Ayurveda is an ancient Indian method of treatment. It is acknowledged as scientific medicine by the World Health Organization. According to the Ayurvedic thought, each person consists of a combination of 3 doshas (literally: that which obscures, spoils or leads to decay). Each dosha is composed by 1 or 2 of the 5 elements of our universe: Vata, (air and ether (space)), Pitta (fire and water) and Kapha (water and earth).
The percentage of vata, pitta, kapha is unique for each individual. This link directs to a test which gives an indication of your constitution. For the exact determination of your constitution you better visit an Ayurvedic medical practitioner.
The (combination of) doshas determine the physique, certain traits, behaviors, but also the predisposition to disease. Ayurvedic medicine focuses on the recovery of your birth Constitution. Disease is according to the Ayurvedic caused by an imbalance in one or more doshas. The art of living is to maintain your unique dosha-ratio and thus to maintain health.
Yoga teachers Sasja Logtenberg (Vinyasa Yoga & Massage) and Tineke Buursema (Yoga Studio Intens) will organise a yoga workshop together at Studio Souljoy in Groningen. In this workshop you will learn to perform yoga poses with a partner. When doing yoga poses together you’ll discover other insights than practicing yoga by yourself. And a partner helps you to get deeper in the posture (asana).
You can sign in alone or with a friend, partner, neighbor.
Date: Sunday 17th of May
Time: 2 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Costs: € 25,- including herbal tea, healthy snack
Location: Studio Souljoy (front room) Kraneweg 32, or if the weather permits at the City Park, Groningen
‘Greater happiness comes with simplicity (rather) than with complexity.’ – Boeddha
This means that we don’t neccecary need to pursue a complicated matters, such as losing weight, finding a better job, a bigger house, etc. to be happy. Happiness is like a river that is always there. But first you need to get your eyes opened to see the river and let yourself be carried away by the flow of water.
Controlling the senses is called pratyahara (5th step of ashtanga yoga) Pratyahara teaches you to not get attached to external sources that keeps us to from being happy, but instead use the senses to be able to see, feel, smell more clear on the way to happiness, the path of self-realisation and achieve inner peace.
‘Money like health, love, happiness, and all forms of success that you want to create for yourself is the result of living purposefully. It is not a goal unto itself.’
Dharma is your true nature. You are born with it. Through yoga you’ll find peace and you’ll strengthen the senses. These things and living according to the yoga principles; yama’s and niyama’s, will help you find your dharma. It’s better to perform your own dharma averagely then to excel at someone elses.
‘There is a song deep inside you. You are born to sing a song and you are preparing. You are moving around in the stage with your dresses, but you are forgetting to sing—holding the mike, too, but you are keeping silent. Till that time, you’ll be restless. Until you can sing that song which you have come on the stage to sing. Doesn’t matter if you feel a little out of tune for one minute or two. Go ahead. Sing.’
This week’s theme is inspired by next Saturday, Valentine’s day . We’ll be performing heart openers, i.e. chest openers, backbends and shoulder stretches and the focus during meditation is of course on the heart chakra, Anahata. These exercises open the heart area physically and energetically. It can be emotionally difficult to open your heart and yet it is important that we do so. John Lennon explains why in the following quote.
“There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hope for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.”
Week 6 theme is “Out of your head and be consciously engaged with your body, enjoy the flow”. Back to basics: Pattabhi Jois, the guru of Ashtanga Yoga, claimed that yoga is 99% practice and 1% theory. The first chakra, is located at the bottom of the spine and is the most physical. We will balance this chakra by bringing our focus to our foundation in every asana.
“If you really want something, you will find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.” – Jim Rohn
Strength, but above all patience
Kino MacGregor about tripod Headstand: ‘With strength it’s a slow steady process, it’s not like you instant obtain these things. So be patient. Let yourself evolve into the strength that’s available on the inner body and on the outer body as well, don’t rush the process. If you rush strength, you’re gonne push yourself way pass the limit and get an unnecessary injury. If you’re naturally strong this will be relatively easy for you, but if you’re building strength remember again practice patience and have faith in the journey. If you’re already strong then strength can also teach you humility and help you tune into a softer type of strength rather then just external strength. Find that balance between the strength and the posture and the flexibility that’s available on the inner body and then the yoga practice will really be sure teacher of the spiritual journey.’
According to Marshall Roosenberg, author of the book ‘ nonviolent communication ‘ you can use anger to identify unmet needs.
To find out what those needs are, it is necessary to learn to observe without judgment.
Try this week to approach your own yoga practice in this way: if you feel knees or wrists are hurting, think about what would help, a block, a strap or a blanket or maybe another option? Most people tend to go beyond their limits and use props as little as possible, because we add value to it how good or bad we are. While observing, establishing, accepting and responding without judgment is actually more yoga.
“In oneself lies the whole world and if you know how to look and learn, the door is there and the key is in your hand. Nobody on earth can give you either the key or the door to open, except yourself.”