Yoga and God

There are many misconceptions about yoga out there. Coming from a Christian background I know that many people have prejudices and questions about yoga. I hope to answer here a few of them. Yoga is not a religion. First of all yoga does not worship a specific God. It is not a religion. The goal…

The quick fix

“God, give me patience. Now!” I used to laugh at this joke. Now I realize it sums up our generation. We live fast-paced lives. And we’re always running after the next quick fix. Why is this? Where did we miss the chance to learn that perseverance pays out? Why do we not like the idea…

Nothing good ever comes from trying.

I read this book in German by Jorge Bucay: “Komm, ich erzähl dir eine Geschichte” – “Let me tell you a story” in English. One of the main characters in this book says: “Nothing good ever comes from trying.” And I think I begin to agree. Trying implies effort. And it implies an uncertain outcome….

The beauty of yoga

You breathe and you move, you follow the postures … and you’re connected. To your body and the breath. Spirituality in a nutshell. You breathe and you are present with each moment. Present with yourself, your emotions, your thoughts. You work through the layers with every round of sun salutation. Each breath is consciously cherished,…

Spirituality is a luxury

I’m not sure what upsets me more – the panic promoting posts regarding coro virus or the “I’m on another planet & this has nothing to do with me” posts from my spiritual friends. I guess I like the cynic memes best to be honest. It makes me think that spirituality is a luxury. I’m…

Spirituality – what it is not

In New Zealand – Aotearoa we have this wonderful festival culture during summer time. Conscious festivals where people gather and enjoy workshops and music, mostly without drugs and alcohol. It’s beautiful and a big step forward: showing that we can dance and enjoy life without substance abuse. I’m proud of New Zealand’s conscious community. However…

Are we not all introverts?

Have you ever reflected on your balance in life between externalizing your energy and being internal? Does your job require you to give energy out constantly? What about your relationships? I believe we all need time when we turn inward and are with ourselves. In Yoga, the Niyama that talks about “Tapas” is one of…

Embracing my limitations.

Embracing my limitations means knowing my abilities. It means respecting myself. I am still learning about the importance of boundaries. It can be hard work to establish these as we are being confronted with unconscious patterns while doing so. Boundaries are important to keep us alive – on a biological level but also on a…

Walking the Labyrinth

What looked so simple and unspectacular would prove itself to be a very efficient tool to encounter myself and my life. I had no idea when I joined my friend for a labyrinth meditation what it actually would feel like to walk the labyrinth! Imagine a simple labyrinth, a bit like a spiral, with five…

Disconnection & connection

My latest realization is that I tend to disconnect when it would be most important not to. It hit me like a hammer today. And it seems to explain a lot of my behaviour and my experiences in the last year. I feel very lonely at times. And this not necessarily at times I was…

Generation porn

Generation porn. Full of look-a-likes, under constant pressure to look good & present online how happy we are. Competition & low self-esteem, commercials & anxiety go hand in hand. We have hard times to really connect with people and to build the relationships we dream of. We are the generation porn. For my generation the…