Understanding the Garuda Dhara (Chair) Technique

For those of you who are familiar with Garuda, you will know that we work to inspire a more intuitive way to exercise, using a technique rooted in yoga, dance and Pilates and developed by our Master Trainer and Founder, James D’Silva. 

Part of our techniques incorporates different pieces of equipment, from specially designed Garuda apparatuses to other carefully selected items, each has its own benefits and positive effects on the body. 

One of those pieces of equipment is in fact, a chair, which we refer to as the ‘Dhara’ technique here at Garuda.  Here is a little more information about Dhara and why we believe it to be such a beneficial form of movement. 

What is Dhara and who can practise it? 

By definition, Dhara is a seated workout that simplifies the seated and standing Garuda matwork to make an advanced repertoire easily available to the remedial client.

This means that with the support of a chair, your clients can build strength, flexibility and balance to accomplish a leaner, more toned body at any age and any fitness level. It is also a way to help those facing injuries or movement restrictions to develop strength and heal in a gentler, more accessible way. 

Furthermore, throughout the practice of Dhara, a lot of emphases is placed on energy work. Certain aspects of ayurvedic massage and Marmara point work are brought in to this practice, which means there are meditative elements to the technique that are given just as much emphasis as the physical elements. 

Why is it beneficial? 

Besides the benefits of being an accessible form of exercise, Dhara is also one of the most centred practices we offer. In its essence, Dhara is that cosmic flow which interlinks us to everything around and within us. 

This flow gives us a feeling of centeredness and allows us to keep our sense of movement within and around us. As a result, practising Dhara is a very calming and nurturing process. 

It allows you to discover the root and the essence of your movement and floods you with the confidence to move and encourages you to cherish the joy of stillness. This stillness is something that many of us have become disconnected from in a busy, ever-changing world. 

“Garuda is a process. 

It is a journey of self-discovery and a pathway of finding your own truth. 

May yours be a voyage of discovery. “

  • James D’Silva

Upcoming Dhara (Chair) Courses

During these strange times, we have taken the teachings of Garuda online so that we can continue to stay connected with you from a distance. 

If you are interested in participating in our upcoming Dhara training, the next online course will be at the start of July; more details can be found below. We invite you to get in touch with any questions you may have. 

Course Details:

Date: 3rd July 2020 – 5th July 2020

Trainer: James D’Silva

Venue: Online

Qualification: 16 PMA credits

Price: £550 (instead of £750)

Status: Spaces available

For further details email: info@thegaruda.net

“The beauty of the Garuda Method is it can be applied to a whole range of people - the professional athlete, the dancer or to those who have rarely exercised in their life.”Elizabeth Conway