So hold your horses, young Yedi. Start your journey with clarity. Go up the reasoning chain. What is it that you want? Do YOU want it, or does society or someone else want it it FOR you?
What is the foundational desire ("from the lord") behind that? Is it evolutionary constructive?
Frankly: If not - why bother?
Yin, be it the time of year or the practice, scares many people - me included.
Vielleicht ist es "an der Zeit" uns Gedanken zu machen, was vielleicht das Wertvollste in unserem Leben ist. Egal, zu welcher Antwort wir kommen, es ist an einen Faktor gebunden: unsere Lebenszeit, die einer Begrenzung, die wir nicht kennen, unterliegt.
Wertschätzung des (eigenen) Lebens fordert uns - vorallem heutzutage - auf, uns noch stärker damit auseinanderzusetzten, wohin unsere zeitlichen Investitionen führen, welchen realen - auch über unsere Zeit hier - Nutzen wir daraus mitnehmen (Seelenebene).
"Spiritualität bedeutet für mich zu erkennen, dass wir durch alle unsere Handlungen (die wiederrum auf bewussten Entscheidungen beruhen) etwas bestimmtes bejahen und verstärken und es unsere Aufgabe ist, für uns selbst die Klarheit zu erlangen, warum wir dies in der Schöpfung hervorheben wollen – oder lieber bleiben lassen. Für mich ist gelebte Spiritualität jeden Tag ehrlich zu mir selbst zu sein, zu hören, welche Botschaften für mich aus dem Universum und aus meinem Herzen kommen, die verschiedenen Qualitäten der Energie unterscheiden zu können und das Vertrauen zu entwickeln, meiner Führung zu folgen wenn die Frequenz der Botschaft Liebe und eine transzendente Intelligenz vermittelt."
"Zu Yoga gekommen bin ich, weil ich nach einem erprobten, ganzheitlich, spirituellen Heilungssystem gesucht habe, das mir hilft meine Transformation, die ich zuvor im mentalen, spirituellen und emotionalen Bereich erfahren hatte, in den physischen Körper zu integrieren. Ich empfinde Yoga als “living prayer” - als lebendes und lebendiges Gebet. Es geht nicht darum, was wir machen – also wie kompliziert oder einfach unsere Yogastellungen sind -, sondern wie wir es machen: welche Energie legen wir in unser Üben – oder generell in unsere Bewegungen?"
"A yoga class during which a teacher is not centered in its own heart is useless - any form of connection, healing or communication is directly linked to this centering. Students immediately notice that – subconsciously or consciously!
What I really do want my students to get is that everything they learn on the mat (or on their meditation cushion) has just one single goal – for it to be applied in daily life!"
"Initially I came to yoga because I had been looking for a holistic, spiritual, “fool –proof” way to integrate my deep transformation that I underwent on a mental, spiritual and emotional level as a young twen into my physical being.
Communicating with a more profound level of existence while opening oneself up to a higher perspective and a more encompassing understanding of life is indeed a never ending process! On the physical level of reality, where it's always about “making a difference” and re-inventing reality as we create, nobody will ever be “done” with it – we all embody totality! When it comes to the consciousness that we are eager to express, choices are actually quite simple: What do we want to conserve? What are we going to change and re-create? Why? What quality of consciousness will this serve?"
Why focus on the core as part of the yoga practice?
The core – is literally the core of your yoga practice, on and off the mat. The core is your connection to yourself, your power to uplift you, to transmute, transform and create, your strength and the ability to go within and reconnect (gather energy, access eternal internal wisdom).
Besides the physical core, what are some emotional and energetic benefits of working from the center?
Literally centeredness on all levels. Clarity of mind and emotion – knowing who you are, what you want, what you feel and what you need right NOW. The ability to stay calm in times of transitions and stress. The ability to be aware without judgement, hence the ability of transmutation.
What does “yoga” mean to you?
Yoga is the perfect means to serve the divine without any manipulative interference coming from a “separated” ego mind set that can be present in other holistic healing methods. Yoga is, to quote a rather infamous term, teaching someone to fish himself/herself. By assisting the student/yogi in the asanas and adjusting misalignment, you support that being to discover – in the literal sense of the word – his or her own intrinsic essential wisdom and truth without indoctrinating. I am a strong supporter of the position that each person is his or her own authority and that not only each and every person is unique, but also that each and every person brings with it its own unique, incredible valuable gifts for humanity – persons should not be copies of another person or blindly follow a given mindset, but truly be individuals.
Isn't it just simply mind-boggling how many people casually chat about Oneness, that we "are all one" these days? And in one part, this is a good thing. From another angle, it's just not so ideal. "Why?" - you may ask, - "What's wrong with emphasizing our interconnectedness, our common ground, our source that nourishes all of us, especially in times where everything revolves around expressing the ego in the most individualized way in the low frequency morphogenetic fields?" Only deeper understanding and conscious application of the purpose of individuality will balance the equation.
ROOTS (Core Values) of successful cooperations:
- Truthful Self-expression
- Honor Life and Earth
- Stay Integer about the Truth
- Respect that Everyone is Her/His own Authority
- Work, Give, Receive and Teach from a Place of Love and an open Heart
- Only cooperate with People that respect this exchange on all Levels
- Honor the Divine Presence
- Be Present and Conscious
- Accept Sustenance, Support, Abundance, Health, Balance, Joy, Laughter and Friendship as my Birthright.
- Take Life Lightly!
Growing up in the western world and being heavily influenced by a traditional Christian mindset very often means that we have been spoon-fed from an early age on the ideology that God exists apart from our physical world in another dimension of being and that we have to somehow "earn our way back" in order to be in its presence. When we start practicing Yoga, we instantly and eagerly transfer this subconscious energy of the inaccessible God of our childhood right to the new system where it becomes the all dominating term "enlightenment".
We always think that we have to get somewhere, (usually into the next challenging asana) go some place (this fantastic workshop that we actually don't have the money for - yet), be some how (always smiling, never sad .. you get my drift) in order to have it better, feel better, have finally achieved something or have made peace with a certain issue that's haunting us. Just for now ask yourself: what if this is never going to happen? What if there is no static "flatline" blissed out state that you will "own" and sit on one day no matter what - a final "end state" that will have become your own little private energetic Fort Knox behind which you can hide from the rest of existence?
As we slowly emerge out of the frozen condition of dark, rigid cold winter and our own essential retreat of inward-drawn awareness and get ready to return back to the flow of bringing our deepest desires to fruition, change is - "by nature" - just around the corner. The quality of change is usually still heavily interwoven with emotional topics ranging from innocent excitement coupled with dedicated willingness as a pure expression of joyful blossoming to the other extreme of self-doubt based, panic-stricken resistance usually relating to any kind of fear - fear of loss, fear of rejection, fear of failure or loss of control .. you name it.