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The Art of Effortless Effort


"The posture for yoga should be steady, stable, and motionless, as well as comfortable."
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sthira sukham asanam)
― Patanjali‘sYoga Sutras, 2.46-2.48


A posture is a life situation, Perfecting a posture comes not so much by doing but rather by not doing. Once you are into the posture, allow the posture to settle in, as an active form of consciously ceasing to place any effort in the effort. Practice effortless effort, along with focus on embracing the infinite, your expansion borrows from how much you are able to let go off.

Experience balance between effort and ease in every pore, every hair, even the smallest cell in your body. You might need a lot of strength in order surrender, yet elegant and honest, accept your current condition. How to stay strong, focused and attentive without breaking our body or our mind? How to stay steady and true to yourself when facing the unknown? The art of effortless effort is about finding that subtle point of unstable balance.

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Fold into your landscape


"What is your substance, whereof are you made,
That millions of strange shadows on you tend?
Since every one hath, every one, one shade,
And you, but one, can every shadow lend."

― Shakespeare, Sonnet 53


Bend forward and find the limitless landscape within you. Self-study represents an ongoing process through which we can assess where we are at a given moment. Make your actions become much more than a way to achieve something external, but a mirror in which you can learn to see yourself deeply. Pierce through the veil of your self-image and into the nature of your own essential being. Everybody. Everything. All actions can be an opportunity to see more deeply who you are and how you operate, and on that basis evaluate your choices and respond with insight and conscious action rather than mechanic causality. Forward fold.

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Guerilla Yoga #2

The first yama, ahimsa, is usually translated as “non-violence.” Violence can be manifested in actions, words or thoughts. What we think about ourselves or others can be as powerful as any physical attempt to harm. Yet, another kind of non-violence appears within the possibility of acting in such a way as to take control of one's life and realize one's fundamental purposes. What is the source of control that can determine us to do this rather than that? This kind of non-violence is about self-mastery or self-determination, we enact it by choosing the right doors for the right reasons.

The violence we inflict on each other is only the outward manifestation of the war raging inside ourselves. Merely playing “by the rules” or being neutral is not the point but rather standing with a the clear intention of doing the best you can. OPEN UP your heart with this BACKBENDING FLOW and feel what is inside, it is only by stopping the war within that we can stop the war without.

Camilla’s classes are uplifting with strong asana sequences supported by creative body mudras and vibrant music. She aims at giving students a place where they can create space for themselves, get to know their body and spirit better and have fun!

Diana’s classes are energetic, demanding and detailed, focused on breath as rhythm and principles of alignment. She will challenge you into discovering not only your hidden potential but also your personal approach to yoga, always with humour and a tad of badass!

If you haven't attended a Guerilla Yoga Class yet, here are the *RULES*:

- The class is donation based.
- No sign up needed but BRING YOUR OWN MAT. 
- The location will be revealed a few days before the event.
- Class held in English and German.

We look forward to meeting you!
Diana & Camilla
http://o-yoga.ch/
http://www.yoga-tribe.ch/

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Patiently trust your heaviness

 

“Deep down, I don’t believe it takes any special talent for a person to lift himself off the ground and hover in the air. We all have it in us—every man, woman, and child—and with enough hard work and concentration, every human being is capable of…the feat….You must learn to stop being yourself. That’s where it begins, and everything else follows from that. You must let yourself evaporate. Let your muscles go limp, breathe until you feel your soul pouring out of you, and then shut your eyes. That’s how it’s done. The emptiness inside your body grows lighter than the air around you. Little by little, you begin to weigh less than nothing. You shut your eyes; you spread your arms; you let yourself evaporate. And then, little by little, you lift yourself off the ground. Like so.” 
― Paul Auster, Mr. Vertigo

Gravity takes hold of even the strongest thing and pulls it down toward the core of the world. Each thing held in place, is connected to the surface. Patiently trusting your heaviness, surrender to the intelligence in your foundations and invert that pulling force, all the way through your arms and towards your flight.

Places limited. Secure your spot here!

I look forward to seeing you O'yogis, we will explore arm balances with intelligence!  

 

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Lean into your fear

How do we behave in the face of the unknown? There is resistance and fear when the possibility of losing a certain current situation raises. The resistance to losing "our familiar identities" is the fear of the death of those identities.

When we can create space around fear, it can open into an intelligence manifested in curiosity about its meaning. These things don’t want to be looked at, but we can lean into them, stepping more deeply into ourselves. Sometimes what we encounter when we step inside is expectedly uncomfortable, but like a quiet observer we can examine them, find ways to grow, transmute, expand.

Trust in your own will power, face whatever arises in the field of your awareness, move into the dark unknown, and generously open yourself to the world. Backbending!

Places limited. Secure your spot directly on this event page or book here!

I look forward to seeing you O'yogis, we will explore that inner unknown going into backbends!

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Ten Rules for Students and Teachers from John Cage

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Avant-garde composer John Cage, greatly looked up to his teacher Schoenberg as a model of how a true artist ought to live. At the same time, Cage inspired generations of artists both through his work – which incorporated elements of chance into his music – and through his teaching.

Sister Corita Kent, an unlikely nun artist in the Los Angeles art scene, and instructor at Immaculate Heart College was one of those whom Cage inspired. In 1968, she crafted the Ten Rules for Students and Teachers for a class project. Cage was quoted directly in Rule 10, however he did not create the list. In any case, he was pleased with it and popularized the list. Cage’s lover and life partner, Merce Cunningham posted a copy of it in his studio until he died.

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Hold on to it and let it go

The capacity to persist and to let go, Abhyasa and Vairagya are two of the most important foundation principles of Yoga. Abhyasa means practice and Vairagya means non-attachment. Balancing these two companions is a key to pursue the subtler and more advanced practices.

Abhyasa involves cultivating a strong conviction, a persistent effort to consistently choosen practices with actions, speech, and thoughts that lead in the direction of a stable tranquility, many times in the face of constant failure. Vairagya involves learning to actively and systematically encounter, explore and let go of the many attachments, aversions, fears, and false identities that are clouding the true Self. It teaches us to let go, be present and to flow with life.

Holding on and letting go work together. Practice leads you in the right direction, while non-attachment allows you to continue the inner journey without getting sidetracked along the way. (Yoga Sutras 1.12-1 .16)

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