Wyda: The European yoga for nature lovers

Yoga is thousands of years old. This teaching, which combines body and mind, has its origins in India. Here in Europe, we do not even have to look to the Far East to find a holistic philosophy.

Wyda is the name of European yoga, which was already practiced by the Celtic druids as part of traditional European medicine (TEM).

What is Wyda Yoga?

The Druids – priests, healers and seers of the Celts – called their physical and spiritual practices Wyda. The teaching has much in common with yoga and QiGong and is still only actively practiced and continued by a few families in Ireland and Scotland.

Unlike the normal Celtic population, the Druids lived to an advanced age, which they reportedly owe to Wyda.

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Unfortunately, most of the ancient knowledge about the Celtic elite has now been lost, so today’s Wyda is not an exact tradition, but rather a reference.

But the basic idea is the same: The exercises, more a movement meditation than sweaty flows, strive for the harmony between body, mind and soul.

Contrary to Indian yoga teachings, Wyda speaks of three energy fields. There is

  1. the vital field (hormonal system)
  2. the emotional field (emotions and states of mind) and
  3. the mental field (brain function, senses and thought processes).

The goal is to harmonize these three fields through physical exercises, singing and meditation, so that an inner and outer balance is created.

The origin is practiced outdoors, eg in a meadow or in the forest.

effect and benefits

According to lore, the druids practiced Wyda on a daily basis. Regular exercise should boost metabolism, purify the mind and improve intuition.

The exercises are gentle and easy on the joints, so they can also be performed in old age.

The holistic approach ensures not only physical fitness but also spiritual growth.

In addition, the proximity to nature strengthens the understanding of the environment – an important factor, especially in today’s world.

Who is Wyda Yoga for?

Wyda is suitable for anyone who does not want to practice run-of-the-mill yoga – especially for people who are close to nature and interested in spirituality. Anyone who has always wanted to immerse themselves in the history of the Celts or engage in traditional European medicine will be able to identify with Wyda Yoga.

You may also like these types of yoga

You do not feel like classical yoga, but Wyda is too special for you? Then Aerial Yoga, free-floating in towels or Bikram Yoga at temperatures of 40 degrees may be for you.

You will experience inner growth and harmony in body, mind and soul with Jivamukti or Sivananda Yoga, you will find relaxation with Yin Yoga.

How and where can I learn Wyda?

The exercises in Wyda are reminiscent of asanas from the traditional Indian yoga class Hatha, but are simpler to perform.

Native animal species once served as inspiration for the physical exercises, and meditative sounds are also hummed when performed. The body begins to vibrate through these tones so that emotional blockages can be triggered.

It is best to complete Wyda – as the Celts once did – in the open, this is where the effect should be strongest. Alternatively, natural products such as stones, soil or leaves can be worn on the body or draped around the training area.

There are Wyda practices at any time of the day or night, as well as rituals involving the sun and moon.

For starters, the so-called druid’s fist gives an easy start: Spread your arms out to the side and stretch your fingers out, then move your arms together in front of your chest and close your hands to a fist. Now your fists should move in front of your chest.

YouTube video: Wyda exercises in ‘Center for Traditional European Medicine’

What equipment should I use?

If you want to do it like the druids, you do not need much for the Wyda exercise, as it is best practiced in the open without frills.

But it gets a little more comfortable with a travel yoga mat that is extra easy to transport. When it comes to dressing, you should let yourself be controlled by the outdoor temperatures – it is better to dress a little warmer as you will not sweat too much.

Thermal leggings and a fleece top are ideal for fall and spring. In the summer months, tights and a bra or shirt will suffice.

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