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Ashtanga

3 Apr

I really like the detailed explanations in this talk through of the Ashtanga Yoga practice (many benefits will apply to Asana Yoga in general)

let’s remember that we have bodies and they need stretching and sunshine

12 Dec

Parsva Konasana – yoga

Urdhva Dhanurasana

23 Sep

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Yoga Asana in Wat Po, Bangkok

New Yoga Class at MDI, 24 Hope Street, Liverpool. wednesdays 12.45pm-1.30pm. (12th september to 17th october)

6 Sep

Lunchtime Yoga for Beginners (and intermediate welcome) * 6 weeks * Mersey Dance Iinitiative, 24 Hope Street, Liverpool. wednesdays 12.45pm-1.30pm. (12th september to 17th october)

Birgit practiced yoga for many years, has visited Mysore in Southern India to study Yoga 3 times, spend 3 months with Pattabhi Jois and Sharath Rangaswamy practicing Ashtanga Yoga and has a lot of respect for her teachers (and is sad not to have been able to practice again with Sharath, the only obstacle was money). In 2012 she also took her Yoga Teacher Training Qualification in Mysore, with Bharat Shetty, a teacher who calls B.K.S. Iyengar his guru, but does not use yoga props. Additionally Birgit is also a Trained Thai Massage Practitioner, which benefits her teaching.

In Liverpool she owes most of what she has learnt to Cliff Bond, her teacher for many years, and also Frank Perry and Debbie Redcliffe. It is important to have teachers. Birgit practices and teaches from the traditional Ashtanga Yoga sequence & a special sequence taught by Bharat Shetty in Mysore which originates from BKS Iyengar & a gentle yin practice. All are forms of Hatha Yoga. The classical Yoga of the body which can affect the mind and health. She believes in listening to the body and what it needs that day.

In these coming weeks the theme of the classes that you will attend will be: Connection to the body and awareness of the space we are in. 

The class can be used as an introduction for complete beginners to yoga and intermediate students are welcome, too. Flexibility is not essential, neither is fitness, only a willingness to go on an adventure is.. You will work within your ability and listen to your body. If you are already familiar with Yoga you might be surprised how much work you can do in a downward dog or simple sun salutation.

Birgit offers an accompanying free class, on a saturday afternoon, only for those who attend the wednesday sessions.

On saturdays: we will apply what we learn on wednesdays and learn shake off the past week, getting ready for the next. This class is offered as a gift but attendance is not essential to enjoy wednesday lunchtime.

something about Advanced Yoga

12 Jul

a video by Jason Brown from Abhyasa Yoga in New York – I couldn’t agree more.

BKS Iyengar

10 Jul

There is something so awe inspiring about watching this 45 year old film footage of BKS Iyengar demonstrating asana. Who was the audience? Did they have any understanding or was this a form of outlandish gymnastics to them? After all these years of practicing yoga even I still find it strange to watch a yoga asana practice. It definitely is an experience to be had within, rather than observed externally.

In my parallel life I am a professional Artist, from this perspective I really should promote my work, chase the career, socialize strategically.. The more I practice Yoga Asana, the more my life changes, and it becomes increasingly impossible to abuse my body with 16 hour work days for the sake of appearing ‘successful’. In reality my name gains credential, it does indeed, and at the same time my body gains internal wounds from exhaustion, from one too many times rushed to meet a deadline..

In the past year I have spent significantly more time thinking about the Wealth of Health than about which gallery to attempt to impress into exhibiting and selling my work. I am still finding my way, but while it scares me I also feel that it was the only sensible decision to take a full 18 months out from even considering to make any Art work or engage in the Art crowd. My feet feel like they landed on the ground a little. My health is improving, and still I am fragile. The healthiest years in my life were those when I practiced yoga 3-4 times a week without fail. 6 days a week seems to deplete me.

I believe it is possible that this has to do with my approach to the practice and my approach to the days following. I strongly believe that Ashtanga practice can be restorative, in my experience it was depleting, but I have a feeling that was my way of practicing and living that could have been responsible.

What do you think?

be enlightened …

9 Jul

Life essentials in the words of a friend of mine: “Passionate about healthy conscious living in the full spectrum of life: work, relationships and the rest.”  (Julian Giacomelli chief at: http://www.crudessence.com )

Foot massage and Yoga

2 Jul

Hampi central temple:

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the past 2 weeks have been a little quiet, my hands hardly touched a foot or back or leg and the yoga mats have been quiet, too. I worked a lot on setting up an online presence that really still needs a  lot, lot, lot of work to fine tune it. Today I finally had a client, 90 minutes Foot massage, which was great. You start wondering what you are doing in the world, when you don’t get to practice / share what you know. The same goes for Art, too. I haven’t made much new work in the past year, taking a back seat, training in Massage and Yoga, taking time out to think through priorities. Health is an amazing gift, the bottom line is: make use of this and preserve it. Everything else will follow suit.

This week there are some bookings for Thai Massage and early morning yoga practice. I am happy to have a new student who would like to practice Mysore Style Ashtanga. This is really special for me, it takes me back to my time with Pattabhi Jois, the founder of Ashtanga Yoga and the wish to return to practice with him. He died 2 years ago and instead of studying with Sharath, his grandson I practiced another Yoga style with a very nice teacher, Bharat Shetty, who runs Yoga India, also in Mysore.  Yoga India follows it’s own sequence which is related to the way Iyengar approaches his teaching. We used no props however. It was great studying here. This is also where I qualified for my Teaching qualification.

But from friday I will be practicing and teaching Mysore Style Ashtanga, self practice. 7.30am, 3-5 mornings a week. I have room for 2 more  students with / without experience, you should be dedicated to attending 3 mornings a week. Practice is done in silence, except for instructions. There is the option of joining the group as the students from the morning batch finish and leave. For this you may arrive at 9.00am, and start practice when a mat becomes available (with isntruction of course). Expect your practice to take between 45 minutes in the beginning to 90 minutes as you progress.

ASHTANGA Mysore Style Classes & YOGA INDIA style led CLASSES initial schedule: Please see the Yoga page


many Links to me… / “All roads lead to Rome”…

18 Jun

Professional artist: www.birgitdeubner.com

Buy professional Fine Art prints: http://www.etsy.com/shop/Birgit75
View & buy doodles: www.etsy.com/people/over7seas

I have an irrepressible blog habit… some on this list are very new, some ancient, some very active, some less so. View: www.over-the-seven-seas.tumblr.com/  Read: www.overthesevenseas.blogspot.co.uk/ & last but not least drink: One Daily Cup of Coffee http://onedailycupofcoffee.blogspot.co.uk/ 

where can you find me?

7 Jun

physically I am based in the UK. I have an apartment in Liverpool where you will currently find me most of the time and am available for work anywhere in the world.

looking for me for Yoga or for Thai Massage? https://senthaimassage.com/ http://ashtangaliverpool.blogspot.co.uk/ (not currently open) http://morningyogaclasses.blogspot.co.uk/ (reviving this soon) http://yogasouffle.blogspot.co.uk/

My Etsy Shop (over7seas) http://www.etsy.com/people/over7seas?ref=si_pr

Birgit Deubner art / though/ writing/ research http://birgitdeubner.wordpress.com/ similar but more often worked on: http://birgitdeubner.blogspot.co.uk/

One Daily Cup of Coffee http://onedailycupofcoffee.blogspot.co.uk/ coffee and cafe reviews http://cafecritic.blogspot.com/

at home and around the world : Over the seven seas http://overthesevenseas.blogspot.co.uk/ Climbing Glass Mountains: http://glass-mountains.blogspot.co.uk/?zx=f558827f9bb80cf8

experiments with blogs and titles: http://catching-the-muse-by-her-tail.blogspot.co.uk/

SALE of my stuff, NEW ITEMS next week: http://surpluspossessionssale.blogspot.co.uk/

no longer active research notes: http://seminar-presentations.blogspot.co.uk/?zx=1af797b03df540b1