- Todi Week 2019
- Non-dual yoga practice
Liberation isn’t something to obtain, to build up by changing one’s own nature, but rather an aliveness springing from the deep.
Yoga is nothing else than embodied consciousness, Being revealing its being-ness.
The path of yoga doesn’t imply any effort, but unfolds through joy, passionate attention and participation to whatever occurs moment-by-moment.
This is the yoga of wonder: everything is welcome, everything is fresh and new, everything is worthy to live.
The yogin is rāgavan, enlivened from emotions, but not totally identified with them. When the adept identifies with his/her true centre, sensorial experience will cease to be a tie and it will become an instrument of liberation.
A yogi-mind, nourished by the intensity of full participation to whatever occurs moment-by-moment realizes samatā, the peaceful joy of radiant rest.
- PhD in Indian Religion and Philosophy at the University of Rome “Sapienza”, Gioia Lussana is a teacher and trainer in yoga and meditation. For about thirty years she has been practicing Buddhist vipassanā meditation with an open and non-dogmatic attitude. In 1984 she attended J. Krishnamurti’s talks in Saanen (Switzerland), and she also personally worked with R.P. Kaushik and VimalaThakar, whose teachings were deeply influenced by Krishnamurti. She has also practiced Qi gong following the Li Xiao Ming’s taoist tradition. A paper of hers on the concept of awareness in Kaushik’s work was published by the I.S.M.E.O. in the journal East and West (Rome 1984). At present her main interest is to connect her teaching of yoga with the non-dual approach of Kaśmīr śaivism - which she has been studying since her degree’s thesis with Professor R. Gnoli (1980) - by emphasizing specially its energetic dynamics. Her workshops skillfully combine the inner feeling of body-mind yogic experience with a deep exploration of its theoretical background. She published in R.S.O. (Rivista degli Studi Orientali) a paper on Feminine principle in tantric tradition: Fluid Mother Goddess, Water and Blood as the flowing sacred essence of Mahā Devī in the śākta Tantrism of Kāmākhyā (2015). Her recent book La Dea che scorre. La matrice femminile dello yoga tantrico (Om Edizioni, Bologna 2017) inquires into the origins of hindu tantrism.