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Yoga for me is like Lila. It is a play. The play of the divine.

I am just here to share the bliss and the immense feeling of love that I experience through yoga. 

 

Since we are children, we learn what is right and what is wrong. We learn to accomplish something and that accomplishment is rewarded. But what is the point of it all?

 

These and other questions led me to yoga. Yoga asanas - physical exercises - are only one part of yoga, but for the first time I could feel like a little kid again. 

There is no goal, nothing to achieve, it's all about having fun.

That's why I want to teach exactly this approach in my classes. It's not about achieving a certain asana, it's about the process and maybe some magical side effects!

 

Yoga has taught me that there is a difference between pain and discomfort. Yoga has taught me that pain is existential to our lives and wants to be lived just as much as joy and happiness. At some point, you begin to love the gentle pain you feel as you practice. The same is true in your life. You start to love and seek out the challenges that take you out of your comfort zone.

 

Unfortunately, we are taught from a young age that we should strive for happiness, and so we strive and work and work until we achieve something. But what is that something? Fame, recognition, money, a house - do all these things really lead us to happiness?

 

In Hindu philosophy, man is seen as an incarnate being who has come to earth to learn and develop.

Perhaps it is not happiness that needs to be sought, but we should understand and learn that there is something within us that wants to experience the whole spectrum of experiences.

It is the struggle and rejection of suffering, pain and the like that prevent us from living life properly.

 

I think healing is a better approach than seeking happiness. 

Healing in the sense of learning to deal with our mind and the diversity of our emotions, accepting them and inviting them into our lives.

 

How is it that yoga taught me all these things? Isn't it just some crazy contortions or acrobatics?

Basically, yes but when you start to stop thinking of your body as something separate from life and everything else, it automatically transfers to the way you live your life.

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The divine play

 

"Lila" is a term central to Hindu philosophy and refers to the divine play of Lord Krishna.

 

The word "Lila" means "play"  and describes the joyful and playful manifestation of the divine powers.

 

Krishna's Lila is a central theme in the scriptures of Hinduism, especially the Bhagavatapurana. It is said that Krishna incarnated in the Vrindavan region of northern India, where he performed his enchanting play with his devotees and the villagers. His Lila embodies his divine nature and serves to uplift people and fill them with spirituality and love...

 

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"Yoga is the quieting of the thought waves in the mind."

 

Most people associate yoga with physical practice, physical exercises that strengthen our body and make it more flexible. 

All these aspects are wonderful, but they should not be the only focus. Because yoga is much more than just asanas (physical exercises).

Yoga is the process of uniting mind and body and includes the combination of breathing exercises (pranayama), postures (asanas) and meditation (dhyana).

 

Asanas were originally designed to purify the body in preparation for purifying the mind. 

It is much easier to achieve a calm mind when the body has been cleansed first...

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"There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self."
Aldous Huxley

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Lost and forgotten knowledge

 

Growing up with a yogini mother was not always easy!

It was hard for me to accept that my mother was a little different from my friends' mothers.

That there were huge Shiva and Laksmi cloths hanging on our walls and that she wore red all the time didn't make it any easier. But because of her, I literally started doing yoga from the first day of my life. I attended my mother's classes, sometimes just sitting on her belly while she practised her Urdva Danurasana, or clinging to her like a little monkey...

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