Yoga & Movement Arts
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How do you in-form your body? And how much are you being in-formed by being (in) a body?
How much structure is needed to hold space? And how much space is needed to fill and stretch the form?
„Information“ for me means exactly that: The process of forming and un-forming, question and answer, dissolving and differently connecting again. Always interrelated, always connected and sweetly hugged into life as a whole.
The body as instrument and language to form and being informed.
Yoga is a practice of moving meditation, embodiment and connection with and to all parts. It can be poetry, medicine or just listening for emotions to be released from within. Because movement is life. By allowing life to move and speak through us, and using the body as a series of moving glyphs, we can create words and songs that hold and remind us to the very essence of what it means to be alive. Changing in the ever changing rythms of time and space.
In the most exhilarating moments of life, your breath is there. In the deepest grief, there too you will find the omnipresent melody of materiality, your precious breath. Vacillating between practices that stimulate and soothe, pranayama allows you to come home, to be alone with yourself.
The body breathes itself. Whether or not you think about it, whether or not you choose to, the body will go on breathing. It is autonomic, it happens below the register of our awareness. When we engage and actively manipulate the breath, we become agentic, directing the breath, demanding of it, modulating our approach in order to create a specific effect in ourselves.
Breathing is dialogic.
We can use the sound of the breath like a bridge between what is perceived as inside and what is perceived as outside.
By weaving the breath like a thread between space and form, body and cosmos, we can change the athmosphere inside of our bodies, knock on our hearts and clear our minds. With that so achieved awareness of breath we can then travel freely within our minds, and embody the notion that we, like the rest of the universe, are designed for the experience of magic and awe.
What is breathwork?
It’s an active meditation. Its ancient healing properties are known and used for decates. By oxygenating the body through different practices, breath work moves us into a deeply relaxed and altered state in which we are able to perceive, feel and gently release energy tension and emotions to get to the root of fear, exhaustion or whatever is compromising our breath. Breathwork creates space for us to tap into deep connection, love, joy and contentment.
The Tibetan monks didn’t measure time in minutes but in amounts of breaths we have. So by regulating and manipulating the breath we can use time and prolong life to our advantage.
As breath generates the subtle energies and systems, it can be used to treat stress and all illnesses relating the nerves, hormones, lungs, lymphatic system, and blood circulation. It’s one of the easiest and most affective practices to achieve mental, physical and emotional health.
How does it help?
*supports emotional intelligence
*triggers relaxation response
*calibrates the autonomic nervous system and can help in treating PTSD
*helps regeneration of the organs
*increases endurance*prolongs life and overall vitality
Consciousness is creating our life experience!
What we believe is what we see, as we are the creators of our own reality.
5% of who we are is created through conscious actions, 95% comes from the habits we subconsciously programmed our system with since childhood.
So when we want to change the way we experience the world and live our lives, we have to spend time on fine tuning our consciousness to the extent that we understand what we do habitually, to be able to reprogram that.
By sitting with ourselves, observing life around us and within us, Meditation can also be like a prayer.
French philosopher Simone Weil defined prayer as “absolutely unmixed attention.” Such attention allows for multiple foci of awareness, as practiced during pranayama. It is somatically empowering to know how to hold space for more than one thing occurring simultaneously. This is useful practice for situations that are alarming. One goal is to stay inside of oneself while responding to external stimuli. Consequently, one need not push back against reality through denial or avoidance. Embodied mindfulness allows one to allow the different kinds of information we are constantly receiving to co-exist, maybe even integrate into one total experience of awe.
Meditation is a dialogue of asking and receiving. Asking for whatever we need, want or curiously want to learn. Listening and enjoying all that is coming, happening and not happening, while physically being still.
There are many different techniques for meditation. Depending on what we want to achieve with it, we can either guide our awareness through repeated wordspells, concentrate on the breath, observe the chaotic mind or just open up as a vessel, for whatever wants to communicate with us through silence.
This way meditation works in all possible ways:
* awakening our senses
* sleep improvement
* practicing gratefulness & mindful living
* magical visioning
* stress releasing
* habit changing