Ashtanga Yoga Eindhoven Conference
5th of April, 11:00am
Thanks to all participants that joined the conference on the 22nd and the 29th of March!
Meeting ID: 832 686 813
Uncertainty on the Conference Topic
We had some questions on what a conference is, and if there should be ‘a topic’. We would like to share our thoughts on that.
A Conference is ashtanga community support, lecture and discussion with regard to the method. An opportunity to discuss doubts and obstacles and to clarify the traditional methodology in a question and answer setting.
There will not be ‘a topic’, it’s not a lecture in the traditional sense, it’s ‘satsang’ or a spiritual gathering where the subjects are intuited and the objective is peace of mind.
An important part of the conference is the room for questions. How to ask question can be read below.
Entering the meeting
Contact the moderator
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This first video is about a few thoughts on how to adapt to the current Corona virus situation with regards to maintaining a home practice. I have also given an introduction to nadi shodhana (alternate nostril breathing) which our teacher Sharath Jois teaches in Mysore. Below the video I clarify the instruction, in case my explanations were not clear enough in the video.
When external guidance is needed we invite you to go to the source of our practice (SONIMA website by R. Sharath Jois).
Position right hand as shown in the video.
Block right nostril with thumb
Inhale through left (3 second)
Block left nostril with left fingers
Exhale through right nostril (3 seconds)
Repeat 5 times
Then start again starting with the left nostril.
Repeat 5 times
You can do 3 to 5 rounds for mental balance and a sense of peace and calm.
In our daily Mysore classes Katia and I chant the Mantras and Shlokas we learned with our teacher Prof. MV Varadarajan, Mysore. Vedic recitation forms a large part of our daily practice and the benefits of chanting (or even simply listening) are considerable. Once the student has largely committed the passages to memory it is possible to get the feeling that the text is chanting you. Vedic recitation is powerful meditation, great for improving concentration and effective mind medicine.
We have recorded some essential mantras.
Firstly the Opening Ashtanga invocation to Patanjali. I have left spaces so you can repeat the way we do in class.
Then the Closing Ashtanga Mangala Mantra. Also here I have left spaces so you can repeat the way we do in class.
Then there is this very popular mantra to the Elephant headed Hindu deity Ganesh who is the lord of obstacles. We chant to Ganesh to clear blocked energy and make our journey smooth and fruitful.
From the Taitirya Upanishad, a mantra to sanctify the relationship between teacher and student.
Finally I have managed to record all of Sri Rudram and Chamakam in one sitting. These are the principal prayers to Lord Shiva the Hindu God of destruction. Singing Rudram and Chamakam is praying for benevolence and blessings from the creator and destroyer, Shiva who is essentially pure consciousness.