What is Rhizome? Why Rhizome?
RHIZOME in botany
Rhizome, from Ancient Greek: rhizome "mass of roots", is a modified subterranean stem of a plant that is usually found underground, often sending out roots and shoots from its nodes. If a rhizome is separated into pieces, each piece may be able to give rise to a new plant.
RHIZOME as a concept
Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guatarri use the terms “rhizome" and "rhizomatic" to describe theory and research that allows for multiple, non-hierarchical entry and exit points to data representation and interpretation. A rhizome works with planar and trans-species connections. In the book A Thousand Plateaus the authors introduce some principles of rhizome:
1 and 2: Principles of connection and heterogeneity: any point point of a rhizome can be connected to any other, and must be.
3. Principle of multiplicity: "it is only when the multiple is effectively treated as a substantive, "multiplicity", that it ceases to have any relationship to the One as subject or object." , " The notion of unity appears only when there is a power takeover in the multiplicity by the signifier or a corresponding subjectification proceeding.
4. Principle of asignifying rupture: "against he oversignifying breaks separating structures or cutting across a single structure. A rhizome may be broken, shattered at a given spot, but it will start up again on one of its old lines, or on new lines." , " always look for the molecular, or even submolecular, particle with wich we are allied." , "its becoming-world, carried out in such a way that it becomes imperceptible itself, asignifying, makes its rupture, its own line of flight...", " always follow the rhizome by rupture; lengthen, prolong, and relay the line of flight; make it vary, until you have produced the most abstract and tortuous of lines of n dimensions and broken directions. Conjugate deterritorialized flows.
5 and 6. " A rhizome is not amenable to any structural or gerative model. It is a stranger to any ideal of genetic axis or deep structure."; " It is our view that genetic axis and profund structure are above all infinitely reproducible principles of tracing.", " Its goal ( The tracing's) is to describe a de facto state, to maintain balance in intersubjective relations, or to explore an unconscious that is already there from the start..."; " Perhaps one of the most important characteristics of the rhizome is that it always has multiple entryways"; " It (the tracing) has organized, stabilized, neutralized the multiplicities according to the axes of significance and subjectification belonging to it. It has generated, structuralized the rhizome, and when it thinks it is reproducing something else it is in fact only reproducing itself. That is why the tracing is so dangerous. It injects redundancies and propagates them. What the tracing reproduces of the rhizome are only the impasses, blockages, incipient toproots, or points of structuration.". " Thought is not arborescent, and the brain is not a rooted or ramified matter. What are wrongly called the "dendrites" do not assure the connection of neurons in a continuous fabric. The discontinuity between cells, the role of the axons, the functioning of the synapses, the existences, the existence of synaptic microfissures, the leap each message takes across these fissures, make the brain a multiplicity immersed in its plane of consistency or neuroglia, a whole uncertain, probabilistic system ("the uncertain nervous system").
The name "rhizome yoga" is due partially to its process of creation. A process that doesn't happen only vertically (tradition transmitted from master to disciple, for exemple), but also horizontally through connections by resonances.
A yoga understood as a destabilizing practice of the individual's references of the self. A practice that cracks the image we have of ourselves and consequently the image we have of the world that surrounds us. Through these cracks we can sense the taste of our unlimited nature.
This same unlimited nature can be sensed through encounters (with people, art, situations and etc) that contain the power of making us overflow ourselves, dive into a field where we cannot recognize ourselves anymore, a field where the limits fall and we discover ourselves as the place where things happen, habitat of sensations and intensities.
Through these encounters, the yoga overwhelms its territory, it invades, as it is also permeated and deterritorialized.
Exactly like the Being, the yoga expands as its apparent form is dissolved, as it stops being called yoga to be called life.
Ana is a somatic teacher, butoh researcher and above all someone who keeps on studying, thinking and experimenting these subjects in relation with life.
Ana took her first Yoga class when she was 16 years old, and after that this practice continues taking a major place in her life.
Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Asana Flow, Vedanta philosophy compose her background in yoga. Nowadays, with extended experience, study and discernment she devotes herself to the transmission of the tantric Yoga of Kashmir (or Shaivism of Kashmir) as transmitted to her by her teacher and friend Eric Baret. This teachings concern the Trika and Pratyabhijna schools, Abhinavagupta being one of the most prominent philosophers of Kashmir’s tantric tradition.
Ana discovered the Feldenkrais Method with her dance teacher, director and Feldenkrais practitioner José Maria Carvalho in Brazil in 2008. After years of practicing and noticing great improvement in movement, thought, self organisation and awareness, she decided to study with Mia Segal, MBS Academy founder and Dr. Feldenkrais' first assistant, collaborator and associate for sixteen years. Passionate about the method Ana continues learning and evolving learning from Mia and other teachers worldwide.
After years of practice and teaching Yoga and Feldenkrais, she feels herself the need of a practice that brings her tonus and strength. Not being a fan of fitness and bulky muscles she found in Pilates a practice that could match her needs without creating an incompatible body with the practices already established, on the contrary: they are all quite complementary! Her first contact with Pilates was with the great and attentionate teacher Anne-Laure Lamarque, who presented the method softly and mindfully. She went to study in Paris with Mikael Puccini, founder of The Original Pilates and President of the European Pilates Federation and direct student of Romana Kryzanowska, who was student and designated heiress of Joseph Pilates himself.
After noticing so many concret benefits of the practice in her own body and through students feedback she continues her studies with Marina Buntovskikh, master trainer in STOTT PILATES®.
INFLUENCES of Masters who crossed her life directly : Pedro Kupfer (Hatha Yoga), Toshi Tanaka (Seitai Ho), José Maria Carvalho (Butoh, Feldenkrais, Aikido), Luis Fuganti (spinozist philosophy) Eric Baret (Shivaism of Kashmir), Mia Segal (Feldenkrais), Christine Greiner (Art Semiotics)