One of our regulars shares a particular moment; when she realised the dimension of yoga beyond asana (movement and set poses). We share her personal story because this is one of the hardest myths about yoga to dismantle in the West.
“There are 8 limbs to Yoga, you know” the Yoga teacher kindly reminded me at the end of the lesson.
I had just waited for everyone to leave at the end of the class. I approached her with my concern that the movement I can muster now can hardly be called yoga – in my mind. The doctor diagnosed degenerative osteoarthritis at the left hip. After a decade from that diagnosis, I can’t sit crossed legged, or hold a Warrior I pose, or Crescent Moon pose, the list goes on.
But the Yoga teacher was having none of it. She went on to say that, contrary to Western trends, yoga has at its heart the intention of liberating us from pain and restriction. Our practice is meant to deliver us to a place where we can meditate freely and deeply.
“There is pranayama, for example, becoming conscious of breath”.
She wasn’t suggesting even for a minute that I would not do asana practice any longer. She was helping me into taking ownership of where I can guide my own practice towards. I was clearer on what aspects I can focus on, where I can find challenges and limitations I can learn from.
you can do so much with your breath, remember?
Yoga goes beyond asana as we understand it. Maybe that is closer to my experience now. Yoga for me is a field where I can find what works for me, right now in the modern world, with my unique needs and requirements.
I have been practising yoga at English Yoga Berlin in Kreuzberg since April 2018. I now understand the importance of focusing on directing the breath and becoming conscious of spinal movement. It’s clear to me that yoga is not about trying to reproduce the asana’s picture in your favourite yoga book. Yoga can be so much more! And I look forward to diving deeper to learn more about what that is.
English Yoga Berlin offers classes in Kreuzberg in Hatha style and Vinyasa style, private yoga sessions, different packages of yoga for the workplace – contact us with your queries if you have any, happy unfolding whatever you do.
Dear Yogis and Friends!
Every year I get very excited when the sun crosses the celestial equator and day and night become of equal length.
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.
English Yoga Berlin would like to wish you a Happy Everything!
Some people are celebrating Easter today, others are celebrating the public holiday and chocolate eggs that come with it. Regardless of your beliefs, this is a vibrant moment of the year with lots to celebrate.
Photo by Fern
We, at English Yoga Berlin, are celebrating the end of winter, the budding trees, the returning bees, the changing winds, the first brave flowers and the time change. We are celebrating the idea of coming out of our winter cocoons and dancing in the wind. We are celebrating the big bonfires that yesterday were lit all over Berlin to honor the seasonal change.
Spring is affecting us all and we are personally welcoming it with open arms!
Every day we see our yoga students come in with lighter hearts, an extra rhythm in their step, more humour in their talk and beautiful smiles.
So today we take the opportunity to celebrate everything – including you! We would like to thank you for your commitment and support to our English yoga studio in Berlin. In the past years, we have got to know so many amazing people, from different countries, from different stages in life, with different ways of lives… and we have found that each and every one of you have enriched our lives as yoga teachers and as people. Thank you for taking on this amazing adventure that calls us to travel inwards and experience yoga. Thank you for your bravery. Thank you for being you!
English Yoga Berlin offers different types of Yoga in Kreuzberg. We have small yoga classes that encourage an intimate environment and increased awareness. Check out our schedule to attend a class of Vinyasa Yoga, Tantra Yoga and Hatha Yoga in Berlin.