundance of energy, vitality and physical ability.
A Chandra Yoga session typically begin in a seated meditation pose like padmasana, siddhasana or muktasana. Then we move through a series of bandas and mudras that channel the life force (Prana/Qi) into different parts of the brain. We then release tension from the central nervous system through forward bends and hip-openers so that we can continue to sit longer in the meditationpose and dive deeper into the triple divine qualities of sound, light and vibration. Throughout the session great emphasis is placed upon stillness and attention and in different parts of the body before transcending it into higher states of consciousness.
The practice of Chandra Yoga is focused on the profound way of traditional Hatah & Raja Yoga that Daniel learned from his Guru during his time as a monk with him in the Indian Himalayas. It consists of traditional asanas, pranayamas, mudras, bandhas, kriyas, mantras and meditations. and the inner, esoteric and meditative aspects of yoga without which modern postural yoga is little more than physical excersise.
During a Hatha Yoga session the practices of Surya & Chandra Yoga come together and here you can enounter and techniques or theory from Hatha & Raja Yoga. Below you can see an example of commonly practiced Hatha Yoga trechniques.