I am a certified Yoga teacher (E-RYT - YACEP), published author and spiritual teacher with an MA in Philosophy.
I am the head of "Mediterranean Yoga-Aurum Solis,"® a western holistic yoga system I inherited in 2003 under the name "Gold of the Sun (Aurum Solis)."
MEDITERRANEAN YOGA - AURUM SOLIS®
Mediterranean Yoga in a nutshell
Similar to mainstream Eastern yoga, “Mediterranean Yoga” is essentially a spiritual discipline based on pre-Christian lineage. This Mediterranean tradition focuses on establishing harmony between the mind and body. The Sun is its heart and center. Eight rays shining from the Glorious Star define the eight categories of its system, which are:
1- Movement and Workout: Physical movements (Asanas), planetary and astrological flow, mudras, purification techniques, workout, etc.
2- Mindfulness: Deep relaxation techniques, guided meditation, creative visualization, awareness of the present, concentration, etc.
3- Breathwork and Sacred Sounds: Breathing techniques, pronunciations of sacred sounds and words, overtones, throat singing, sacred musical instruments, etc.
4- Subtle Anatomy, Energy Healing and Diet: Study and vision technique of subtle bodies, energy work (aka animal magnetism, aka mesmerism), Mediterranean diet (only diet recommended by the American Heart Association)
5- Astrology: Eastern and Western
6- Devotion: Western equivalent of Bhakti Yoga and Deity yoga
7- Theurgy (aka theurgic path): the Western equivalent of Tantrism, which focuses on the ritualistic dimension
8- Philosophy: Pre-Christian Western philosophies and their practical exercises (and their relations to the main books of the Eastern yoga tradition)
All of these rays can be practiced and learned independently, but they constitute the whole system of the “Mediterranean Yoga.”
This discipline is structured on three key initiations, though some of the rays possess their own initiations. Each of these techniques date back to the most ancient traditions of the Mediterranean world. Its philosophy and techniques have very distinct characteristics even though similarities can be found with the Eastern schools of yoga.
I received several spiritual initiations. In the 1980’s, I received one of the most authentic and important lineages of the Western tradition, the “Aurum Solis,” “Gold of the Sun,” which was made public in United Kingdom in 1897. Almost 20 years later, I received the full authority of this tradition and became Grand Master in 2003.
Additionally in the 1980's, I received a very important heritage and lineage coming from the founders of animal magnetism, energy work, Mediterranean diet, and vegetarianism. These founders, the Durvilles, were medical doctors. They called this movement “Eudianism,” meaning “Serenity” in Greek. This lineage has been associated with my practices and teachings.
Since this time, my wife Patricia and I implemented important research on our roots and practices. We have progressively organized a comprehensive overview of the techniques and teachings we inherited, which is properly called “Mediterranean Yoga.”
More About Me
From the 1970's to the 1990's, I intensively practiced Pranayama, Yoga Nidra (a deep relaxation associated with guided visualization), creative visualization and energy work. I began to teach these sciences and was invited to several radio shows to talk about these subjects. Hypnotism and dream interpretation were also included in my initial training. I progressively mastered the techniques of creative visualization.
Practicing meditation was a prerequisite to this training. I was then trained and initiated the meditation techniques of Chan Buddhism. Today, some of them are better known under the term “mindfulness.” I have continued using these techniques, extending my practice of this tradition. I went through each step of this essential ability and learned its use in Eastern and Western spiritual traditions.
Throughout the years, I received several spiritual initiations and progressively focused more on the Western tradition. My goal was to use my knowledge of Eastern practices to resurrect and reveal essential keys of the Mediterranean traditions. This has been the subject of many of my books which have been published in various languages by Llewellyn Publication.
Workshops and Continued Education
My wife Patricia and I teach all the aspects of “Mediterranean Yoga” either online or in-person during workshops and retreats.
If you are a yoga teacher, you can learn the various rays of Mediterranean Yoga and, upon graduating, teach them in your own studio.
My classes are validated by Yoga Alliance as “continued education-YACEP.”
Educational categories are: 1- Techniques, training & Practice; 2- Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle & Ethics.
You are invited to visit my website (www.debiasi.org) and the platform of “Mediterranean Yoga” (www.mediterraneanyoga.org), and to attend the weekend or 8-week training.