The Yoga I teach

Hatha – Yoga

is a combination of breathing (pranayama), exercise (asana) and relaxation (savasana) with full awareness; to harmonize body, mind and spirit for health and inner peace.
Asanas or yoga postures focus on increasing and maintaining flexibility of the spine, toning and rejuvenating the nervous system. The gentle stretching, twisting and bending movements bring flexibility to the joints and muscles of the body, as well as massaging the glands and organs. Circulation is also improved, ensuring oxygen to all the cells of the body. The different poses put pressure on various points, which help to relax the nervous system and therefore also helps to release stress.
The name Hatha Yoga goes back to the truth on which this system is founded. Our body is enlivened by positive and negative currents, and when these currents are in complete equilibrium, we enjoy perfect health. The positive current is designated by the letter “HA” which is equivalent in meaning to “SUN”. The negative current is called “THA” meaning “MOON”. The word YOGA has a double meaning. On the one hand is it equivalent to “joining” while the second meaning is “yoke”. Thus “HATHA YOGA” signifies the perfect knowledge of the two energies, the positive sun and negative moon energies, their joining in perfect harmony and complete equilibrium, and the ability to control their energies absolutely, that is, to bend them under the yoke of our “SELF”.
The yoga classes I offer are suitable for all ages and level of fitness. Postures and exercises will be adjusted according to your own flexibility. Gentle, easy variations for beginners, more challenging for advanced students. We practice exercises for strength, flexibility and balance, as well as yogic breathing exercises.
I am trained, practice and teach Yoga in the tradition of Swami Sivananda and Swami Vishnu-Devananda.

 

Swami Sivananda

Swami Sivananda

Swami Sivananda

(1887 – 1963) was born in Tamil Nadu (South India). As a child he was very spiritually inclined and interested in serving the sadhus who came to his area. Even as a young man he was able to see beyond class distinctions, accepting all people as equal. He was also very athletic and a world-class gymnast.
When he grew up he became a M.D. and directed a hospital in Malaysia to serve the Indian community working in a Rubber Plantation. He often accepted no payment for his services. At this time he started a newsletter with the goal of disseminating knowledge – the dissemination of spiritual knowledge and health information became one of his lifelong ambitions.
He eventually renounced his medical career to transform himself into a saint.
He reached Self-realization within 10 years of incredible intense sadhana at Swargashram in the Himalayas. When he started the Sivananda Ashram in Rishikesh he lived and taught there until his final days.
He was one of the greatest Yoga masters of the 20th century and has multitudes of followers and disciples. Dozens of his close students became masters and prominent teachers and gurus themselves. Some of them stayed in India, others went to most continents and countries around the world.
Sri Swami Sivananda was a prolific writer and authored over 200 books on different topics revolving around yoga, spirituality and health. He wrote on every aspect of divine life. Through his writing he drew thousands of visitors and students from all around the world.
Sri Swami Sivananda-ji was very influential and one of the main reasons yoga became so well known around the world.

Serve – Love – Give – Purify – Meditate – Realize

 

Swami Vishnu-Devananda

Swami Vishnu-devananda

Swami Vishnu-devananda

(1927 – 1993) was in the Indian Army. He found a piece of paper in a wastepaper basket at a train station in Delhi. Written on this piece of paper was ‘One ounce of practise is worth tons of theory'(written by Sri Swami Sivananda). Sri Swami Vishnu-devanandaji subsequently went to the Sivananda Ashram at Rishikesh, Himalayas. He began the practice of Hatha Yoga and eventually became a master in this science. Around 1957 he went to the USA, and worked tirelessly to spread yoga throughout the West and the East. He flew over Israel and Palestine in a twin engine Apache aircraft, dropping leaflets sending a message of peace. He flew across the Berlin Wall in a glider also to point out the senselessness of such barriers amongst nations. Swami Vishnu-ji was the author of several books including:
• Meditation and Mantras
• The Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga
He condensed the whole yoga tradition into a very practical system, aptly named ‘The Five Propers or ‘Five Point of Yoga’:
1. Proper Exercise (Asanas)
Our physical body is meant to move and exercise. If our lifestyle does not provide natural motion of muscles and joints, then disease and great discomfort will ensue with time. Proper exercise should be pleasant to the practitioner while beneficial to the body, mind and spiritual life.
2. Proper Breathing (Pranayama)
Yoga teaches us how to use the lungs to their maximum capacity and how to control the breath. Proper breathing should be deep, slow and rhythmical. This increases vitality and mental clarity.
3. Proper Relaxation (Savasana)
Long before the invention of cars, planes, telephones, computers, freeways and other modern triggers of stress, the Rishis (sages or seers) and Yogis of yore devised very powerful techniques of deep relaxation. As a matter of fact, many modern stress-management and relaxation methods borrow heavily from this tradition. By relaxing deeply all the muscles the Yogi can thoroughly rejuvenate his nervous system and attain a deep sense of inner peace.
4. Proper Diet (Vegetarian)
Besides being responsible for building our physical body, the foods we eat profoundly affect our mind. For maximum body-mind efficiency and complete spiritual awareness, Yoga advocates a lacto-vegetarian diet. This is an integral part of the Yogic lifestyle.
5. Meditation (Dhyana)
Here is the most important point of all, we become what we think. Thus we should exert to entertain positive and creative thoughts as these will contribute to vibrant health and a peaceful, joyful mind. A positive outlook on life can be developed by learning and practicing the teachings of the philosophy of Vedanta. The mind will be brought under perfect control by regular practice of meditation.

Health is wealth, peace of mind is Happiness. Yoga shows the way.

unity in diversity

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