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2/21/19 4:54 P

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Thank you for the replies. Carla I am sorry, I have been 'away' for some time.
I hope you find ways to practice the yoga.

This is an overview of the classes I took so far:

Introduction: get to a spot where you feel a turning point: 'now I know something of value deep within myself'. From there, from that inner knowledge, i can be present, this is what matters. It all comes forth from the depth of 'being'.

LESSON 1: Theme: Be where you are (now).

LESSON 2 Theme: Our body points the way
If we feel what our body needs, and act on what our body 'wants' to do, we create a flow.

LESSON 3: The breath: bridge between life and death
In the western world it's important first of all to learn to let the breath be. Follow it but do not try to control or steer it. Yoga in India knows a lot of breathing exercises (pranayama) but these exercises were designed for people who have a 'natural' way of breathing, not the strained, shallow breath of the average person in the Western world.
Breath in yoga philosophy is connected to 'prana' ('energy'). When I do yoga exercises my body will often start to tingle and feel very 'alive' - that is the energy that is induced by the breath, the breath is allowed to 'move' and 'bring energy' to all body parts due to the stretching and the poses of the yoga exercises.

LESSON 4: From doing to being: working hard and letting go
It's very important when doing a yoga pose (and in life in general) to never 'give your all'. Do not stretch to the maximum, stretch to the maximum and then give in a little, make sure you can relax while being in the pose, do not give it your 'all', to strain is not helpful. Only if we relax while doing a pose can the breath truly flow through the body and increase our vitality.

LESSON 5: Dedication and self-care; what brings you joy?
Ask yourself: what things / topics am I now giving my dedication to, my love, my time, my energy? Is that in line with what I really want?

LESSON 6: The power of silence and attention; awareness
There are two kinds of 'attention'.
The first is 'to focus on something', to 'concentrate'. It means to 'pay attention to'.
The second is to be present in a state of being attentive, aware.




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1/29/19 5:06 A

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Mindfulness and yoga go hand-in-hand and both produce feel8ngs of calm and tranquility.
Go you!

Renia , Lavalette, France GMT +1



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1/12/19 2:06 P

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Hi, White-Green,
I'm finding that your post is encouraging.
I'm living in northern Ghana as a mission worker for community health.
I have a bedroom and private bathroom in a home with a Ghanaian family.

I brought a small mat with me for doing floor exercises, and there is a little floor space (enough to roll out the almost 5 ft mat.

What's not available is any video to watch while exercising. I will read your posts and use some graphic drawings and descriptions on-line. It's too expensive to stream videos.

Thank you for these descriptions about what you have been learning in your classes!
Best to you!
-Carla



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12/27/18 3:05 A

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I'm still continueing with the yoga training even though circumstances are making it tempting to not practice daily.

The topics of the 4 meetings we had so far:

1. Be where you are. Get up on your toes, stay there for a moment, then come back on your heels slowly and then truly REST where you are. Feel that your mind is where your body is, not steps or even miles ahead.

2. The body is the 'gate'; follow it's needs and signals.
When teaching yoga do not come up with a plan of what poses you will do in advance. Feel what the body wants and make the moves and use the poses you feel are doing your body good.

3. Let the breath be natural. Become aware of the breath during the day: what is it like? Leave it be, don't try to force it or change it, just observe it. Notice the moment of 'nothing' at the end of the out breath.
To do pranayama's is fine now and then but don't disturb the way your breath goes naturally too much. Pranayama was invented for people who already have a very natural breath and good body awareness, not for us in the western world who are not even aware we are breating a lot of the time.
See how different poses influence the breath. Try to move with the breath whem moving into or out of a pose.

4. Letting go instead of trying too hard. Top athletes and artists are achieving the most when they go with a flow instead of trying very hard. Within your efforts there should still be room to relax. If you focus on the result too much you will cramp.

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11/19/18 7:33 A

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Feeling overwhelmed, I haven't done yoga daily - though it might be very good if I did!
I did start studying a spiritual text and doing some meditation on it.

The insight I get from that is that it's most important to focus on the simple stillness within us.

I'm also taking a yoga class every week. Did my yoga exercises this weekend.

Edited by: WHITE-GREEN at: 11/19/2018 (07:34)

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10/28/18 4:08 A

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I am still doing my yoga exercises on most days. The last few times I noticed that it is getting hard to not do them as a 'routine', which means doing them while thinking of other things. I need to continue to practice to stay present and feel my body, being aware of the here-and-now as I do the exercises.

I need to find my way with my body that is growing older and that has aches and pains. Especially the pain in my side / back is bothering me but I continue to hope that practicing yoga will help me with that.

Edited by: WHITE-GREEN at: 10/28/2018 (04:21)

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10/18/18 4:14 P

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I am quite happy that I started the yoga training. I think and I hope it will bring me many good new perspectives and more integration of the 'principles of silence and presence' in my life.

I realized that having followed a mindfulness training earlier this year is helping me now with the yoga practice. It's helping me to try to really be present when I do the yoga poses. To feel my body - to be aware of whatever it feels. Whatever it is, as it is.



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10/17/18 1:40 P

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Since last friday (today is wednesday) I have practiced yoga for half an hour on three or four days.

I am so glad to notice today that it seems as if the pain that I've had for years now in my side and back seems to be a little bit less after I did the yoga this afternoon! I so hope this positive impact will continue!



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10/14/18 5:57 A

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This training is one class per month of three hours, and we're supposed to meet with a yoga buddy- a fellow student - once a month as well.

The theme of this first class was 'Be where you are'. We did one very simple (but important) exercise. It goes like this: stand upright, relaxed. Get up on your toes, stay on your toes for a few moments, then very slowly, in a controlled and conscious manner, lower your heels and stand on your feet again. Repeat a few times.
Realize that when you bring your heels to the floor, you don't really 'stand' and lean on them straight away. There is a moment when the heels touch the floor, but you are not really resting on your feet. Notice the moment that you DO really get to rest on your feet. It takes a moment. Very often once you've truly 'landed' on your feet and on that spot, you'll heave something like a sigh: there's a deep breath out that indicates that you have truly 'landed' on that spot.
The teacher made an analogy with how we are often rushing through life, entering a room and starting to talk before we've even really arrived. Jumping from one thing to the next, our mind and thoughts always ahead of our physical body.

So we practiced stepping forward, then stopping and truly 'arriving' at that new spot, taking a moment to 'land' before continueing (in this case continueing meant pointing at another student who will next step forward and 'land' before they continue, etcetera).

So in the past days my slogan has been to 'be where I am'. In any situation we can stop and feel if we truly are 'where we are'. To repeat to myself 'to be where I am' helps me to let go and relax somewhat, 'sinking in' to the moment.
As I am sitting here now too, I need to take a moment to 'be where I am' and feel my body as it sits here rather than to be completely occupied with typing and thinking the words I'm typing...

Our homework assignment is to take 20 minutes per day to do yoga and/ or meditate, and to do it in a very conscious way (no automatic moves nor going from one exercise / posture to the next in a mechanical fashion).

I did this today and it felt very good! I'd not been doing yoga in a very serious manner for a very long time.
I just started doing the 'routine' yoga exercises that I used to do daily in the past, but tried to be really 'conscious' and aware of how it felt do be in those postures.
Before I knew it I'd done half an hour. I noticed how I felt very relaxed because of having done that yoga, and I told myself once again how doing this frequently might make such a wonderful difference in my life, helping me to be more calm and resilient.

Now I know that I've started a practice like this before and that it'd feel great the first (few) times... but sooner or later there will be a day, or a few days, when it does not feel great, and I get bored, or I feel like it's not helping me at all, or I am 'in my head' criticizing myself... That's the challenge to continue then.

So I started this community journal to share my yoga experiences as I follow the training.



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10/14/18 5:53 A

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I intend to use this thread to share a bit of my experiences as I follow a yoga training from October 12, 2018 until the end of March, 2019.



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