Almost 6 years ago. Not sure if I should say already or just. I feel both. It’s like another lifetime and same time as if it was yesterday. The moment my life changed. I went to India to learn more about yoga, not just the postures, but the philosophy. I came back renewed from the inside out. Knowing, this was only the beginning. One and a half years later I went again. Better prepared, but once again, I experienced a huge challenge.
Even if I started teaching yoga back then, I tried to keep any other changes to myself. Not giving up my job or anything else what I called my life. Over the years this became more and more absurd. A combination that seem to not work any longer. But I kept on going. More learning to be able to integrate this better into my life and my job. My purpose was – and still is – to see the change in people. This beautiful transition into a shining face, the moment they show their true beauty.
The last days I was once again sitting with my teacher from India, listening virtually to his lectures and practicing together. I wrote about it here. A breakthrough when it comes to my meditation practice and once again the start of something else. I feel the change, not that obvious, but something is going on inside. And I love it. The steps on that journey to my true self became bigger, I can see a glimpse of it, I already touched it. I can smell the ocean, hear it, I can feel the salt on my skin. Not ready yet to be one, to be the ocean, but I know I will. Practice is all it needs. And with this, discipline. I know the path, I’m already going. I’m already connecting.
Life is jingalala!
When practicing Ashtanga, we usually don’t use any other resources but our body and breath. However, from time to time I find it quite useful to get some support. Never to force the body into something, but some help to get used to a certain posture.
It can also be beneficial particularly for rather stiff bodies, to simply extend the arms, which might enable them to get a better understanding of the posture.
Are you in Switzerland? I’m available for one to one teaching – book your slot and experience the difference!
Many people practice yoga as their fitness
regime – which I believe is totally fine, if this is what they want. However, yoga
shouldn’t be placed in the fitness realm. Getting a strong and flexible body
might happen through regular practice, but yoga isn’t just moving from one pose
to another. It’s about ourselves, establish a deep connection to the self and
learn on the way.
If you’re after competition and judgment, the yoga
studio is the wrong place to be, as yoga isn’t competitive at all, it’s not
about can or can’t, it’s not about the student next to you. We are using asanas
to quieten our mind, to slide into a moving meditation.
That doesn’t mean we can’t do some of the fancy
stuff that is popular right now! Go, try everything that catches your
attention, but also understand there is more.
When attending a yoga class, be prepared that
you might not get what you want. Instead, be open to receive what the teacher
is ready to give to you. Encouraging and guiding you to look inward, and become
rooted in the deeper sense of yoga.
It’s a slow process, there’s no rush.
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After a very, very sad experience, I’m back in Zurich, trying to prepare myself for my classes next week. I read what my lovely students recently wrote for me and I don’t want to leave it just as it is, but share it with you.
Oh. My. God. After 2 years of teaching, I asked my students if someone would write a short testimonial for my site here. Kind of feedback for me, listening, learning, maybe rethinking, readjusting here and there. Plus, as I just started to teach more, brand new classes, I thought it might be good for my new students, for those who like to know more about the teacher.
Woop woop, I’m totally flashed! I mean, I didn’t expect any really bad comments, but sooooo good? I love my students, so sweat! Thanks a million, this means the world to me! Honestly, I’m deeply touched. Thank YOU :-*
Wanna read it? Here you go.