Chiara Capello

Yoga teacher and Visual Artist in Brussels

Few thoughts about modern Yoga

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Today, I would like to reflect a bit about Yoga and the way it was imported in Occidental countries. I was entering the first time into Instagram and I was shocked by the egotic vanity that I saw there, especially by some yogis, yoginis and yoga teachers. Actually, the attention is only on the body and on flexibility. People doing pictures of themselves in absurd poses (like knots..), pretending that this is yoga. What a circus! I really feel aweful about that. Yoga is not about the ego, is not about likes, is not about exibiting the body (better if in bikini, of course). Yoga is about connecting deeply with the body to know its needs. Moreover, Yoga is about taking care of the body, with respect and gratitude. To me, Yoga has been a great way to reconnect with the body, as I had the impression to live mainly in the mind, and that the body was there just to follow the mind. I experienced that by living disconnected from the body’s needs, the body will suffer and ultimately get sick. Then, we start to pay attention, but it might be too late…

So, in 2003, I started my journey of happiness and bliss with Yoga. Learning to integrate body, breath, mind and Soul in my daily practice. Remembering that Yoga is a Spiritual practice, otherwise it would be gymnastic. Every day, we are bombarded by “new kind of yoga”, but these practices have nothing to do with it. The name Yoga is used for marketing purposes, and this is not ok, in my opinion. So, we have to use right discrimination to understand what is Yoga and what is not, to stay away from practices that may seriously harm our bodies instead of keeping them young and healthy.

You may be wondering how Yoga becomes a Spiritual practice, if we start from body postures? The answer is simple: when you connect deeply with your own body, you notice that there are emotions stuck there and you get a deeper connection with your true Self. You start controlling your mind, practicing meditation, so you can go beyond it. You no longer identify with your body and mind but you get a glimpse of your Soul. This is why a Yoga practice may lead you far, even if  you started just because of a body condition (myself, I started because I had neck pain). Yoga brings true transformation into your life. You are not going to be the same anymore. This is not something that you can achieve at the gym, nor by posting fancy photos on social media.

I am forever grateful to my Guru, Shri Yogi Hari, that thought me to appreciate the Bliss of authentic Yoga and that encourages me to continue in my Sadhana (my daily practice).

Grateful also to my other great teacher Joe Barnett, for bringing to me the joy of Yin Yoga.

Yin Yoga with Joe Barnett

Thank you also to all my students (the little ones and the more grown up ones) that are a constant source of ispiration and challenge for me.

Remember, if you want to start meditation (Raja Yoga) to bring your practice to the next level, here you will find the link to my online meditation course (it is pre registered, so you can do it when you have time):https://tapasforlife.teachable.com/p/meditation-a-practical-guide

Have great holidays and practice, practice, practice!

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Author: Chiara Capello

Chiara is a Certified Sampoorna Yoga and Meditation Teacher (RYT 500), Children’s Yoga Teacher (RCYT 95), Yin Yoga Instructor (130 hours) and Reiki practitioner. She comes from Italy, but now she lives in Belgium. Living in an international environment, she speaks Italian, English, French and German. Chiara’s yoga and meditation path started in 2003, in Brussels, during a stressful period at work. She soon experienced the fullness of the practice and the transformation in the body and mind through the system developed by Shri Yogi Hari, called “Sampoorna Yoga”: the Yoga of Fullness. The enthusiasm for yoga and meditation changed the course of her life and career. After experiencing different Yoga styles and meditation techniques, in 2012 and 2013 she took the Sampoorna Yoga Teacher Training Course with Shri Yogi Hari. The same year (2012), Chiara left her job as a lawyer and now dedicates her time fully to sharing yoga and meditation with children, families and adults. She loves teaching and practising meditation and yoga. It helps her remain strong, grounded and happy and enables her to deal with the ups and downs of life. A daily meditation practice is an essential part of her life. ----- Chiara é un’insegnante certificata in Sampoorna yoga e meditazione (500 ore), yoga per bambini (95 ore) e Yin Yoga (130 ore), oltre che praticante di Reiki. E’ italiana di origine, ma ora vive in Belgio. Siccome vive in un ambiente internazionale, parla Italiano, Inglese, Francese e Tedesco. Il suo cammino di yoga e meditazione comincia nel 2003 a Bruxelles, durante un periodo stressante al lavoro. In quel frangente, Chiara fu conquistata dall’impatto della pratica sul proprio corpo e mente, grazie al sistema sviluppato da Shri Yogi Hari, chiamato Sampoorna Yoga: lo yoga della pienezza. L’entusiasmo per lo yoga e la meditazione cambio’ cosi’ il corso della sua vita e carriera. Dopo aver sperimentato diversi stili di yoga e meditazione, nel 2012 e 2013 decide di diventare insegnante di Sampoorna Yoga con Shri Yogi Hari. Nello stesso anno ( 2012) , Chiara lascia il suo lavoro di giurista ed ora dedica tutto il suo tempo per diffondere lo yoga e la meditazione tra i bambini, le famiglie e gli adulti che cercano la calma interiore, in un mondo pieno di stimoli continui. Ama insegnare e praticare lo yoga e la meditazione. Questo la aiuta a rimanere forte e felice, in modo da affrontare con facilità e leggerezza gli alti e bassi della vita. La meditazione quotidiana é ormai divenuta una parte essenziale e irrinunciabile della sua vita.

33 Comments

  1. Those thoughts on modern yoga were really good
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  2. Yoga has also been linked to lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and better immune system function.
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  3. Great post! Thanks for sharing the informative article. Yoga helps oneself in Strength, Balance, and provide many benefits for your physical health and longevity.
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  4. presently I am feeling awful about the post I made on Facebook today which was, truly, only an inside joke among myself and 3 others that I plan with. Each of the 4 of us having been not kidding competitors in our more youthful years, we regularly share fun preposterous wellness/move recordings we find on the web that we find clever or engaging. As I read your post I comprehend and recognize the genuine idea of your message and value your enthusiastic supplication. I need to tell you the amount I value it… and you. I am new to my yoga practice-just began this previous year. Be that as it may, I picked it for bona fide association with body, brain and soul. My excursion is just start, yet I have been excited with how it affects me since it adjusts consummately with my True Health theory… which is totally otherworldly. So thank you for this blog, and for being the excellent soul that you are!
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  5. A very fascinating read! Actually I have also been practising yoga since the past 25 years and in line with the Indian philosophy, it is about following a process with no goals in mind, just paying attention to the present moment and living completely with it. It is a beautiful feeling, I am glad you experienced it.

  6. Thanks for crafting this beautiful information. Yoga is always good for our health. Yoga takes patience and full mind control. I love yoga every day because Yoga helps me a lot. Keep good writing.
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  7. Thanks for your nice post. Really this post is very helpful and informative. Can tell me you will publish this kinds of article continue in future ?
    thanks

    • Thank you for your feedback! I am very happy that you enjoyed the content. Yes, I will continue publishing this kind of content in the future. Would you like to receive the updates?

  8. Yoga can provide not only a healthy mind but also a healthy body. If you want a flexible body and a strong mind, yoga is the single option. I am also a yoga teacher and provide prenatal yoga training for 100% natural delivery.

  9. I am very thankful to you for this information, being a obese and doesn’t know where to dive into this yoga world is so difficult. Knowing only about pranayama and only the basic was not enough. So thanks for this modern yoga tips, i will rightly dive into the MODERN YOGA

    • I am very happy if my post helps you to discriminate better in the yoga world and I am grateful for your comment. Find the yoga teacher in your area that suits your needs best. You can try different “type of yoga” and see what is really effective in adressing your body and mind. Good luck in your yoga journey!

  10. Pilates elongates and strengthens your muscles, improving muscle elasticity and joint mobility. This means less risk for weak or stiff joints, and it helps ward off arthritis.

    • Thank you for your comment and for reading my post. Certainly Pilates has a value in addressing physical challenges(the creator of it, took a lot of postures from yoga asanas) . Yoga is a broader practice as it addresses also the mental and spiritual dimension. Of course, we all have our own preferences, it’s all good. Namaste

  11. Yes!! Yoga is for everyone! I absolutely love yoga and I can no longer get through my stressful days without my practice. Thank you for these great yoga tips! I hope it is ok to share this article to my https://ponderingyogini.com Twitter and Facebook fans?

  12. Congratulations for your success. Yoga takes patience and full mind control. Its only been a month i have started doing yoga. I know how difficult is that to stable our mind. But Yoga helps me a lot. I mean i can see a huge difference in my whole lifestyle now. Yoga can cure everything. Thanks for this motivational post.
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  13. Its a Mind-body connection. Few other exercises offer the same mind-body connection that yoga does. As you match your controlled breathing with the movements of your body, you retrain your mind to find that place of calm and peace that long-time yogis know.

  14. Yoga is not just about working out, it’s about a healthy lifestyle. The practice of yoga allows students to be still in a world consumed with chaos. Peace and tranquility achieved through focused training appeals to everyone.

  15. Chiara, now I am feeling bad about the post I made on Facebook today which was, honestly, just an inside joke between myself and 3 other people that I mastermind with. All 4 of us having been serious athletes in our younger years, we often share fun outrageous fitness/dance videos we discover on the internet that we find humorous or entertaining. As I read your post I understand and acknowledge the serious nature of your message and appreciate your passionate plea. I want to let you know how much I appreciate it…and you. I am new to my yoga practice- just started this past year. But I chose it for for authentic connection with body, mind and spirit. My journey is only beginning, but I have been thrilled with how it makes me feel because it aligns perfectly with my True Health philosophy…which is entirely spiritual. So thank you for this blog, and for being the beautiful soul that you are!

    • Thank you dear Lori for your comment on my post. I absolutely love gym, dance, aerobic! I have so much fun with it. So, nothing against that:) ,but of course, I do not like the inappropriate use of the word Yoga to promote things that have nothing to do with it. I find it sad..anyway, we are on the same line! Thank you again, I love receiving comments and feedback. A big hug to you accross the ocean.

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