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Quantum Yoga at Camp Poe
At Camp Poe we teach Quantum Yoga. Quantum Yoga has been described by Lara Baumann, its founder, as "a method of personal practise optimisation using Ayurveda in its assessment." Having studied a wide variety of yoga practises worldwide, Lara developed Quantum Yoga to bring their essences into universal application. This universal application is applied through the synthesis of various styles and philosophies merging them with quantum science. Lara has linked modern science's understanding of the universe as a conscious non-material wave dimension with that of the ancient Indian understanding of Brahman, the "cosmic super soul." Furthermore, as quantum science has proven, if we practise more consciously, we reap better results. This is a result of setting positive intentions therefore attracting a stronger and more refined practise.
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Part of practising more consciously is taking into account an individual's prakriti or nature. In
Auyveda, the science of life, prakriti describes one's doshic distribution. A dosha can be described as a biological humour or body mind constitution. One's dosha is made up of three humours: vata (air), pitta (fire-water) and kapha (earth-water). Quantum Yoga aims to balance these doshas to bring the practitioner into a state of harmony with one's nature.

Thus these doshas are subsequently regulated through focusing on cooling and soothing (pitta), strengthening and balancing (vata) and stimulating and invigorating (kapha). This regulation is achieved through Vinyasa, ujjayi breathing and the application of bandhas.

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Vinyasa means "composition "and can be described as breath synchronised movement in a flowing dynamic yoga sequence. It has its roots in the Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga system developed by Patabhi Jois (1915-2009) a student of Tirumulai Krishnamacharya (1888-1989), who disseminated yoga into the West during the twentieth century. Quantum Yoga uses Vinyasa to link each asana or posture together in a harmonious flow. This flow gives the practise a heartbeat allowing the practiser to fully submerge their body and mind into their set intentions. The flow of vinyasa is also a great attribute to surfing contributing to flexibility, strength and co-ordination.
In Quantum Yoga, Vinyasa is used alongside Ujjayi pranayama or "victorious breath" to create a moving meditation. Ujjayi breathing involves inhaling through the nose through a gentle contraction at the back of the throat. This breath of approximately 4 counts inhale and 4 counts exhale, gives the practise a steady rhythm as well as aiding concentration. The breath should translate the fine balance of sthira (effort) and sukha (pleasure) being strong and soft at the same time.

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Ujjayi breathing works closely in conjunction with the application of the bandhas. Bandhas can be understood as subtle muscular locks or grips within the body holding prana, vital life force. There are three main bandhas that should remain gently engaged throughout the practise; mula bandha (root lock), uddhiyana bandha (abdominal lock) and jalandhara bandha (chin lock).

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Mula bandha is primarily a physic lock and being aware of it and its power is perhaps more important that its physical manifestation. It represents the start of the energy from our root and raising our intentions towards a higher state of consciousness. The root lock is engaged by pulling up the pelvic floor whilst gently squeezing the perineum. The perineum is the muscle that lies between the anus and genitals, the muscles in this area can be visualized as an eight-shape and the mula lies where these lines cross. Uddhiyana bandha or the abdominal lock is engaged by drawing the naval back and up towards the spine whilst dropping the tailbone. Uddhiyana means "flying up" as it connects with the mula bandha forming an upward flow of energy. These two bandhas also ensure pelvic stability throughout the practise. Along with the mula and uddhiyana bandha, correct application of jalandhara bandha should be maintained throughout the practise. This is engaged by drawing the chin back and aligning the head on par with the spine. Consequently, the shoulders should release, the upper back should broaden and one should feel a sense of humbleness
and receptivity.
Quantum yoga therefore acknowledges Ayurveda, vinyasa, ujjayi breathing and the application of the bandhas to form an optimal sequence for that individual. This sequence is designed through grouping sets of asanas "postures" into ten groups. These ten groups are
1) sublimatio whereby we invite the practise into ourselves and warm up our bodies,
2) dynamic flow, where we heat up the body primarily through our suryanmaskaras "sun salutations,"
3) standing poses, where we work on strength and stability,
4) standing and arm balances, where we work on strength and balancing,
5) floor work, involving deep stretching once warmed up,
6) abdominals, strengthening the core,
7) back bends, opening up the heart region,
8) Inversions, such as head stand,
9) relaxation and
10) meditation.

This framework gives the Quantum yogi enough flexibility and guidance to form the ideal personalised practise.

We hope you enjoy our Quantum yoga classes, you can read more about Quantum yoga from our book in our library. You can also purchase DVDs from our shop.

Namaste.
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