Hi, I'm Daria and so glad to see you here!
Although Corona has messed up a lot, good things have arisen as well: we started to understand that spending hours at the office or rushing in traffic is not that nourishing for us, that the connection with our family and friends is so important even if they are miles away, that we way too often don't listen to our body forgetting to take care of it as we should. That we actually don't have to travel far or wait for a perfect moment to have an enlightening experience. That there may be some other way... Maybe you feel it too...
Because of these realisations I've started to build up the Box, a cozy space for yoga and building up the connection with your own body.
Off course I was helped a hand by my homie's dream-team: without them it was just not possible (my gratitude xxx). As well as this website would't have these great visuals without a professional and careful touch of Mila Graff.
-body as a way-
I've always believed that everything we experience leaves its marks in our body, and by working with the body we can release not only the physical but either emotional pain and tension and change our life on a deeper level, so we can start to use our full potential.
Graduated as psychologist, I've experienced that speaking about our problems is much less effective then joining a yoga-class and actually learning to feel the tension, resonating in your body, learning to give it space and just to compassionately stay with it without any judgment (that's why I've recently started the TRE-training as well: trauma & tension release exercises).
So, by discovering this opportunity, I'd joined for many years a lot of joyful Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin classes by Melanie, when by occasion (thank you, Luc!:))) discovered a completely new for me Pralaya Yoga by Justine Bens.
And because I was looking for a while for a teacher training to deepen my understanding and practice of yoga, I'd started it on the intensive way, taking a 500hr Teacher Training Program (still busy:)), adding to it a 200hr Vinyasa Teacher Training. And it had changed my life:)
When I'd started with Pralaya, I didn't like it at all. Where was all these fluent movements, the flow and crazy asanas so I could breathe the stress out? Why did it have to be so precise? And how could I keep my gluteus maximus (my butt in plain language) active if I even couldn't identify it in some postures?! But I was curious and kept going. And my body began to change, letting some old pain and stress go, so suddenly I could freely sit on the floor in an easy pose without any lower back pain, enjoy the Pigeon and feel my body getting stronger, wiser, more flexible and free.
-advantages of pralaya yoga-
It's all possible because in Pralaya yoga you work really deep, reshaping your connective tissue (fascia) and making it more elastic so your muscles, joints, internal organs get more space, more blood flow. Using the muscle antagonism (for example, psoas and gluteus maximus mentioned above) and putting attention on alignment (even pressure distribution across the joints) you can achieve such a release you've never dreamed of and beyond it secure your joints and ligaments form injury. And the practice can be really spunky!
Besides all these advantages described above, you can practice Pralaya yoga during revalidation after the injury (off course, firstly taking your doctor's advice).
I'd experienced it myself and during the revalidation of my sister after the car-crash (completely remote!), and during my own revalidation after an accident happend at the fotoshoot for this very website:)))
A great lesson: your own limitations learn you to practice more conscious, feeling what your body really need at this very moment.
So when it comes to Pralaya:
- you can achieve a deep release of tension in your body on a safe way and strengthen weak areas
- you don't need to know anything about yoga or to be very flexible to join the classes
- if there're some physical limitations you can safely work around / with them (after your doctor's advice)
- this yoga style is very practical and you get a lot of explanation about each pose
With all these said I hope to see you soon for some yoga!:) Because the place is here, the time is now...
-certificates & training-
- certified as Vinyasa Yoga Teacher, Aura Wellness Center, Attleboro, USA (200 hr)
- 4th year of the Pralaya Teacher Training Program, Justine Bens Yoga, Belgium, 2019-2023 (500 hr)
- training TRE-Provider (Trauma & Tension Releasing Exercises), Doomernik Training & Coaching, 's Hertogenbosch, Netherlands, 2021-2022
- training Meditations to Change Your Brain, LinkedIn Learning, 2022
-other relevant diplomas-
Master of Science in Educational Sciences - Aggregated for the Secondary School - Group 2. Pomor State University, Russia
Recognition according to the foreign diplomas equivalence procedure with the Flemish academical degree.
Original title of diploma: Teacher - Psychologist (specialisation: children with special needs, pre-school age)