How Does it Work?
Using tools such as 'breathing re-education', stress management, physical techniques to improve muscle tone and flexibility, relaxation and meditation, the DeRose Method aims to revamp your mind as well as your body to give you an improved outlook on life. DeRose is a renowned philosopher and teacher and the recommended background reading is all written by the expert himself.
DeRose or 'swasthya' yoga is incorporated as the physical aspect of the programme and is based on the ancient traditions of 'Tantra' and 'Samkhya'. Aimed at removing the mystical element of yoga and leaving a more practically based and therefore physically beneficial method, the techniques focus on using your senses and concentrating on the movement of your muscles. This may all sound very complicated but it really amounts to a series of exercises or techniques which 'flow' in a constantly moving pattern. This provides a muscle toning workout as well as increased blood flow, vitality and awareness, and makes this form of yoga almost dance-like (think Indian Tai Chi and you're almost there).
Is It For Me?
DeRose claims that his method of living and his various published works re-educate his readers, inspiring them to become more polite, more cultured, more travelled, and more refined. So if you want to try a new kind of exercise at the same time as attempting a complete life overhaul (though to us you are perfect already of course...) then this might just be for you. The exercise itself is low impact and thus suitable for all levels of fitness.
Good to Know
The pre-classical 'ancient' yoga upon which DeRose built his method was called 'Dakshinacharatántrika-Niríshwarasámkhya'. Try saying that in the lotus position...