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Nya vindar av visdomar !

Hej på er alla underbara Yogis i vår Sangha Samprema (Sangha = gemenskap, familjär grupp )! Nu har första månaden gått redan och lämnat oss varma inombords av det fina mottagandet och intressen från er alla. Alla våra yogalärare håller med mig när jag säger att Vi är oerhört tacksamma och glada över vilket fint gemenskap Ni har hjälpt att bygga upp här på Yoga Samprema. Gemenskaper är ju så mycket mera än bara vi lärare. Till stora delen är det just Ni som skapar atmosfären och energin som fyller vår kära Shala. Så ännu ett Stort Tack för denna fina start!

 

Som ni redan har sett så är ju utbudet av klasser längs veckan rätt stort och ännu växande. Det betyder ju förstås att vi lärarna behöver också utvecklas och hålla oss fulla med inspiration och lära oss konstant nytt. Både för ert skull och för vårt. Så vi hoppas att ni har förståelse när vi för vissa tillfällen ändrar lite i scheman. Vi gör vårt bästa med att hålla schemat som den är och täcka in varandra när någon hamnar vara borta men vissa gånger hamnar vi helt enkelt ställa in. Det har ni säkert förståelse för. Nu kommande helgen kommer jag (Karro) vara på extra studier i Finland, så  3.-5.2. är det Malin och Tomas som tar hand om er. Att notera är att söndag finns inga Yoga klasser i form av asana praktik men eventuellt finns en möjlighet att komma och utöva Karma Yoga, vilket betyder hjälp av att tex. torka av mattor, vika damma av och vika filtar, samt annat smått som finns ännu att göra. Tee och smått att tugga finns på plats så klart.

Måndag 6.2. kommer vi att ha vårt shala uthyrt fram till 19.30 men på kvällen har vi en skön Yin Yoga klass 20.00-21.00 för att garantera en god natt sömn. Tisdag är vi tillbaka till normala schemat. Ser redan fram emot att börja inplantera det man lärt sig under helgen.

Massage rummet börjar också vara redo för användning, och om ni funderar på bokning av massage hör av er. De som kommer att i nu läge erbjuda massage är Karoliina (Klassisk massage, Kinesio tejpning och f.o.m mars Indisk huvudmassage), Tomas (Klassisk massage, Kinesio tejpning) och Emilia Szmigiel (Klassisk massage samt kosmetologiska massage behandlingar som sellulit / ”slim” massage och ansikts massage). På Emilia kommer även information inom kort på ”Om Oss”. Hon kommer att finnas hos oss på praktik från Mars. Oerhört spännande med hela utvecklingen!!

Vi ses igen på Yoga Samprema!

NAMASTÈ !

Karro med Crew <3

 

 

Hur veta vilken klass som passar just Dej?

Olika Yoga stilar – Något för Alla!

Det finns väldigt många olika stilar och inriktningar av Yogan, vilket är ju helt fantastiskt så alla kan hitta just den formen som passar just din daxform. Oberoende vilket Yoga klass du deltar i det finns några saker att tänka på för att säkra din Yoga praktik.

  • Ta i beaktande möjliga gamla eller färska skador / sjukdom
  • Meddela alltid din lärare om möjliga skador, smärtor, sjukdom
  • Vad är Dina behov? Reflektera över om Du är i behov av stillhet eller mera dymamisk rörelse.
  • Vad är Din intension?
  • Om du är osäker ta kontakt med oss och vi berättar mera.
  •  Yoga är inte smärtsamt. Om smärta upplevs fråga råd.
  • Kom ihåg att skynda långsamt. Utveckling tar tid.

Yin Yoga

Yin yoga är yogaform bygger på Tao yogans väl beprövade kinesiska övningar. Det är en lugn och meditativ yogaform där fokus ligger på kroppens yin delar som bindvävnad, leder och ligament. Det är framförallt områdena kring höften, låren, bäckenbenet och nedre delen av ryggraden som man jobbar med. Alla övningar görs på golvet och varje position hålls mellan tre till fem minuter, med intension på att slappna av i musklerna, och med medveten andning för att fokusera kropp och sinne på vad som händer.

Yin yoga – hur gör man

Under Yin Yoga använder man en del hjälpmedel som tex klossar, filtar, bälten och bolsters, för att stöda upp positionerna för maximal avslappning.

Detta bör inte blandas ihop med att positionerna alltid är sköna, utan positionerna många gånger är väldigt intensiva. Men äen även om att en position upplevs intensiv eller obekväm betyder inte att man gör fel utan detta indigerar ofta på stelhet i delar av kroppen. Med andra ord är det helt ofarligt att stanna kvar. Där emot om känslan är huggande och rent av smärtsam bör du komma försiktigt ur positionen och kanske fråga råd. Kom ihåg att du själv känner din kropp bäst.

Yin yogan är en suveränt kompliment till mera Yang formen av yogan som tex Asthanga och Hatha, så som många andra fysiska träningsformer där musklerna tenderar att bli ”packade” och förkortade. Yin yogan ger djupgående stretch, och hjälper att bibehålla lederna, ligamenterna och bindväven mjuka, vilket bidrar till ungdomligt välmående kropp. Inte minst minskar man risk för rygg och led relaterade problem. Yin yogan är även väldigt bra förberedelse inför meditation.

  • Ger ökat flexibilitet till kroppens bindvävnad
  • Förbättrad flexibilitet i Hela ryggen så som höfterna
  • Skapar en terapeutisk påverkan på lederna som får ökad ledvätska
  • Lugnare sinnelag, emotionell balans, ger övning i att hålla sig lugn när man utsätts för intern och extern stress
  • Stimulerar och rensar kroppens inre organ
  • Förser ryggraden med vätska och ger bättre cirkulation av vätskan
  • Stoppar upp åldrandet genom att lederna behåller sin mjukhet och rörlighet
  • Förbättrar och balanserar livsenergin (chi, qi, prana) via kroppens bindvävnad

Hatha Yoga

Hathayogan är den mest kända formen av yoga ur vilken de flesta andra yogaformer härstammar. Genom att träna kroppen vill man i hathayoga nå sinnet och därmed finna inre balans. Mjuka fysiska rörelser kombineras med andningsövningar och meditation för att uppnå ett hållbart fysiskt och psykiskt välbefinnande.

Hur fungerar hathayoga?
Ordet Hatha är sanskrit, där Ha betyder sol och Tha betyder måne. Syftet med hathayoga är att finna inre lugn genom att balansera energierna från dessa två. Hathayogans mjuka, fysiska positioner (asanas) hålls mer statiskt och utförs i ett lugnare tempo än i andra fysiska och dynamiska yogaformer som exempelvis ashtanga vinyasa. Positionerna kombineras med andningsövningar (pranayama) och olika meditationstekniker för att uppnå balans mellan kropp och sinne.

Fördelar med hathayoga

  • Starkare och mer flexibel kropp
  • Mindre spänningar
  • Mental klarhet och ökad fokus
  • Kraft och inspirationTerapeutisk Yoga

Asthanga

Ashtanga yoga härstammar från Hatha yoga men är en dynamisk och kraftfull form av den. I Ashtanga arbetar man med kropp, andning och sinne. Vad gör denna form mera Dynamisk är för att rörelserna är sammanlänkade med varandra genom “vinyasa”, ett flödande system där varje rörelse utförs synkroniserat med den kraftfulla / segerrika andningen. Andningen, som kallas “ujjayi”, avger ett väsande ljud och producerar en stark hetta i kroppen som gör att man svettas mycket. Detta sätter igång en reningsprocess som rensar kroppen från gifter och slaggprodukter. Ujjayi är även ett sätt att fokusera och närvara, så att vår uppmärksamhet vänds bort från yttre ting, vilket gör yogan till en meditativ upplevelse. Andetaget används både i Hatha och Asthanga även som en markör om huruvida vi håller oss på rätt nivå eller om vi blir för egodrivna och passerar våra begränsningar. Under asana praktik bör andetaget var jämnt, lugnt, lätt väsande, utan att vara forcerad.

Asthanga anses vara den mest fysiska och utmanande av alla yogaformer. Ashtanga passar den som tycker om att svettas och få en riktig genomkörare, men naturligtvis så blir träningen till vad man gör den. Utövaren lägger själv sin träning på den nivå som passar för stunden. I takt med att styrka och flexibilitet utvecklas så kommer man gradvis djupare i ställningarna.

Ashtangas fördelar

  •  Både fysisk och mental balans.
  • Förutom att stärka kroppens muskulatur och göra den mer flexibel har yogan en mycket hälsosam effekt på inre organ och på nervsystemet.
  • Utövandet gör oss mer medvetna om kroppen och våra mentala processer. Vi kan därmed få distans till våra tankar och känslor och förstå oss själva bättre.
  • Träningen leder till att man känner sig stark och lätt i kropp och sinne. Vår inställning till oss själva och livet är också något som påverkas av Ashtanga yoga.

Ashtanga yoga är uppbyggt av sex serier, som var och en är utformad för att arbeta med olika aspekter av kroppen. Den första och vanligaste serien, som vi har på även vår schema, syftar till att rena och avgifta kroppen. Den innehåller cirka 80 ställningar som utförs i ordningsföljd där varje rörelse förbereder för nästa. De övriga serierna är mer avancerade och kräver stor ödmjukhet och flexibilitet hos utövaren. Man går inte vidare med nästa serie förrän man behärskat serien innan. Men den första serien ger en mycket allsidig träning, så den räcker långt.

Grundare; Shri K Pattabhi Jois

Vår Mentor i Asthanga; Petri Räisänen som var en elev till Pattabhi Jois

Terapeutisk Yoga

Terapeutisk Yoga är en klass där positioner stöder kroppens egen helnings process med hjälp av linjering och stödet av olika hjälp medel som tex. bolsters, klossar, filtar och bälten. Klassen är väldigt lugn men beroende på kroppens tillstånd kan den upplevas även väldigt intensiv, om inte under klassen men kanske efter åt. Detta är ju så klart en del av själva helnings processen. Positionerna i sig är mera restorativa och utmaningen kanske ligger just i att våga slappna av och bara i stillhet beakta vad händer i kroppen och vilka känslomässiga kopplingar vi bär med oss i olika kropps del. Kanske pga av en trauma vi upplevd i någon form längs livet. Rekommenderar varmt att testa denna klass och få en resa in i djupet!

Pranayama

Pranayama är sanskrit och betyder Förlängning / kontroll av andetaget eller mera vardagligt andningsträning. De är en viktig del i Yoga och förekommer på nästan alla Yoga praktik tillfällen. När vår andning blir snabb eller hackig påverkar det vårt medvetande och hur vi mår men när vi har kontroll av andetaget blir sinnes stämningen lugn och stilla. Att lära sig andningsövningar och låta de få en naturlig plats i vardagen, även om det bara är fem minuter, gör att vi får lättare att behålla lugnet när livet ger oss utmaningarna. Både i det lilla i vardagen till större händelser. Det är bla det som kallas att ta Yogan utanför mattan – och in i vardagen.

Enligt Logiska filosofin och traditionella skrifterna kan man genom att styra andningen upprätta balans mellan kroppens och psykets funktioner. Det finns andningsövningar för olika behov och tillfällen. Att börja eller avsluta dagen med andningsövningar kan ge dig energi och göra dig piggare, på eftermiddagen kan det få dig att stressa ner och på kvällen få dig att varva ner och göra det lättare att somna

Effekter av olika andningsövningar, de kan:  

  • Minska stress och främja avslappning.
  • Öka koncentrationen.
  • Förankra oss i nuet.
  • Balansera höger och vänster hjärnhalva.
  • Aktivera det parasympatiska nervsystemet som ger lugn och ro.
  • Öka syreintaget i kroppen vilket berikar blodet och syrehalten i hjärnan.
  • Massera magen, levern, mjälten, hjärtat och bukspottkörteln.
  • Förbättra matsmältningen.
  • Öka syresättningen i kroppens celler och stöder därav immunförsvaret

Trivsel för alla!

Nu när vi börjar komma mera och mera igång är det kanske bra läge att vi repeterar trivselreglerna som Ni alla (borde) har sett vid skapande av profil, och kryssat i för att ni samtycker i. Det här är regler som garanterar allas trivsel och även ett sätt att visa hänsyn och respekt jämte mot oss som jobbar på Yoga Samprema, men också mot alla Medyogisar.

Namaste!

  • Jag kommer till klasserna hel och ren.
  • Jag lägger telefonen på ”Flightmode” och lämnar mina grejer utanför Shalan.
  • Jag håller ljudnivån nere och Shalan låter vi vara ett utrymme för att landa i lugnet.
  • Jag visar hänsyn till personalen/medyogisar och kommer i tid när jag bokat mig en plats till en klass!
  • Om jag behöver lämna Shalan under klassen, låter jag läraren veta att jag är ok/inte mår bra.
  • Jag använder mig av ”Sunt hushållsförnuft” gäller vad som kommer till; upphängning av kläder, lämning av skor, allmänt toavett
  • Jag visar respekt och tar väl hand om den yogautrustning jag får låna under klassernas gång; rullar snyggt ihop mattan, filtarna viks kortända mot kortända prydligt ihop, rullar ihop bälten osv.

Nya tider, nya möjligheter!

Hej alla! Det här är vår nya hemsida för Studio Yoga Samprema!

Som ni ser, så är det inte helt färdigställd, men den som väntar på något gott… Inom de närmaste veckorna kommer vi att kunna presentera en ny yogastudio på Åland. Här kommer ni att hitta en fristad för alla yogis – centralt på Åland. Många detaljer är ännu under planering och upparbetning, men på Yoga Samprema kommer ni att finna sköna massagebehandlingar av olika former, olika varianter av yoga samt produkter som anknyter både till yoga, hälsa och skönhet. Det är förståeligt att ni blir nyfikna på vårt upplägg – det är vi också!! Mycket är ännu ofärdigt, mycket är ännu obestämt. Detta gör också att vi hela tiden håller ögon och öron öppna för lyckade lösningar för er alla, för att få en välfungerande service.

Vi, på Yoga Samprema, önskar er hjärtligt välkomna att följa vår resa, hoppas att ni vill bli en del av den.

 

Eko’ham Bahusyam.  (I am One, may I be many)

Upanishads

Karoliina

Studio Yoga Samprema

Sat Karma Kriyas – Yogic Cleansing rituals

These is many ways to practice Yoga as we all know. These is so many other ways than just the asanas on out mats. It’s the way we act and react. It’s the way we treat our selves and others. But it can also be practice of old Yogic and ayurvedic rituals like the Sat Karma Kriyas. A serie of cleansing rituals for both body and mind.
Hathayoga Pradipika describes six different cleansing methods for body and the are recommended to do along with asana and pranayama practice. These methods are told to strengthen and support asana and pranayama practices ability to move Prana. These techniques are according many distasteful but tehty have been playing a huge roll in the development of Yoga. These techniques are practices by a minority of Yoga practicers any many of these Yogis online practice Somero of the and rarely them all.

SHAT KARMA KRIYAS 

Shat comes from the word six, Karma från action and Kriya is cleansing/ purifying.

1. Neti = cleansing of nose and the upper breathing organs

Jala Neti, pouring salt water through one nostril in and the water runs out from the other nostril. Repeat even other way. Watch a video clip HERE.

Sutra Neti, a rubber string that is slowly pushed through nostril to the oral cavity. Watch a video clip HERE.

2. Dhauti = cleansing of throat and stomach.

Vaman, drinking 2 liters of saltwater and causing puke reflex and emptening the stomach.

-Dan Dhauti, the rests of saltwater that is left in the stomach removes by a rubber tube.

-Vastra Dhauti, swolloing long piece of cotton rack to clean up the very last of the salt water and mucus from stomach.

3. Nauli

Yogi learns to control with lift and rotate of the M. Rectus Abdominis to strengthen and massateini the inner organs.

4. Basti

Cleansing of Rectum and Colon through water that is lead in through anus, much like water enema.

5. Kapalabhati

Kapalabhati is often inserted to Pranayama practice as a part of the practice. It’s a serie of pumping motions done with lower belly and between pumping the tummy should be totally relaxed. The air that forcfully flows out through the nostrils stimulates frontal lobe, brain and the pelvic floor. Inhalation comes automatically between each pumping.

6. Trataka

Cleansing of eyes and the optical nerve through focusing the gase towards a candle flame until the eyes tear up, then you close the eyes and try to still se the image of the flame as long as possible. When the image fades away, lay down for coupé of minutes. Trataka sais also to purify the subconcious mind.

I do practice Kriyas but Not all of them. Dhauti is something that I concider to be of the limits as it seems right now. I am a souber Bulimic chick and it just feel uncomfortable even as a thought. But the other Kriyas I find effective and useful and I highly recommend to test them if you get the change to test them with good guidence.
Have a great one!

Namaste!

Karoliina

Savasana and why should You practice it

Savasana, The dead mans or Corps pose We all know it, right. Laying down on your mat. Totally still. Relaxed. And it looks and sounds so easy and wonderful. I can almost guarantee that Everyone of us has felt sometimes frustrared over this Finishing pose. You can feel ”antz” claiming your leggs, your eye balls play flipper underneight your eyelids and your thoughs bounzes inside of your head like they would get paid for it. You get frustrated and without notising you are holding your breath. Relaxed and piecefull is barely what you could call that state. But listen to me when I tell you; it Will come and it Will be so worth all these frustrating moments. I used to be exactly like that.

 A short story about how I used to think about Savasana… I counted seconds to get over it and get up, roll your mat and run away on your to do’s. It felt like such a waste of time… But still I felt encyklopedin for The others resting and seeming to honestly liking it! 

It tok some serious searching why This was so hard for me and finally I started to understand. I never gave my self permission to relax and I just thought that I simply was that way. But it was so much deeper. I never relaxed, tok vacation from my business, were in quiet car / home or just did NOTHING. Because that would have ment that I would have to face my biggest fears and the uggliest truths, the darkest side of my self. All the traumas caused by others , traumas caused by me and what was the true me based on these things. (You Will understand all of This when and if you choose to read my book when it comes out.) Even though that Savasana is not (nessacary ) meditation pose but a preparation for The Meditation, for me it was a real practice of confronting myself , accepting and embraising my Self With all my flawes. Time after time I was astonished how many Self limitating and mean thoughts I had about my Self. I needed to face them even that they made me so sad. My heart cryed blood. But in some point I started to questioning these things. Is it all really true? Am I all that terrible? Why do I need to hide behind my work, training, smile when it hurt at most? Can I genuint forgive it all and move forward? Ah…. That was a looong school. Unbleasant and terrible but still so sweet and libarating. There is always new leyers to come but I’ve come so far and I embraise every moment of This Change.

But what is The REAL REASON TO DO SAVASANA??

In Savasana your body has the opportunity to take benefits from all The poses you have done during your asana practice. When You calm down and relax, your body can start to balance it Self up to get in The right alignment,  get centered. It gives you the possibilities to calm down your central nervous system.

It’s a moment for your reflexions and finding a state of being conciously friend with your surroundings; The ground underneight you and The space around you and creating a relationship to them both, thoughts, feelings and your breath. It’s a practice And it isn’t always easy. There is good days and less good days With Savana as any other Asana. Be curious!! No judgements over any of The things that happens in it, just be aware of it all.

So why do You do Yoga? Don’t you want to have all The benefits of your practice? Don’t skip your Savasana. Keep on trying untill you manage to find The peace within to just lay down and letting go and just Be. You can start to just Stay in it for 3-5 minutes and when you start to feel more ease to Stay still, why not even 15-20 minutes when you have time to do so. But plan your practice to always include At least 3-5 minutes to rest. You are so worth it. It really is one of The most wonderful experiences to find your Self in Savasana!!

And what ever you choose to do, getting into Savasana or Choosing to sit in Sukhasana, but try to avoid to run out from the shala. Both for your own good but also for respect towards other practicers and your Teacher. And if you sometime need to leave the shala, Remember to let Your Teacher know the cause. It’s a nightmare to wonder why someone left and if they are Okay. It happens that people get dizzy or start to feel sick and We just don’t wan’t anyone pass out somewhere alone.

Be a good Yogi! 



What makes a real Yogi?

Every morning first thing you do You roll out your matt. You do your disciplined practice that ends with meditation. You massage in your sweat with herbal oil combination and enjoy your little vegan breakfast. Every day the same. Nothing but striving to get more pure, more flexible and more enlightened.

Recently I read this Really long Facebook posting about ”People being hypocrites about being yogis when they don’t live like one…”. If you smoke, use alcohol, wear branded clothes, eat meat, eat any unhealthy things, aren’t hard core raw vegan and aren’t doing your at least 90 minutes yoga practice each day, aren’t flexible,the list goes on and on and ends up with ”don’t teach Yoga if you aren’t real Yogi, then my friend you are just a hypocrite wannabe…”

This post made me quite sad, because in my eyes one of the basics of a Good Yogi is non judgement. We all have our own paths. So I own this post to ALL these ”BAD” Yogis around the world. And of course as everything, also this is just my point of the view.

Let’s start, shall we… What makes a real Yogi? Or am I just a hypocrite…

One of the fundaments of Yoga is to be kind. To everyone and everything around us. I know that we all are human and we all make mistakes and we don’t always manage to control fully our minds and habits. BUT it’s a constant practice of being aware of your thoughts and reactions, to study the quality of them and when we notice that we end up to have wicked and negative thoughts we can easily choose to change them. Are these thoughts real or just reflecting some part of me that I don’t like in my self? I’m I being true to my self? Am I hiding behind these words? How can I turn it to better?…

Being kind means also in my Yogic world to practice Ahimsa (non violence) as in many ways as possible. For example; I don’t use fur, I don’t eat meat, but I eat fish and sea food sometimes, I eat very little milk products, I use as much as possible Organic and fair trade products. And that is Ahimsa towards both for me and others when I choose products there people get paid for their work and they don’t have to poison themselves or nature with chemicals. But to be clear about something, I do use alcohol and I do eat (Vegan) candy, and sometimes I just have to get me a nice gluten free vegetarian pizza. Not often and not much, but it happens and I don’t believe that it makes me any less of a Yogi 😉

What comes to eating meat… I don’t eat it because my body don’t like it. I feel stagnated if I eat meat. I’m also mainly Pitta and just on based on that, I don’t need meat to eat and feel well. Rest of my family eats meat but not every day. When we buy meat to our house, we are always striving for local products to be sure that the animals has been taken care of in fine way (Even though that think that every farm could make some improvements). So, if you are a meat eating Yogi, just choose your products wisely; small local, organic farms that takes care of the animals with respect and love.

That comes also to any products. Clothes, tea, wine, coffee, cocoa… Everything! You can always choose the organic and fair trade products that are both good for you but also for the environment and the people that work in producing the products.
So, Conscious choices are definitely part of being a good Yogi.

What comes to branded clothes, well now I feel repeating myself but if it’s fair trade and I need it, Why not?? It pays someone’s salary – everyone needs food on the table for their families, roof over the head.

And what comes to the daily practice of Yoga… As You may already know the Yoga practice is so much more than just the asanas. Yoga is in every choice you make, every moment when you stop to listen to your inner self, every moment when you are kind towards yourself or someone else, it’s in every moment you choose love before anything else, Yoga is whenever You listen to silence and find peace within it, because that is finding peace within You.
SO, even when the asana (yoga positions) practice is good for your body and mind, it’s impossible for most of us to do it 90 minutes every day. It’s better to do 15 minutes than not at all. Sometimes that ”not at all” hits us when the Life happens and it doesn’t make you less Yogi anyway. It’s not like your license for practice Yoga is withdrawn in because you missed your daily Virabhadrasana A.
I have myself 3 children, we have a minor zoo with 4 cats and a rescue dog and both me and my husband are entrepreneurs, sometimes the time kind of slips between your fingers and you have to choose between rest and practice. For me as a former Cancer patient the choice is always rest.

What comes to being flexible or the teaching if you aren’t flexible. Everyone is not an acrobat artist and that isn’t the meaning of yoga either. There are tons of different kinds of bodies, bodily histories, health conditions and they don’t make anyone less of a Yogi or teacher. If you just measure a Yoga teacher in base of how acrobatic this is You can as well go to study to circus. It’s the inside that matters. It’s the thirst of digging deeper in your own self and sharing your knowledge drawn just the right kind of students to You.
And even if your Yogic path has started because all these challenging poses, I’ll promise, in some point there will appear deeper thoughts and questions that you need to face. And with out being religious, that is when the path starts to be spiritual. Spiritual in my eyes isn’t the same as being religious.

I don’t believe in puritanism or fanaticism in anything. Not in Religion or belief systems, diets, training forms or Yoga forms and ideologies.
We all need to listen inwards find out what works out for us, what is our purpose, what makes us feel good and what makes us to be better persons. These needs are what makes everyones path different and we need to respect everyone’s own path. I have mine, You have Yours.

”You can not travel the path until you become the path itself.” – Buddha

To bake this all together. What makes a real Yogi?
If you are person who aims to be kind and true towards yourself and others, working on to be non judging and constantly makes consciously better choices, taking time to learn and accept yourself as you are – Congratulations! In my eyes You are a one Amazing and Real Yogi!

Dos and Don'ts when Teaching Yoga !

Every Teacher is newbie in some point and all of us do misstakes. I have Done my misstakes and for sure Will do misstakes even in future. 

Hey, let’s be real – I’m only human! But what is the purpose of misstakes is that we learn from them. Or at least SHOULD learn…. If you don’t notice your misstakes or if you don’t think you do misstakes, Well dear here is some for you….


I just Love that quote!! What I mean With This is that if We think We never do misstakes big enough to learn from them or for to change, then We definetely are blinded by our ego.

We should also be aware of that when we do screw up’s We should not leave to lay on that feeling of failure. The feelings of too big ego or victimhood is both as bad Quality and We need to find our way out from it.

Another danger of being a Teacher of ANY KIND is if you feel or think that your students own you something just because of you being a Teacher / Menthor / Master. Your students don’t owe you anything. If you are good enough in what you do, they’ll respect you and follow you. But don’t take it personaly if someone chooses to change Teacher. We need to remember that We all have our chemistry. Sometimes We match just for a while and sometimes We never do. It’s okay. You don’t need to try please everyone and everyone don’t need to like you. It’s totally normal and just The way it is.

Then you need to time travel… What made you interested about yoga? What was your intension about practicing yoga?  And what is your intension of teaching yoga? 

Some wild quesings…. Either you wanted to emprove your health or destress your self, or maybe it all started from a cool asana you wanted to master and got hooked … or maybe you wanted to take a spiritual Journey in your True Seer?

You have to remember that many of your stundents are on The same Journey, and no matter what their intension is you are there to guide them to find The way towards what they are seeking. You are there to support, not to be supported.

I give you a example of what I have experienced as a student… 

In the beginning of a class We often put a intension for the class and what that cause is can vary quite a lot. What a Teacher should not do is to order her / his students to put a intension to serve her / his Life situation or state of mind. Surpricely even that happens. And it’s okay if it happens once and when We are really unbalanced, because then misstakes like that easier happen and We can learn from it. BUT We should notice that misstake at somepoint and make sure that even when We are unbalanced and in swirls of our own life, We should be able to leave it outside of The shala. In This is where our own practice Time comes in. It’s easier to focus and be there for your students if you have worked through your self With your own practice and Self study. 

Let’s say your students are paying mothly fees to go to your classes and you tell your students put their intension to heal your broken situation. If you really think about it, isn’t it unfair that they pay to you to heal you? Like I Said earlier We teachers are there to guide our students Journey and their healing them selves and not the opposite.

This thoughts popped up when I was Reading my emails. I recently got asked to Menthor next generation of Yoga Teachers and I started immediately to think through The basis of being a Teacher. I’m really glad and honoured of that I got asked for that mission and I already look forward to it.

But here is shortly The Dos and Don’ts as a little guidline;

Dos:

– Be humble and kind; towards yourself as your students

– Use your words wisely and guide With passion 

– Be true to your Self as to others

– Respect your students own space and Journey

– Love what you do!

– Less is More! 

– Trust your Self !

– Teach what you practice and Practice what you Teach!

Don’ts:

– Don’t Use your students as healing tools

– Don’t Be a victim 

– Don’t pretend to be something you aren’t

– Don’t force anything to happen, be true and It Will happen! 

– Don’t Use your classes as your practice. It’s not The Same!

– Don’t let your ego rule !

I Hope you can read this text as It is, written with love and caring.

From a Teacher to a Teacher! Let’s support each others to be even better teachers in the future.

Namaste!





Yoga and Menopause / Andropause

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Sometimes these life changes comes out from the woods, when they really are least expected. Menopause can be one of those things. But is there a way of easing the bodily effects from menopause with out turning into anti depressive and hormones ??  Can Yoga help?? And how to know if you have menopause?? This not just for the ladies because menopause hits also the men. Symptoms just vary a bit…

Here is a list of symptoms that could be your menopause to you ladies.

Mens list is little different and there are constantly discussions about if it is a myth or not. But question; Why would it be any different to age for men than us women? Here is information about male menopause or also called andropause.

Here is also Baxters awesome post about our fellow male Yogis in menopause, because obviously I’m a woman and can mostly prefer to my own experiences.

What both men and women are though often experiencing is  the sudden stiffness in joints and muscles and can even experience pain issues, lack of energy, feeling low and the focus is straight out of the window.

Couple of weeks I was really frustrated about this new situation and it was definitely limiting my own Yoga practice. Suddenly I couldn’t even do a simple standing forward bend and moving in Surya Namaskars was a struggle I’ve not had since cancer and I lived in the same temple. I was devastated! And it did not seem to go away. My much loved vinyasa flow was no more a flow, it was getting stuck in traffic! My inversions in most cases just increased the symptoms and I got totally lack of energy and the hot flashes just got more aggressive. Omg… I have got in a menopause… (early menopause can be a result of heavy cancer treatments in many cases)

I had to take my self little time to go back to the basics. Study what made the symptoms worse and with once eased my being. Things like just to ground and land in asanas. Really creating a relationship between the ground, mind, breath and body. I use lots of props as support in backbends and choose softer inversions instead of the advanced once. A true practice of letting go – non attachment. I love inversion and sweaty, intensive flows… Letting it be. Being here is what is now.

It felt good to slow down even though it tok me a week daily practice to let the vinyasa flow from my mind. I missed it. But without even thinking I started to each time in discomfort of missing ”flow”, I started to turn my self over and over again towards my ujjayi breathing. With out even noticing I started to slow the breath down even more than usually and let every transformation and movement in my practice to take time through the whole inhalation vs exhalation. My practice became reeeaaaally slow. Much of the time I close my eyes and just move on the waves of breath and listening to my body how it wants to move. Being soft in the mind will cultivate the softness even in your body. How liberating !

I started to feel less stiff, annoyed, down and feeling less of pain. My mind is calmer and even my swollen tummy has started to take it’s normal look. I still have feeling of that my quality of sleep is not what it should but definitely better.

So even when you feel that your menopause is eating your joy of moving, don’t stop! Just change the characteristics of your practice until it feels ready to do more advanced practice again. It is okay to slow down and just good for each and one of us every now and then. Either you are in menopause /andropause or not.

Yoga has shown the benefits to calm down your sympathetic nervous system that will give you less feeling of discomfort and will balance you up to manage your every day life better. So give your self some love on your yoga mat and feel the difference. Be aware of what makes you feel worse and what makes you feel better. Advanced inversions and high tempo can increase your symptoms you don’t want , so listen to your body, be wise – Be a good Yogi.

Namaste!

Are we over doing our Yoga?

 Teija and  Leo, Warrior 3 demostration. photo by :  Kaisa Kärkäinen 
Are we over doing Yoga and all the Asanas? So many details to think about that sometimes it even interferes in our attention and intension and we loose the ground, our foundation.
I was last weekend in Helsinki on a workshop in Urban Mandala and met a wonderful and very different teacher that ever met before. The whole weekend we studied our relationship towards the ground under our feet, hands, body….

We often think we have the ground there but are we really receiving all the information from it? Are you just feeling the ground without really feeling it?

We tested this by standing on the plain ground, standing on sticks and golf balls just to get all the receptors awaken to receive the ground with everything it has to offer. First feeling the light touch on our skin of the feet, then little more pressure to feel it in the flesh and finally feeling it all the way to our bones from our feet to the spine.

This teacher we had is Leonidas Peppas (Embodied Anatomy) and he said something that really wakened me up. ”In Yoga we tended to do the asanas when the asanas just should happen…” All the details and information about how to do a asana can end up us loosing the touch to the ground and we loose balance or start to feel pressure in our spine and joints. But when we really have a relationship with the ground and also fiend the support from space around us and dare to widen our optics, embracing it all some interesting things start to happen. Or let me try to put it this way; feeling the ground under your feet in detail and really feel the power from that connection giving you solid ground. And feeling the air or space oboe you lifting you from the grown up. Feel the long and relaxed spine and feel that the backside of your pelvis is relaxing. Feel the sensation of your tail bone relaxing and reaching down. Feeling and being curios about the ground under your feet and making a relationship with it, and feel the head lifting. Or as talked, ” Oh, what’s that under my feet? How does it feel? Oh, see! Where is my head going?…”  When you find that feeling, try to feel it even in Virabhadrasana A and Adho Mukha Svanasana and any asana you do. In Adho Mukha Svanasana you have 2 pair of feet to find the ground to and two ”heads” reaching into space, your stiffness and your head 😉

Maybe you feel it in the way you walk or running? Or how your balances are beyond struggle? You feel light and strong to the ground at the same time.

This is not just about yoga practice but even everyday life. We over focus on details and on the details of those details and we loose the ground when we try to force us selves forward, instead of letting us move through the space with out pushing and striving. The forcing will just make us to get tense, loose our balance and make us frustrated.

It’s all about our relationship the world outside of us selves. Opening up, receiving, embracing and letting the life  happen. As we can feel hopefully the asanas to happen to.

Here is my little vlog about the weekend incase you want to watch it.

Now I just feel for to take my mat and see if some yoga happens 😉

Thank you for being here <3

Namaste!