Easy meditation

This is an easy meditation, focusing on the spine, while in- and exhaling on Marcel’s count. After a while we will hold the breath for a short moment. This is what we call Kumbhaka; breath retention. Enjoy!

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Samskara’s: patterns of behavior, can we change or develop them?

We all have samskara’s or patterns of behavior stored in our chakras or we developed them in this lifetime. Samskaras can be bad or good, however they will influence our lives. During meditation you can ‘discover’ certain samskaras and work on changing them. Another thing is to develop a good samskara to change bad ones, […]

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The Eighth Limb: Samadhi

Samadhi is the culmination of our efforts, when the veil of illusion falls and our consciousness expends and perceives the entire universe. It is a state of bliss, of profound love and wisdom, when yogis become aware of their immortal and perfect Self. In other words: it is indescribable and impossible to fully comprehend with […]

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Limbs Six and Seven: Dharana & Dhyana

As we continue the explorations of the Eight Limbs of Yoga, we come into Dharana and Dhyana, In my own understanding those two work together beautifully: one is the effort that slowly calms the mind, the other is the effortless experience of that calmness. Like when learning to play an instrument, first we need the […]

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The Fifth Limb, Pratyahara: breaking free from the senses

The power of our senses can rule all our lives, enslaving us to everything that gives us pleasure and making us blindly run away from everything that gives us pain. Yogis teach is that learning to withdraw the power of the senses and to conserve that energy leads us to internal – spiritual – experiences […]

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The Fourth Limb: Prana is not breath but what makes us breathe

Pranayama is not the same as breathing exercises but they are definitely related. After exercising our nirodha on our outer life – our social behaviour with yamas and niyamas and our physical body with asana – we now fine tune our efforts and direct them to more subtle territory.

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The Third Limb: Asana, taking care of your meat suit

We have braced the waters of yamas and niyamas and arrived at what Patanjali calls the third limb of yoga, or the third level where we want to affect our conscious influence. As most of us know, asanas are the physical poses we do in our practice. We need to live as well as we […]

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The fourth niyama: svadhyaya, know thyself

Self-knowledge is indeed the most powerful tool for transformation and for owning our life and choices. It encourages us to look within in full honesty and friendliness and discover what truly motivates us in our actions.

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The ‘almost’ perfect Tadasana

What is the proper way to stand in Tadasana or Samastithi? Is there a ‘right’ way or not? In this slide show and talk we will look at pictures from ‘the Masters’ of yoga and at pictures of bones made by our teacher Paul Grilley. We talk about why we do this pose and what […]

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Chakras Express: Svadhisthana, second chakra

Continuing our light exploration of the chakras, we now concentrate on the second center, Svadhisthana. This chakra, localised between the lower belly and the sacrum, regulates many functions in the body, specifically related to our kidneys, urinary bladder and sexuality. This is a extremely powerful center; as with all the others, the power here can […]

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Taking your dog for a walk

A sweet, short and simple class. We take everything from Adho Mukha Svanasana or Downward Facing Dog. We strengthen and stretch the body, do simple leg stretches, backbends and twist. This class is for those who don’t have a lot of time, or just want to do a short class during the day!

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Ganesha, the Smartest Boy

In this talk we explore a story about Ganesha and his brother Kartikeya, and how the deities wanted to find out which of the brothers was  the ‘better’, ‘smartest’ of ‘fastest’ son.

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Shift Gears

A short little blast of energy and movement, to change your focus and transform any sluggishness, laziness of heaviness into power, vitality and lightness. Join Katrin and Anat in this short but powerful 11 minutes, which you can use any time of the day.

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The Non-Aggression Issue

In this talk we start to explore some of the concepts outlined by Patanjali in his sutras. The most famous of his concepts, the Eight Limbs of Yoga, starts with an incredibly complex issue: non-aggression. We talk about different ways of looking at it, and finish with an invitation to self examination and observation.

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The Golden Seed

The Golden Seed is a classic in the Yin yoga repertoire. Designed by Suzee and Paul Grilley, its all about moving the subtle life energy (chi) in our body. This short sequence has all the  movements like forward bends, twisting, squats and backbends. It’s a perfect Yang component to any Yin class or a very short […]

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Spine Talk

In this talk we show the physical point of the roots of the chakras.

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