The Year of the Horse is galloping along and so are we!
Two wonderful groups attended our May and June courses in Eftalou.
The teaching seems to go deeper each time and students are ever more ready to take the dive, even if sometimes un expecting it they just topple into the 'Underground journey' and find themselves letting go of more than they imagined!
With body and senses clean and cleared, the joys of a turquoise sea, an early morning soak in the healing Hot Springs or a quiet meal under fig-trees as the sun sets over the horizon all seem more delicious and vivid as the days go by.
Family visiting from Canada and USA and then presenting and teaching at the Athens Yoga Symposium filled the time for me between courses with love and joy and in July we flew off to Bavaria and taught for Maria Kluge who had organised a six day retreat in her beautiful home Osterloh near in the foot-hills of the Alps.
It was designed for teachers of young children who live in impoverished areas and/or come from abusive homes. The core-group was from Baltimore but several others from European countries added to the international flavour. All big-hearted and wonderful people who above all loved and cared for "their children". Maria once again proved her generosity and hospitaliy were a life-changing opportunity for all.
Here from our bed-room window... bathing beauties in the garden pond..
And now we spend a few days in London in our little room on the fifth floor.. a 'nest in the clouds' above West Hampstead'.......a perfect place to rest and recover.
here is a view from the kitchen in the evening Sunshine.
Dear Friends and Family
Back in Eftalou...we are enjoying a quiet time to rest and 'unwind' ....whilst..
My time in California was both full and fulfilling! The teaching was exciting with many old friends and new ones all receptive to the way this work had deepened and is evolving.
A weekend with Julia in her beautiful place near Sebastapool and Tamara's healing work,
Here is the bed in the room I was given at Hotel Whitcomb during my Pre-Conference workshop and Presentation at the Conference for Yoga and Psychology in San Francisco.
I chose to sleep on the floor as the bed was too soft and what to do with all those pillows???!
My base was with Kate and Eric in their stunning home high up in Mill Valley where the sea mist climbs over the hills like the long fingers of a dragon in the early mornings.
Time with Tia, David and Lisa fun and joyful....... and although due to flight delays and lost connections that stretched my return journey to three days, finding Victor waiting for me in Athens airport at 3.30am and hearing that his test showed he was cancer-free and no need for Radiation.... all tiredness vanished in a moment!
Sending you all love and gratitude
It all started with an asana, discover and uncover your stiff limbs, your fearful mind holding on to what you thought you got.
How does it all got so petrified, like the petrified forest near Eressos....and you keep being involved with this asana, while studying the feelings inside.
Lost into your inner nature those petrified trees dissolve and over time float back into the many elements that mingled into their existing forms. I noticed the strokes form the word "nil", to show me that this state of " absolutely nothing" is the celebration of freedom, which is the essence of asana practice.
Here, after living in Greece for such a long period of my life, suddenly a proud feeling comes over me, for a Dutch team has scored and won... And why? I do ask myself. After all I do not care about sports. And worse: I do not like Holland either and I am happier here in this country that has been scrutenized to bits by the EU and most of the world that is ruled by economics.
I was born in the Netherlands and breathed it's air and ate the local products, fished in the local rivers and roamed the woods..
Surrounded by Dutch language and the usual school programming ....I took it all in, for this was my world!
This country's flag was different from the others. When I see it, I get it: "Holland"! It is a symbol, just like words are symbols and bring up images.
Through self study called Yoga,we are able to discover our whole given capacity. For our life is a gift and we should not leave it on the shelve, but unpack it and use it the best we can. Underneath our outer form lies so much more. When we go deep inside we come up to who we really are and we have to see how our upbringing has sometimes enriched us and sometimes confused us, clouds our vision. We have been driven into certain directions that maybe restricted our development. All the do's and don'ts we took for granted.
Underneath and behind all that grew into who we are now, is the energy that created it all and if we are able to connect and tap into that formless power, we need to let go of what we so easily swallowed... Our parents, our teachers, our friendships, our country, our flag, our asana practices, our daydreams, coming to the essence of it all.
We had a great time in the cool British weather, a welcome relief after a long hot time in Eftalou.
At the moment it looks like the wall of Luke and Satya's living room is coming out of my throat,
but I just ate some turmeric roots for health reasons. We had a great workshop in Ashburton and
we thank Satya for organizing this course and hope to come back next year...