This post was inspired by a very dear friend of mine, Christina from Fasanenhof, who asked me recently “when I was finally posting one of my favorite recipes again”?!! …. I went straight into the kitchen, opened the fridge, and checked the latest vegetable supply I had received from my weekly vegetable box.
Or – “Das Leben hat immer recht”
Devotion to life – real devotion – goes a little bit deeper than the one that you will hear every yoga teacher talk about in front of his or her class. Read More
How long can you milk the cow? – The global conflict of creating “brands”, demands, and fakes around the ancient science of yoga
As yoga continues its’ legendary triumph with new yoga studios popping up at every corner, along with the increasing popularity for many of us teachers it apparently has become an issue to somehow stand out from the crowd. Read More
Yoga since the very beginning has always been an exploration on the subtle body, but along with its increasing popularity in the western world, it seems the focus has completely shifted. Most people nowadays believe that practicing yoga means practicing postures (asanas), but in its origin yoga has to offer so much more: Read More
The question I most frequently come across when it comes to explain the difference between yoga and yoga therapy is: Why do we need yoga therapy if yoga in itself is said to be a healing practice?
This is actually an absolutely justified question, as there is even a word you might have heard before: yoga chikitsa (योग चिकित्सा, yoga cikitsā), which is based in the Astanga Yoga tradition, and is the sanksrit (संक्सृत्, saṁksr̥t) name for the primary series. It is often translated as yoga therapy, as this series is supposed to purify and heal the body. This first or primary series forms the basis for all subsequent series, and also for all yoga styles that have employed the concept of vinyasa, the fusing of movement and breath. The name “first” implies that this is where we begin our practice, and surely one would expect that starting at the beginning should keep every practitioner safe and healthy.
My own experience nevertheless shows a different reality. Read More
Let yourself be inspired by Mary Oliver’s (September 10, 1935–January 17, 2019) beautiful poem:Read More
Feel all that is. Feel the hardening inside. The tenderness, the emotions that have built up and remained raw and untreated for the good of humanity, at best. Feel all the irreconcilable opposites. Feel steamrolled, insane. Feel bewildered. Feel furious. Feel timid. Feel stranded. Feel rigid. And then TRUST. [….]