Yoga is life
Being alive and feeling alive are two very different things. Yoga helps you make the most of everything you do in life, whilst putting you in touch with yourself and bringing you closer to the people around you. Yoga triggers your attention, an attention of kindness and patience to fully explore and feel what is now.
Yoga is not the Promised Land or a process of achieving some esoteric goal beyond the norm. It is about facing the truth that reveals itself from moment to moment and accepting what is. We can use yoga as a practical tool to equip and help ourselves achieve this; it brings balance to our lives, so the process of responsibility and self-determination becomes easier, which in turn enables us to realise our true selves
The asana's (yoga poses), movement and breathing techniques we practice in yoga give us back our energy and an overall sense of aliveness. Yoga clears the mind and brings focus. Through practice we feel our bodies more open and strong. After a yoga class you will feel that there is more space for life, people and emotions. There is more flow and as a result the act of living and being is more harmonious and so you connect with the world around you in a more authentic way.
Pay the right attention
Yoga helps with your capacity to pay attention without judgment or pushing things away. We can stay with and look at what is. Yoga gives you this safe space, " and when the moment is ready", to fully be yourself and accept everything that comes up in that very moment. Being gentle with oneself, listening with care and letting the heart area and breathe become tranquil, we can let everything be. This brings a deep profound love towards ourselves, the people around us and the world. This is the sweetness, the yoga of surrendering.
In yoga we combine the aspects of grounding, direct contact with the earth, and staying in contact with the form whilst at the same time expanding our consciousness, spaciousness and the art of surrender. Also known as: sthira and sukha, the translation for: steady and stable with a feeling of comfort and ease.
Here a piece from a quote from the Bhagavad Gita:
"In the midst of action is inaction and in the midst of inaction is action." This is yoga.
My approach to teaching
A gentle and safe, yet challenging style; Usually I start the class with some light movements of the body so we become more comfortable with ourselves and the environment around us. We sense the earth underneath and our body in relation to the space around us. We perceive the body from the inside and feel how the form comes to life through movement and breathe.
I teach a scheduled sequence, whilst adjusting to the needs of the participants and what fits the group best, in a creative way. There is no standard class.
In my classes I invite the people to feel and sense their bodies and with that inner wisdom lead them through a series of asanas and movements. The needs of each individual is considered, allowing the students to modify particular poses under my guidance with their own exploration. I work with functional movement and the support of gravity and the space around us. I apply alignment where and when needed. For each individual this means a different kind of alignment. I can only be an example and give guidance here. The intensity level of the class can vary from a more gentle and slow class to a more fast and challenging one. Always with safety as the number one priority.
Yoga props can help us with our postures. In my classes I share cushions to sit on, blocks and a strap to help with the adjustments.
There is room for breathing (pranayama). With specific breathing techniques we explore our breathing pattern and come more in contact with it. While doing the asana's we can synchronise the movement with the breath (vinyasa) or we can find a deeper and slower breathe when we are surrendering and finding self acceptance in janu sirsasana (head to knee pose). There is also time left for savasana where the body becomes less a source of distraction, here the breathe can become very subtle and total relaxation is achievable.
Yoga gives you back your life energy and sense of overall well-being. There are so many benefits you can gain by practicing yoga that there isn't enough space here to mention them. The vastness of yoga cannot merely be expressed by words...
I would say: "come and try for yourself!"
There are many paths that can lead one or contribute to a more fulfilling life and I believe Yoga is certainly one of them!
-The classes at the Medusa Resort are scheduled from May 15 until September 30. Mats and props are provided
-For complete beginners it is good (depending on your current level of fitness) to follow a private class to learn the basic yoga principles.
-When you arrive earlier in the season, you will find me teaching at Motus dance studio in town. Classes are held every Wednesday at 9:30 A.M
"And we are all connected to each other in a circle in a hoop that never ends." From Colors of the wind.
Private sessions and private group sessions can be arranged upon request.
Contact the reception at the Medusa Resort: +302285075555
call me on: +306985814492
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