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Yoga and Mindfulness Tuition in London

Finally the flyers are out…

We offer a wonderful mix of Hatha Yoga, Traditional Thai Yoga Massage and Mindfulness Meditation to help you find peace and relaxation in the present moment and the strength and energy to follow your visions and dreams…

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Find your breath, know your body

Take your time, just to be

In the moment that opens up

So many ways for you to heal

love ॐ

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Grounding Spirits in the Rhythms of Nature …

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Feel the Earth, Listen to the Wind …

Reconnect to the World, the Suffering, the Joy …

Find Peace, Purpose, Stillness in Action …

Love, Be the Change …

Mindfulness

Facing East, I’m calling the element Air into the circle, asking for the power of the sun, sharp precision and focus in my undertakings. I find peace through clarity, the innocence of the infant as the wind blows through the deepest valleys of my being. May purity and truth guide our inspiration and intuition in every moment, in every step.  

It is a miracle to walk on water. The Vietnamese Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh says that the real miracle is to walk on the earth. We all can do that, can’t we? But have we ever actually been present walking on the earth? How do the feet feel on the ground, the wind on our skin? Have we ever been aware of that… and appreciated it? Are we aware of the sensations that a smile brings to our bodies? Have we ever fully listened to one of our fellow human beings, our friends, our children? Have we ever eaten a tangerine?

Adding a handful of loving kindness and compassion to awareness gives us mindfulness – the Buddhist dharma of being lovingly present in every moment and in whatever we do. Visiting Buddhist temples inThailandandCambodiawe often encountered stair steps that are leading to the Buddha statues double or triple as high as the ones in a normal house. Why? I asked. It is not an easy walk to reach the highest, the Buddha, I was told – it is a walk done in full awareness and participation. Every step is a step in mindfulness as we climb the steps of realisation. Every step is of equal importance, is the next possible step, the present moment, … every step is peace.

Only in realising the universality, the interconnectedness of every step in life, only when we put our feet in front of each other in full awareness, in full participation, we’ve actually done a step.

In this way mindfulness is not an idea that is practiced in meditation alone – mindfulness is the tool that lets us be, that makes us live in every moment, that connects us to our surroundings, the world and the people. We can practice mindfulness in every moment: when we breathe, breathing in, I know I’m breathing in, breathing out, I know I’m breathing out; breathing in, I’m here in the present moment, breathing out, this is a wonderful moment. It is the breath that in a subtle way connects us to the outside world, from the moment we’re born until the moment our body passes away. We can practice mindfulness while walking: I’m breathing in and I’m breathing out, I have arrived and I am home, in the here and in the now, I’m breathing in and I’m breathing out.

When the Buddha explained the idea of mindfulness to a group of kids, he gave them a tangerine and made them feel it with their hands while peeling it, feeling the sensations on their tongues while eating it, every sensation in the mouth and through the body. How does it feel to eat a tangerine in full presence and participation?

Another way to practice mindfulness in the modern world is through listening – what Thich Nhat Hanh calls deep listening. Deep listening is practiced by his followers and others all around the world. In our modern world of distraction and individualism can we really deeply listen to each other? Are we able to hear what another person is telling us without building our personal opinion in our heads, already thinking of what we’ll say next? Can we hear what our friend says, can we hear what our bodies say, what the earth says with every movement she makes? To listen is to understand. Can we breathe in understanding, walk in understanding, be in understanding? Can we walk the earth in peace, reconciling with every step we make? Can we be in loving awareness, in full participation, in mindfulness?

A year after the TTC

A few weeks ago I found myself walking around an agricultural field in Borneo, East Malaysia, planting dry rice – taking the grains with my fingertips to the heart and whispering my mantra. I felt peace and gratitude.

It’s now one year from the yoga teachers training course (TTC) in Netala and as I’m not bound to any place I call home, I decided to travel and learn about all different ways of sustainability, personnal and social resilience. I find home in the daily practice of yoga and meditation.
I am grateful to the masters and my teachers for making me understand that all actions are in vain unless they are offered to the devine – in this spirit I am trying to serve the people and the earth.

As I carry the teachings with me and use my opportunities to teach, I express my gratitude.

Om Namah Shivay

Empowered education

Empowerment of the people will happen through education. However, this education can not happen through the absobtion of information alone but has to take place on different levels:

1 It is important that the instruments of learning, the instruments we use to take in and absorbe, process and memorize information, the mind and the senses, are trained and strengthened to enable and facilitate our learning process. We can train the mind by practicing concentration. As long as our mind cannot stay focused we ll have a hard time making a noteworthy progress. This might seem normal to all of us but it s mostly not something we re thought to do. Our senses are closely connected to the mind, as they pass on information. We can develop our 5 known senses in training them and we should be aware that there are many more senses than the 5 we learn about: our sense of balance, our sense of temperature, pain and inner senses.

2 An emotional balance, which is connected to a healthy physical body and a flowing vital energy are all crucial assets. A human being shall learn to deal with his/her emotions. For this purpose he/she has to understand their essence and dynamics. He/She has to know how to keep his/her body fit, clean and healthy and be aware of the vital energy flow in his/her body to be able to perform effective actions. Some meditation techniques are powerful tools to learn to observe your own mind and your emotions. A regular practice will enable you to make similar observations in real life situations. Yoga asana as well as the practice of pranayama are one way, but surely not the only one, to keep your body healthy and your vital energy flowing. They will help you increase you concentration as well as staying balanced in different situation.

3 Another important point for empowerment is our social capacity. A person can learn and understand how characters are formed and how we can change our way of thinking and acting. As members of a society, we are dependent and interrelated to others and their actions. Social values – that exceed human relations – are of importance. We live in an eco-system and are through our actions and needs substancially connected to this system. It is our duty to gather the needed resources to survive but also to make sure they are available for coming generations.

Proper education shall enable human beings to keep a balanced mind, know themselves and create a culture based on life, living relationships with the environment and the earth.