What does ‘Sugi’ mean? In Japanese, Sugi means cedar tree. It symbolizes holiness, peace and eternity. Ofer’s Hebrew family name Erez, means cedar tree.
The Sugi attitude is one of acceptance of yourself and your abilities right now, at this moment. A deep awareness and respect of your movements allows your body to adjust into the postures safely with no force or threat of injury.
The Sugi Way replaces will-power with skill-power, rigidity with ease of movement, and pain with comfort. Challenge yourself with Sugi Yoga and attain a level of health, joy and contentment you have never experienced before.
The Sugi basics:
In Sugi Yoga we practice the restraint of Ahimsa (non-violence) towards one’s self in particular.
There are two things we do not do in Sugi Yoga. We do not aggravate existing injury and we do not cause new injury. Use the beginning relaxation to notice difficult or painful spots in the body. During your practice, move and adjust the postures around them with variations, so as not to aggravate them.
Think of movement differently. Discover the ‘edges’ of your ability in all directions and stay in the middle. The challenge is to stay away from the edges and in your own comfort zone.
Explore movement. Allow it to travel to all the connected parts of the body. Feel the ‘echoes’ of movement in the farthest point from where the movement originated.
There is no ‘perfection’ in a posture. Only infinite variations which allow any student, at any level, to attain the posture in comfort.
Observe the differences before and after each posture, good or bad, so that next time you can adjust and improve.
Try doing things differently. Arrange your body parts in different ways. Move in different directions. Try new things and you will get different results.
Smile, be comfortable and enjoy yourself. Yoga should be joyous and fun – a place to replenish the body, mind and spirit, not something you have to endure to be healthy. Explore, allow, notice and experience the movements and postures. Leave feeling happy and energized.