What is Ashtanga Yoga, Mysore Style?

A cleat written blog about the definition of Ashtanga yoga

Yoga in India

At the KPJAYI Yoga Shala, Mysore India. Photo Credit: Coni Hörler

BY ELKE ROHMER

“Yoga is 99 percent practice and one percent theory.” – Sri K. Pattabhi Jois

The pioneer of Ashtanga Yoga was yoga master Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (1915-2009) who was twelve years old when he first started learning from his teacher Krishnamacharya. In 1948, he founded the Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore, South India. This style of yoga has spread all over the world, providing a blueprint for many of the flowing Vinyasa yoga styles. Today, Jois’ grandson Sharath manages the institute in his grandfather’s spirit, and it is still a magnet that draws many “ashtangis” dedicated to this particular tradition practised in the so-called Mysore style.

Characteristics

Traditionally, the word Ashtanga stood for the “eight-fold path” of yoga as coined by the philosopher Patanjali in his classical “Yoga Sutras”. Ever since Pattabhi Jois called his yoga practice…

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The Flow

Breathing is a flow. Running blood is a flow. Fluids are a flow. The universe’s birth and death are a flow. Dancing is a flow. Movement is a flow. Water is a flow. Swimming is a flow. Waves are a flow. The body is a flow. Life runs in and out. The world circulates in a cyclic stream. Planets and stars gush forth, explode and fade out.

Hear the OM of the universe crossing millenia. Here lies the 5th dimension. When one feels as a floating particle in the universal dance (physicists would not disagree on this). The body doesn’t exist, only its energy and perception do. Where science, spirituality and poetry meet lies the truth of our existence: perception, impression, sensation, thoughts, consciousness (I’m referring mostly to empiricist philosophers such as Berkeley and Hume). Then inner perception, meditation, universal connection, higher consciousness. Floating again and again in all directions.

In the esoteric spirituality, the 5th dimension is a state of universal consciousness. When someone reaches this dimension (we are mostly on the 3d one), one would feel permanent peace, bliss, love and joy, naturally and effortlessly. People would immediately see themselves in every being, whether humans or animals, with empathy. The mind is peaceful and all negative thoughts are flushed out. In this spiritual universal flow, the perception of time is different (from the one in 3d). Time is slow. The mind doesn’t perceive the time of the watch which seems to be fast. Time in the universal scale flows differently.

A person who reaches the 5th dimension is on intuitive knowing. Truth can be recognised based on how the information resonates, as everything is a flow including our thoughts.

Open your hips and let it flow!

Banksy Opened His Own Hotel

Beautiful mural painting

STREET ART RAT

The British legendary street artist Banksy just finished his new project. This time it is a nine room hotel called “The Walled Off Hotel” in Bethlehem, Palestine – very close from a stretch of the controversial West Bank barrier which has been heavily decorated by artists.

“The Walled Off Hotel” includes several murals and installation by Banksy that can be found in several rooms such as the “Presidential Suite” or “Room With A View”. If you are on a budget, bunk beds are also available for just £30 a night.
Installations includes “Out of Service”, walled-off lift at Banksy’s hotel or “The worst view in the world” as described by the man himself about the view from his rooms.
On view is also a small museum where you will find a mannequin showing the signature of the Balfour declaration.*

rooms_artist03_z ~ By Banksy ~ All photos via StreetArtNews.net

banksy-heart ~ By Banksy ~ All photos via StreetArtNews.net

rooms_presidential_05_z ~ By…

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The Price of being a humanitarian volunteer

Very touching!

Mediterranean

When I spent another three weeks on the rescue vessel Aquarius during winter time, christmas and new year, i felt doing the right thing – again. People from everywhere have sent me messages saying “respect” and “so good that you do this”.

Respect for what, I ask myself. Respect, that somebody does something, they feel needed to do? Respect for something, they would like to do, but would never do? Respect for giving up your own life a bit to save those, some even maybe do not want really to have in their countries? I do not know.

Respect is for the team I was working with, because mainly they do the rescue work. Staying for more than 12 hours permanently under stress and rescue one by one out of an overcrowded rubber or wooden boat on a wavy, dangerous Mediterranean Sea until everybody is safe on board the Aquarius. And…

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Human figures – figured humans

Mediterranean

Is it not the single human that counts? YES, it is – every single she and he does!

11.636 – on board Aquarius ( since February 2016 ).

7.502 – rescued by SAR team of Aquarius.

4.134 – transferred to the Aquarius.

9.569 – men.

2.067 – women.

1.621 – minors, under 18 years old.

1.216 – minors traveling alone.

106 – under the age of 5.

3 – babies born on the Aquarius.

38 – dead brought on board.

5000+ – died on Mediterranean in 2016.

11.000 – Euro cost per day rescue with Aquarius – funds urgently needed.

100% – commitment of all teams on board.

For donations visit http://www.sosmediterranee.org .

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Philosophy of a beginning new 2017

Mediterranean

When a father holds his young child in fear above him, holding him or her, having horrific hours behind, being on a dark brutal sea in winter, surrounded by humans who also only want to survive… a young baby without any protection but the hands of his/her father holding, hoping, him hoping, trying to save this young human, in a deadly overcrowded rubber boat…

That is the beginning of 2017. How I saw it. And how I think about it. After only three days in this young year. Fits somehow: Young baby. Young year. Young rescue season. Young philosophy of this year, of a beginning, or.., but anyway new year 2017…

Is it something bad, that these humans had to suffer almost to death in Libya before they would die on the Mediterranean Sea but then got rescued and saved form all that? Or is it good, that they had…

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