Gaya is the exercise of health and welfare of Djokan. It is the internal work and energetic of Djokan. It is an additional discipline of Djokan, but it is also a discipline of its own. It draws its origins from Native American, Bushinenge, and Creole tradition in French Guyana.

Composed of positions (Kanman) and of sequences (Djoubak) it solicits all of our muscles. The body is set in motion (internally and externally) creating vibrating energy that is necessary for our health and well-being.

Vibration, balance, relaxation/contraction are the watchwords of Gaya that rely on the flexibility and the flexibility of the spinal column, breathing, and good body posture.

Gaya is a complete discipline that aims to “develop the body in a harmonious way” of the gayangi (practicing of Gaya).  It allows one to optimize, contribute, develop and maintain physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health.

It can be practiced by all except in cases of restrictions and in certain situations where one must select a Gaya adaptation (for pregnant women and seniors, for example).

The Basics of Gaya

The movements are fluid and natural. Slow or fast and lively, they invite the body to move “freely” in space and time. Live in the present moment, reconnect with your body, your spirit, and your environment are the principal keys of Gaya.


* Improves flexibility of the body

* Tones all of the muscles as a whole

* Revitalize the whole body

* Increase the body vibration and energy levels

* Develop concentration, attention, and mental imagination

* Improves respiratory capacity

* Improves stress management

* Improves the quality of sleep

* Improves digestion

* Improves blood circulation

* Provides greater control of emotions and more openness to others



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