The older I get, the more does my yoga practice change. No, I’m not talking about anything I can’t do anymore, on the contrary, I’m taking about freedom.
The freedom to decide what it means to dedicate myself to a daily practice. Yes, it means to show up. No, it doesn’t mean to practice the full primary series 6 days a week. Well there are weeks when I do exactly this, but the difference is, my dedication is to practice yoga in a way that suits my body needs that particular day.
This means letting go of bondage. I do practice on my mat daily. Without feeling guilty to listen to my body and do exactly what I need that moment. Mindful practice without forcing myself. Some days this might mean practicing yin yoga. Others I might do some sun salutations and a simple flow to get my body long and stretched. It can also mean to just sit in stillness and meditate. Challenging enough! And still most days, I do the full primary series. Some days I think, let’s do a slow flow following some matching music, while some time later I recognize that I’m in the midst of my Ashtanga practice. And it feels great to just move without thinking, led by my body, doing what I love.
I also let go of the need to master advanced postures. I know they will come anyhow when I’m ready. Working on them without pressure and the need to follow the crowd. This too is yoga.
This is what I call freedom. It’s my practice and I stopped judging me. No labels needed, it’s just that, yoga. This is my way to create space in body and mind.
Photo by Nadja Kappeler
Enjoy a calming and relaxing Reiki session, to fully unwind while the energy is working for you. I’m free now for new appointments – face to face or distance, up to you!
Read more about the benefits here and let me know when you’re ready for an energy boost!
We will start a new class from next Wednesday – join us and make your lunch count!
We practice Vinyasa Flow, however no worries re the steaming heat, we adjust 🙂
Give it a try, first class is on me for all new joiners.
Same time as Mondays (12:15 – 13:15), same location (Stadtyoga, Zürich Binz).
Let’s dive into the yoga frequency together! Monday or Wednesday or both – let me know if you’re in 🙂
“Remember, the main thing that shapes our body is how we feel, so don’t waste your sacred moments in senseless distraction.“ (Samadi, Bali)
When I start a class, I usually ask my students to allow themselves for the next 60/90 minutes to be present, in the room, on their mat, and most important with themselves. I ask them to practice mindful as a commitment to being here and now. I know this isn’t easy, particularly when practicing over lunch, when students arrive stressed and might have challenging stuff to do or lots of appointments in the afternoon. The more important it is to grant our monkey minds a break. The morning is past, nothing to do about it and the afternoon not yet there. Integrating the attention of presence in action, this is what it’s all about. Sounds simple, anyhow, not always easy to realize.
There are a couple of things that might help:
- Stop comparing yourself to others
- Direct your energy and your full attention to yourself
- Keep your focus on your breath (and simply bring it back each time you lost connection!)
- Be gentle with yourself
- Feel what you are doing
- Relax and enjoy the process
Next time when you hit the mat, give yourself permission for the time of your practice to just do that, nothing else, physically AND mentally. Any thoughts that pop up, let them come and let them pass, knowing they will get the required attention after your practice. I promise this will change your practice significantly!
I am guided, and sometimes it seems there’s even more… I know, it sounds strange and I can tell you, it felt just totally unreal. Let me start at the beginning. Some time ago, I was thinking on what might be my next step, my next learning along my yoga path. I found myself in front of my computer, searching for – hold on. What? I searched for a Reiki training. Hell what? Reiki is great, don’t get me wrong, but my Reiki experience – which wasn’t that much to be honest, but at least I received Reiki a couple of times – wasn’t any kind of game changing to dig into it much deeper. So why was I looking for a Reiki training? I didn’t had a clue.
However doing this search and my surprise when I recognized what I was searching for, made me curious. I really felt like a puppet on a string! Strange! However, this moment, it got my full attention. I stopped questioning and continued kind of observing myself. Soon I found a teacher who ‘spoke to me’ and believe it or not, I did the training. I was flashed. I practiced and my world was shaking; it was unbelievable. What happened during my self-practice, but the experience when I gave Reiki was even more exciting. I had to learn how to differentiate between the client and me to understand what’s a message for my client and what are just my thoughts or physical reactions. New doors opened up for me.
It didn’t take long for the 2nd training to follow, which made me even more sensitive to the more subtle layers of the aura. Energy work is just amazing and the more I learn the more I understand, that we don’t know much about it. Anyhow, it works.
I will be forever grateful, whoever or whatever influenced my fingers that day to type ‘Reiki’ into the search. I also thank myself for the courage to just do it without knowing why and to simply believe that this is what I have to do. It feels like my path. No matter if Reiki or Yoga is the vehicle, supporting people to help themselves is the most rewarding work I can think of.
Do you want to get an idea of what this safe and gentle form of hands-on healing can do for you? Wherever you are in this world, let’s get in contact!
When I was a child, there was a time I was thinking about who I am. It was very clear to me, that there is something I struggled explaining or finding the right words. I called it my “coenesthesia”. This feeling of “I”, which I believed would not die with my body. This special feeling when saying “I”, this is my true self.
I kept this belief my whole life, but many years later yoga philosophy taught me the right terms of what I already knew since a young child. In yoga this true inner essence, our inner self is called Atman. A kind of fragment of the Divine (Brahman), which exists in every one of us, and which is the very core of our being. We easily mistake it with our ego and identify with our body and mind, instead of going beyond intellect, ego and emotions.
Realizing this false conviction and identification with the ego, the mortal body and mind is called liberation (Moksha), which eventually leads to freedom from the cycle of death and rebirth (Samskara).
Frankly spoken, even if I had this insight already as a child, it doesn’t mean it’s easy to live by. To translate and implement it into daily life is where we struggle most. Knowing, understanding is one side of the medal, get it on the driver seat of life is the other side.
This is what a meditation and yoga practice helps with, no matter what style, on or off the mat. Yoga is the sum of all paths on inner development, the goal of which is to realize and experience your Divine true inner self, and thereby transform life.
This short dispatch is nothing but a very high level glance at the yoga philosophy, which is so worth a deep dive!
Utthita Trikonasana – extended three angle pose.
Think rotation, think strengthening.
Think stretching, think opening.
Deeply grounded, while reaching up towards the ceiling.