Autor: Ariadna

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

 

Yoga Tutorial: Quick release for the lower back

It is almost epidemic! In almost every single class I teach people will complain of tightness in the neck and a sensitive lower back. Yoga has not only a good reputation against these common issues but it is quick and effective: most practices will have some focus on strengthening the core muscles, making space and mobilizing areas that tend to become stiff and increasing body awareness. All very effective tools against these and other bodily issues! Here is a (very) quick sequence to help release and soothe the lower back. Filmed with Abraham from, Die Cabreras, and produced by Reini, from Loving Salzburg.

Quick Yoga for a tight neck and upper back

Sitting long hours working with the back hunched can be really challenging for the muscles in the neck and the upper back. A great way to mobilize and create a sense of freedom is to introduce short pauses that bring back movement and help us connect to the breath. This will not only get the energy flowing and help release the muscles that tend to get tight but will also allow for more focus, concentration and centeredness. Thank you Nabila and loving Salzburg for your help!

Cooking Tutorial: Hummus at Jeanskamel with Nabila

One of the best parts about my job is meeting and working with very inspiring people of all sorts. I am so grateful to have met Nabila Irshaid, a  visual artist, mother and multitalented woman who is amazingly never tired of implementing new ideas and creating new spaces both for herself and for others. She has just recently opened a new room in Salzburg for art, coffee and upcycling of new materials: Jeanskamel, which is meant to be a meeting point and a space for inspiration and exchange where she works with the help of refugees.

With a Palestinian background, she not only knows how to bake great brownies but owns the secrets to a good hummus and this is what she so kindly shared with us in this tutorial. Danke, meine Liebe!

Visit her unique space at the Müllner Hauptstrasse 12 and try her hummus yourself!

 

Ayurveda Interview with Neelesh Taware

Out of all of the teachers of Ayurveda I have had, Neelesh has been one of the most influential. His openness and curiosity make him a bridge between cultures and his knowledge, skill and experience are a gift to all his students. His manners are polite, his mind clear and his heart big. Thank you Neelesh for coming to Salzburg!

 

Mala Tutorial with Judith, from urbanyogi

Mala meditation or japa meditation.

Malas are necklaces or bracelets used in meditation practices that involve the repetition of a mantra. A mantra is a meaningful word (in Sanskrit or in your any other language) that is used to awaken certain qualities in the mind. You can use a phrase like “let go”, an affirmation like “I am strong” or traditional mantras.

This word or phrase is typically repeated 108 times: the Mala is used to keep track; using a bead for each repetition.

Malas are not only useful but they are also very beautiful. They are made of natural materials that hold themselves a transformative energy (like crystals, semi-precious stones, seeds and symbols). Wearing the mala can be a way of staying connected to the qualities we want to see getting stronger in ourselves. Malas are carefully crafted, put together in mindfulness and with much sensitivity. Just like the Malas of Judith Herzl-Rößler, from urban yogi, who let us have a look into her treasure chest and inspired us with her passion for malas, design and detail. You can find a selection of her work at Atelier Aki Oedl and her whole collection in her Etsyshop.

The following is an intro-version of the complete tutorial, check it out for more detailed info.