Archive | November, 2013

Rays of the sun

17 Nov

ekhartyoga

“Take up one idea.
Make that one idea your life; 
dream of it; think of it; live on that idea. 
Let the brain, the body, muscles, nerves,
every part of your body be full of that idea, 
and just leave every other idea alone.”
Swami Vivekananda

Have you ever met someone and knew, intuitively, that this encounter would make a difference? That’s how I felt when I first met Esther and Bas from Ekhart Yoga. Their generosity and kindness are mighty. And this quote from B.K.S Iyengar comes to my mind: “Healthy plants and trees yield abundant flowers and fruits. Similarly, from a healthy person, smiles and happiness shine forth like the rays of the sun.”

Esther and Bas offered me the opportunity to shoot yoga therapy videos for people with MS and post them on their website, which is fantastic! I always believed that online videos are brilliant for people with MS who have no access to special yoga classes or are too tired to attend one. In the comfort of their home, they can watch and practice at their own rhythm. I hope that the sequences I designed will be helpful. I am so happy and thankful for Esther and Bas’ support and encouragement!

But seeing Esther’s with her students was also a beautiful reminder of what teaching yoga is about. A friend recently told me about what she calls “mirror teachers”: yoga teachers who stand in front of their students to demonstrate how great they can perform the various postures. For them, the class is like a mirror. They expect students to imitate them. Then there are the others, the ones who wish to guide their students on the yogic path. The ones who truly follow the yamas and niyamas. Esther is definitely one of these dedicated teachers. She cares for every single one of her students and it shows. It shows in her smily face and shiny eyes when she talks about her students. She lives Yoga and she is a great source of inspiration!

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Mitgefühl

10 Nov

Over the past three weeks, i suffered from severe neck, shoulder and arm pains. I found out it was not MS related at all. I have two trapped nerves in the cervicals, plus the first signs of cervical arthrosis (a bit early!!!) as well as an inversion in the cervicals most likely due to a 15 years old trauma!

Although i am now fine with it and see it as another opportunity to learn more about yoga therapy, my first reaction was quite negative. I just wanted to cry “Why me???? Why do i have to fight again? Why can’t i just have one thing to deal with?”  In this moment,  i just needed someone to give me a hug and tell me how wonderful i am etc etc.

What i needed was what Germans call “Mitgefühl”, to be with someone who “feels with” me. Not someone who makes me feel inadequate by saying “Come on that’s nothing, everybody has problems…” But no pity neither,  no “oh poor you”. Just someone putting himself or herself in my shoes. I needed to share my burden.

Of course MS is not the end of the world and all the persons with MS i have met are beautiful strong persons. But when other stressful events come on top of it, facing them may first seem impossible.

I am very lucky to have amazing friends who know exactly when i need their “Mitgefühl” but i wished they were a bit closer now… To my beautiful friends in Ireland and my wonderful cousins: i miss you.

To those of you who also have MS and sometimes feel like the challenges are just too much, don’t stay on your own, join MS support groups, get in touch…

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