Build a wall and break it. Now!

About Karma Yoga….

did I ever tell you story? Years ago I was ready for a complete reset of life. So I asked for it and got it. I went to volunteer in a spiritual community and felt so wise and enlightened to be able to leave everything I created and achieved behind. Don’t remember what I actually expected but not that I would be doing mountains of laundry of strangers and weeding a abandoned back yard in the rain.

Day 1 diggin weeds. Boring.

Day 2 digging weeds. Hated it, had blisters on my hand.

Day 3, 4, 5 digging weeds because I had to.

Day 6 digging weeds. No digging weeds. The master would tell me the day after a guy from the village would come with his tractor.

I raised an eyebrow and understood. Thank you I said while looking at the clouds and I moved on to the kitchen, my new *job* in the community. I learned to cook for large groups, learned how to estimate and calculate amounts.`Might cultivate this skill for later, who knows` my subconscious told my ego, and all agreed to stay open and receptive.

Karma Yoga – selfless practice and the accepting of what comes. No judging or questioning. Following my Dharma is giving me a certain sensation of PEACE.

And here I am. With this project. Having people helping me, just because they want. At the end all makes sense. Karma yoga is my practice, will stick with this one!

Pics of the Karma team of yesterdays Green Drinks meeting.

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Food becomes mind – Yoga on the plate

Friday night Juliette, vegan activist, asana lover and studio owner gathered interested listeners at her beautiful studio Yoga con Gracia in Gracia/Barcelona to start with a series of satsangs, (sharings of skills and knowledge, kirtan, etc.) this one was about AHIMSA – non violence. Juliette shared her personal path to veganism and her way to look at the topic. Yoga on the plate, as she called the conscious consumption of food is as important as what we do on a mat, as a physical workout….

Pranakitchen was invited to bring along some RAW food and say some words….and this is one of the topics that is important to me/PKP:

There are 3 gunas to be found in nautre, they are associated with various qualities and can be used to decribe any object, human or thing. Since we talking here about yoga on the plate lets take a look at the gunas according to food.

(The problem is that )Everybody has their own idea about what kind of food is healthy, there is so many different theories and experts out there, that the only way to find out what the right diet is, is to purify the mind and recognize…a sattvic diet will support!

Many people are slowly killing themselfes with their diet, they shorten their lifes and accept that they are sick for years before they die – all this suffering and medication for little tiny moments of physical pleasure while tasting certain flavours. Sad enough! When I share my experience I also notice a constant fear of the unknown potential one might discover by updating old believes and patterns.

We shall try to keep the balance between the gunas and try to work towards a sattvic (pure) lifestyle. It is all about finding equilibrium which leads to peace in the mind and true love. A sattvic lifestyle makes meditation easier, it will become all natural.

A sattvic diet is completely vegatarian, free of any animal or chemical elements. It is fresh, all natural enzymes are intact, raw or moderately slow cooked, easy to digest, gives straight to the body & clarity to the mind.

SATTVA

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RAJAS

Rajasic energy we need to be for able to live in a modern world with a lots of movements and changes….we need to get up in the mornings, go to work, pay food/home/family, deal and interact with other humans etc. too much of this rajasic energy will kick us out of balance though. This might happen by overstimulating the body not only with food but also with physical pleasures like sport, sex or work.

The mind will become restless, overactive and will be desperately asking and seeking for more. Rajas is addictive and is the hardest quality to let go of.

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TAMAS

Certainly, minimising tamas shall be the goal for spiritual development and a healthy organism. A mostly tamasic lifestyle harms the immune system, brings numbness and ingnorance into the mind, fills it with doubt and emotions like anger and greed.

It makes one slow and lethargic.

An adequate amount of tamas will us let find sleep though at night. Especially for people who work physically it is important to put the body to rest and recharge.

One can interpret these theories in different ways, but if you decide to go  vegetarian you are doing pretty well! Congratulation. If you want to indulge  into your spiritual practice do it with all effort, let finding the truth (L*VE) be your only goal. The key is usually doing it without any exeptions!

To keep on walking this path it helps to find likeminded people, create a shanga to exchange, share thoughts, doubst and struggles.

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and this is under the top 3 on my reading list 😉

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namasté

CONSCIOUS TOUCHING. CONSCIOUS MOVING. CONSCIOUS ENJOYING. Yoga days in Vals / Graubunden / Switzerland

NOVEMBER 1ST.  – NOVEMBER 6TH. 2013

 included

  • ·      5 nights in singleroom
  • ·      organic breakfastbuffet, afternoon snacks, vegan 3 course dinner
  • ·      1 x massage, 50min
  • ·      6 x yoga lessons

980 CHF

 

Registration and contact:

martina.wastl@gmail.com

Hotel Steinbock

Open since December 2012. The hotel is located in walking distance to the peaceful center of Vals.

The hotel is built almost entirely of wood, stone and glass. In order to ensure a short building phase, and thus cause as little disturbance as possible to the special atmosphere of this location, the building was preconstructed and built to sustainable standards.

Great importance is laid on sustainability, such as the kitchen using

mainly regional produce, to support small, local businesses. With these top quality ingredients the cooks prepare healthy, delicous specialities for the guests of Hotel Steinbock.

 

 

Daily schedule

 

6.30 – 7a.m. Meditation

7.15 – 8.45a.m. Yoga

 

from 10a.m. organic, vegan breakfast with a good selection of delicacies and assorted tea.

 

from 4p.m. your time for yourself. Bring a book, something to write, bring your knitting gear – Hotel Steinbock guarantees a peaceful, calm atmosphere to enjoy the simple things in life.

Nature around Vals is imposing and of course offers a broad variety of outdoor activities. You can rent mountainbikes in the village and don’t forget your trekking boots and nordic walking sticks. We will be happy to tell you about the many special, magical places in the valley.

 

4.30p.m. – 7p.m. Workshop

(Conscious touching I&II.  Conscious moving. Conscious enjoying.)

 

7.30p.m. Dinner

 

9p.m.Meditation

 

This yoga week should inspire us to develop a more conscious lifestyle, allow us to experience a sense of community and unity, enabling us to recognise what is really important for us, and help us to learn to heal ourselves by connecting with our own potential.

Beginners as well as experienced practioners are welcome .

 

 

 

Workshops

 

1.     CONSCIOUS TOUCHING– 2 PARTS:  

Elements of classic massage meet the subtle contact of Craniosacral Method and passive stretches of Thai Massage. Giving and receiving, „treating“ and learning how to touch with unconditional loving, with respect and compassion.

 

2.     CONSCIOUS MOVING: we start with a walking meditation. Start to bring an automatic movement up to the surface of our mind. We will look at the foundations and alignment of several yoga positions, to practice a liquid flow through asanas.

 

3.     CONSCIOUS ENJOYING: we taste, we smell, we try. Combine familar ingredients in a creative,new way. Together we prepare dinner, you will get background information on vegan nutrition, we will talk about possibilities to substitue and will share recipies.

 

Yoga

By the practice of asanas, as yoga positions are called, we try to get back in touch with the divine unity between matter and prana.

 

Martina believes a conscious mindful practice, whether active or passive, can set free subtle energy in the body, and bring it into it’s free, original liquid flow.

 

In her lessons she shares her own experiences, on and off the mat, in an authentic, open way. Inspired by daily, urban life and her travels, she wants to encourage you to test and extend your own borders and explore this supreme power which we all have in us, which makes us feel alive.

 

During the week of workshops Martina will show you the tools needed to put this into daily use. Practice being mindful in the yoga sessions and learn to trust your natural intuition.

 

Nutrition

The basis for good health and the key to holistic wellbeing is our nutrition. During this yoga week we focus on consuming seasonal, regional, fresh products. We will stay away from processed goods and instead enjoy delicous, vegan dishes, prepared with love and passion. See this as a chance, don’t think of it as giving up soemthing, use this week to detox your organism, revitalize yourself and get inspired in the conscious enjoying workshop. See how easy it is to transfer this philosopy, these ideas and recipes to your home cuisine.

 

Massage

The treatments by Angelina Schmid will be adapted to your very personal needs. She is looking forward to make you feel  enjoyably relaxed.