I rather start an article about the Universal Yoga with the most famous slogan of this style practitioners. There, basically, it may be finished, as the phrase writes itself. The prominent Master of modern yoga Andrey Lappa also has no need of being introduced, however, it holds for people who are somehow or other already connected with yoga. I hope my readers who are unfamiliar with the Universal Yoga will learn new and interesting information and be inspired to practice. Except this, according to my observations, such yoga style is little known in Bulgaria. I'd like to make good the deficit, taking into account that I myself underwent teacher's certification course of Andrey Lappa and had a unique possibility to obtain vast theoretical and practical knowledge about yoga in general and about the Universal style in particular from the Master himself.
The Universal Yoga is a result of more than 30-year personal practical and teaching experience in yoga of Andrey Lappa, systematized in his author's style. This is a scientific complex approach, based on authentic understanding of yoga, coopted the best of the most powerful and interesting schools of such world-known yoga teachers as T. Krishnamacharya, K. Pattabhi Jois, B. K. S. Iyengar, Tibetan Himalayan Yoga, as well as author's techniques and practical findings, not occurring in any other system.
The Universal Yoga is based on ancient Indian knowledge of the structure of the human being according to Vedic concept of shells: organic, power, psychic, mental, spiritual, causal and absence of form as well as key laws of these shells energy conversion. The universal techniques allow conscious achievement of purification, development and harmonization at each shell level, between shells inside a human, as well as between human being as shells system and environment. It's beyond doubt that it's possible to work with each separate shell and to achieve results. But such practice, from a point of view of necessary timing and peculiarities of modern social person's life, is hardly real. That is why the Universal Yoga applies maximally complex and conscious approach to construction of training sequences.
Basic principle of body work in the Universal style is an idea of development of the following physical limits: static force and endurance, dynamic force and endurance, flexibility (active, passive and active-passive), coordination and reaction. For each of these development trends there are own training substyles and combinations thereof, sequences of different levels of complexity, corresponding to certain aims and possibilities of those practicing.