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As on former Posts I write about Yoga, how I started with Yoga, how much I need and love it, that I worked as a Yoga Teacher, etc. The day before yesterday I realised that my Yoga practise is getting very rare…..

Why?

I could tell you many reasons and one of them is lack of time but you know and I know that THAT is bullshit. So I decided to get up 1 hour earlier and do 50 minutes of Yoga asanas and 10 minutes of meditation and I started today.

It was difficult to get up but you have to do it as quick as possible. I went to the kitchen, laid down my Yoga matt and started with some sun salutations. Yes, my body felt stiff and a bit achy in the back but it got better with the Surya Namaskars. The time passed by very quickly and the same happened with my meditation. I set the egg timer after 10 minutes so I don’t have to keep up looking to the watch and can concentrate on my meditation. The good thing about your own practise is that YOU decide what you are going to do. Tomorrow I might meditate for 20 minutes and do asanas for 40 or I keep this the same for a while until I decide to change it. ( I found this cute illustration on 8list.ph/site/articles/8-reasons-you-should-get-into-yoga-132)

Great way to start a day!

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How I prepared my Yoga Classes.

It always took me at least half an hour. I took my Yoga matt, sat down and thought about a theme how to begin the class. For example: “today we dedicate our Yoga Class to ill people. We sit down meditate and start mostly with downward facing dog…”

I think about the different poses try them out and look for good combination with smooth transitions. I write or draw them out in a paper so I don’t forget and bring it to the Class.

Here is an example. As you will see my keywords are a mixture of Sanskrit names,English and German 🙂

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Men and Yoga

The other day I went to a Yoga class, the first since 3 years and even it was a class for beginners and I am not, I enjoyed it very much. What I realised was that there were all women in the class.

Why is it that there aren’t as many men as women in the class?

Does anyone think that Yoga is a womens thing? Why? Because of the ‘Om Shanti’ singing in some classes? Is it because women are supposedly more flexible than men? Or because everyone think that when you are not flexible (like the others in the Yoga class) you do a fool of yourself and women don’t mind making a fool of themselves as much as men do?

Yoga was actually developed for men. For warriors, especially Hatha Yoga which deals mostly with body and breathing exercises that help the student to become aware of his or her internal states. Hatha yoga exercises help to make the body a healthy and strong resource for the student.

Yes, Yoga is good for everyone men and women especially Yoga offering so many different kinds. Everyone can find the one that suits him/her the best which is very important. It is important to know what you want and what feels good for your body. Always listen to your body. Everyone should try Yoga men, women, old, young kids and adolescents. The benefits of Yoga shouldn’t be ignored.

If everyone in this world would do Yoga, would it be a better place?

No, I don’t think so but we would be happier and healthier.

So what are you waiting for?

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Yoga consists in Breath, Asanas (Yoga Poses) and Meditation

What is the Purpose of Yoga?

The Purpose is to keep your Body and Mind ‘healthy’ and this doesn’t mean just having a nice lean and toned body. It is about training it and keeping it in good shape but in connection with the mind. It is about controlling your Breath while practising the Asanas. The Breath is the unifing force between the mind and the body.

The Asanas in connection with the controlled Breath bring the Mind to peace and THIS is the objective. When your mind is at peace you are not thinking about anything, you are in the now, the present moment. Your mind is at one with your body.

The Asanas Practise train/prepare you, for Meditation.

Meditation is a mental technique,repetitively practiced for the purpose of attaining a subjective experience that is frequently described as very restful, silent, and of heightened alertness, often characterized as blissful.

The intention of a Yogin through meditation is that the mind becomes purified ,calm, tranquil, and luminous. Once the meditator achieves a strong and powerful concentration, his mind is ready to penetrate and see into the ultimate nature of reality, eventually obtaining release from all suffering. Samadhi/enleightenment.

Meditation means to become familiar with one’s Self” and has the strong implication of training the mind to be familiar with states that are beneficial: concentration, compassion, correct understanding, patience, humility, etc

Has ever happen to you that you woke up suddenly (NOT because of a nightmare or noisy neighbours) and your eyes were staring and your mind felt empty, peaceful?…..

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