so wie es momentan aussieht, kann der Studiobetrieb evtl.nach Pfingsten wieder aufgenommen werden. wie und in welchem Umfang ist noch unklar. Wir halten Euch über die Details auf dem Laufenden! Solange gibt es natürlich weiterhin die Möglichkeit online zu üben – siehe Kursplan – was zwar nicht den direkten Kontakt mit der Gruppe und dem Lehrer ersetzt, aber auf jeden Fall eine tolle flexible Ergänzung bildet, weshalb auch wir unsere Online und YouTube Präsenz ausbauen.
Den Start macht eine kleine ‚Soma Yoga für Alle‘ Videoreihe. Eine kleine Einführung seht ihr unten im Intro Video. Wir zeigen eine integrale Yogapraxis mit Vinyasa Flow, Pranayama (Atemübungen), Mantra, Meditation und Entspannung. Die allgemeine Wirkung ist kräftigend und stabilisierend für den Körper, gleichzeitig beruhigend und entspannend für den Geist.
Aus ayurvedischer Sicht wird die Energie von Luft, die im Übermaß zu Nervosität, Ängstlichkeit und innerer Überreizung führen kann, reduziert.
Also genau das was man heutzutage so braucht 😉
Man kann die Einheiten nacheinander üben, oder die einzelnen Elemente separat machen.
Hier geht’s zum
Schreibt uns gerne, wie es Euch damit geht! Weitere Infos bezüglich des Kursplans für diese Woche und ein Meditation Gathering mit Sundari Ma im Newsletter.
Om Namah Shivaya
Ralf Schultz, Sundari Ma & das Soma Yoga Team
Bitte immer unter email@example.com für die Stunden anmelden. Kurz vor der Stunde wird ein Zoom Link verschickt.
„Where there is bliss and delight, happiness and joy, where nothing is lacking, the immortal Nectar of Soma is flowing.“
– Rg Veda
Gesamtvideo oder 3 einzelne Teile:
Für alle die nicht die Zeit finden für das ganze Programm oder auf bestimmte Aspekte fokussieren wollen, gibt es die Möglichkeit nur die Videos zu Asana Praxis, Atemübungen oder Meditation und Entspannung zu machen.
Vinyasa Flow, 45 min: die Positionen werden zu einem langsamen Flow verbunden, geführt durch den Atem und der dahinterliegenden Intention.
Kräftigend und Stabilisierend.
, 15 min: Praxis mit einer Atemübung mehr als im Gesamtvideo.
Zuerst eine aktivierende Schnellatmung (Kapalabhati) und dann eine ausgleichende Wechselatmung. Energetisiert, beruhigt und kräftigt das Immunsystem.
Meditation & Entspannung, 23 min:
Am besten Morgens bevor man den Tag beginnt und / oderAbends kurz vor dem ins Bett gehen.
Aufmerksamkeitsmeditation und Meditation mit dem Mantra ‚Om Shrim‘. Shrim wirkt beruhigend und kühlend und ist gleichzeitig ein Mantra der inneren Hingabe.
„There is in all things an inexhaustible sweetness and
purity, a silence that is a fountain of action and joy. It rises up in wordless gentleness and flows out to me from the unseen roots of all created being…“
– Thomas Merton
Dieses Gathering ist eine Einführung in die transformative Arbeit und Weg des Herzens von Igor Kufayev. Dieser universelle Weg ist offen für alle Sucher, Haushälter, Yogis, Künstler, Rebellen. Er steht sowohl denjenigen offen, die neu sind auf dem spirituellen Weg als auch langjährigen Meditierenden, die sich danach sehnen, die aller Schöpfung zugrunde liegende Einheit zu realisieren. Er heißt alle willkommen, die sich danach sehnen, sich in den weiten Himmel der Transzendenz auszudehnen, um den Nektar der Realisierung in das Gefäß des Körpers zu bringen…
An diesem Abend werden wir über die allumfassende Natur dieses Weges sprechen. Du erfährst, welche spirituellen Methoden angewandt werden, und welche Rolle Gnade im Prozess des Erwachen und der Transformation von Bewusstsein spielt. Es wird eine geführte Meditation geben und Raum für Fragen.
Das Gathering ist in deutscher Sprache. Alle sind herzlich willkommen!
Mehr Informationen zu Igor Kufayev:
Datum: 22. Mai 2020, 18:30-20:30 Uhr
Kosten: Spendenbasis zwischen 15-20 Euro
Anmeldung: firstname.lastname@example.org, 0761-285 3869
Du erhältst den Zoom-link ca. 10 Minuten vor Beginn des Gatherings via Email!
Asato ma sat gamaya
Tamaso ma jyotir gamaya
Mrityor ma amritam gamaya
Lead me from unreal to Real
Lead me from darkness to the Light
Lead me from the fear of death to knowledge of Immortality
OM Shanti Shanti Shantih
The conspiracy of the mind
How the mind creates our world: A yogic perspective
In times of crises the urge to find out the reasons behind the current situation produces an almost frivolous joy in suspecting there must be a form of conspiracy behind it all.
And actually i think that is quite right.
There are many hidden agendas, desires and interests operating behind the scenes on many levels which are not seen on the surface.
This is how the world functions, and this is exactly how the mind functions…in every one of us. Our deep thoughts, motivations, fears, hopes and ambitions remain largely hidden.
From the yogic view the world is a manifestation of our deep convictions, ideas, opinions, values and choices which have their roots in the mind.
The mind here in his collective aspect which creates and upholds manifest reality.
But of course, the collective mind is composed of many individual minds and here we have the opportunity to start the inquiry. Everybody can do that. In ourselves.
And the first point to consider could be:
* Maybe it is of great importance to find out with what ideas we feed our mind
and as a consequence to clearly see what we carry in our minds.
* maybe it is also important to become aware of the effect ideas and theories and outer impressions
create in us.
Maybe that is fundamentally even more important than to find some “truth” in the outward sense.
Although current conspiracy theories can be quite educating, stimulating, enlightening even, and at times entertaining, however, they almost always drag us down and result in propagating and feeding our “lower tendencies”, mostly fear, resentment and an overall strengthening of the egoic self.
The features that conspiracy theories seem to have are:
– they are based on something that sounds reasonable and convincing, as it could be possible.
(and who knows, maybe they are…) and we suddenly see evidence everywhere.
– you can’t really prove them (or disprove for that matter…)
– something or somebody is there to harm us and we are the victim.
– they activate deep inner feelings of suspense, doubt, mistrust and also perhaps resentment.
The working of the mind
The mind in its general setting is not always effective at finding out “how things really are“ whilst there is a strong identification and psychological need.
In this condition we tend to use our outer involvement and conviction to strengthen separation and unwholesome mental patterns through the handy projection of our own inner stuff.
We will always stay on very shaky ground if we make the opinions and stories of the conditioned mind to the base from where we operate.
That said, it is also true that some narrative is somehow needed in order to function as human beings, at least to some extent. It seems to be the case that narratives can cause damage to ourselves and others – when born out of a psychological need – while other such patterns may lead us towards clarity, understanding and love.
The latter is only possible if we begin to loosen the grip of the conditioned mind and tap into what the yogis call the “unconditioned mind”.
Primarily uncovering the working and mechanics of the mind is absolutely essential if we want to know ourselves and how the „world“ is, because on a fundamental level there is no difference.
One could even say: the world is as you see it…or as your mind is seeing it.
The 3 Minds
The outer mind (called Manas in yogic terms) is the reason the world is always as we see it. Or better, how we have unconsciously at some point chosen to see it. And if we get stuck in that we are bound and restricted.
On the level of Manas, each moment the mind interprets incoming sensory impressions, filters and translates it according to the accumulated storage in the unconscious and presents us with a coherent picture of the „world“, well, at least a ‘special’ version of it based on the already known, so that we feel on safe ground. We never really “know” how the world really is but experience it as a kind of interpretation. Manas works mainly in two categories:
like and dislike or classically stated as attraction and repulsion.
Of course this mechanism is somehow needed on a daily basis. As human beings we deep inside know that we are also very vulnerable and the unknown is always there waiting. And potentially in the unknown is chaos, danger and threat…
And perhaps we have a sense of a certain inevitability that we will have to experience at one point or another in our personal lives:
accidents, sickness, old age, breaking of relationships, ultimately death.
So, an extremely fast reaction is needed to find out if there is a possibility of danger.
The mind one could say functions here as a bastion against possible threat and disaster. On a daily basis mainly through seeking security, comfort and pleasure and avoiding the unpleasant
The Inner mind (Buddhi)
The higher rational function, the higher cognitive abilities of the mind is the intellect which translates the interpretation into abstract categories of judgement, moral values, justifications, strategies, theories, complex opinions and explanations and hierarchies. Buddhi can bind or attach us even more to the story the mind creates or it can function as a means for liberation through its ability to see through and the power of true intelligence e.g. discrimination between the transient and the essence.
Bondage and suffering occur when we are identified with the mind to such an extent that he becomes the ruler of our lives.
Or, to say it differently: there is no space in us. No heart, no participation, no softness and compassion, no surrender, no feeling of togetherness.
We experience ourselves as fundamentally separate from “others” and life in general.
We believe everything we think and feel and have strict opinions of how things are or should be.
This is torture. This is a ruthless dictator in our head which can be projected outwards or to ourselves…
Or to say it again differently: we are so afraid of the unknown that we cling desperately to that what our minds offer: A safe haven of explanations and ideas about us and the world…however strange.
Freedom – the unconditioned mind
Freedom comes into the picture when space occurs, space which is essentially empty and unconditioned as such and which is said to be the nature of the mind.
Sinking back in its own emptiness, vastness and silence the mind becomes an instrument again.
Useful but not the ultimate ruler.
How to do that? Here are just some ideas from Yoga and Ayurveda
1. Activation of the observer through contemplation, introspection and Meditation.
We actually really can observe our thoughts, feelings, opinions, emotions.
This is the way we start to create space within.
We will soon find out that the mind operates fundamentally always and on default as a big conspiracy theory itself.
It is a kind of organic computer who follows certain rules and algorithms.
The same old ideas, feelings, emotions, clouded in the old patterns of belief and assumptions with no real base at all. Just thoughts…
At the same time we see the creative power of the mind: it can create heaven or hell and can potentially believe anything.
2. Developing awareness for sensory input
the mind needs proper digestible intake for a balanced functioning. Positive and
wholesome stimulation on all levels through right food, reading, watching, listening, company and rest is essential. Overall negativ input, too much noise, too much violence through movies and mass media, general overstimulation is best avoided. Intake and reconnection to Nature, fresh air, positive thoughts and uplifting company is promoting balance and joy in life.
3. Coming back to feeling
we begin to give more attention to the underlying emotion, feeling and energetics than the thoughts itself.
4. Learning to live with uncertainty
This means slowly allowing ourselves to rest in the unknown, without the need of “knowing”.
A gradual cultivation of learning to acknowledge and accept ourselves, our fears, feelings of guilt, feelings of not being good enough, our anger… or whatever we carry in us.
this needs of course some honesty, to really see, ok, “this is how I feel, this is how I am!”
6. Nothing is permanent.
Contemplate and begin to accept and realize on an experiential (non-intellectual) level that everything will change and ultimately has to die.
7. Life is one and we are that
We realize that everything is connected and something greater (you can call it Life) than our personality moves us and lives through us, as us.
Ok, dears, this is not meant to deny the need for change or to see the unsustainable outer life and society we created. G5, Monsanto, industrial agriculture, the destructive power of big corporations, the exploitation of nature and the endless greed for more…all that is there.
But one can see that even more clearly when we first reconcile and accept ourselves and the outer world, as one!
If we see that we may become more careful about the choices we make, which products we buy, which values we follow, which life we want to live.
We may get interested in organic farming, Yoga, Ayurveda, vegetarian diet, meeting people who are interested in supporting friendship, tolerance and love, traveling more with the bicycle, creating sustainable business ideas…this is very individual and each one of us has to create his own expression which will inspire and affect friends, people, communities, towns, states, and the world…there is no separation
And some of us may have to uncover the mechanics and workings of the “bad guys” out there. If that is your calling, go ahead. Inform us, open our eyes with the “story behind the story”. If our inner eyes are open this will not distract us or feed our alienation but fuel our determination and desire for freedom and truth – and this is perhaps the best way to care for the earth and one another.
Om Namah Shivaya!
Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu!
The central idea of yoga is that of a possible transformation of our whole being into a greater awareness, understanding and love.
How to do that? One option, more or less our default setting, is to see everything from the inside out as seperate from ourselves. And mostly we emphasise all that is wrong and missing and act out of that noticing.
The other, let’s say ‘yogic’ way, is to see everything including oneself as part of this one moment with no separation whatsoever.
Or: we can always explore a little further and open up to greater, and even better and more wholesome possibilities.
For that to happen the attachment to the past, our accumulated beliefs and restricting habits have to make way…and that usually goes along with some shaking, resistance and turmoil bcause the past has become our Self identity of the present. It seems that we experience this process at the moment also on a collective level through the current crises.
The so called “past” forms the present condition which soon becomes the past again.
For something fundamentally to change, a process of integration has to happen — a kind of reconciliation. This starts with introspection and noticing through conscious awareness our own inner mechanics, tendencies and reactions. And one allows it to be seen and felt. In a sense we could call it a form of Meditation. A more holistic view of awareness can then be accessed, which operates from a different and “higher” level of consciousness from were the “problem” originated.
The joy of blaming
The first step is to see the habitual tendency of the mind to focus on the negative and the almost joyful addiction of blaming and complaining.
It is easy to critisize and to know everything better, pointing the finger to the parents, the family, the partner, the boss, the neighborhood, the state, the Government, the politicians, the world in general or even the Universe; and to complain how silly and stupid the world and the other humans are and how unconscious everybody is (thats the „spiritual” stance)…anyway, the list is endless and the suggestions how the world should be and how it should become „better” also.
Not to say that there is nothing wrong or nothing to improve or to change, not at all, but the starting point could be first to acknowledge in ourselves how difficult it is to change our own thinking, feeling and behaving.
So, from the yogic perspective a crucial question to ask is:
What really is the relationship between the so called observer and the things observed?
Do we look from the inside out, judging all what is „wrong”?
Or do we have at least a glimbse of recognition that each of us is also part of the whole and that we also carry and share inside of us, at least potentially, all that we percieve in the “outside”? For that a personal Path, or Sadhana, a spiritual practice, which allows for more and more introspection is recommended.
Here in the words of Thich Nhat Hanh, a Zen Buddhist Monk:
“Practice until you see yourself in the cruelest person on Earth, in the child starving, in the political prisoner. Continue until you recognize yourself in everyone in the supermarket, on the street corner, in a concentration camp, on a leaf, in a dewdrop. Meditate until you see yourself in a speck of dust in a distant galaxy. See and listen with the whole of your being…”
If that’s the case an expansion of consiousness is possible and letting go becomes a sacrificial act, not out of resistance and repulsion but of understanding, love and gratefulness.
This is Self-knowledge in yogic terms.
A good starting point is to consider that:
We live in the best possible world and we are the cocreator of it
How do we know that?
Because it is the world we are living in! This may sound simplistic but at the core it contains a deep appreciaton and recognition of the connectedness of us as human beings. The recognition is this; WE have created this world in a collective, although often unconsious process.
That it is now the world we are experiencing, and through this participation we are also upholding the “world” from moment to moment through and in our awareness. And it is the world of the people who were here before us and who were basically struggling with the same issues like we do now. It is quite safe to assume that they tried to do their best to make it through life, the same as we try today.
So, even from the start, are we able to see and appreciate that?
In the ancient Yoga Sutras of Patanjali one of the foundations of change is not rejection but contentment (Santosha) and acceptance, out of which a positive energy eminates which becomes the catalyst for action.
On a personal level this could simply mean to first reconcile and heal our own past: issues with the parents, the childhood, our upbringing, our relationship with authority and power (well, mostly parent issues again…) and dare to look what depth psychology terms “the shadow”…
Maybe that is also the gift of the current situation: a still place of withdrawel, reflection and forced inward movement. An oppurtunity to see what is, and out of that to see more clearly what is really important…and what not.
Action or Reaction
Action out of that understanding comes from a nonreactive and creative place in us, a place of conscious awareness and Stillness.
We are able to see better the functioning of the mind with all it’s reactions, judgments, blamings and strategies of avoidance. And the strong believes it creates; intimately tied with strong emotions in the eternal search for security and safety through its own projections.
The acknoledgement of the „old” ,the seen, allows the „new” to emerge.
On a collective level we maybe see more clearly that we created a world which is wonderful, but also in many respects unsustainable, crude and violent.
When all that is clearly seen and accepted – the whole spectrum from the deepest black to the shiniest of white – one is able to let go and sacrifice habits and patterns which are no more useful and the whole outlook on life becomes transformed.
But it has to start from each of us…
Apparently through that, something new can be born beyond the already known and defined…
Or as the famous saying attributed to Ghandi goes:
“Be the change you want to see in the world”
At the same time one could add from the yogic view:
Be simultaneously the unrestricted unknown miracle beyond all worlds and times…
Om namah shivaya! 🙏
Dear Yogi (ni) s & friends,
Like many of you, we are closely monitoring the development of the corona virus, especially in Freiburg and the surrounding area. The global situation confronts us collectively with fears, uncertainty and unwanted changes and concerns us all. Every day we receive news of new measures that individual communities and countries take to weaken the spread of the virus. It is important to inform yourself and
to check trustworthy sites. However , we can (and should) focus our perception right now on what is life-affirming and positive.
Too much contact with negative news alone can have a toxic effect on the body and mind.
For everyone on the spiritual path, this situation is almost a test that calls us to bring what we have learned and practiced over the years into our everyday lives. Holistic healing methods come to the fore and the importance of taking personal responsibility for our emotional / mental well-being and health. Focusing on self-care and your own practice is what we can do now to clear our bodies and minds of stress. We cover these aspects in the courses and teach yogic and ayurvedic practices that strengthen the immune system, balance the mind and can easily be integrated into the daily routine. We will also share more in this regard on facebook and in upcoming newsletters. From an Ayurvedic point of view, any illness arises from an imbalance in our constitution, which gradually weakens the immune system and makes it susceptible to pathogens. We can now draw attention to all the habits that are not good for us and establish those that are in harmony with the wisdom of nature and our intuition; a
Daily yoga practice, meditation, nature walks, lots of laughter, relaxation, limited time on social media and home-cooked, warm meals are a good start. This situation also has the potential to shake us up so that we can individually and as part of the global human family re-evaluate which values are really important in our lives – it has the potential to bring us closer together …
At the moment our Soma Yoga gates are wide open and all our courses and workshops continue as planned. The entire team does everything to ensure that all rooms are clean and clean. However, we ask for the implementation of a few very practical steps that can help to ensure that studio operations do not have to be restricted until further notice.
We ask you not to come to yoga classes or workshops if:
Please observe the following hygiene measures in the studio:
If you cannot come for health reasons, please contact us by email so that we can extend your card.
We send a
from the heart to all of you – may we navigate individually and collectively well through this challenge, allow change, support each other, remain in our strength and keep in our hearts that everything is going on in one (s) consciousness.
Loka samastha sukhino bhavanthu
May all beings be happy and free
Sundari Ma, Ralf Schultz & the entire Soma Yoga team
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Igor Kufayev – Sundari Ma’s spiritual teacher – will offer a free online darshan on March 28th from 4-7pm on:
Deeper Dimensions of the Coronavirus & the global Health Crisis
The darshan is open to everyone, you can register here and gladly share it with your friends:
Trust in God, but tie your camel first …
– Arabic Proverb
Yoga workshops & kirtan in March 2020
Soma Bhav Kirtan, Mantra & Meditation
with Ralf & Daisy
March 20, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
* Transformational Teachings of Igor Kufayev –
Meditation Gathering with Sundari Ma
March 27, 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Vinyasa Flow, Pranayama & Meditation
March 28, 10 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.
Yoga & Voice Workshop & Mantra Singing Circle
* Energies of Transformation – Navaratri Women Gathering
with Sundari Ma
March 29, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Asato ma sat gamaya
Tamaso ma jyotir gamaya
Mrityor ma amritam gamaya
Lead me from unreal to real
Lead me from darkness to the light
Lead me from the fear of death to knowledge of Immortality
OM Shanti Shanti Shantih