Although according to the weather these days, the storms and rains and cold winds, spring seems to be unsure about its usual arriving time, the calendar is unable to hold Easter back and this is it. If you are pro life, you better let the eggs hatch in their own due time. If you want to celebrate, go ahead and crack them open. Everything around us we can eat, but something tells us that we should not get stuffed. We wish you all a happy Easter.
We always took yoga very serious and went beyond the limitations of asana.
Take for example this photo from 1986, taken in our Molivos yoga hall, after one of our three week courses.
I always wondered why The Indian Gods and Goddesses had two legs and many more arms then we have.
I suppose that they have many actions to perform at one given moment in time.
And this is what happens when there are two teachers teaching together. The same idea will be approached
from different viewpoints.....
We wish you all the best to come and the worst not to happen.
Whatever the economical misconducts of a unified Europe will bring, be sure that Greece will keep on dancing the way that no one else in the world can, for unification is one thing, but destroying the identity of a country is quite a big mistake!
Pouring water in a bottomless bucket. But that is only my opinion.
Every year the olive trees will get a beating. Cruelyty is not very popular in the civilized West and wife beating is under scrutiny and discussed more openly. Whenever I paint olive trees there seem to be the suggestion that the trunks turn into female bodies and maybe not only because their fluid trunk shapes. Maybe the raising of their branches like arms in despair suggest their suffering to us.
We are the ones who want the oil and we know how to get it!
We use many images in our teaching to lead the attention inwards.
Once we become more comfortable to be with oneselves, the inner world becomes more creative and many images start to be formed that reflect one's being. It is the natural turning of the senses inwards, Patanjali's fifth stage of the Astangha description, leading to meditation.
This is just one image that came about, while visualizing my own inner space....as I was painting, connecting with, rather than isolating from the environmental elements that are part of me...
I have watched this film 4 times by now and can only say that it is one of the best films about yoga and religeon I have ever seen!
made by Vikram Gandhi, who disguises himself as an Indian Yoga Guru in order to experience the meaning of his Hindu background,born and raised in America.
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.
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!
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.
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!