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TriYoga: what is it?

by Josephine Andrews
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TriYoga is a style of yoga that focuses on three elements: postures, breathing exercises and hand gestures. In addition, the individual yoga exercises are fluently connected. Read more about it here.

What is TriYoga?

TriYoga is a flowing style of yoga that was created in 1980 by the American Kali Ray. The name TriYoga contains the word Trinity – it refers to the unity of asanas (yoga postures), pranayamas (breathing techniques) and mudra (hand gestures).

TriYoga came about through the special experience that Kali Ray had: when she was in a state of deep meditation, the life energy prana began to move her body as if by itself. Without her actively doing anything, yoga postures, pranayamas and mudras flowed through her and moved her. Kali Rays remained a silent witness to these events. The experience repeated itself.

In 1980, the American systematized TriYoga as a style and built it up to level seven. TriYoga according to Kali Ray is a trademarked term. Corresponding courses can be recognized by the copyright symbol.

What is special about TriYoga?

In TriYoga, the asanas flow harmoniously into one another – in connection with the breath and full of mindfulness. A so-called flow is created. The spine is also moved like waves. All movements are smooth and balanced. To the extent that the body moves harmoniously from one posture to the next and comes into an outer flow, the mind also finds peace. The yogi feels balanced. The trinity of breath, movement and mindfulness creates an inner flow.

How does TriYoga differ from other forms of yoga?

The unique thing about TriYoga are the wave-like movements of the spine. They are also common in nature – for example in the waves of the sea or on the neck of a swan. The yogis move naturally in TriYoga.

The yoga asanas flow into each other in a dynamic and held form, the movements are slowed down and mindful. The body, which by its nature tends to follow gravity, is activated, the mind, which by its nature is unstable, becomes calm.

The unity of breath, movement and mind creates a meditative state. There is also talk of meditation in motion and relaxation in action. There is also an “economy of movement”. That means: The yogis move carefully and focussed in the flow – without performing superfluous movements. The hands are always in a mudra, a hand gesture through which they work from the outside in. The mudras are another means of calming the mind.

Blocks, straps or a small pillow are used as aids. Overall, TriYoga is very well-founded and precise. The movements and postures are adapted to the anatomy of the body and are healthy. Physical strength and flexibility are systematically built up and increased. Therefore, TriYoga is also referred to as The Art and Science of Yoga Flow.

What does a typical hour look like?

There is no typical hour, but a certain structure within which there are infinite possibilities. A good and creative teacher provides options in a group so that multiple levels can be taught and each participant finds himself or herself.

However, there is a cycle of the seasons over the hours, i.e. sequences in spring, summer, autumn and winter. The weighting can be freely designed, depending on what the particular emphasis is on. Typical is:

  • The spring sequences are mostly dynamic. This does not mean that they are very fast, but rather that they move at a slower pace. They bring energy for the whole body.
  • In the flows, the summer sequences often contain longer, stronger standing postures, hip openings or a combination of both.
  • The fall sequences feature backbends and spinal twists that open the heart.
  • The winter sequences have flows with inversions that are also held. They lead deep into stillness and cause the flow of energy to align upwards – towards the crown of the head.

Who is TriYoga suitable for?

TriYoga is suitable for everyone. With the various options and tools that are used as needed, everyone can perform flows and find inner balance. The only exception is for people who have very serious knee problems. You can learn individually compiled flows in individual lessons.

How high is the fitness factor in TriYoga?

The fitness factor is high: Naturally, with practice, participants gradually develop a very high level of strength, endurance and flexibility. Beginners systematically move towards it.

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