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After The September Course

Resting after a course is not doing nothing, but allowing other activities to come your way, besides sitting quietly watching the cats in front of the yoga hall, studying their behavior, which turns out to be not unlike our own. It is commonly known that animals have no soul, just like most of the humans, but what they are really lacking most, is the internet.
I have no idea of how they spend their time, so I keep a studious eye on them and once I have written my doctorate on cats, I will post it to everyone I know.

Year of the Horse

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.

And one in the early morning from our bed-room.

The Osterloh course in July

Every living being on earth are all children from the interaction of the Egyptian Goddess of the sky, Nut and the God of the earth Geb, brought into unison by their father the God of the wind...the breath.
In Osterloh we were having rain all during the teaching days, a farmer's blessing. This is the image of a cloudy Nut as the Earth was receiving Her gift.
We were all brought together through the generous actions of Maria Tussi Kluge in her vision of creating a deepening awareness in us all and we would like to thank her for that!

We hardly touch the earth

I sometimes bring back old images that , at this time, seem to reveal a bigger meaning.
There is the Egyptian Goddess Nut, mother of all living beings on earth, born through her and leaving again through her.
Then there is the Rodin-like "thinker" , from the fetus form of Balinese wood carvings, expressing our dependence upon the energy and yet being rather blind to that environmental dependence...
We do have huge power, but we can not "do" much more than being receptive to that force which we can't force.

The May course 2014

Among the spring flowers and the smells of freshly cut grass, temperatures rising and suddenly falling, we were with a sweet group from many different countries/cultures all of is exploring our inner spaces. This is what our yoga has become.
An endless exploration, rather than doing poses, making them into a framework or coat hanger to dangle from or lean into while our focus travels through the inner spaces, opening them, enlarging them in order to live comfortably and breath more freely.
We thank all of those who came for their contribution by joining in!

Rest and 'unwind'

Back in Eftalou

Dear Friends and Family
Back in Eftalou...we are enjoying a quiet time to rest and 'unwind' ....whilst..

the garden grows wild and wonderful!

...the garden grows wild and wonderful!

Julia in her beautiful place near Sebastapool and Tamara's healing work

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,

followed by three days in Harbin Hot Springs was food for body and soul!

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
Angela

Understanding Java Batik

There is a reality that lives on the nerve and cellular level.
Now that I am getting more aware of how nerves ,after being cut, slowly
grow, using life's energy to restore pathways, over-bridging the damaged spaces.
A batik design comes to mind, where flowers , fruits, rivers and rocks all share the
same energy. A level of deep connection.

Spring

Dear Friends and Students

Greetings from Eftalou where Spring has spread a carpet of flowers across the valley and birds are busy finishing their nests while the people of Molivos are painting and preparing their homes and shops for the Summer!

As many of you know this winter for us was a time to catch up on hospital life! First me with surgery on my leg veins and then Victor for Prostate cancer. In all we made three visits back and forth to Munich, where were fortunate to have excellent care, wonderful doctors and a place to stay as well.
Victor is recovering well and plans to visit his children and their families in April and I shall be in San Francisco to teach the Pre-conference Workshop on April 12th/13th and give a presentation class on Sunday morning of the Conference April 20th.
I am not ...as originally planned ...giving the Key Note on Friday evening. CIIS and the organiser Mariana Caplan decided instead to have a renowned Academic for the evening presentation.

I shall follow this with a short meditation.

I am sure it will be a wonderful event with many experts offering their experience and we shall see how entwined and important are Soma and Psyche are in our lives.

I am so looking forward to seeing new and old friends again and hear that several of you have already signed up for the weekend workshop.

here is the latest arrival on our land in Eftalou!

With love and appreciation
Angela

Nature has a plan and a purpose, just be there and watch

While I was lying in the hospital in Munich, after the Doctor successfully removed my prostate,
I watched the trees under the spring sun, day by day. I watched the pigeon, the crow, waiting and receiving,
in their ways not very different from the trees they visited. And me, I was waiting too as nature was moving the Spring Energy from deep within....erasing and opening up my independence into a more complete world.

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