The autumn breeze carries fine drops, each one a promise of the rain to come. As newly chilled air moves the clouds, streaks of brilliance break through from a patient sun. I let my eyes rest for a moment, feeling the ambiance of street, hearing the sounds, taking in the aroma, letting my brain be still. Then when I want to see, it's as if I just arrived here, beamed in from some other place and time, able to see clearly.
Dear soul freinds, During this pandemic period, self-Care and rest has been an essential part of our routine. Now, more than ever, it’s important to check in with ourselves and look after our physical and emotional well-being. The re-confinement certainly has helped us to take more rest and spend more time in nature with it's powerful energy and we feel that a lot has been shifted lately and we need to integrate these shifts. Personally, this period of introspection has been tremendous healing and inspiring filled with new ideas that I'm offering the coming weeks. Every day meditation and yoga program to help the community to enter into balance in the physical life that will enable us to reach a new way, a new level of awareness.
Whether you are already part of the community and follow the regular courses or have taken a break from it all, you are invited, every Monday and Wednesday afternoon for Pranayama & Meditation sessions. The sessions are about 45 minutes online to reconnect , recalibrate and resource with your internal energy as well as the collective. Beside the pranayama and mediation evenings, Yoga of awakening, are offered until 11th of December. The sessions are open for everyone and all levels of practitioners. I kindly ask you to register before hand to be able to follow classes online ViaSkype
Last but not least Christmas and new year will be here soon and although it will probably be a very different experience than last year, that doesn’t mean that celebrations have to be cancelled. If the circumstances allow us to travel end of this year, one week of transformation retreat into the new year is foreseen to spend in Sicily. I hope we can connect personally in the studio or online. I am looking forward hearing from you very soon
With Love & gratitude Ramona Rouhdoust
Yoga and 5 elements
Drushti is the Quality of our awareness, is spacious and encompassing Bandha is the Quality of our energy and relates to Fire.
Asana is the Quality of our posture and relates to Earth, while Pranayama is the Quality of our breathing (Air) and Vinyasa is the Quality of our movement relating to Water. When we practice Yoga we gradually learn to include the elements above.
The Bandha teach us about how we use our energy and we need energy in order to live happier lives, in order to have clarity of mind (keeping ones Centre), in order to simply digest food and even information. The Water element allows us to learn trust in the flow of life with its ups and downs. Water is nourishing, healing, moistening, and at its cleanest, when it flows! Like your body. It too needs the right amount of movement, so it does not stagnate and smell putrid!! The Asana are all about posture practice and again, we all know how we feel when our bodies (and minds) are open and upright with ease. Better! Dynamic alignment in Posture practice will bring foundation. Foundation is to be taken seriously, as anyone knows, who wants to kick start a new project. With Posture practice we learn about and internalise our innate ability to feel grounded, solid, well placed in space and time. Life becomes less of a struggle.
Pranayama is the art of breathing and simply said, the way we breath is an expression of how we feel, of what energetic state we might be in and by engaging with various types of breathing we re-charge who we are, re-charge our sense of Self, inner authority and clarity of boundaries. And, since breathing connects us to the rest of creation, we can feel, at the same time, more connected to it.
Drushti is the presence of Awareness. Imagine eating the most delicious food whilst watching TV at the same time and at the end you and I wonder where the food has gone!! Life likes simplicity and Awareness practices are a key, a must, to be part of the rich inner flow of mother life. How do we know when we truly have had enough of food, a relationship, holidays or work? The flow of Awareness.