Anahata is the emotional powerhouse of your self. In this chakra we process emotion and feel love, forgiveness and compassion.
Here, we learn that the most powerful energy we have inside of us is love. Alas, this chakra gets strongly affected by trapped anger and the experience of grief and loss.
Anahatha in every day life
I have been struggling with anger, grief and loss for a long time. I observed that when the teacher asked us to focus on the heart centre, I could not really feel the heart centre like the other centres, by will, by sending focus there. And yet, spontaneously, especially after a good yoga session, I would feel a clear sensation in the middle of my chest. It is a similar sensation like when the stomach is empty. It feels like a call: “hey, I am hungry!”
What do you feel in the area of the heart? Have you ever observed how emotions feel physically in this area?
Anahatha in meditation
In meditation, I visualised the heart: I was following the instructions to bring forth the details of what I could visualize, what I could imagine. I saw a beautiful yet hard armour around my heart. Then the teacher suggested “what are you not allowing yourself to feel?”. I knew this was an important question. I was struggling to keep focused, mind wandering. The parent voice inside me said She just said ‘what are you not allowing yourself to feel’. Some kind of energy was rising up, and with it resistance. I got a glimpse at the energy contained in this powerful chakra centre.
What is your relationship to powerful emotions like rage or wild joy? Where do you feel them in your body?
To explore this part of my body through physical observation has helped me greatly
. By grounding in the body sensations, I accepted my difficult feelings and allowed them to be. It’s as if cracks started to appear in the wall that I felt was insurmountable for so long. I felt hope for healing, as if I were a plant that is finally getting watered!
Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.
– Leonard Cohen
Clelia is an Erasmus entrepreneur working as an intern in learning how to set up a small yoga business such as English Yoga Berlin. We offer Hatha Yoga classes with Pinelopi and Vinyasa yoga with Juli. Our yoga Kreuzberg Berlin classes are open for and welcoming to beginners. We also offer Berlin business yoga, private classes for pregnancy yoga, and private yoga classes for people struggling with chronic pain.
― Danielle LaPorte
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.
English Yoga Berlin
Everyone needs a break once in awhile, even yogis.
As the turn of the year in the Gregorian calendar comes near (and in a couple weeks the Julian), some of us celebrate traditional holidays with family or close friends. This time of year can often be filled with happy gatherings, but also stressful times as conflicts arise or old conflicts are reignited, sad memories of lost loved ones re-emerge or the sadness of being alone at this time.
There are no easy answers, only the advice to remember that this time will pass and a new year with a new beginning will come. And when times get too stressful take a moment to take care of yourself. Take a walk, take some deep breaths, close your eyes and remember your resolve.
English Yoga Berlin will be back after the break and before the New Year on Tuesday December 30th, with a Hatha yoga class at 6pm (18h) and a Vinyasa flow community yoga (sliding scale donation-based) class at 8pm (20h).
We’re closed on New Year’s Day, but back again in the new year with our full schedule!
Happy Holidays! And have a good slide into the New Year!!!
Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.
We’re happy to be back in action after a summer break. We bring you a new fall schedule of classes by Pinelopi, a writing workshop, and other news!
Our beloved Pinelopi returns after maternity leave with two new Hatha classes on Friday evenings
starting October 10th.
5:30-7pm & 7:30-9pm. See our schedule page.
Heal Yourself Through Writing –
a workshop with Nicole Olmsted
When: Nov. 9, 2014 11h-15h
Where: Görlitzer str. 39
How much: 30€ / 20€ erm
Dive into visual writing exercises that will help shift perspectives of the past and empower yourself to create new ways of seeing your world.
English Yoga Berlin in Crete
English Yoga Berlin in Crete
Pedro taught a weeklong yoga retreat in Crete last week to mostly beginners.
Photo by Krabatmühle-Schwarzkollm eV
Seeking Carpenter Yogi
English Yoga Berlin is looking to do a barter with someone who has carpentry skills to build us a large box on wheels in exchange for yoga classes. If that’s you, then send us an email!
We continue to be thankful for your support ….. We wish you a beautiful and hearty autumn in Berlin, back to work or back to school, and back to your yoga practice!
Pinelopi has completed her maternity leave and will be back to teach yoga at our studio!!!
When? Fridays at 17.30-19.00 and 19:30 -21:00
What? Hatha Yoga in English for all levels
Where? Gorlitzerstr. 39, Kreuzberg
The first class will be on October 10th. You can now sign up for the classes by sending us an email at englishyogaberlin(at)gmail.com.
Please share the info! …looking forward to seeing you on the mat!