Workshop in English
The goal of the practice is to harmonise and nourish five basic elements (tattva) that make up any living organism on Earth (microcosms) or anywhere else in the Universe (macrocosm), as part of Samkhya, the ancient Indian philosophy. These elements are Prithvi (Earth), Apas (Water), Agni (Fire), Vayu (Air) and Akasha (Aether). The goal is achieved by practising certain asanas with the emphasis on ‘reservoirs’ of individual tattva in the body, each time keeping attention at, and breathing ‘into’, the relevant reservoir.
As given in the ancient Tattva shuddhi practice, the reservoir of the Earth tattva is situated in the legs – from the soles up to the middle of the thighs; its distributor/regulator is muladhara. For the Earth tattva, utkatasana shall be practiced.
The reservoir for the Water tattva is situated in the pelvic region – from the middle of the thighs up to the navel and its distributor/regulator is svadhisthana. Paschimottanasana shall be practiced for the Water tattva.
The reservoir for the Fire tattva is situated in the upper trunk – from the navel up to the collar bones (but excluding the arms) and its distributor/regulator is manipura. For the Fire tattva, dhanurasana shall be practised.
The reservoir for the Air tattva is situated in the arms, shoulders, neck and the head area – up to the level of the eyebrows (but excluding the top of the head above the eyebrows); its distributor/regulator is anahata. For the Air tattva, natarajasana shall be practiced.
The reservoir of the Akasha tattva is situated in the upper part of the head (above the eyebrows) and outside of the head – in an area of a shape of a circle around the top of the head. For the Akasha tattva, padahastasana shall be practiced.
A practitioner may experience an elevation/balancing of particular energy types related to individual tattvas, purifying the body, mind and emotions and strengthening of attributes of individual elements, in physical, mental and emotional body.
Short relaxation and meditation shall be practiced before the end of the class to allow sufficient space for the integration of sensations experienced during the practice.
Patricia is an experienced yoga teacher, and a student of Geza M. Timcák from Slovakia. She gives yoga lectures on classical yoga based on Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra. She dedicates her time to the study of Samkhya philosophy including tatva shuddhi practice and Shri Chakra (Jantra) Sandhana. As a lawyer she advises the Slovak Association of Yoga on regulatory and legal aspects of yoga teaching.