Modo Elefante is an entirely secular meditation center. Our approach to spirituality is developed outside of any religious movement, meditating around the universal principles of peace, inclusion, consciousness, love, health and respect.
The really deep moments in meditation are unpredictable, unique, unforgettable, always unrepeatable and, generally, indescribable. They are like a trip of self-discovery through unexplored internal lands, which is completed only when we open our eyes with perceptions “of the beyond” different from those who have never embarked on experiences of this kind… They are like the episode of a ceremony which celebrates connecting to an inner source of inexhaustible energy.
The routines here are based on ancestral meditation techniques along with breathing trances and conscious physical movements from ancient yoga, as they did in lay spiritual communities of old India thousands of years ago.
Respiratory activation exercises are practiced to access the emotional forces of body and mind. Breathing is a natural means of absorbing energy and the way we breathe triggers vibrations that influence our entire being.
The breathing process is directly connected to the brain and the central nervous system, being one of the most vital processes in the human structure. It is also connected to the hypothalamus, the part of the brain involved in emotional responses. The hypothalamus in turn is responsible for transforming perception into cognitive experience.
In this way, Modo Elefante addresses breathing as a fundamental axis of self-knowledge, and it does so through powerful ancient breathing techniques that create altered states of consciousness in order to observe ourselves from a different internal perspective than usual.
Ancient yoga is simple, secular, poetic and based on a meditative trend according to the principles that gave rise to it in classical India.
Its most basic objective is to strengthen the following four faculties of the mind through yogic postures and breathing exercises:
It also approaches life holistically through the following four pillars:
I. Healthy diet.
II. Healthy recreation.
III. Healthy routines.
IV. Healthy thoughts.
Samkhya is one of the first philosophical structures of humankind and the theoretical framework of ancient yoga (it begins to take shape about 3,000 years ago)
In it, for the first time, the human mind dares to address the concepts of consciousness and evolution without having to go to a divine entity to answer its questions.
The result: an elegant 25-point outline of the evolution of consciousness, exhibiting complete freedom of thought along with a reliance on lay wisdom.
Movement at the level of joints and endocrine and nervous systems is key, since in the body our entire emotional spectrum, our reactions and program of beliefs are densified.
By doing physical exercise together with specific breathing patterns, we create balance in these systems, which opens a channel of energy that goes directly to the mind, where the true process of self-knowledge and healing driven by meditation begins.
Both the ancient yoga exercises as well as the breathing trances practiced in Modo Elefante offer a precise level of movement designed to remove the emotional energy lodged in different parts of the body.
Cold water is one of the most powerful elements that exist to stimulate cellular intelligence and activate the nervous and immune systems.
Likewise, it not only triggers the increase of hormones such as dopamine, serotonin and endorphins, but also purifies the physical-mental structure in its entirety, which considerably improves the meditative experience.
For these reasons, the residential retreats in Modo Elefante promote the practice of taking cold showers for a greater reach of the respiratory activations and meditation sessions (there is no hot water in the rooms)
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