MATA SAKKA & LEON KOROšEC
*Restorative Yoga with Singing Bowls
Restorative yoga with singing bowls can just as easily be termed “mindful yoga,” due to an expansion of awareness of self and body experienced through this practice.
The purpose of restorative yoga is to slow down through meditation with yoga postures.
One opens the body through passive stretching.
The practice consists primarily of reclining and sitting asanas that are designed to support the body and inner organs in deep stretching, alignment, and balance.
One often remains in the same position for five to ten minutes, maintaining just a few postures over the duration of an hour. During these long periods of rest, the muscles and mind relax deeply.
The sensation from this yoga class is one of surrender, allowing time to be one’s guide.
Props used include bolsters,blankets, and the wall, which support the body instead of one’s muscles, so that mone rests and focuses on the vibrations of the singing bowls.
During the session, more than 30 different singing bowls with varying frequencies are played enhancing relaxation and their vibrations sonically massage your body and inner organs.
This unique workshop’s combination of slow pace, deep breathing, and vibrations from the singing bowls triggers the parasympathetic nervous system from the first pose. This activation helps to mitigate the effects of the daily fight-or-flight stress response that can damage one’s physiology and well-being. The overall calming effect on the nervous system creates a deeply relaxing environment for the class that comforts your mind and body down to the cellular level.
Upon leaving a restorative class, one experiences the sensation of having undergone an excellent deep tissue massage together with an hour of contemplation and rebalancing of the inner psyche and emotions.
Restorative Yoga is the perfect addition to an active lifestyle along with a marvelous antidote to stress.
The workshop would be recommended to anyone who likes yoga, meditation, exerceise , relaxation and music. Prior knowledge of yoga is not necessary.
Leon Korošec aka leonidasklang
Practitioner and Instructor in Sound Therapy, Registered Nurse, Massage, Aroma and Ayurvedic Therapist, Qigong, Shiatsu and Relaxation Practitioner
Born and raised in beautiful Slovenia, Leon arrived in Germany inspired by his profession and his love for music and made the country his home in 2011. Currently residing in Berlin, here he continues his studies to become a natural healer.
A classical ballet dancer and a flutist from an early age, he experienced music as a primary passion in his life. The real magic happened when he randomly encountered the sound of Tibetan singing bowls through yoga & meditation workshops. It was love at first sound. He then dive deeper into the healing effects of sound, in particular, exploring the effects of singing bowls, gongs, and tuning forks. After an advanced practitioner training at the Peter Hess Institute in Berlin, he also became a certified sound therapist.
He now practices sound therapy along with other healing therapies and different sound meditations. In addition, he organizes concerts and teaching workshops on different aspects of healing with sound and singing bowls in collaboration with other experts on autogenic training, yoga, and Qi- Gong.
In 2015, he started studying at the Campus Naturalis Akademie in Berlin, taking courses in Natural Healing and different meditation techniques and working as an Assistant Lecturer on meditation. There, he met Mata.
He now accompanies Mata at a Restorative yoga class with a live sound immersion from more than 30 different singing bowls (Tibetan, Japanese, Chinese, and crystal bowls) and other instruments. This meditation journey is designed to release stress, calms the spirit, and trigger the healing process of the body.
Mata Sakka is a dancer- dance educator- Movement therapist (Yoga, Qigong, Meditation and Relaxation Practitioner) Massage therapist and a mother of two daughters.
She is originally from Athens and lives in Berlin since 2002. Her first contact with Yoga was when she started dancing at the age of nineteen, it was the time of trying to achieve the most absurd and physical impossible yoga asanas and sequences.
Later while in New York, studying the Merce Cunnigham technique, she became more involved with the Sivananda Tradition, at the Sivanada centre, NY.
Learning Yoga Philosophy together with the basic asana sequences and chanting mantras. It was her first realisation that Yoga is a life long practice and a complete way of living.
While in Berlin, being a member of Sasha Waltz & Guests company, She had regular classes with Ananda Leone, amongst other inspiring Yoga teachers at Yoga studios around Berlin.
Two Years ago she started her education and received a Yoga teacher Certification from the Campus Naturalis with two exceptional teachers Bea Fritzsching and Martina Kneis. Recently she started teaching and studying at the Lotos Yoga, the Satyananda Tradition from the Bihar school of Yoga.
Her most recent Yoga Retreat was with Roland Bauer at Kloster Lenin. "Through all these years of on and off Yoga Practice, I came to notice how much balance -emotional, physical and spiritual- the Yoga practice was offering me.
I followed teachers and different styles, arriving to a point of creating my own approach to this wonderful vast field of Yoga knowledge.
I teach free style Hatha Yoga in combination with (my dance experience, Qigong practice and Shiatsu meridians), Restorative Yoga with singing bowls, Yin Yoga and Yoga Nidra for resting the body and mind”.
Please bring comfortable clothes and something to drink.