Yoga

Love unites

Last week I completed a six months long education with 16 hours examination. Lots of feedback from co-students and teachers (yoga). 26 students, all felt the so familiar nervousness also called fear. Being exposed bodily and mentally on stage is in itself a stretch. Receiving feedback//critics on top – is really a teeth shaker and mouth drier.
The group decided silently not to fall into the well known trap of pointing fingers but share from an honest, loving, open heart. The good stuff and the stuff to work on.
Healing fear together is such a liberating experience. Friends, colleagues, lovers, family members. Maybe The Most important job of all. Dive under the surface together and face whatever tightens us up and breathe through it. Expose ourselves to it and accept that we sometimes don´t know what lies behind. But we trust the opening that awaits on the other side. Just Like the yoga-asanas teach us. Open up to our true authenticity, love and compassion.
The World needs our healed hearts.

 


 

Go deeper!

(English version below)

Min første yogalærer hed Frantz og var et geni. Vi taler 1988, Købmagergade, Skandinavisk yoga- og meditationscenter, orange dragter (ikke min – lærernes). Frantz tog roligt og tålmodigt mod min stressfyldte krop, der dårligt kunne ligge fem minutter ad gangen, så stod gremlingerne i kø. Uro, stivhed, konstant på lur efter en undskyldning for at slippe ud.

Men Frantz gav sig tid; anviste åndedrætsteknikker, gode sovestillinger, beroligende meditationer…og BAM! jeg var hooked. Det virkede jo dét hér! Gradvist og over dét der føltes som æoner af tid kom roen, fasthed under fødderne, fred i bolden og dyb kropskontakt.

Frantz´ trylleformular handlede formentlig ikke så lidt om, at han holdt fast i den samme skole, samme retning, samme filosofi i alle årene. Det giver en dybde, en ro, og en soliditet, som var en genial modvægt til min og mange af mine medyogis uro. Og så tæller det nok også med, at Frantz´mesterlærer hedder Swami Janakananda, som tog til Indien i 1960érne med navnet Jørgen i passet, og vendte hjem med nyt navn og energi til at grundlægge Skandinavisk yoga- og meditationsskole i 1970.

Swami lever stadig og er et levende bevis på, at vedholdende yoga- og meditationspraksis funker. Han bor i Sverige i sin ashram i Småland, og tager tit til København og holder dunder-satsang. Taler varmt for vedholdenhed. Ikke zappe og skifte mellem traditioner, men fordybe dig og lære tingene til bunds.

Formentlig er det netop én af grundene til, at yoga er blevet så populær de sidste 15-20 år..? Som modvægt til vores zapperliv, som har det med at fjerne os fra os selv, kroppen, sindet, roen og alt dét, meditation og yoga langsomt (genop)bygger.

Så ja, ekkoet efter Frantz´ timer holder stadig. ”Fordyb dig i skidtet – og se det virke!”, sluttede han timerne af med. Jeg kan ikke sige, hvad der virker for andre, men jeg kan kigge på en udvikling i verden, hvor yoga og meditation fylder mere og mere – og glædes! Fordi hvad jeg har følt som en mirakelkur lige siden den orange yogamåtte, under jeg rigtige mange af mine medmennesker at få del i.

Satnam, namasté, ha´en fed weekend!

 


Immerse yourself!

I just come back from a great yogalesson, and on my way home, my first yoga teacher, named Frantz poppede up in my memory as a genius. We speak 1988, Købmagergade, Scandinavian yoga and meditation center, orange suits (not mne – the teacher´s). Frantz calmly and patiently greeted my stressful body, which could not last for five minutes at a time, then the gremlins were in line. Unrest, stiffness, constantly looking for an excuse to escape.

But Frantz gave time; Designated breathing techniques, good sleeping positions, soothing meditations … and BAM! I was hooked. This stuf worked! Gradually and beyond what felt like eons of time came the calm, firmness under the feet, peace in the head and a deep body contact.

Frantz’s magic formular probably rested for a good deal on the fact that he styed focused in the same school, the same direction, the same philosophy in all the years. It gives a depth, a calm, and a solidity, which was a genius counterweight to mine and many of my co-yogi’s unrest. And furthermore Frantz´s master teacher was Swami Janakananda, who went to India in the 1960s with the Danish name Jørgen in his passport, and returned home with a new name and energy to establish the Scandinavian yoga and meditation school in 1970.

Swami still lives and is a living proof that persistent yoga and meditation practices work. He lives in Sweden in his ashram in Småland, and often goes to Copenhagen and holds a thunderbolt. For example, speaking warmly for perseverance. Do not zap and switch between traditions, but immerse yourself and learn things thoroughly.

Probably, that’s one of the reasons why yoga has become so popular the last 15-20 years ..? As a counterweight to our zapper life, which removes us from ourselves, the body, the mind, the calm and all that, meditation and yoga slowly (re-) builds.

So yes, the echo after Frantz’s hours still lasts. “Immerse yourself in the dirt – and see it work!”, he finished most lessons with. I can not say what works for others, but I can look at a development in the world where yoga and meditation are filling more and more – and feel happy! Because what I’ve felt like a miracle cure ever since the orange yoga mat in the late eighties, I wish for all fellow human beings.

Satnam, namaste, have a nice weekend!

 
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