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Prana Flow

Rhythmic, feminine and strong- Prana Flow

 

I discovered Prana Flow late in my yogic life. I had mainly practiced in Iyengar and Ashtanga Yoga, very structured and somewhat rigid traditions where innovation has little place. Practicing in a free, feminine and yet strong system of yoga was at first difficult but it became a transformative experience later.

Prana Flow was developed by Shiva Rea, a Californian yogini and restless spiritual seeker, an anthropologist trained in traditional Indian dance . She is a woman and mother dedicated to the development of human potential teaching worldwide.  Shiva is definitely one of the most influential yoginis of our time.

Prana flow is a rhythmic and flowing practice that connects the different aspects of yoga: mudra, meditation, mantra, breath, bandha and kriya in a creative and flowing form. It aims at awakening one´s own body intelligence and transforming our energy bodies through movement and breath.

The classes are seen as rituals where music plays an important role. Even though they are imbedded in a philosophical context that is deep and complex, the transformative power of the experience is easy to grasp. It has without a doubt changed my (yoga) world.

I had the luck to talk to Dieter Winter, an inspiring teacher and exceptional human being. Listen to his explanation about this system of yoga and join his workshop in Golling in November. Click here for more information

Or join Salzburg’s only certified Prana Flow Yoga teacher and one of my favourite yoginis, Andrea Rainer. www.andrearainer.com

Christine May also embodies the system and has done a wonderful job at spreading Prana Flow in the German-speaking world and beyond. www.christinemay.de

Vegan Cooking with Sebastian Copien

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Good question. But Sebastian’s cooking expertise and his sensitivity is beyond any discussion around veganism. His love for pure, sustainable and ethical food makes every single one of his (not always complex) dishes a sensual experience and a form of inspiration. Eating his food makes one wonder how we got trapped into the belief that industrial, artificial and tasteless food was all we needed? That a soulless kitchen would provide for deep satisfaction and nourishment at the physical, emotional and energetic level? His course (and his kitchen) are a call to rethink eating and to give cooking back the importance it deserves.

Under the motto: “If the veggies are bland, don’t blame the vegetables” he’s come up with dozens of recipes (collected in three books) that satisfy the taste buds and fill up the bellies of even the most skeptical meat eaters (believe me, I’ve tried them on some tough cookies!).

Yet it is not his recipes that impress me the most, but his free spirit and his love for nature, traits that make him not only a good cook and a great teacher, they make him a truly inspirational HUMAN being.

 

Thanks Sebastian for the wonderful course!

Women with vision

Women with vision, women with great hearts: Yoga & Belly Dance with Ute and Vera   “One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman.” Simone de Beauvoir   I have no idea what being a man is like, but being a woman is certainly not easy. Luckily, there are many beautiful souls open to support and inspire this adventurous…

Bodyworker in Salzburg- Teresa Meikl

I have seen Teresa’s skill and knowledge grow over the last few years, her genuineness and wit make her company lively and stimulating. Our love for guacamole led to an informal meeting and this turned into a stirring conversation, wich I tried to capture and share with you. Interested in her work? Visit her webpage or schedule a session: www.teresameikl.com

Unser Körper als wandelndes Archiv und Kraftquelle

Text von Teresa Meikl

Man könnte es auch so sagen, unser Körper weiß von Erlebnissen und Erfahrungen, die unser Verstand längst vergessen hat. Diese Erfahrungen liegen meist Jahre zurück, haben uns geprägt, unbewusst geformt und beinhalten eine Menge Energie. Warum das so ist und wie wir den Zugang wiederfinden, etwaige Fehlinterpretationen oder die Wurzel von entstandenen Glaubenssätzen ausreißen können, möchte ich euch nun erklären.

Unsere Körper dient uns als größtes Sinnesorgan. Je jünger wir sind desto intensiver, ungefilterter und „schutzloser“ sind wir den äußeren Einflüssen ausgeliefert. Wir lernen von den Menschen, die uns umgeben. Zum großen Teil durch die Erlebnisse gemeinsam, aber zum noch größeren Teil nonverbal. Wir lernen von ihrem Verhalten, Art und Weisen wie sie ihren Körper nutzen, sich bewegen und agieren.

Die Menschen mit denen wir die Jahre von unserer Geburt bis zum 4., 5. Lebensjahr verbringen prägen uns am stärksten. Von ihnen lernen wir den Umgang von zb. Angst und Schmerz. Als Kindern wird uns oft gesagt, dass wir nicht traurig sein sollen, nicht weinen dürfen, keinen Schmerz zeigen sollen…..obwohl uns etwas betrübt, ängstigt oder schmerzt. Komische Sache also. Somit lernen wir, dass wir dem was wir fühlen, spüren oder erleben misstrauen oder nicht ernst nehmen sollten.

Ab dem 5., 6. Lebensjahr beginnen wir uns über den Verstand passende Erklärungen für das was wir erleben und wahrnehmen zurechtzulegen. Je älter wir werden desto besser trainiert sind wir darin. Wir entwickeln unsere ganz spezielle Strategie um uns im eigenen Umfeld einzugliedern und wohlzufühlen.

Als Erwachsene finden wir uns dann vielleicht in Jobs, Beziehungen, Wohngemeinschaften wieder in denen der ganze Körper unglücklich ist. Wir erleben wiederkehrende Symptome wie chronische Schmerzen oder sind andauern krank und geschwächt. Kurz um, unser Körper ist aus der Balance geraten. Um diese nun wieder herzustellen ist es wichtig mit den bereits vorhandenen körperlichen Symptomen zu arbeiten. Jedes davon dient als Tür hin zu Veränderung.

Mein Name ist Teresa Meikl und ich trainiere Menschen darin sich über bewusste Wahrnehmung und Körperaufmerksamkeit ihre individuelle Kraft und ihre im Körper vorhandenen Potentiale zurückzuerobern.

Körperaufmerksamkeit auf den Punkt gebracht.

www.teresameikl.com

Find your dancer: Movement Medicine with David Mooney

For as long as I can remember, dancing has been part of my life. Being fully into the dance is the closest I know to absolute freedom and the nearest I have ever been to experiencing a state of no-thought. I couldn’t agree more with David Mooney, so much happens when we move in presence, in connection, when we find our dancer, when we fully embrace who we are. Thank you, David for your clarity, your passion and your words! These thoughts will stay with me for a long time:

  •  Moving and dancing are a simple ways to come back home: coming back into our physical self and being present in the body.
  • Dancing encourages acceptance. We learn to receive ourselves and meet others exactly as we are.
  •  Dancing helps create circles of support and works against feelings of separateness and isolation.
  •  Dancing helps us find the courage to meet life.
  •  Feeling alive and a sense of connection are intrinsic to the dance.
  •  Dancing is enjoyable; it is (and has always been) a way to connect.

Meet David, find your dancer and connect with us in November (25.-27.) at the Ein School of Movement Medicine Workshop.

Yogis of Salzburg: Hans Pluhar, Violin Maker.

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It is fair to say that Yoga saved my career as a Violin Maker. Quite serious troubles in my lower back made my work difficult. When I started lessons about 3 years ago I was really stiff and classes were very challenging. Now, I still consider myself a beginner but gradually things start to become easier. My back issues have disappeared and my arms and shoulders are stronger.

Yoga & Violin Making

I like to draw parallels between Yoga and Violin Making and I find that they complement each other well. Like in yoga, I need a lot of focus, strength and finesse in my work. A beautifully crafted violin is the result of many subtle details and a crucial requirement to produce a fine instrument that creates a pleasing first impression.

Individual Style and Creativity

A matter close to my heart in Violin Making is developing an individual style. In my opinion this can be achieved by accepting one’s own way as a person and by being very consistent in one’s work. When I watch other people practicing Yoga I can clearly see personal styles and I like it.

Another important aspect is creativity: Although Yoga sequences and movements seem repetitive at first, there is lots of room for creative and spontaneous sequencing. I don’t think a single class I have attended was exactly the same as any other. The same goes for Violin Making: the shape of the violin seems set in stone and has remained virtually unchanged for nearly 500 years. However there is enough space to solve technical and artistic aspects creatively so that instruments acquire a personal touch. With every new instrument I start from zero; like an empty mat before practice.

While I work on my own all day, Yoga lessons are full of energy from all the members of the group, which is a welcome change to my daily routine.

And last but not least, one needs lots of patience for both Yoga and Violin Making, progress is slow but steady if one stays with it!

Hans Pluhar, Violin Maker from Graz, living in Salzburg. www.hanspluhar.com


Ich kann ohne zu übertreiben sagen, dass Yoga mir meine Karriere als Geigenbauer gerettet hat. Rückenprobleme erschwerten mir die Arbeit beträchtlich.

Als ich vor etwa 3 Jahren mit dem Yoga Unterricht begann, fühlte ich mich wirklich steif und die Übungen waren sehr schwierig. Jetzt betrachte ich mich immer noch als Anfänger, aber allmählich wird alles einfacher.

Yoga und Geigenbau

Ich stelle gerne Vergleiche zwischen Yoga und dem Geigenbauen an und ich finde, dass sie einander sehr gut ergänzen. In meiner Arbeit brauche ich viel Konzentration und das üben wir wirklich toll im Unterricht. In der Holzarbeit benötige ich sowohl Kraft als auch Fingerspitzengefühl. Die Liebe zum Detail ist ein anderer Aspekt der mir bei Yoga gefällt. Eine schön gearbeitete Violine ist voller kleiner Details, die den Grundstein für einen guten ersten Eindruck legen.

Persönlicher Stil und Kreativität

Im Geigenbau einen eigenen Stil zu entwickeln liegt mir sehr am Herzen. Meiner Meinung nach kann man das erreichen, wenn man sich selbst als Person akzeptieren lernt und in der Ausführung der Arbeit sehr konsequent ist. Beim Yoga sehe ich bei verschiedenen Leuten individuelle Stile und das gefällt mir sehr.

Kreativität ist ein weiterer wichtiger Aspekt: Obwohl im Yoga auf den ersten Blick die Abläufe und Bewegungen eintönig scheinen mögen, gibt es viel Raum für kreative und spontane Kombinationen. Das Selbe gilt in einer Weise auch für den Geigenbau: Es gibt beim Modell der Geige seit etwa 500 Jahren fast keine nennenswerten Änderungen, dennoch sind etliche technische und künstlerische Details individuell lösbar, so erhält jedes Instrument seine persönliche Note. Ich fange bei jedem Instrument bei Null an. So wie bei der leeren Matte vor der Übung.

Einen großen Unterschied gibt es aber: Während ich den ganzen Tag alleine in der Werkstatt arbeite, ist mir die Abwechslung zur täglichen Routine in der energetischen Yoga Gruppe eine sehr willkommene.

Sowohl im Yoga als auch im Geigenbau benötigt man wirklich viel Geduld. Fortschritte erzielt man aber nur, wenn man dabei bleibt.

Hans Pluhar, Geigenbauer aus Graz, lebt in Salzburg. www.hanspluhar.com

Yoga Question: Doing Savasana right!?

Believe it or not, not everybody loves Savasana. I know it from my own experience that what is often presented as an easy and deeply relaxing pose can be a challenging experience where thought, sensation or emotion can strongly manifest. Is Savasna, or the final relaxation, supposed to always be a pleasurable experience? And it if is not, am I doing something wrong?

Here are my thoughts about this very important question:

 

My teaching approach: newly defined

After having taught for over fifteen years in numerous settings, I aim at developing a personalized teaching approach in a structured (but flexible) setting. I am happy to provide clearly defined classes, a wide range of possibilities to go deeper, offer privates and coaching and maintain personalized contact with all my students.   Here are some important guidelines to my…

Chimichurri: a green recipe

A South American classic and a good friend at grill parties- Chimichurri!

Greens are thought to drain out excess moisture accumulated in the cold and damp winter months. Through their bitter qualities they also help purify the blood and are packed with antioxidants, making this recipe a good friend both in summer and in spring and a simple way to give toasts, eggs, pasta and vegetables (pretty much everything) a special taste!

There are countless Chimichurri recipes but the core ingredients are always the same: parsley, vinegar, olive oil, garlic, salt & chili.

After years of leading a life without chimichurri, I was happy to find it again at GustaV and was inspired to bring it back into my life by my new Mala Necklace from Nintaanzi, a project supporting Peruvian women while celebrating their culture and heritage. I love the deep green of my mala and the connection to the South American artisan communities it awakens… food and meditation are powerful tools for transformation!

 

Here is what I came up with:

2 Tablespoons of organic apple cider vinegar

¼ Teaspoon of cayenne pepper or dried chipotle chili (my favorite chili, rediscovered at Sebastian Copien’s cooking workshop)

60 Grams of parsley

2 Bulbs of garlic (roast it if you cannot digest it raw)

100 ml of organic native olive oil

Salt & pepper to taste

 

Wash and chop the parsley and blend all the ingredients in a food processor to an oily, pesto-like consistency. Best when eaten fresh, it will keep for 1-2 days in the refrigerator.

 

Get the whole story on Nintaanzi, a project by my friend Flor in Munich and

learn more about the benefits of parsley in our bodies in Dr. Doulliard’s article

 

Yoga Interview: Bianca Günther

I have been very lucky to have had the opportunity of working with and learning from very dedicated and committed yoga practitioners and teachers. Bianca Günther is one of them. As a dancer, anatomy lover and movement specialist, her classes are designed to reach deeply in a methodical yet creative way.

She is competent, analytical and sensitive and is one of the specialist I count on to deepen my understanding of my own body. Every single session I’ve had with her has brought both insight and transformation. Thank you, Bianca for your for the interview!

find more about her work: http://www.nalu.at