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Continuing studies, starting the year fresh

23 Jan

I am in Thailand continuing my Thai Massage Training as well as the online Theory Program with the Nephyr, director of the Naga Massage School in Portland Oregon. Like as if that wasn’t plenty I stumbled on a Mysore Ashtanga Teacher and am finding my way back into the fold of the Ashtanga family. I missed this!

All of this is only possible really because I stay in a small studio apartment where the rent is just over $100 per month (3500 Baht)… there is more to this, I’ll explain in another post.

So for the past week my days started at 5.45am and I was reasonably busy until about 6pm, by the time I had dinner it was closing in on bed time.

To try and see if I can change my life a bit this year I am beginning with working on my night owl habits.. For the past week I managed to go to sleep most nights by 9pm. If I don’t go to sleep this early then I won’t be able to get up early to make it to Yoga class. And It all just feels so incredibly healthy and why wouldn’t I got to sleep when it means I can make my way to the yoga studio and feel my fragile body wake up and remember how to move?

It has been astonishing to see how much fear I hold and how much this keeps me from living a full life. Finding myself stand on the yoga mat means facing some of those fears and finding out that yes: I have some physical limitations but the rest of me is fine and wants to move, get strong and feel that amazing feeling that you can only feel when you have done a yoga practice, with as much concentration as you can manage and with sincerity. It is too easy to make excuses.

I keep remembering that we have only one life. So if maybe I need a hip operation one day then that is ok, but the remainder of my body still needs the endorphins that come with moving it.

At this point I don’t know how long I will be able to keep up my early morning routine. I hope I can cement it into my system and start a new life.

The Thai Massage practice plans are also changing. I am finding myself very reluctant to spend money at a new School with teachers who may or may not be as outstanding as my current ones. It is quite a hurdle when you don’t have much money. You have to make your choices so much more carefully.

So my current updated thoughts are: to continue refreshing my memory with my old teachers before moving on to any other ones. The idea is that it ought to be better to be good at one style of massage, really good rather than muddle my way through several?? Well I am still having longings for practice in the Northern style, too.

It is bed time. I will ponder these thoughts again tomorrow.

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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)

Provisional Yoga Schedule

2 Jul

Hello everybody!

I now have a provisional schedule for Yoga classes. Please take a look on my YOGA page. I scheduled classes for 7.30am friday, sunday, monday. You may come 30 minutes earlier if needed. As well as afternoon classes on the same days. The Yoga styles offered are Ashtanga Mysore Style, which means instruction into self practice; and the Yoga India sequences, which is based on my Indian teacher’s study with BKS Iyengar. Both create heat in the body, aid the expelling of toxins, release emotions and strengthen the immune system.

I try and teach with emphasis on body awareness, and encourage my students to be aware of what is a healthy stretch and what is pushing one’s ego beyond the healthy range. Beginners and practicing Yoga students are welcome. Ashtanga will be taught in sequence, not perfectly Mysore style but with the ambition to reach Mysore style one day. Breath, Body, Mind.

We are all learning.

Prices are available on the ‘price’ page. Please read the ‘code of conduct’ before coming for Yoga or Massage. (I’m german you might have guessed…)

Also: I am good friends with several other Yoga teachers in Liverpool and internationally, and am ALWAYS happy to recommend the best one for you, if you for any reason find I am at this time not quite right for you.

!!!   I love working with people with physical limitations and those recovering from health issues. Long term my interest lies in therapeutic / restorative yoga and bodywork. All Yoga is therapeutic. There are no times scheduled on this website, please contact me with your requirements. Currently I have a regular student who is 72 and just starting for the first time in his life to practice Yoga and he loves it. A recent student of mine is in his early 60’s and finds Yoga a great experience for body and emotions. He now mostly practices with my main teacher Cliff Bond in Liverpool, as I was away for some time to train in Thai Massage and Yoga.

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