• ZENYOGA

    CULTIVATING MINDFULNESS IN MOTION

ZENYOGA IS THE OLDEST YOGA SCHOOL IN CROATIA

Zenyoga is a specific type of yoga based on the principles of the Chinese school of Buddhism called Chan, or Zen in Japan. It applies three aspects of the Chan practice that represent a model for a wholesome approach to life:

1. Harmonizing the body
2. Harmonizing the breath
3. Harmonizing the mind

Harmonizing the body

In Zenyoga, bringing the body in order is a very dynamic process. This includes the development of endurance, flexibility, relaxation, strength, balance and improvement of the vital energy flow through the body.

The actual training starts with breathing and preparatory exercises. The introduction is followed by the dynamic and static performance of the postures, and then followed by a certain sequence of postures. Every sequence, whether it comes from the Indian or Chinese tradition, represent the set group of postures or exercises which has to be perfumed in a certain rhythm of movement and breathing. The rhythm can be very energetic or very slow, depending on the aspects of ones training (endurance, flexibility, relaxation, strength or balance) which are emphasized. The sequences, as well as individual asanas, are practiced in a progressive order – from simple ones to more complicated and demanding ones.

The other important aspect of the training is relaxation. It can be done in two ways: in movement and in stillness. It is much easier to relax in a still position. To relax in an active state requires more practice and experience, but it is a very important type of relaxation as it can be more easily applied into daily life and has a more lasting effect. An equally important aspect of ones training is the joy of practicing and happiness which arises as a consequence of the physical and mental relaxation as well as the mindfulness of the present moment.

Zenyoga also has a range of special therapeutical methods which are not a part of a regular training. They are employed from time to time and during seminars. They consist of postural diagnosis, corrective exercises, massage and acquiring certain eating habits.

Harmonizing the breath

To bring the breath in order in the Zenyoga context means to deepen the breathing, to breathe abdominally and to connect the breathing with the movement. The way we breathe indicates the state of our body and mind. Shallow, fast and unrefined breathing indicates the restless, dispersed and confused mind, as well as a tense, unbalanced and unhealthy body. Influencing the breathing through practice and changing the quality of the breath directly affects the state of the body and the mind.

Harmonizing the mind

The third aspect of Zenyoga training is bringing the mind in order. Although the mind and the body are deeply interconnected, the mere physical practice doesn’t usually bring deep insights and thorough changes in the way we approach ourselves, others and life in general. Obviously, pure physical training, without the clear knowledge on how to simultaneously train the mind, is not sufficient. The mind, as well as relaxation, can be trained in stillness and in movement. To train the mind in stillness is the practice of sitting meditation – tso chan or zazen. It is considered easier to train the mind when there is no physical activity and the mind can be focused on only one object – the object of meditation. It is harder, but not impossible, to practice the mind in movement. If the method is clear and one is willing to follow it, there is a whole new experience waiting to be discovered. The process develops in stages, from unrefined to refined, from external to internal, from body to mind. That is the practice that leads to the attainment of a Zenyoga ideal: the complete union of body, breath and mind. It represents the deep meditational experience of Samadhi and has the power to change the way we perceive ourselves and the world. It is also the point of departure from Zenyoga and the gate into a wider and deeper path of Chan Buddhism.

How to practice?

In order to bring the body, breathing and mind in balance, Zenyoga uses a wide range of physical postures (asanas), breathing exercises, corrective exercises, massage and meditation. It incorporates hatha yoga elements, but also many Chinese daoyin exercises.

Our groups are mostly mixed levels, consisting of beginners and advanced students alike. That mixture might seem like an obstacle for serious work, but it is important to keep in mind that each exercise can be performed on several levels. A good teacher, who knows how to conduct the student’s awareness in the right direction, can teach a mixed group the same set of exercises, with students gaining a similar benefit from it. Some groups offer separate beginners and advanced level classes, as well. There are special classes for the students of the Zenyoga teacher’s school, as well as for the instructors and teachers.

Zenyoga is practiced barefoot, in clothes from natural materials that allow freedom of movement. We don’t use mats, but you are free to bring one if you feel like you need it. Silence is an important element of practice. We don’t use background music and we don’t burn incense. The outer atmosphere of peace provides a condition for the attention to turn inward.

If you want to try it out, join a group in your area for a trial class. Direct experience will tell you more than any elaborate explanation of it. One class usually lasts around 90 minutes. First class is free – take a chance and start!

In most venues classes are paid monthly. There is no standard fee in all groups; call your local teacher to find out their fee. There is a discount rate for pupils, students, retired and unemployed persons. More members of the same family usually get significant discount.

Teacher’s school

Chan centar Hartovski vrh  will open applications for the 6th generation of Zenyoga teacher’s school in the autumn of 2021. Projected beginning of this two year long program is in February 2022.

The school is registered with Yoga Alliance on the level RYS 500. The program consists of a total of 650 teaching hours, plus individual studies. Curriculum is by all standards quite demanding and it requires a serious commitment. So far 120 people have attended our school, and 50 people have completed it.

Entrance requirements are a minimum of 2 years regular practice and class attendance, and a keen interest in the deeper aspects of Zenyoga, established through the participation on workshops and certain activities in the Chan Center. There has to be a satisfactory level of posture performance, and last but not the least, enthusiasm for becoming a teacher and being actively involved in a noble practice of helping yourself and others. The program consists of six different fields of study: history and philosophy of yoga, Zenyoga principles and training, the nature of the body and the body – mind relationship, teaching methodology and professional development.

Our in-depth approach in the education of new teachers expresses our attitude of quality over quantity. Each one of the Zenyoga teachers who acquired a license has worked hard and invested a lot of effort and knowledge in it. We believe that it assures high quality instruction and guidance for those who want to practice Zenyoga, and allows students to progress safely.

For more details contact info@zenyoga.hr.

Curriculum

HISTORY, DEVELOPMENT AND PHILOSOPHY

1. History of yoga and an overview of different schools
2. Philosophy of yoga: Six Indian systems and Eight limbs of yoga by Patanjali
3. Buddhist yoga – main Buddhist teachings, Eight limbs of yoga in comparison with the Eightfold Noble Path; Shantideva: The way of the Bodhisattva
4. Buddhist psychology- the nature of the self, klesas, brahma vihara
5. China – Taoism, Confucianism and Buddhism; Chinese yoga and martial arts
6. The main principles of Chan meditation – the body, the breath and the mind

NATURE OF THE BODY AND BODY-MIND RELATIONSHIP

18. Subtle physiology: prana, chakras
19. Outlines of Chinese medicine; chi, meridians
20. Body in the Buddhist perspective and Buddhist concept of illness and healing
21. Anatomy and physiology

THERAPEUTIC ASPECT OF ZENYOGA

22. Methods of diagnosis
23. Corrective exercises
24. The basic massage and self-massage
25. Specializations: yoga for kids, yoga for athletes, prenatal yoga, yoga for elderly
26. Healthy nutrition: balanced meals, food as a therapy, fasting
27. First aid

ZENYOGA: PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE

7. The main principles of Zenyoga
8. Asanas – classical asanas, variations, warm-ups, strength, stretching, moving and balance
9. Static and dynamic performance of the postures
10. Traditional and modern sequences: surya, chandra and maha namaskar, the warrior sequence, eight brocades, tensho, sanchin and chi kung
11. Approach, concept and method of Zenyoga practice: from unbalanced to balanced and healthy body; from scattered to unified mind. Development of awareness in movement; mindfulness of the body and the postures
12. Persistency, continuity and regularity – virya aspect of Zenyoga
13. Pranayama/shinkokyu: breath and its role
14. Partner yoga
15. The joy of practicing – Zenyoga games
16. Relaxation
17. Meditation

TEACHING

28. The importance of proper motivation
29. Teaching methodology: student-teacher relationship, 3 levels of practice (beginners, advanced and teachers)
30. Ethical and moral code of the teachers

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

31. Membership in the Association: personal and group; license, rights and obligations
32. Starting out and leading a Zenyoga dojo

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

33. Practicum: work at home, assisting, giving the class, Chan meditation retreats and certain classes that are part of the Buddhist Centre program
34. Literature
35. Essay and exam papers

Licenced teachers

Teachers and instructors in the Zenyoga Association are educated and qualified for the job, practicing yoga for a long time. Having experienced personal transformations through the practice, they are capable to transmit it to the others. Each teacher developed their own style of teaching grounded on the firm knowledge of the principles of Zenyoga; of postures, sequencing and alignment; of breathing and relaxation, of the human anatomy and the nature of mind.

Education of Zenyoga teachers starts with the two-year program of the Zenyoga teacher’s school, but it doesn’t end there. It is continued through special meetings, workshops and retreats. In Zenyoga, we believe that the teacher’s status in not acquired once and for all, but needs to be constantly refreshed with personal practice and through working with others. That is why we re-evaluate the list of licensed teachers every year.

LEAD TEACHER:

Žarko Andričević, Zagreb

TEACHERS:

Ljubica Andričević, Zagreb
Mira Peunik, Celje, Slovenija
Karmen Mihalinec, Zagreb
Saša Reljić, Cape Cod, SAD
Daniela Vukelja, Pula
Anđelka Čupić, Zagreb
Verica Mihalinec, Samobor
Mirjana Halsey, Split
Tiana Sošić, Zagreb
Ana Hoffmann, Zagreb
Maja Čipin Guštak, Postire
Anita Zlomislić, Zagreb

TEACHERS:

Tatjana Mesar, Berlin
Božica Glazer, Zagreb
Mirjana Dodig, Zagreb
Zorica Eterović, Berlin, Njemačka
Damir Vukojević, Zagreb
Ksenija Štahan, Zagreb
Sanda Burić, Rovinj
Nataša Peunik, Celje
Vera Beker, Zagreb
Vesna Starčević, Zagreb
Olivera Živković, Pula
Ana Bjelobrk, Split
Dražen Marjančević, Zagreb
Koraljka Šiletić, Zagreb
Denis Černeka, Pula
Snježana Kolenko, Samobor

INSTRUCTORS:

Jelena Tarabić Azinović, Zagreb
Helga Juretić, Zagreb
Marela Kovačević Đukez, Zagreb
Ivan Starčević, Zagreb
Karla Matković, Zagreb

Where to practice?

Zagreb

Zenyoga studio, Ilica 43, dvorišna zgrada
Učiteljica: Koraljka Šiletić
Upit: 098 9073 542

Dvorana SRC Šalata
Učiteljica: Anđelka Čupić
Upit: 098 456 025

Zenyoga Kvatrić/Maksimir, Crnčićeva 18
Voditeljica: Helga Juretić
Upit: 091 512 5055

Zapruđe
Osnovna škola Zapruđe, Trg Ivana Meštrovića 8a
Učiteljica: Mirjana Dodig
Upit: 091 530 9352

Savica
Dječji vrtić Savica, V. Ruzdjaka 7
Učiteljica: Vesna Starčević
Upit: 098 586 510

Malešnica
Gimnazija Lucijan Vranjanin, Trg hrvatskih pavlina 1
Voditeljica: Jelena Tarabić Azinović
Upit: 091 1619 661

Svetice
Trgovačka škola, Kennedyev trg 4
Učiteljica: Božica Glazer
Upit: 091 594 7591

Dugave
Dječji vrtić Tratinčica, Sv. Mateja 131
Učiteljica: Ksenija Štahan
Upit: 095 905 2971
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Osnovna škola Frana Galovića (mala dvorana), Školski prilaz bb
Učiteljica: Vera Beker
Upit: 099 561 5721

Špansko
Vježbaonica zenyoge, Maršanići 1 br. 3
Učitelj: Damir Vukojević
Upit: 099 5995 119

Samobor

Vježbaonica zenyoge, Hrastina, Matijina 23b
Učiteljica: Verica Mihalinec
Upit: 01 3363 803, 091 528 7412

Pula

Centar “Shin”, II kat u Društvenom centru Karlo Rojc, Gajeva 3
Učiteljice: Ela Vukelja i Denis Černeka
Vježbaonica organizira satove chan meditacije.
Upit: 091 506 7252
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Rovinj

Yoga centar Sadhana, Hermana Dalmatina 8
Učiteljica: Sanda Burić
Upit: 091 253 5225
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Split

Vježbaonica zenyoge
Učiteljice: Mirjana Halsey, Ana Bjelobrk, Tajana Šaljić, Martina Braović
Upit: 098 371 185
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Vježbaonica GK Spinut, A. G. Matoša 29
Učiteljica: Ana Bjelobrk
Upit: 098 777 290

Brač

Dvorana Doma u Dolu
Učitejica: Maja Čipin Guštak
Upit: 091 914 9552

Slovenija

Celje

Gimnazija Celje – Centar (stara telovadnica)
Učiteljica: Mira Peunik
Upit: +386 (0)31 394 435
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Šmarje pri Jelšah

Osnovna škola Šmarje pri Jelšah (mala telovadnica)
Učiteljica: Mira Peunik
Upit: +386 (0)31 394 435

Njemačka

Berlin

Aikido dojo Schwedter Str. 16, Prenzlauer Berg
Učiteljica: Zorica Eterović
Upit: +49 172 7704 886