The Telluride Daily Planet: Practice HORA in Telluride
July 21, 2010
Practice HORA Article in Telluride Daily Planet
WORKSHOP: MEDITATIVE PRACTICE
COMES TO TELLURIDE
Introductory class on Wednesday
By KATHRINE WARREN
Looking to combat insomnia and chronic fatigue? Want to increase your productivity at work or reduce stress?
On Monday, there will be an introductory level HORA class that can help participants address those problems — and more — through a technique also known as evolutionary meditative practice.
Know as HORA, the technique is coming to Telluride with the help of Svetlana Baklanova, the practice’s U.S. representative from Russia.
The tradition of HORA can be traced back to Armenia where the current master HORA learned it from his family. Baklanova was trained and mentored by the master himself and she has been teaching his traditions to clients here in Telluride and in Chicago and North Carolina.
“It’s a union of mind, body and psyche,” Baklanova said.
Monday’s class will feature a power point presentation explaining HORA and samples of some of the exercises involved in the practice. To participate in the exercises, attendees must wear flat or thin-soled shoes and comfortable clothes and must be able to sit down and stand up from the floor unassisted.
Baklanova will hold a five-day training next week for those interested in continuing to train in the practice of HORA.
“We work with the body through attention so we can achieve a new evolutionary consciousness,” Baklanova said. “Through stability and concentration of attention and reason of breathing we can awaken our usefulness.”
The HORA practice has also been described as assisted yoga with a strong focus on meditation.
“This is a different type of attention, a different type of consciousness,” Baklanova said.