Dear Friends, Yogi’s, Yogini’s, courageous travellers on the Path of Life.
I’m writing this blog being 4 weeks into married life and I want to share with you about this sacred union with my lover and soulmate, but also the sacred union within. The Heart of Yoga is a practice of intimacy and this path starts with being comfortable with yourself and being intimate with all that you are.
Following this yogic path of love and union, I want to invite you to join me and my husband Rene on a Yoga Retreat in the Himalayas this August. Or to come and practice with me at the regular Island Yoga Retreats and workshop on Koh Yao Noi. Or why not schedule already a 200hr Teacher training course in for October 2019 at Island Yoga! An in-dept one month journey on which you will become so much more than a yoga teacher; you will become empowered to live life in the extraordinary, union and love! More details about this soon!
The Heart of Yoga is the path of union and love. Celebrating the elixir of life!
The ultimate Heart of Yoga, is a practice of walking the path of love and union. Love and union with the world within and the world around you. The state of wholeness, union or bliss is a deep merging between all the opposites— the feminine and the masculine, heaven and earth, inner and outer, inhale and exhale, yin and yang, above and below, giving and receiving, holding and letting go. Being in a love relationship, has been and still is one of the most deepest spiritual practices for me. The journey of being intimate with my husband, has taught me the most important lessons in life.
Rene and I met in a very small monastery in India, in the far and remote area of the desert of Kach, close to the Pakistan border. He and I sat under the stars, listening to a sadhu ‘Baba Ji’ while he was playing his sitar and singing full of devotion. This sadhu practiced the path of Bhakti, the path of love and devotion and initiated us without knowing into the path of Divine Love.
Our love story took us many years to develop and to transform into this sacred marriage. It made us travel all over the world, but especially also within. I see myself as the girl I was then and see the woman who I am now, and I realise the transformation that has happened. I see the power of love and commitment as the one of the biggest elements for my own spiritual practice.
The Heart of Yoga (Krishnamacharyan,T. K. V. Desikachar), is a path of commitment and trust. First of all commitment to yourself. A commitment and engagement of saying ‘Yes, I do’ to yourself. To get engaged with and within yourself. Saying ‘Yes, I do', to an inner marriage and spiritual union within. A ‘Yes, I do' to start loving and accepting yourself. A 'Yes, I do' to commitment to look within, to contemplate, to be brave and vulnerable, to radical self acceptance. A ‘Yes, I do' to embrace the wounds, shame, guilt, fears, anger, grief, insecurity and confusion.
A ‘Yes, I do’ to shine radiantly from within and not being afraid of being true to yourself. To say ‘Yes, I do' to commit to make your yoga and meditation practice a daily priority’. To say ‘Yes, I do' to commit of taking more care of yourself and start to love yourself better’ To say 'Yes, I do' to choose a job, friends, home, environment, practices, food, way of living that suits and nourishes you. To say ‘Yes, I do commit to saying ‘Yes’ to life and walking my own path, following my passions and dharma.
I feel the moment we both started to say ‘Yes, to all of this, we both became so much more in tune with our true Self, and we could lift the limitations of separateness of the ego and create this union and let our relationship blossom in a way that was honest, pure and auspicious for both of us.The inner growth and growing of our love went hand in hand.
Do you long for an inner marriage and ‘intimacy’ as “into-me-I-see”?
One of the living legends, Mark Whitwell, use to say “connecting with ourselves isn't a step any of us can skip. Your first intimacy is with your own body and breath". "If you try to improve a relationship without developing that receptivity, there is no chance you can receive or be sensitive to another. Without relaxing into ourselves, how can we truly relax into the body (and soul) of another?”
This relaxing into yourself is what I want to offer to you in my classes, teachings and retreats. I know that love really started when I allowed myself to soften, to tune more into the feminine practices, to the natural rhythms of my body, my moon cycles, the practices of Tibetan Buddhism, Taoism, Yin yoga, and the Himalayan Tradition of meditation and stillness. Yoga has become completely a sacred practice to tune in with my breath and the needs of my body and soul, rather then just a physical practice.
Our Himalayan Yoga Retreat will be an invitation to soften into yourself, to merge with the Land of Tibetan Buddhism and Sacred monasteries, to explore the path of compassion and kindness, self-acceptance and silence. A beautiful and soul crafted journey of self discovery, self awareness, love, intimacy, honesty, celebration and inner transformation. A journey of intimacy and ‘in-to-me-I-see’, a celebration of the mountains, nature, Buddhist teachings and cultural exchange. For more info see the retreat page.