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  • Transition Transition

    Transition

Transition

It is time for transition!
The stork is a symbol for renewal, creation and new birth.

As I’m in Mysore, India at the moment to study at KPJAYI with R. Sharath Jois for the fourth time, that means transition anyhow. India itself can be hardly described, I think one has to experience it by oneself to get a taste of it.
Studying Yoga here in the Shala inbetween people from all over the world is so inspiring as well as challenging.
I’m glad to have my teacher around for these two months as well, it’s quite overwhelming sometimes.

I felt before coming to India that it was time for a transition. Mallorca is a beautiful island, I love the sea, the mediterranean climate, the beach, the spanish language…..
But I felt also that it was not the right place for me to grow.
I’m so grateful for the time I had in Mallorca, being able to pass on my knowledge and teach, so grateful for every single student studying with me. You’ve been so inspiring!

But it is time to move on, Freiburg im Breisgau, that’s where you’ll find me from mid of March on.
There won’t be daily classes, I’ll update the schedule as soon as possible. For questions feel free to contact me anytime.

“The only thing that is constant is change”-Heraclitus

By |February 19th, 2014|Activities, Health, Holiday, India, Travel, Yoga|Comments Off on Transition
  • Wintertime Wintertime

    Wintertime

Wintertime

Since a few weeks we’re experiencing the colder and more quiet season here in Mallorca.
Also Verityoga has to announce some changes.
The Shala will be closed from the 29th of November on because of travelling.
December will be the time to visit family and friends in Austria and Germany.
And in the beginning of January it’s time to travel to Mysore, India again for two months to learn more and follow the Parampara, that means experiencing the basis of the lineage, stay with one lineage and tradition and get the knowledge passed down in it’s most valuable from, which is from teacher to student based on direct and practical experience.
I wish all my studenst and everybody else a nice wintertime, keep on practicing! “Practice, practice, practice and all is coming….” as Guruji used to say!
And don’t hesitate to write me if you have any questions or need an advice!
Love and Light!

By |November 20th, 2013|Activities, Holiday, Mallorca, Travel, Yoga|Comments Off on Wintertime
  • Barefoot Barefoot

    Barefoot

Barefoot

Take off your shoes!

Especially now in hot summertime we have perfect conditions for walking without shoes.
It has so many benefits, I’d like to list some of them:


• beautiful feet
people who walk barefoot a lot have well formed feet because shoes restrict our feet and without them all the muscles get activated, even the legs will be well formed.


• warm feet
while walking barefoot we activate our foot muscles much more intense than while wearing shoes, the underground works like a natural massage


• supporting the spine
if you have healthy feet, your spine will be healthy too
to have well trained feed supports an upright and healthy spine, therefore perceiving the underground is very important


• strengthening the immune system
through activating the muscles and different stimuli of temperature the immune system gets stronger,
it helps also preventing varicose veines, the calfes work like a blood pump towards the heart


• makes happy
being as close to nature as you can be creates a feeling of happiness,
everybody knows that walking in nature creates such a feeling, but doing it barefoot is even better!

Also Yoga is done barefoot because we want to activate all the muscles and strenghten the various joints of the feet. It feels great to walk with healthy feet!

By |July 30th, 2013|Activities, Health, Holiday, Mallorca, Yoga|Comments Off on Barefoot
  • Upside down Upside down

    Upside down

Upside down

Why is it so beneficial to practice headstand (Shirshasana)? Why do we need to turn our world upside down once in a while?

First of all I have to mention that, even if it’s called headstand, the weight in this Asana shouldn’t be on the head. This Asana should be learnt in a proper way. It’s not as easy as putting the head down and legs up. The weight of the body should be on the arms, and in the end you should be able to hold this Asana for 3 hours. First you start with maybe one minute and increase it over time, slowly though.

Shirshasana has a lot of benefits, here are just some of them:
increases the power of memory
destroys eye deseases and improves long-sightedness
purifies the sense organs
increases intellectual power
creates peace of mind
alleviates fatigue of the body

There’s a lot more to say about this Asana, very important as well:
Don’t practice Shirshasana immediately after getting up in the morning without doing sun salutations and the other Asanas, it shouldn’t be the first thing to practice in the morning, and don’t do other Asanas afterwards except Padmasana, Yoga Mudra and Uthplutih because that could cause harm.
An experienced teacher can show you how to go into and out of that posture safely and also how to create the strenght to hold it for a longer time safely.

Try to turn your world upside down and see it from a different point of few!!!

By |June 30th, 2013|Holiday, Mallorca, Travel, Yoga|Comments Off on Upside down
  • Sri K. Pattabhi Jois Sri K. Pattabhi Jois

    Sri K. Pattabhi Jois

Sri K. Pattabhi Jois

In remembrance of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois who lived from th 26th of July 1915 until the 18th of May 2009.

1. Akhand-Mandalakaram
vyaptam yena characharam.
Tatpadam darshitam yena
tasmai Shri Gurave Namah.

I salute to that Guru who
revealed to me the truth, which is
unfragmented, infinite, timeless
divinity, and which pervades the entire
universe – movable or unmovable.

=first verse of the Guru Stotram which is chanted to honor spiritual teachers.

By |May 18th, 2013|Yoga|Comments Off on Sri K. Pattabhi Jois
  • Purvatanasana Purvatanasana

    Purvatanasana

Purvatanasana

Let’s learn about benefits of Ashtanga Yoga and it’s Asanas. This posture is called Purvatanasana which is the second of the seated postures in the primary series. In BKS Iyengar’s book “Light on Yoga” it says Purva literally means the East. It means the front of the whole body from the forehead to the toes, and Uttana means an intense stretch.

The benefits regarding to BKS Iyengar are strengthening the wrists and ankles, it also improves the movement of the shoulder joints and expands the chest fully. It gives relief from the fatigue caused by doing other strenous forward bending asanas.

Regarding to Sri K. Pattabhi Jois it says in the Yoga Mala “Purvatanasana purifies and strengthens the heart, anus, spinal column and waist.” It recommends also to perform a backbending asana immediately after a forward bending asana, that’s why Purvotanasana is to be done after Paschimattanasana which is a deep forward bending posture.

By |May 15th, 2013|Activities, Holiday, Mallorca, Yoga|Comments Off on Purvatanasana
  • The three bodies The three bodies

    The three bodies

The three bodies

From 2nd to 6th of April I attended the workshop of Eddie Stern organized by Ashtanga Yoga Palma. Eddie Stern is a senior Ashtanga Yoga teacher from New York. So I was looking forward to meet him and absorb the knowledge he would pass down on us.
This workshop was mainly about philosophy talking about the three bodies we have.
There’s the physical body which is three-dimensional, Yamas, Niyamas and Asanas belong to this body. It’s the waking state and therefor shared reality.
The more subtle body is the two-dimensional one, the refinde one. Prana (life force), Manas (mind) and Vijñana are part of this body. It’s the dreaming state.
And the third one is the causal body which is the one-dimensional body and refers to the deep sleep state. The Upanishads (ancient Indian philosophical texts) tell that in deep sleep, when the mind and senses cease functioning, it still stands between the finite world and the self.
At one point Eddie was talking about good and bad experiences. He compared our mind to superglue for bad experiences and to teflon on the other hand for good experiences. Saying that we would recall bad experiences again and again so of course they would be stored in our longterm memory.
But we should try to recall good experiences over and over again and replay them for maybe 30 seconds so they would go into our longterm memory and hence into our operating system.
Because experience itself don’t matter so much, it’s our reaction that matters! And what changes is the way we look at things.

These five days have been really inspiring and practicing together with the other I think 60 participants was full of energy.
On the second to last day Eddie did […]

By |April 12th, 2013|Activities, Mallorca, Philosophy, Yoga|Comments Off on The three bodies
  • Mysore Practice Mysore Practice

    Mysore Practice

Mysore Practice

Practicing in Mysore with Sharath R. Jois in the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute for the last two months has been really intense. What’s the Mysore practice like? In western countries the Mysore style classes are the ones where you just come, put your mat on the floor and start practicing the postures you’ve been given at your own pace. A teacher would be there to help if there’s help needed and to correct the postures. So each student has her/his individual practice and gets the support she/he needs.
That’s the way how Ashtanga Yoga is traditionally taught here in Mysore. But two times a week there is a LED class, which means guided classes. One has to know the sequence in these classes because Sharath would count and you have to follow it. The purpose for that is to break the automatism one gets after a while but also to correct our habits.

By |March 4th, 2013|Travel, Yoga|0 Comments
  • India India

    India

India

It’s the fifth time I’m going to India and the third time I’m going to Mysore in Karnataka to practice and learn with Saraswathi and R. Sharath Jois in the Shri K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute.
The climate here is perfect for opening up and purify your body.
Minimum time to stay here and practice is one month. I decided to stay two months this time, because once you got here you need some time to acclimatize and adjust to the life here.
Different culture, different food, a lot of noise and crazy traffic!
It is good to be able to just concentrate on the practice but still there are a lot of things to do here.
Like visiting the Mysore palace on Sunday night when they light it up. It’s really nice to watch it, you’ll meet even a lot of Indian tourists visiting that famous sight!

By |January 9th, 2013|Holiday, Travel, Yoga|0 Comments