A practice compilation.

Dear friends

As the days inbetween the years allow for time and space to reflect and turn inward, I would like to offer you some inspiration to dive deeper into the practices.

I have composed a little gift box for you that includes practice videos that were recorded during covid months, some guided breath meditation and also podcasts and texts that illuminate the wider scope of practice. I’ve chosen media from teachers that I appreciate a lot. Their common approach is undogmatic, straightforward and sometimes leaves one with unanswered questions. By revealing common ignorance, the not seeing of things as they are, we are handed back our own responsability. In this way we are supported in the exploration and development of resilience, curiosity and the power of love.

If you are around these days and like to join for a class, I teach at Susan’s Yoga am Fluss and yoga moves Winterthur. Please refer to their online schedule. Classes at Gessnerallee and Tanzhaus start again Jan 10 / 11.

And also, if you are into planning the new year, please consider taking your time out with us, joining for our cleansing and nourishing Silent Retreat in Ticino May and Sept 2023.

Thank you.

Now, I’d like to start with a most beautiful and subtle poem that was brought to me by amazing Yoga teacher Djuna Deveraux. Sit with it and feel its words in the body. This is poetry becoming practice, the intersection of art and life. Enjoy.

I Go Among Trees by Wendell Berry

I go among trees and sit still.
All my stirring becomes quiet
around me like circles on water.
My tasks lie in their places
where I left them, asleep like cattle.

Then what is afraid of me comes
and lives a while in my sight.
What it fears in me leaves me,
and the fear of me leaves it.
It sings, and I hear its song.

Then what I am afraid of comes.
I live for a while in its sight.
What I fear in it leaves it,
and the fear of it leaves me.
It sings, and I hear its song.

After days of labor,
mute in my consternations,
I hear my song at last,
and I sing it. As we sing,
the day turns, the trees move.

~ from Sabbaths

Below a podcast with Stephen Batchelor talking about meditation practice. Stephen is a former buddhist monk, teacher and writer. His concern is to strip off all cultural and religious jargon from practice and present it as an ethical, contemplative and philosophical way of life. I also highly recommend all of his books.

Two practice videos: a little boost when you feel all too lazy and one to calm down and restore. And just in case things get overwhelming during holidays. Use breath, time and gravity to hold you.

Strong practice from the hips and legs to the upper body. Inversions prep work. Releasing twists and forward bends to close.
Recorded Jan 22.

Restorative and meditation practice: all supported, long hold. tibetan purification practice. shakti dharana.
Recorded Jul 21

„When people ask me how to get a home meditation practice started, here is what I tell them: the practice begins the night before.“ Read what Zen teacher, poet and essayist Norman Fischer has to share about establishing a regular meditation practice.

I love reading all of Norman’s texts. He somewhere writes: „Impermanence in its fullness and breadth is a teaching that makes you peaceful and loving. Impermanence is love. When you are on a sinking ship, as we all are, you don’t want to be fighting with all the other passengers, making a bad situation worse. You want to be hugging and kissing as the ship goes down. It can be a beautiful moment.“

Then below a button that leads you to a guided meditation on savasana by Michel Stone (on insighttimer.com).

Michael was a Buddhist teacher and activist, dedicated to a live centered around practice. You find another guided meditation on feeling the body and many other texts, audios, videos and online courses on his legacy website.

Two audio files from me to use as support and exploration. The first, sama vritti, promotes calm and focus, to practice anytime and anywhere. The second one is a tantric breathing meditation. Schwiizerdütsch.

On Wed Dec 28 Julie Martin, another dear teacher of mine offers a FREE 45-minute pranayama and meditation class on Zoom for everyone to join. „Bring your family and friends and we come together to say goodbye to 2022 with gratitude and be open to receiving what we desire moving into 2023.“ You can register on her website brahmaniyoga.com. I’m looking forward to see you there!