Mindfulness in daily life

Be Mindful in Daily Life Like a Balinese farmer planting each rice seeking into the earth ... Thich Nhat Hanh: "Mindfulness is the energy of being aware and awake to the present moment. It is the continuous practice of touching life deeply in every moment of daily life. To be mindful is to be truly alive, present, and at one with those around you and with what you are doing. We bring our body and mind into harmony while we wash the dishes, drive the car, or take our morning shower. In our practice centers, we do most of the same things we do at home ...

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August: Shakti

The impulse and drive to practice yoga comes from the feminine power of Shakti. But for centuries yoga was practiced almost exclusively by men. In the Yoga Sutras, which were written about 2000 years ago by the sage and scholar Patanjali, it is recommended that the practicing yogi should stay away from "fire, women etc." during the practice. At that time, yoga was mainly understood as the practice of meditation; control over body and mind to attain higher consciousness. Women were usually not allowed to practice yoga. Until the beginning of the 20th century, when Indian ...

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July: Reconnecting with Mother Nature

Spending my weekends in the Rax Alpen, which are only one and a half hours away from Vienna, I feel overwhelmed by a sensation of joy and peace, as I feel myself completely surrounded by nature. The long days of summer bring us the opportunity to venture out and explore the beautiful nature, that Austria has to offer. The weather is finally getting warmer. And after the recent restrictions created for us humans, we can now feel the outdoors more alive than ever before. The animals have become less shy, the birds sing much louder and there is less pollution in the ...

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Online Yoga Practice

in German below What do I need for online yoga classes? + a good working internet connection + your computer (funktioniert mit jedem gängigen Browser) + OR smartphone/Tablet SMARTPHONE with the Zoom-App ( https://zoom.us/download) + and of course Yoga Equipment! How does the registration work? 1) register as usual via EVERSPORTS on your mobile phone or via our timetable here on the website. You can register up to 30 minutes before class starts. 2) you will receive the link to participate by e-mail approx. 30 minutes before the class starts. After you have made ...

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June: 12 Yogic Steps to Mental Wellness

Bali May, 2020 We want to take care of our minds just as we brush our teeth - a daily routine to clear our heads just as we clean our teeth to keep both healthy and sane. Instead of waiting for sickness, toothache or a breakdown, why don't we just prevent? My father died two years ago from alcohol induced dementia and I got to spent the last 2 years with him. I was in awe, that he could look out the window in the middle of the night and not see the darkness nor the light of the day. Most memory had been erased and he was living in a totally different world – for ...

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May: Now!

Atha - Now Last month, we faced the fear of the unknown. Tried to change habits and maybe even managed to get curious about the new. But the fear still seems to be there. Perhaps no longer of the unknown. But perhaps of the uncertain future. Many of us were thrown out of our everyday lives overnight. No longer able to pursue their professions, often perhaps even vocations. The question remains: who pays rent, insurance and taxes? For fear of the future, we often cling to past, business-like times. atha yogānuśāsanam. Already more than 1500 years ago, the ...

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April: transcending fear – radiating light

A diffuse fear has paralyzed the world in recent weeks. Fear of an unknown tiny organic structure. Something the world has never seen before. The insecurity of this unknown prevents us from celebrating parties, coming together, embracing. Our lives to live. Abinivesha - the fear of the unknown Patanjali teaches us already in his second Sutra the goal of the Yoga practice: Yoga citta vritti nirodhah (I.2). A clear mind is one, whose thoughts are put to rest. Negative mental states prevent us from reaching this state. They paralyse the mind to perceive and decide with ...

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March: Resilience

After the devastating fires in Australia, the first new bushes and trees are sprouting from the ground. It is so good to see, that nature manages to regenerate, to recover and to regain strength even after such a terrible trauma. Resilience, this characteristic so essential for nature, also lies within ourselves. And we need it. Resilience comes from Latin and can be translated into "to jump back". It is the "ability of a child, due to protective factors, to deal relatively unscathed with the consequences of stressful living conditions and to develop coping skills".[1] ...

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February: Compassion – Karuna

As we forge ahead in 2020 to February, the month of Love, we are persuaded by its mysticism to devote our monthly theme to “compassion”. But how are love and compassion related?  In his book The compassionate Life, the Dalai Lama explains in simple terms that “compassion and love can be defined as positive thoughts and feelings, that give rise to essential things in life such as hope, courage, determination and inner strength. In the Buddhist tradition, compassion and love are seen as two aspects of same thing: compassion is the wish for another being to be free ...

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January: Courage

A new year has come! And with it lots of new opportunities, decisions, experiences and growth. So what are your dreams for this new year? What do you want to do and where do you want to go? Moving forward towards your goals requires effort, energy and above all COURAGE. Courage is that strong deep force, the will power, to do, create, move, evolve and grow. Is our own inner strength that guides us in life, which we need to cultivate persistently, if not we might find ourselves paralysed by our own fears, the circumstances, the opinions of others. We need courage to ...

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December: Festive Attitude of Gratitude

The holiday season is approaching, Christmas markets start popping up everywhere in Vienna ; lights, Christmas decorations and candles begin dressing the city and the window displays for the festive season. We feel it in the air as well: the cold winds of winter. Maybe the first snow flakes that fall on to the earth, the excitement of the kids for gifts, the warmth of family time and the rushing energy that comes with the last month of the year. It’s a magical time of the year but it tends to be stressful for most of us, as we find ourselves racing to the shops for gifts ...

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November: Shame – Laja