RYS 200, 300, 500 in Rishikesh
Yoga teacher training in India at yoga school Rishikesh Yog Peeth - RYS 200, 500.
So, on our last Saturday before graduation we had a talent show. Needless to say, it was amazing, inspiring, and beautiful to see so many people show their gifts. I wrote a piece to share with everybody, and is as follows [by the way, I added a couple snips from my last blog into it]:
Well, this is it, week 6 is upon us. So much has…
Added by Kelsea Erickson on July 7, 2013 at 4:30pm — No Comments
Just a couple of days ago I was talking to my husband about how fully aware I am that I have a very fortunate life, we have moved to a new city were we found a nice house which was an amazing change giving that we have always lived in apartments, I have been able to meet amazing people, I have found the opportunity to volunteer at the YMCA as a yoga teacher for kids which I love, and everything is going on pretty well in our lives.…Continue
Added by Maria Luz Jimenez L on May 21, 2013 at 12:00am — No Comments
To be or not to be is not the question. Will it be fun is!
Walking the path of yoga or choosing any health oriented career path can sometime make you obsessed with health and longevity. But whether we are talking about the benefits of broccoli or of backward bends, we need to stop for a moment and ask ourselves what we are doing and why we are doing it? Because, as Peter F. Drucker said: ”There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which…
Added by Jenny Wickman on December 13, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments
Yesterday I went down to the Ganga, looking forward to a meditative afternoon after an hours facial treatment. The November sky was hazy and my handbag stuffed with a thermos of green tea, dark chocolate and my journal. The sand was soft and warm and some young boys were swimming in the chilly water, splashing water at each other and cracking jokes. In many ways, it was a perfect afternoon and I had barely sat down before a little girl came up, offering me flowers to offer to…Continue
Added by Jenny Wickman on November 7, 2012 at 7:00pm — No Comments
"Three things cannot be long hidden; the sun, the moon and the truth."- Buddha
The ancient Egyptians worshipped the sun in the name of the god Amun or Ra. The ancient Aztecs, Mayans and Zapotecs even sacrificed humans to their Sun God and in Scandinavia, during the Bronze Age, sun worship was practiced as well. In fact the celebration of Midsummer in Sweden is an ancient pagan ritual, devoted to the sun and still practiced - although its origin is…Continue
Added by Jenny Wickman on October 29, 2012 at 6:30am — No Comments
” I don't agree with your opinion but I would die for your right to express it”
Today, reading the online Swedish newspaper, one of the articles which caught my interest was an article on the topic of relationships and the headline read :”Three couples breaking the relationship norm”. First of all; are there any norms for human…Continue
Added by Jenny Wickman on October 24, 2012 at 7:00pm — No Comments
Yesterday I was attempting a spinal twist. My right arm was reaching over the left knee and in underneath the left thigh, the right hand aiming to lock fingers with the left hand’s fingers. It is normally not a big issue, but for some reason I couldn’t do it yesterday. My back was aching from the previous day’s Scorpion-practice and my hamstrings felt blue with inner bruises. I felt like a hundred years old and yet I forced myself to roll out my yoga mat and get on with my…Continue
Added by Jenny Wickman on October 21, 2012 at 11:30am — No Comments
”Do you believe in God?”, my friend asked me the other day with an almost comically serious facial expression, as if this was somehow a crucial moment for the future of our friendship. A moment of silence followed, in which the stirring of the spoon in my teacup suddenly seemed to sound like thunder and I felt as if I was answering a million dollar question.
When someone asks you if you believe in God, you know for sure that you have a missioner in front of you.…
Added by Jenny Wickman on October 13, 2012 at 5:30pm — No Comments
”Do you ever feel that, no matter what you acquire or achieve in your life, there’s still something missing?”
This morning I was sitting in the peaceful oasis of the Pyramide Café in Rishikesh, sipping on a glass of Kombucha-tea and as my eyes took in the first sentence of the book I was holding, I wanted to jump out of my chair and scream: ”Yes! Yes, sir ! That’s me!”.
Added by Jenny Wickman on October 6, 2012 at 6:30pm — No Comments
The pause between inhalation and exhalation in yoga is often called ”the small death” and can be likened to the pause between exhalation of what we don’t want and inhalation of what we do want. As may have been obvious in my blog post on The Purpose of Discontentment, I have the past weeks been in a state of dissatisfaction and now that the source has been…Continue
Added by Jenny Wickman on September 29, 2012 at 8:30am — No Comments
Being a pilgrim on the path of yog is different for every devotee. There is no right or wrong path to enlightenment and divinity as long as the path you’re on does it for you. But the path of yog is not free from ego, as it is walked by humans.
Here, in the capital of yoga, people from all over the world come to practise asanas and meditation, but equally many seem to come to show to themselves or others that they’re in the path of yog. Going to Mecca, the…
I am walking off the Laxman Jhula bridge and continue down the main street. Everywhere shop-keepers are calling for my attention: ”Namasté, madam! Please come inside and have a look…” but I smile and shake my head, passing them. I overhear some American women ahead of me complaining about how you’re constantly approached by people wanting to sell things and that they start off asking for 500 rupees when you end up buying it for 200. I can see where they’re coming from in a…Continue
”Wait! One moment, madam!”. The taxi driver steps on the break and we stop on the dusty road between two green fields of sugar canes. Excited as a little boy he runs down into the ditch and vigorously starts pulling up a sugarcane, which he brings back to the car, looking triumphant and smiling from ear to ear like a child as he hands over the cane to me. ”Your country no sugar?” he asks in disbelief when I try to explain that I’ve never chewed on a sugar cane before.…Continue
Added by Jenny Wickman on September 9, 2012 at 7:00pm — No Comments
The sun is bleeding in the evening sky, hanging just above the horizon like a giant ball of fire. Beneath the descending plane lies an ocean of sand, seemingly endless and so different from the pattern of forests and lakes which I left six hours ago. Stepping off the plane is like walking into a wall of heat and humidity dense with an energy I can’t put my finger on… secrets and concealed desires maybe?
I briskly walk through the security check and head up to Costa…
Added by Jenny Wickman on September 5, 2012 at 7:30pm — No Comments
The grass is dying under my bare feet. The apples on the trees outside my grandmother’s kitchen window are blushing pink and the familiar autumn chill can be felt in the wind. Children are growing, elders are dying and Tellus keeps circling in its orbit, the man in the moon watching us with his Mona Lisa smile as the heartbeat of the universe is throbbing in my core. The stars, glimmering like diamonds in the sky may have burned out thousands of years ago… and yet their light still…Continue
”NO!” the woman impatiently snaps at her daughter. I glance over at them, disrupted in my thoughts by the sudden high pitched voices. ”But, mum…” , the girl begins and the woman snaps again: ”No! Because I say so!". The little girl is about three years old. A cute face framed by whitish blonde curls, wearing a flower patterned summer dress and her frustration is so obvious that she might as well have it stamped on her forehead. Now the pair of them has really…Continue
Everyone talks about the space between your breath, and the time between your asanas, as a source of energy or focus. A place that you can take peace in and reflect to the rest of your day and life. What can you gather from the spaces between your life? Those monumental occasions like leaving your family home for the first time or the first time you fall in love, or the first time your spirit gets broken.
I lost my job a little over a month ago. In truth, I had my head…
Added by Kathryn Blessington on June 8, 2012 at 10:30pm — No Comments
And all the roads we have to walk are winding
And all the lights that lead us there are blinding…
My favorite band since I was fourteen is the British indie rock band Oasis. In spite of all the sex, drugs and rock n’ roll they stand for, I regard them as gurus in disguise. In which ever form enlightenment comes it is welcome, right? Surely, enlightenment can be found…Continue
Added by Jenny Wickman on August 26, 2012 at 2:00pm — No Comments
Whether you love me or not – I love you. Whether you see me or not – I see you. Whether you hear me or not – I hear you. Whether you shine or not – I shine for you.
Lately, I’ve been thinking about love. Love and freedom. Love for freedom. Love as freedom. The personal…
Added by Jenny Wickman on August 25, 2012 at 10:39pm — No Comments
“If you don’t ask, you don’t get”, Gandhi said.
Learning how to ask for what you desire is absolutely critical for getting the life you want. And yet it is so difficult. I have been struggling with it all my life, personally! Because we are raised to believe that it…