Odaka Yoga founded by Roberto Milletti (Sensei) and Francesca Cassia (Niji), is an original and innovative vision of yoga all the while respecting a millennial tradition.
Odaka is a full-spectrum approach to embodying the flow of life with awareness, joy and empowerment. Odaka’s core belief is living and sharing the yoga practice on and off the mat. It is a lifestyle that constantly creates synergy and synchronicity, promotes self-awareness and green consciousness and develops a deep respect for all living creatures. Odaka’s vision is to create a universal approach and unity of purpose not only with the Odaka Yoga teachers, but also with various schools of differing yoga styles throughout the world via an international network of exchanges and events done together.
Odaka Yoga classes are conducted through a “liquid” style approach by merging the martial arts flow of inner energy and the Zen spirit of quieting the mind. The practice becomes an unremitting motion, a wave-like movement, a process where no interruption occurs between one pose and the another. It is a union that aims to dissolve physical, mental and emotional tensions, while soothing the mind with immediate action. Odaka Yoga helps overcome barriers or limiting beliefs because emotional flexibility opens students up to endless possibilities for both body and mind. For Roberto and Francesca yoga is a lifestyle, energy in motion and this methodology has produced a vast transformation for people worldwide.
Once transformation occurs, restraints, habitual patterns of movement, and thoughts dissolve and create space for a new balance and inner strength. Strength may be defined as the ability to act, balance and adapt to circumstances: this is a precious gift found in Odaka Yoga which comes from martial arts. To become an Odaka yoga warrior means to become adaptable, flexible and fully integrated: a complete fluid and transformative body-mind entity. When moving in the Odaka flow, muscles are invited to engage in a new way which strengthens them and, in turn, creates movement in the mind. If the connective tissue is tense, muscles are no longer able to move freely because the entire body tenses and tightens, and so does our mind. As humans, we begin our lives in a fluid environment as is found in the Rig Veda 10.125: “My origin is in the water, in the ocean” and with Odaka Yoga this flow continues throughout life.
Each pose creates space for a dialogue with our deepest fears and the chance to overcome them. The Odaka Yoga flow allows the “merging with our own body so as to become liquid”. Throughout the movement we experience a sense of freedom and the ability to transform any limit in order to discover new “forms” within ourselves. Water draws strength on its unceasing flow. Flowing water never stagnates. In its motion water becomes adaptable to any form. The Odaka mantra: “Liquify Your Limits and Flow With Me”.