High energy

Do you feel it already? It’s not only the first Full Moon and Supermoon (when the moon is closest to Earth) of the year, but also a total Lunar Eclipse – coming up between this Sunday and Monday. There are loads of readings out there if you are interested, as I won’t step into any astrological findings here. 

I’m feeling this huge energy since yesterday afternoon. My practice in the morning wasn’t affected, however, it came up a bit later. My mood shifted from laughing to sadness, and everything in-between. This emotional seesaw was my companion of the day and evening.

This morning I started my practice careful. Listening to my body and my mood. As usual I turned music on, not this kind of yoga music, I prefer some good beats when practicing at home. I couldn’t stand it. Awful. I switched to some slow pling-plong background something. Much better. My practice mirrored this – poor strength, less flexibility. Alright, I adapted. Appreciating the clear signs, so I don’t harm myself. My practice was still Ashtanga, but slow, mindful, skipping some postures and Vinyasas to honor my bodys’ messages. I’m happy I practiced anyhow, and very grateful for being that connected, feeling the energies around and within.

What does this Full Moon mean for your practice? Be mindful yogi, always listen to your body and be even more attentive the next days. Take a rest day tomorrow and use the time to meditate or if you want some physical practice, go for a slow Yin Yoga sequence. Use the moon energy to focus on yourself and what’s going on within. Grant yourself some time tomorrow and think detoxing, cleaning, charging. Think let go and same time abundance.

Happy Full Moon!

Twist

Let’s twist babes out there!

Gently move with your breath – lengthen with your inhale, twist with your exhale. Twists help to rejuvenate your spine by restoring your spine’s natural range of motion. They will cleanse your organs, and stimulate circulation. Not to mention the cleansing and refreshing effect on the torso organs and associated glands!

Get your blood flowing and boost your energy!

Mindful Practice

“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!

Reiki

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!

The mind is not separate from your body, it is the inner part of the body. You are separate from the body and the mind, both. You are an entity, transcendental, you are a witness to the mind and the body, both. But your mind and your body are both one and the same energy. The body is visible mind, the mind is invisible body. The body is the exterior mind, and the mind is the interior body.

Osho