“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched.
They must be felt with the heart.”
— Helen Keller
Here we are a few months into the Corona virus pandemic, with some time spent in lockdown and getting used to a new way of life. Whether we like it or not, we are going through changes that affect us each individually as well as societally. What this means for our future, we cannot yet say. However, if distancing truly makes our hearts grow fonder, let’s hope for a kinder, gentler and more just world when we finally come out of this. In the meantime, online yoga is here for a little while longer. Both Juli and Pinelopi continue their regular schedule online through June. With Pinelopi dropping to one class a week through July for summer holidays. Near the end of July we hope to know more about the regulations and peak statuses of Berlin to make a decision whether we return to the studio in August.
“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about.“
We’ve got quite a few things on offer this winter at English Yoga Berlin: We will be offering a yoga workshop on the mind, a yoga retreat on “The Power of Intention” in Brandenburg, special themed yoga classes, and we will be hosting Inga Thorsdottir to give a mantra singing workshop at our studio. For more details read below and catch the Early Bird discounts if you are interested in participating!
A workshop on “Beyond the Thinking Mind”
This February, Pinelopi will give a 3 hour workshop on the mind seen from a yogic and Buddhist point of view. The workshop will include a talk, a guided meditation practice and a yoga session. For more info click here.
Yoga Retreat on “The Power of Intention”
Pinelopi will be giving a 3 day yoga retreat in Brandenburg at the end of April. The retreat will include 5 yoga sessions, meditation instruction, nature walks, gratitude practices, and much more. Find out more here and get the Early Bird Discount if you register before February 14th.
Through the Voice and into the Heart
We are hosting Inga Thorsdottir to guide a mantra workshop at English Yoga Berlin in March. Inga is a professional musician, a yoga teacher and is training in the Alexander Technique. She will guide us into an interactive mantra singing session with her harmonium. Find out more here and check out how to get the Early Bird Discount!
Special Themed Yoga Class
Every first Thursday of the month, our 8pm advanced class turns into a special themed yoga class where we explore in depth a specific yogic related theme. You do not have to be an advanced student to attend these classes. Our next special themes include the heart Chakra (March) and a special guest teacher, Nina Rotner, who will give Alexander Technique impulses to the students while in yoga poses (April).
The spring weather is all over the place, but we are not. We have grounded ourselves in preparation for a bright season to remember. News from English Yoga Berlin bring you: Clelia joins the team, courtesy of Erasmus, to learn from EYB about survival in the world of small sustainable enterprises. Pinelopi is getting stronger and stronger after her accident. There are still places left in the 3 hour Yoga and Alexander Technique’s workshop with Rossella Buono and David Moore – read all about it!!
Pinelopi is back
Pinelopi is back after her bike accident in December. Lots of thanks to the wonderful substitute teachers that have kept the yoga Kreuzberg classes going for her. She is now feeling stronger and enjoying giving the Hatha Yoga classes again. Thank you to all the wonderful people who sent flowers, healing wishes and kindness! This time apart doing physical rehabilitation and healing has allowed her to focus on how to better the injury conscious aspect of yoga.
Yoga and the Alexander Technique Workshops
Our 6-day workshop with David Moore and Rossella Buono has one place left. Write to us if you are interested! Because of the popularity of the workshop, we’re now also offering a 3-hour workshop on July 18th, 6pm to 9pm. Register here.
Erasmus – Clelia
Hello, pleased to meet you!! My name is Clelia and I am here to learn from EYB what it takes to run a yoga enterprise committed to people and their needs – I hope to meet as many of you as possible. Read more in the blog about how I got here, it’s a story about how to live through limitations and transform pain into a great opportunity.
Juli is excited to continue with the advanced yoga teacher training, Svastha Yoga Therapy at the begining of June. Module 5 will bring new knowledge about yoga for depression and anxiety to the community classes at English Yoga Berlin: therapeutic Vinyasa Flow on Sundays at 4pm.
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Everyone needs a holiday, even yoga teachers! Hatha Yoga classes will be closed from July 1 – 23.
Vinyasa Yoga classes closure will be from July 20th to mid-August, check the website for up to date schedule information.
“I’ve learned that every day you should
reach out and touch someone.
People love a warm hug,
or just a friendly pat on the back.”
― Maya Angelou
The cold winter days are upon us, when we seek comfort indoors, with warm food and good company. It’s important to remind ourselves not to take for granted that these things come more easily for some of us than others. Connection is as much a human need as are food and shelter. But family and friendship are not such simple words as they seem. Not all of us come from families who love us, and some have no family at all. Friendship is more accessible to those who spend time in places where people are open to making new friends. For those who cannot for financial, physical or emotional reasons, it’s just all the more difficult. We can connect online if we have access, but what if we don’t? In this wish for peaceful connection in 2018, there is also the wish for more meaningful connection, reaching out to people in need, being patient and empathetic with those who are struggling, and learning about others by asking gentle questions instead of making assumptions, and on the flip side, moving past the fear of asking for help or friendly company when needed. If we were to imagine how every one of us on this planet is connected, and hold onto that image, we could perhaps put it into action. What would happen if the whole world recognized our interconnectedness?
During this time, things quiet down at English Yoga Berlin. We’re taking a few days off to recuperate between the years, please take note of our schedule. We look forward to an exciting new year in 2018. English Yoga Berlin thanks you for all your commitment and support in these past years. We continue to give Hatha Yoga and Vinyasa Flow Yoga classes regularly in 2018.
The summer at English Yoga Berlin is full of wonderful offerings: We will be hosting David Moore for a workshop on Yoga and the Alexander Technique, Yes Hernandez brings us a Sound Healing workshop, Juli has completed the third module of Yoga Therapy, summer holidays are coming up and much more!
“I have been a seeker and I still am,
but I stopped asking the books and the stars.
I started listening to the teaching of my Soul.”
A workshop on Yoga and the Alexander Technique
We are delighted to host David Moore on the 2nd of July who will teach a five hour workshop on Yoga and the Alexander Technique. This is of particular interest to yoga teachers and experienced yoga practitioners who wish to deepen their knowledge on injury free yoga. Check out the details.
Sound Healing Workshop
Travelling Yogi, Yes Hernandez, will offer a Nada Yoga Sound Healing workshop to help participants connect to the power of their own Voice to find balance and peace within and without.
The workshop will be by donation (€5+), and all proceeds will go to a local org that helps people out of domestic violence, Frauenprojekte BORA. Date and time TBA, keep an eye out for more info on our Facebook page or on our blog page.
The spring equinox marks the beginning of a new season, and living in Berlin, that symbolically marks the end of a long winter and the beginning of light shining through again! It might still take some time but it is happening!
It’s time for that (internal and external) spring cleaning and I, for one, could not be more excited about it!
I find that every winter, a symbolic hibernation takes place in us that wisely slows us down, makes us go inwards, meditate, ponder, self-explore. It asks of us to explore our inner strength when the light is dim and the air is heavy. And in doing so we start planting new seeds into our subconscious, new wishes for our lives, new directions to follow.
And now? Now it’s time to open the windows, to clean up the cobwebs, and get rid of all the extra things that have accumulated and are not needed. It’s time to let fresh air into our hearts and minds. It’s time to enjoy the butterflies, the singing of the birds, smile at strangers, and let the sun touch our skin. It’s time to bloom!
HAPPY SPRING EVERYBODY!!!
Pinelopi specializes in Hatha Yoga. Her yoga Berlin Kreuzberg classes are open for and welcoming to beginners. She is a sivananda yoga teacher that also offers Berlin business yoga, pregnancy yoga, and private yoga classes for people struggling with chronic pain. All her yoga classes end in deep relaxation using yoga Nidra techniques. In her Berlin Chakra course, she uses the chakras as a base line to self-explore concepts such as forgiveness, group thought, letting go, and becoming self-aware of limiting beliefs.
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Svastha Yogatherapy – Vinyasa Flow Yoga by Juli….. A gentle Vinaysa Yoga Flow class in a queer and trans* positive space where gender binaries are viewed post-structurally and heteronormativity is challenged. Allies are welcome. This Vinyasa Flow yoga is slower than most, focusing on techniques of Svastha Yogatherapy – strengthening …
What is the Alexander Technique? The Alexander Technique is a re-education method that helps you break deeply embedded habits. Through this technique you learn how to recognize habits; how to pause; and help create new neural pathways in the use of your body and mind. Lessons at the studio. Alexander …