LIVE Sivananda class with Susan

Our next LIVE Sivananda class with Susan Bhagavati will be this WEDNESDAY, 8 april, at 15.30 (CET) – everyone is warmly welcome to join!

To register: send a message to yogacommunityOM@gmail.com – and the link will fly your way, as well as an option to give a donation for the class, if you would like.

PLEASE NOTE! you can still access the class after the live recording so you can practice whenever you’d like.

See you “there” for an uplifting and nourishing practice, lovely people! ❤️

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“Rediscovering who we really are at our core opens the way to experiencing our most basic level of connection with others.”
Donna Farhi
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LIVE online Sivananda class with Susan

Hello everyone!

Susan will be teaching another LIVE Sivananda class on Wednesday, April 1st (no fooling!) at 15.30 (CET).

This time you need to sign up and pay for the class through the Svaha Yoga site – please make sure to do this in advance! SIGN IN

We look forward to sensing you there, practicing along. 🌿🌷🌿

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“All life is one, all people are members of one human family, all are an expression of the One Self.”
Swami Sivananda
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Online LIVE Sivananda class!

On Tuesday, March 24, Susan Bhagavati will teach a 90-minute Sivananda yoga class at 15.30 (Europe time) on the Svaha Yoga YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/svahayoga

Please subscribe and join in, it will be so wonderful to know that you’re practicing along from your hOMe.

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“Find the love you seek, by first finding the love within yourself. Learn to rest in that place within you that is your true home.”
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

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Quarantine Life: Staying Calm

During this extraordinary time I will write a post every now and then about how we can keep our heads above water when we’re stuck at home. This is a perfect time to incorporate a lot of yoga practices and wisdom! These first few days of the quarantine are perhaps the most difficult and important as we make sense of the sudden changes and begin to structure our time in new ways. 

Life has suddenly taken a turn for the strange. Not only is the constant onslaught of news about this global pandemic disturbing, the changes in our lives in accordance with the restrictions can also be unsettling. Many of us are now housebound with family members or alone and we’re facing unfamiliar CHANGE, which in the most normal of times can cause a rise in stress levels.

When we get stressed our body produces the hormone cortisol, which helps us process stressful situations. But too much cortisol for too long can be very harmful to the body and mind, leading to weakened immunity, weight gain, bad sleep, high blood pressure, low energy, short temper, and negative thoughts.

Our current quarantined situation can be an excellent time to nurture healthy, calming  habits, which can transform ourselves and our relationships. These five measures are good things to be aware of and they’re interconnected – observing just one of them may naturally inspire the others:

  1. Sleep well – it’s remarkable how much better we feel when we go to bed and wake up earlier, this is really at the heart of feeling WELL. Sleep deprivation raises our levels of cortisol while a good night’s sleep brings sustained vibrancy, focus, and stamina.
  2. Exercise and breath slowly – this is a perfect time to establish a yoga practice at home! This will help keep our bodies strong and relaxed, our minds positive and alert, and our nerves calmed – such an optimal use of our time. Here is a good YouTube Sivananda class: Sivananda Yoga Class  Also I will be teaching some live on-line classes as soon as I figure out the technology – stay tuned!
  3. Eat healthily – what better time than NOW to commit to more nourishing eating choices to give our digestive system a rest and to strengthen our immune system and feel deep-down good. Here is a recipe for a one-pot rice and dal dish called kitchari – it’s quick, easy to make, cleansing, nutritious, delicious, and you can adapt it to many ingredients that you have on hand: Kitchari Recipe
  4. Practice kindness and selfless service – while we have this concentrated time at home it’s great to look at and maybe transform the way we are with the people around us. Instead of slogging through mundane tasks on our list we can try instead to change our attitude and imagine that every action is for the good of others. When we can avoid letting our ego get involved with expectations of reward for our efforts this can bring an immediate wealth of vitality and happiness for everyone involved.
  5. Be aware of stressful thoughts – simply being conscious of negative thoughts can be the first step towards changing them for the better. When we want to change bad habits (which negative thoughts really are) we have to replace them with something positive. When you become aware that your mind is busy with criticising, regretting, expecting, resisting, resenting, etc, just let all that be and bring your attention instead to your breath and whatever you can experience through each sense in the moment. This takes quite some discipline and practice but eventually we can become more present, and this joy of just being becomes the default rather than a fleeting rarity.

ENJOY everyone, and feel free to share any of your experiences with me!

With love, Susan

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“You practice mindfulness, on the one hand, to be calm and peaceful. On the other hand, as you practice mindfulness and live a life of peace, you inspire hope for a future of peace.” Thich Nhat Hanh

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Yoga Classes PAUSED

ATTENTION dear ones:

Our yoga classes will STOP from now until April 6th. All class cards will be PAUSED.

Staying home and avoiding contact is the best action we can take against the virus at this time. Even if you have no symptoms – and I pray that you all remain healthy – each of us can be a potential carrier of this pandemic and spread it around, which can be life-threatening to the most vulnerable of us.

So let’s think globally and act responsibly with love, compassion, and respect for all beings. And enjoy this time to practice yoga and meditation at home! In the coming days I will post some ways to stay extra nourished during this time, including some on-line yoga classes to practice in your living room.

With love and the hopes that you and your loved ones stay well…

Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu 

‘May all beings be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words and actions of my own life contribute to the happiness and freedom for all.’

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A note about our classes

“COVID-19 shows how artificial the borders made by humans are, how – like it or not – we are all connected, how our borders won’t protect us (and relying too much on them could harm us), and how we all have to work together to live together.”
Moustafa Bayoumi

Wash hands like mad, friends, and make smart choices to stay extra healthy.

It’s been recommended to minimize contact during this pandemic – for now our classes WILL continue, but with no hugging (so challenging!) or physical adjustments, though definitely still verbal ones.

If you are exhibiting signs of the virus – coughing, fever, etc., please stay home!

The studio is extremely clean – to take even more care to minimize exposure you can (optionally) bring your own yoga mat and cup (or water bottle) for tea after class.

We look forward to greeting you soon with a warm ‘namaste’. 🙏🏼

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Sunday BLOOMING Mini-Retreat

Let’s help along the springing process – join us THIS SUNDAY!

Sunday, March 1st

16.00 – 17.45 Yoga Class
18.00 – 19.30 Meditation and Kirtan
19.30  Sweets and tea

Nourishing yoga, guided meditation, uplifting singing, inspiring words, social time together – come experience the traditional, heart-opening yogic path of devotion, in the Sivananda tradition. Everyone is welcome!

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“Life without kirtan is like a garden without flowers.”
Swami Sivananda

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