How to speak yoga

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As if head balances, shoulder stands and standing splits aren’t intimidating enough, your yoga instructor then goes and spits out some seven-syllable Sanskrit term and you just about lose your dog-down mind. The nerve!

Sanskrit, meaning “refined speech,” is an ancient language of India and often used during most yoga classes to describe poses and postures. It is the primary liturgical language of Hinduism and is a scholarly and literary language in Buddhism and Jainism, as well as a historical Indo-Aryan language. Sanskrit dates back more than 6,000 years, making it as old as or even older than yoga, hence why it’s been used in the practice since it first began.

“Sanskrit is considered to be the language of the gods, as it is made up of primordial sounds,” says Sonja Appel, founder of Sushumna Yoga, the oldest yoga school in Goa, India. “It was developed systematically to include the natural progressions of sounds as created in the human mouth.”

In total, the language has 49 letters including vowels, consonants and semivowels, and each letter has a particular vibration.

“Each consonant has included the vowel sound ‘a’ (pronounced as uh), and when the nasal sound of ‘m’ is added to any of the letters, it creates a bija or seed mantra (chant), which corresponds to a specific vibration of the Absolute or Creator,” she says.

Bet you didn’t know your oms were that powerful, did you? And it doesn’t just stop there. Research shows that the phonetics of Sanskrit, which is the only language that uses all the nerves of the tongue, trigger various energy points in the body, which causes blood circulation to improve and raises the chakras (energy levels), resulting in deep relaxation of the mind, resistance against illnesses and reduction of stress. This, coupled with enhanced brain functioning, ensures better health and helps control diabetes, cholesterol and blood pressure, according to a study by the American Hindu University.

Now, knowing the background and benefits of speaking Sanskrit may not help us pronounce the terms any better during yoga class, but it certainly gives us some incentive to try! So go ahead, yogis, whip out a pen and paper, and improve your yogabulary with Sonja’s top 10 Sanskrit terms to know below!

1

Om [awm]

A unifying chant done at the beginning or ending of class. Equal length of sound should be given to each syllable. It brings the mind, body and soul into unison, which is the ultimate goal of yoga. It also activates the chakra system (energy centers) in the subtle body, located from the anal sphincter, up the spine, and to the top of the head.

2

Namaste [nuhm-uh-stey]

Typically used at the beginning or end of class as an acknowledgement greeting, meaning “I honor the light in you, which is the same as the light in me.” Hands are placed together in prayer position at the heart and head is slightly bowed.

3

Savasana [shah-VAH-sah-nah]

The final relaxation or “corpse pose” to end class. The aim of savasana is to bring all the benefits of the postures together in a relaxing, meditative ending, giving the body a well-deserved rest.

4

Surya namaskara [SOOR-yah nah-mahs-KAHrah]

Sun salutations, a combination of various postures which welcome the Hindu solar deity, normally performed at the beginning of class.

5

Tadasana [tah-DAHS-anna]

Mountain pose, which is the foundation of all postures, and a place to begin and end the linking of asanas. This is a command to full attention, standing in steady, equal and centered stillness. It improves circulation, digestion and respiration, and should motivate and invigorate you, as it helps to create space within the body.

6

Trikonasana [TRIH-koh-NAH-sana]

Triangle pose, which mobilizes the hips and strengthens the legs, as well as opens up the chest for deeper breathing and stretching of the torso, groin, hamstrings and calves. This pose also unlocks tension in the spine, legs, knees, ankles and hips. It relieves backache, indigestion, gastritis and acidity, improves digestion, circulation and the appetite, alleviates depression, strengthens the pelvic area and tones the reproductive organs.

7

Vrkasana [vrik-SHAHS-anna]

In tree pose, the legs and feet give support so the upper body can stand with grace and strength. The focus during this pose is essential to maintain a stable balance. Benefits include steadiness, awareness and concentration. It also helps to revitalize the spine, body and mind, while strengthening the entire leg, ankle and foot, and increasing flexibility in the hips and thighs.

8

Virabhadrasana [veer-ah-bah-DRAHS-anna]

Warrior postures honor heroic qualities that exist in each of us. This posture strengthens and reinforces the msucles of the feet and knees, also fortifying the shoulders, arms and back. These poses also stretch the calf muscles and hip flexors, as well as improve concentration and balance.

9

Sukhasana [soo-KAH-sah-nah]

This easy seated pose is a cross-legged position that opens the abductor muscles and hips. It is used for the seating position in pranayama (controlled breathing) and meditation. It strengthens the back and stretches the knees and ankles, while also helping calm the brain.

10

Balasana [bah-LAHS-anna]

Child’s pose is a restful position always done after challenging poses during class. It restores harmony and balance to the body and places the mind in a receptive and open state. Child’s pose releases tension in the back, chest and shoulders, and is recommended if you feel dizziness or fatigue, as it alleviates stress and anxiety. This pose massages the body’s internal organs and keeps them supple, while gently stretching the ankles, hips and thighs, regulating circulation throughout the body.

More fun facts about Sanskrit

Ninety-seven percent of all the world’s languages have been directly or indirectly influenced by Sanskrit.

Sanskrit has the highest number of words than any other language in the world.

NASA declared the language of Sanskrit to be the “only unambiguous spoken language on the planet.”

Article has been posted on Dec 18th 2013 on Sheknows.com by Maggie Guiffrida

7 Things To Know About Natural Detoxing

 

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Natural detoxing is something that we can do every day by eating organic or locally sourced, natural raw food, doing yoga, engaging our brain in uplifting thoughts and being reflective. But there are times in our lives when we need that extra boost in a special setting that allows us focus on the process. Here are some key aspects of a natural detox:

1. Detoxification = de-hibernation
During cold winters our bodies are in a semi- hibernating status. It saves food for later, because we learned through evolution that it needs to. That means that it saves toxins as well. The detoxification process will therefore reverse this process and wake up your body from hibernation to start off a new phase of life, fit and energized.

2. Energy
Toxins block your body’s energy. They clog up your lymphatic, immune and nervous systems and can coagulate your blood circulation. Many yogis knew that from time and that is why, through exploring and experiential knowledge, they created kriyas (exercises and breathing techniques intended to purify and cleanse the body’s energy channels), asanas (yoga postures) pranayama (practice of controlling the breath), meditation and correct diet. All this helps to clean our bodies from blockages – physical, spiritual and psychological alike.

3. Gentleness
Natural detoxing mainly comprises of yoga practices combined with green juice fasting and not less than a 70% raw, vegan diet. When this is adhered to and combined with many ayurvedic massages, that help our bodies to relieve tension, it is the most gentle and also the most effective way to detox.

4. Non-intrusive
One of the reasons that our bodies react better to a natural detox than to one that includes taking detoxification pills or doing colon hydrotherapy or irrigation is, that it is non- intrusive. By applying techniques to enhance the body’s self -healing and cleaning powers, it can then decide itself when it is ready to let go of the toxins.

5. Nutrients
Another reason for doing a natural detox is that the raw juice and food provide all the essential nutrients to the body while at the same time removing toxins and congested food. Together with good hydration (plenty of water) this helps to clean and nourish our internal systems and our brain.

6. Body Movement & Massage
Doing a vigorous, fast paced, movement with the breath, style of yoga (Sushumna Vinyasa Flow) as well as gentle body movement and stretches as practiced in restorative (yin) yoga, bring additional detoxification benefits. In each asana, varying pressure is put on a particular organ, which leads to more blood leaving and returning to and from that area, which again leads to toxins being flushed out faster.

7. Meditation
Meditation turns a natural detox into a holistic system by integrating self –reflection and the joy of

being in the moment. When we settle down doing practices that rid ourselves of emotional and mental blockages, we enhance a process that is sometimes regarded as only physical.

You see, a natural detox is a holistic approach that tackles every part of our body and not just the physical side. Done in the right moment and under the right supervision it can be a life changing experience.

Copyright Sonja Appel, Sushumna Yoga

Sonja Appel is a very experienced yoga teacher who has founded her own school and studio called Sushumna Yoga. She comes from a professional performing arts background and is also a writer.

 

 

 

 

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The Beauty of Karma Yoga

As the ignorant men act from attachment to action, O Bharata, so should the wise act without attachment, wishing welfare to the world.

Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 3, Verse 25

This beautiful quote from the Bhagavad Gita tells us already everything that we need to know about karma yoga.

1. Karma Yoga has to do with “Action”

Karma Yoga is one of the four yogic paths to liberation – by the means of action. It is something that you do not only do on your mat but in your everyday life. This makes it a great practice also for the most busy people – especially since LITERALLY ANY activity can become your karma yoga!

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2. Karma Yoga has to do with “Attachment”

Or rather Non-Attachment. What distinguishes a “normal” activity performed by an ignorant man to one performed by a wise man? The ignorant man works for the fruits or the outcome of the action, be it a reward, or to avoid a punishment. But the wise man is not interested in the fruits of his labour, because he knows that he is not the one who does anything or earns anything.

3. The Karma Yogi wishes good to others

So if ANY action can be yogic and the yogi knows that he doesn’t perform any action by himself so why should he still engage in doing good things for others? Exactly why? Because he who knows his true Self doesn’t need anything and therefore he can do what he really came here for: to help others escape their own suffering.

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4. How to perform Karma Yoga?

Do good to others. Help them in their suffering and you will forget your own suffering. But don’t be interested in the outcome. Forget about rewards and punishments and only BE right in the action. Observe what is being done – and maybe you will even see that you are not the one that is doing it? 🙂

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Did you fall in love with Karma Yoga and want to know more about it?

In our Yoga Teacher Training from March 16th to April 13th 2014 we will not only have more detailed lectures on Karma Yoga but we will get active as well! Sushumna Yoga Teacher Training is recognised and accredited by Yoga Alliance (World based) and Yoga Alliance International (India based), and taught by 5 highly respected teachers in their field.

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10 Reasons to Eat Raw During Your Yoga Teacher Training

Yoga teacher training is a life-changing experience that will require you to find focus, strength and energy if you want to learn, achieve, feel, experience and become your higher self. Being your true self means being devoid of the need to be egotistical, small-minded and petty. Remember that you are part of a much bigger picture that is inextricably connected to all life forms, including nature. Only then do you have the ability to share your knowledge through teaching.

Teaching is the absolute best way to continue this lifelong discovery at an extensive level of depth. It is a natural and likely consequence of a teacher training. In this way, sincere students learn yoga for the correct reasons and become great teachers for the correct reasons.

During a teacher training, help is needed from your teachers, fellow students, inner self, mind and body. One of the strongest tools for helping your body to function well, is eating the correct diet. Raw food has the nourishment and components that supply you with all the necessary energy, vitality and optimal cell reproduction. It helps you to keep going.

Good food has to be pure in order to keep your body healthy and alert, strong and light. Raw food helps your body and mind cope with the intense schedule and inner exploration that the best yoga teacher trainings provide. This also correlates with the first yama: Ahimsa (nonviolence in thought, word and action to yourself and others). This promise to yourself is taken from the Yoga Sutra’s (2.35), the definitive description of yoga recorded and inspired through experiential research. I look at ahimsa as an enlightened commandment.

How Raw Food Will Help You Keep Up With the High Demands of a Yoga Teacher Training

1. Raw food leads your body towards natural health. By eating raw you are on your way to a state of self-fixing. As the human body has the ability to regenerate cells continuously, having a raw food diet will enable your body to become pure and renewed through the intake of uncooked food.

2. Your body performs better when eating raw. Eating in this way allows your body to feel agile and manageable. Your digestion uses less energy therefore giving you more vitality for your yoga practice. When you only practice a few times a week this might not be so important for you, but during four or more weeks of intensive training you will need your body in order to keep up with this experience.2909-10-reasons-to-eat-raw-during-your-yoga-teacher-training

3. Your body needs vitamins and minerals. Raw food is rich in natural vitamins and minerals that are easily digested and absorbed by your body.

4. Raw food increases your awarenessmentally, physically and spiritually. This is important if you want to have the capacity to collect and process all the information given to you.

5. Raw food boosts your natural energy levels in abundance, so you can rely on it to function at a top level during this extended time.

6. During a life changing experience, changes need to happen in your body too. The body purifies itself from toxins with a raw food diet. Being clean and unpolluted allows you to reconnect with your true inner self.

7. Eating raw food puts you in a harmony with nature. Mens sana in corpore sano (“a healthy mind in a healthy body”). To become a more hale and hearty, happy and sensitive person you need to have a coherent, high functioning body.

8. According to the Bhagavad Gita (xsll.8), saatvic (pure) food promotes longevity, wellbeing, strength, goodness, happiness and pleasure. They are also rich, juicy, agreeable and nourishing.

9. Raw food prepared with an attitude of love increases our prana (life-force energy), which is essential if we want to sustain and utilize our maximum amount of effort wisely.

10. Raw food helps to turn your body into a temple for your mind and soul. According to Patanjali, who wrote the most classical text on yoga, “the purpose of yoga is to lead to a silence of the mind” (yoga sutra 1.2). Through yoga, commitment, patience and compassion for yourself, you can achieve the silence of the mind, the freedom of the soul and joyfulness in your life.

This article was published by and retrived from My Yoga Online on November 26, 2013. Find more interesting yoga articles here.

What to expect from a yoga teacher training in India

“India is the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend, and the great grandmother of tradition. Our most valuable and most instructive materials in the history of man are treasured up in India only.” – Mark Twain.

Saraswati_final with borderIt is commonly known that yoga originated in India. The origin of yoga can be traced back over 5,000 years to the very foundation of the Indian civilization; however, we have now reached the 21st century and we might ask ourselves if this heritage is still topical.

After being dedicated to yoga for five years, in which time I studied and learned with some great western teachers, I decided to go to India to study Ashtanga Yoga in Mysore with my Guruji, the late Shi K Pattabhi Jois. Afterwards I felt that I wanted to make India my permanent home. I moved there in 2005 and am glad that I did it. India is a very vibrant and diverse country and doing your teacher training there will be a truly unique experience. It’s an incredible opportunity to learn both about yourself and this vast country.

Indian weather will allow you to practice outside from early morning till evening surrounded by palm trees, clear blue skies and a pleasant breeze. You will feel wonderful energies that you would never find anywhere else in the world, and you will be able to detach yourself from the rest of the world and focus on your inner self through their whole teacher trainings.

Having a full “mind, body and spirit” experience will change you, strengthen you and encourage you to find harmony through all three factors. You will learn what it means to be in synch in your life as you move you closer to your true inner S.E.L.F. (your Serene, Elevated, Luminous Force).

India is a very spiritual country. There are temples and spiritual areas everywhere. Yoga is not only about asana practice, there are also the eight limbs of yoga. Being in India will enable you to explore each of them deeply and fully while feeling a connection to the place where yoga was born. 
Being in India will help you to detach yourself from the material world and will allow you to work on your ego, which is a hothouse of discontentment. Even though the country is evolving very fast, problems such as hot water and power cuts happen regularly and being in India will teach you patience and acceptance with a myriad of things, just the way they come. It is very important to let go sometimes and stop stressing about so many details, comforts and unnecessary needs.

Choosing India for your teacher training is also a great opportunity to take your training further and travel. You will get more out of the experience by combining travelling and learning.

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – The Way of Lao-tzu, Chinese philosopher (604 BC – 531 BC)

Meeting local people, discovering a new and varied culture and learning about your inner self will make you grow more than you think, and these experiences will enable you to become a brilliant teacher for all the right reasons.

So what are you waiting for? Come to India and become a yoga teacher, Indian style! ”

The article was published by My Yoga Online (click  here for the article) on the 21st of October 2013. Read more on My Yoga Online

5 tips to prepare yourself for a yoga teacher training

When summer comes to a close, kids get ready for their first day of school. This first day of school requires careful preparation and it’s a moment of great excitement, not only for the little ones starting their first grade, but also for the “big” ones starting their first teacher training in a school, in a Yoga school.

How do you know when you are ready?

You know that kids go to school when they turn 6 or 7. However, when you decide if you are ready for a Yoga teacher training or not, age is not a criterion at all, not even the “age” of your practice. Young or experienced, yoga beginner or super-advanced, you will find a Yoga teacher training that suits you as soon as you feel you are prepared for such a course.

How do you know precisely when you are ready for a yoga teacher training? I believe a student knows s/he is ready for Yoga Teacher training by looking at the burning desire to dive into the eight limbs of yoga. One needs to have a burning passion (rajas) and true desire to embrace all eight limbs of yoga, not just the asana practice which is only one of them. This should be considered before embarking on any Yoga Teacher Training. I think that it is more important to have a daily practice or start doing one than the ability to do advanced asana, although a certain level should have been attained, at least a level two in classes. However the ability to have an open mind, strong body and a great desire to learn and good knowledge of how your body feels when practicing asana is a great starting point too.

Preparation tips for Yoga Teacher Training 

There are a couple of tips for you to prepare for the wonderful learning journey of Yoga teacher training. The following tips will help you prepare not only for the first day of the teacher training programme but will set up the basis for your entire yoga journey.Sonja Appel at Sushumna Teacher Training

  1. Read through some Yoga literature in order to get familiar with the key concepts. Ask if there is a reading list recommended by the Yoga school where your teacher training takes place and try as much as possible to go through it before the course. During the course, you would be so busy with the practice and the study of the textbooks that there will be no time left for extra curriculum readings
  2. Get in touch with recent graduates to know what to expect from your Yoga school: how is the place like, what should you bring with you, daily schedule, classes structure, teaching methods, teachers, is there a “silent day”, what kind of food will be served for meals. Ask your Yoga school if it can provide you with alumni contacts who could be a valuable insightful support in preparing your trip and setting up your expectations for the teacher training course. Furthermore, talking to alumni, other yogis or yoga teachers will boost your motivation and inspire you to get the best out of the course.
  3. Spend some time working on the asana. As soon as your application is successful, this is the time when you really start to prepare. In my opinion, one can only teach to the level of his/her own daily practice. So, what I recommend before embarking on a teacher training course is asana practice 6 days a week, one day of rest and if you do Mysore self –practice; rest is taken on the moon days too, which is twice a month. No inversions at that certain ‘time of the month’ for women. Practicing with full mind/body awareness will not tire you out as you should never push your body in yoga. I encourage you to always practice ahimsa – non violence, in thought, word and action.
  4. Give yourself time for the learning process. Learning occurs differently for each of us and in different time spans. Reflecting on your learning process would help you understand how you function as a learner (what is the most helpful for your understanding – to see it, hear it or try it?) and then enhance your learning based on what you know about yourself.
  5. You may want to buy a notebook more than the ones counted on the list received from your kid’s teacher. You will need a notebook and some pencils just for yourself. Prepare your notebook for taking notes during the classes and for journaling. Inspiration, thoughts and reflections may pop up and it’s good to have a space to gather them all.

 

Reading the recommended literature of your yoga school before the course, getting in touch with other yogis, graduates of the yoga school, their teachers or staff, dedicate some of your time to the regular conscious practice of asana and reflect on your learning process in order to improve it, should support you in the endeavor of becoming a great yoga teacher. This will allow you to enjoy the experience with all your senses. But at the same time, realizing that the five senses can be limiting, if we cannot move beyond them into a more expansive realm, which is the true journey of the yogi.

For all the little ones, and the big ones starting their school this fall, an open mind, a big heart, a strong body and a burning desire to learn will keep up your excitement for the courses. Not only for the first day of school, but for the entire learning journey.

This article, signed by our Executive Director, Gita Sahni, was published on YogiTimes based on an interview with Sonja Appel

We are all beyond time

We usually know time from changes in nature. We observe that the earth circles around the sun, and we call it “a year”. Then we have the seasons that can be such a subtle reminder that time flies. The earth turns around its axis and we call it “one day”. To get more precise with the time measurements, we invented hours, minutes, seconds, as subdivisions of the day. sun

But there are particular moments in life when we know time from changes in people. If for some reason, the earth lost contact with the sun and our nature-related time units would become meaningless, then I imagine we would be able to measure time by looking at the changes in people around us.

These particular moments when we get the time awareness by looking at the changes in people, are the moments of return, return to our childhood land. You see “years” in the white hair of a primary school colleague who used to have crow-black hair; or in the news that the neighboring house is now empty since the neighbor is no longer alive; you see “seasons” in the big belly of a pregnant friend who you haven’t met for a long time; you see all the days, hours, minutes, and seconds that you have been away from home when you hug your dad and feel the weakness of his growing-old body.

In these moments of return, in order to cope with all these changes in people, I become in the daily life as “yogi” as I am on the mat. I salute the Indian logic as serene as I salute the sun in a Sun Salutation: what is not real in the beginning or at the end, is not real in the middle either. You know time was not real prior to the Big Bang when all the matter was condensed in one spot. There was no observer to acknowledge time then! And you know time will cease as well fifteen billion years from now when the universe will come to its end. Then too, no human mind will be there to observe the end of time. As we know from Einstein’s relativity, time is depended on the observer: no observer to witness it, no time. Therefore, according to the Indian logic, time is not real, it does not exist. Time did not exist at the beginning, will not exist in the end, therefore it cannot be real in the middle either. It is a construct. Time is the child of our minds.

That’s why, beyond an open heart, I would say yogis have another super-power: to dissolve time. Once you dissolve your mind on the mat, time will also vanish with it. At least for a while until your mind returns.

This summer, returning to my hometown, I have tried to see the people I love beyond all their transformations, beyond the passage of time: Geo, the pregnant woman, she will always be my friend although her body and status are changing; my love for my neighbor is still there in my heart although she is not there in her house anymore; my dad will always remain the person who gave me life and taught me the good, the bad and the ugly in this life, regardless the wrinkles, weight loss or illnesses.

My friend, my neighbor, my dad, your dad, the crow-black haired colleague, you, me, we are all so real while time is not. Let’s enjoy the seasons changing, keep an eye on the watch to be punctual, make the best thing out of our time. But always remember: we are all beyond time.

Sonja’s article about Yoga and Time was published by Yogi Times on the 18th of September, 2013. For more personal stories from Yogi Times, visit their website at: http://www.yogitimes.com

Have you ever felt the rain? 3 reasons to do it

We rush inside whenever it starts. We get into cars, under roofs; we desperately look for shelters the very first moment it starts. We arm ourselves with long sad raincoats, sharp umbrellas and cover our bodies as much as we can, as if rain will not simply “fall” but it will angrily “attack” us. Looking at how well people cover up their skin when it rains, one could easily imagine the rain drops aren’t just a natural phenomenon, but an epidemic: God forbidden to touch you! And if it had touched you, you better go and change your clothes immediately, have a cup of hot tea, a hot shower and a Paracetamol or any other “rainkiller”.

With this apocalyptic “run-rain-comes!” attitude, have you ever taken the time to actually feel the rain? Have you taken the time to simply watch the rain, and just let it be?

“The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain.” Henry Wadsw1175455_10151821430387567_38432289_north Longfellow.

Let it be, as you let your breath be when you are in Savasana. Just notice it without wanting to change anything about it.

There are good reasons to do it, both to feel the rain and to notice it without having to run, to hide or wish it stopped immediately.

It’s romantic!
First of all, the touch of rain can be wonderfully romantic.The soft touch of rain is the first reason why you should take a moment and deep dive into the feeling of “being rained.”In Goa, the monsoon’s rain sometimes comes in perfect liquid soft beads – like the sky is inhabited by milliards elegant beings wearing transparent beads who decided to tear the threads from their beads and let them all drop down to humans. They surely wear loads of beads up there, in the Goan sky, because this July, for days in a raw, the beads kept on coming to the ground. When they touchthe ground, they transform in muddy bubbles and thick flows. But when they fall on your body, the beads are always soft, warm and clean. You just need a steady yoga mind to enjoy the drops and the running playful flows on your body. Keep your awareness alive and feel the rain. If you only think about how wet you’ll get, you will not be able to simply walk in the rain. Feel the dropson your face; feel themwith your forehead, with your eyebrows, your hair, your shoulders, your neck, your chest, your back, your feet. Feel the raindrops.

It’s healthy!
Maybe being rained sounds foolishly romantic to you. I bet the most rational of you are already thinking about the effects of rain, translated into the terrible cold you’d get afterwards. You would be surprised to find out that rain is actually healthy for your body. As incredible as this may sound, it has been scientifically proven that when water moves, a release of negative ions occurs – electrically charged particles that attach themselves to damaging free radicals. These ions alkalize your body and an alkalized body means stronger bones. Therefore, a good summer rain is not only romantic, but it has also positive effects for your bones.

It’s relaxing!
Furthermore, it’s more than our bones that enjoy the rain drops. The sound of the rain, the touch of water and the fresh air brought by the rain will revitalize your entire body at once. You must have heard the rain in healing or relaxation music. It sounds beautifully; it relaxes your body, your mind and brings some moments of quietness to your soul. Then why not trying some natural live musical rain? If you don’t get enough of it there, pay us a visit in Goa. We have plenty of musical rain in here!

For the sake of the romanticism, of your bones or for the relaxation effect, next time it rains you need to rush. Grab your raincoat, take your umbrella and your rubber boots and put them all into the cabinet.You are going to embrace the rain and not fight against it. Take off your socks and the fears that rain is bad for you.Rush from inside to outside: bare feet, wearing a light T-shirt and an open heart. Bring your awareness with you; you will definitely need it to feel the pure rain effect.

It’s time to feel the rain!

Sonja’s article, “Have you ever felt the rain” was published by Yoga Curious Blog on the 3rd of September, 2013. Dig for more Yoga-related articles here.  Happy reading!

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Yoga Teacher Training in India – are you ready or not?

For particular actions in our life, we know exactly when we are ready because nature or social conventions taught us so:

  • Kids are ready to go to school when they turn 6 or 7
  • Cherries are ready to be picked when they have a reddish color
  • A baby is ready for a night’s sleep after being fed
  • You are prepared to teach after you have successfully graduated a teacher training.

However, when you decide or think you are ready for a yoga teacher training or not, age, nature or social conventions are not criteria at all: not even the “age” of your practice, what the others say about you or if it is a “yoga season” or not. Young or experienced, yoga beginner or super-advanced, you will find a Yoga teacher training that suits you as soon as you feel you are prepared for such a course.

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How do you know precisely when you are ready for a yoga teacher training?

Sonja Appel, Founder and leading teacher at Sushumna Yoga in Goa, India, affirms that a student knows they are ready for a yoga teacher training by having a desire to dive into all the aspects of what yoga truly means.

“Of course one needs to have a burning passion (rajas in sanskrit) and true desire to embrace all eight limbs of yoga, not just the asana practice which is only one of them. This should be considered before embarking on any Yoga Teacher Training. I think that it is more important to have a daily practice or start doing one than the ability to do advanced asana, although a certain level should have been attained, at least a level two in classes. However the ability to have an open mind, strong body and a great desire to learn and good knowledge of how your body feels when practicing asana is a great starting point too.”

For those of you who have discovered in your heart the burning passion for yoga and feel ready for our yoga teacher training in India, at Sushumna Yoga there are two upcoming events that may interest you:

1) Sushumna Teacher Training – 300+ Hours

Dates: 16th March  to 13th April 2014
Place: Sushumna Yoga Retreat in Goa, India
More information: Click Here

2) 100 hours Yoga Immersion 

Brief: Yoga Immersion in Ashtanga & Vinyasa Flow & Yogic Philosophy with Anand Semalty and  Sonja Appel.
Dates: 12th to 26th January 2014
Place: Sushumna Yoga Retreat in Goa, India
More information: Click Here

Article retrieved from Yoga Curious Blog, published on September 2, 2013.  Read more articles on Yoga Curios here.

Death is nothing at all

Poem by Henry Scott Holland

 

Death is nothing at all.
I have only slipped away to the next room.
I am I and you are you.
Whatever we were to each other,
That, we still are.

Call me by my old familiar name.
Speak to me in the easy way
which you always used.

Put no difference into your tone.
Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.

Laugh as we always laughed
at the little jokes we enjoyed together.
Play, smile, think of me. Pray for me.
Let my name be ever the household word
that it always was.
Let it be spoken without effect.
Without the trace of a shadow on it.

Life means all that it ever meant.
It is the same that it ever was.
There is absolute unbroken continuity.
Why should I be out of mind
because I am out of sight?

I am but waiting for you.
For an interval.
Somewhere. Very near.
Just around the corner.

All is well.