The spirit of Buddha in our Yoga practice

Author: Claudia Hahn

Do you also have a Buddha, which beautifies your home or workplace? What happens in you when you look at a Buddha? He expresses peace, freedom, silence, endlessness, unity and a strong surrender of love …  Can you feel that? Buddha means “the awakened.” Hatred, desire and ignorance fell away from him. Read in the following text, what this means and how we transfer his teachings in our Yoga practice.


Who is really behind Buddha?

His bourgeois name is Siddhartha Gautama. Siddharta saw the light of the day about 563 B.C. in Lumbini, near the city Kapilavastu, in today´s Nepal.

His mother died 7 days after his birth. He grew up with his father and foster mother in very rich conditions.

At 16, Siddharta was married to Princess Yasodhara. Both lived in very prosperous circumstances and got a son together.

Siddharta was not satisfied despite the very good quality of life and felt unfulfilled. He left the sheltered home at the age of 29 and moved out into the surrounding area. His previous carefree life was wonderful and the suffering he encountered outside was completely alien to him.

He met people who showed him aging, illness, death and pain. Siddhartha was very touched by the whole and decided to find a way out of this suffering. He began to lead the life of an ascetic (asket = a abstemious person). He dealt with the study of varios religions.

The outside world, however, gave him no answer and so he began to seek the solution in his inner. He learned the yoga practice and to meditate. One reads that he awoke under a poplar fig on a full moon night during an inwardly self-absorption. The tree of wisdom, that´s what the poplar fig is called, maybe you´ve heard of it before.

All the qualities, which produce suffering of man fell away from him. He realized that ultimately the human being is responsible for his own suffering. Suffering results from one´s own destructive thought and behavioral patterns.  If we learn to accept the things we experience as they are, no suffering can arise.

Buddha died at the age of 80 in Kushinagar, in today’s state of Uttar Pradesh. According to tradition, he died due to eating a rotten mushroom soup.

The teachings, Buddhas show a way of reorientation of each individual and thus is beneficial to their own personality development.

I am very happy about the parallels that show up here to yoga and we can thus say very well that Buddhism and Hinduism and the philosophical teachings of Yoga, the 8 levels of Patanjali are very close.

The teachings are the most natural way to help ourself. We get offered a very powerful tool that helps us to make our lives happy and free.

We are free to define our own principles. However it´s advisable to study the mentioned teachings because the are very helpful. They teach us to look at our life differently and to appreciate all matters and experiences for our development.

Love life, look more closely and recognize things behind things, you will see that what the many doctrines of religions refer to as paradise lies within you…..be happy!

You smile – and the world is changing. Buddha

Love

Claudia

We are what we think. Everything that we are comes from our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world – Buddha

How Yoga and the influence of colors make us strong and happy

Author: Claudia Hahn

The world is colorful, very colorful and we can use the beauty of colors for more vitality. Before I encountered yoga there were only a limited number of colors in my closet. Dark blue, beige, black, white …. Yoga made my clothes more colorful and my flat also gained more color. Today I love colors and it may be really nice colorful.

When we practice yoga, we learn that everything around us can have a positive influence. Colors play a special role here. What do you think or feel, when you see a rich yellow lemon, look into the blue sky or look at a green summer meadow …. colors trigger something, they make us happy, thoughtful, reserved, but mostly joyful.


In yoga, the colors are associated with an energetic system, the chakra system. Chakras are called energy centers in the aura. The term itself comes from Sanskrit and means “circle” or “wheel”. Therefore, they are sometimes referred to as energy wheels.

Activated chakras make you strong and happy. It’s easy to activate these energy vortexes and, at the same time, it is absolutely necessary, because they allow the uptake of life energy and its unhindered flow.

We need this energ to work. Breathing, communication, metabolism, digestion (also emotional experiences), mental activity ….. all this requires a strong energy flow.

This energy flows through our bodies through channels called “nadis” in Sanskrit, which are in close connection with the chakras and connect them.

The energy centers are located very centrally along the spine, from the pelvis to the head. Everyone communicates with a glandular or nervous system or organ. Each chakra has its own mental meaning, color and physical connection.

I would like to describe them since the understanding allows to work with them indivually based on personal needs or problems.

Let’s start from bottom to top, in total there are 7 chakras (= vortex)

Red =) The Root Chakra (muladhara) / adrenals / bones – the first chakra, between anus and genitals: Feeling the ground under the feet, we are grounded in the reflex of our primal instincts and secured. We have found our place in the world and our security need is covered. In everyday life we practice patience.

Orange =) Sacral or Sexual Chakra (Svadhisthana) / Sexual Organs / Kidneys – the second chakra in the abdomen between the navel and the sexual organs: We have taken our place on earth and are ready to enjoy our lives with joy. We have a very good relationship with our environment. In everyday life, we purify ourselves externally and internally.

Yellow =)The Navel or Solar plexus Chakra (Manipura) / Central Nervous Brain / Pancreas – the third chakra, between the lower end of the breastbone and the navel: we are motivated to realize our goals, we focus on what we do and we are active. We use our meaningful power and go into action to achieve our whishes. In everyday life, we practice our charisma. We reflect what we experience and what we encounter.

Green =) The Heart Chakra (Anahata) / Thymus / Respiratory and Cardiovascular System  – the fourth chakra, in the middle of the ribcage, in and around the heart: We are ready to bring love, compassion and openness to ourselves and to other People. In the Heart Chakra lie our deepest desires. Others teache that it is the door to our soul. Our inner essence, our natural being, finds its place here. In everyday life we practice satisfaction.

Blue =) The Larynx Chakra (Vishuddha) / thyroid – the fifth chakra, located between the larynx and the throat: we are communicative, want to communicate, we express through language everything we think, feel and desire. The fifth chakra opens the door to higher wisdom. In everyday life, we bring our feelings in harmony with the mind.

Violet / Indigo =) The Forehead Chakra (Ajna Chakra) / Spiritual Activity – the sixth chakra between the eyebrows, forehead: we are curious, meditate, we see things behind things, see through reality, and realize the truth. We can choose to reconcile many situations and events. Whiteness, conscientiousness, liquidity, neutrality, abstinence and spiritual devotion are related to the forehead chakra. In everyday life we give space to our ingenuity, study and occupy our mind.

Purple / white / gold =) The Vertex Chakra (Sahasrara) / pineal gland- the seventh chakra located at the apex, the highest point of the head. Place of truth, unity, connected, the individual personality combines to a pure clarity with the endlessness. In everyday life, we create a window of opportunity that is entirely for us and clarify the things that are less significant, we create spiritual purity and bring us into the here and now.

With this knowledge you may want to work more with individual chakras and their colors.

Colorful is the world of yoga. This doesn´t surpise since yoga is wonderful to activate our energy centers. The views here are based on my attitude and research – find out, which of these are interesting for your chakra work and yoga practice.

One thing is clear, a more colorful world makes us shine ….. be happy. 🙂

Love

Claudia

Drive down the speed – It is time to relax!

Author: Claudia Hahn

Spirit, it can be described as the air that is not visible but tangible around me. Spirituality is in each one of us. Some of us feel it more, others less. Most people have lost the reference to their own spirituality. Our society in which more and more speed and achievement is demanded keeps many humans from it, they rotate in the hamster wheel of their actions and even the leisure is planned up to the last second. Let´s drive down the speed and enjoy more our life!


Stress, hectic and hardly a phase of rest … that makes you sick in the long run! To manage one’s own stress becomes more and more important, because mental illnesses, mood swings, burn out and depressions are becoming more prevalent. They had become fashionable complaints.

Let’s relax …. give the whole a stop ….

Stress phases can be designed differently. Positive stress is helpful in finding motivation. Bad stress is one that manifests as the result of retracted patterns of action. “My workload is too big because I’m scared to say no and then I’m not accepted anymore …” Stoopp!

Let´s relax … start with yoga and other effective methods.

Yoga has a lot of tools ready for us to relax:

Breathing / Pranayama

Special breathing techniques, such as abdominal breathing, Ujjayi breathing (larynx breathing), Surya (sun) Bedhana or even Chandra (moon) breathing are very helpful. In yoga, breathing shows a connection between body and mind. Usually the focus on the selected breathing technique is usually so strong that we forget everything.

Ujjayi pranayama = a swoosh is created by narrowing the air channel.

Surya Bedhana (sun breathing) = it is inhaled through the right nostril and exhaled on the left.

Chandra Bedhana (moon breathing) = it is inhaled through the left nostril and exhaled on the right.

Relaxation travel

These can be short stories with a specific theme or guided relaxation in relation to the sensations of warmth, cold, tingling ….

Meditations

Meditation is to calm the mind. There are several possibilities: Meditation / peace, gratitude; Auditory meditation (eg playing mantras), tarak meditation (focusing on an object and fusing with the object … candle meditation is often done, but you can also choose an image or other object), energy meditation (eg. Chakra meditation)

A meditation can be a walk through the forest, a sport, a painting … whatever you do to get out of the flow of everyday thoughts and actions.

Yoga Nidra

= the yogic sleep. We find ourselves in the alpha waves and in the space between sleep and awakening. The body sleeps and the mind stays clear and alert. Yoga Nidra makes it possible to completely relax physically, mentally and emotionally within half an hour.

In yoga there are many possibilities of relaxation. Learning mindfulness and accepting one’s own body structure ultimately leads to a more relaxed view of life. This gives you the peace and quiet you need to relax. Be happy!

There is a very simple trick to learn relaxing 😉 to start enjoying the cup of coffee with all his senses, the scent, the warmth, the taste …. enjoy it …. and stay relaxed! 🙂

Love

Claudia

Which is the right Yoga style for me?

Author: Claudia Hahn

The locked door of yoga, it opens for you and when you start to orientate you completely new in the yoga world, this blog post may offer you useful information and can help you to find your yoga access. If you’ve been in the yoga scene already for a while, you can get here an overview and gain new pulses. Also, sometimes it is simply just good to be remembered, why we practice yoga.

Why are you going to yoga? If you ask yourself this question, you are much further than you think. Every act needs a goal, that’s what helps to orient and hang on to practice.

Possible reasons could be:

  • the desire to experience peace and relaxation
  • to clear the head
  • strengthen the body and become more flexible
  • Maybe you are looking for a solution that will improve your stress management skills
  • regular yoga practice is modern and in, many do

However, no matter what the reason is, one thing is for sure: Yoga is a very good choice!

But what is yoga actually?

Yoga is “union of body, mind and soul.”

The term “yoga” comes from the Sanskrit language and is translated as “seat”, which means the yoga position. If the exercises are practiced regularly the harmony of muscle activity and passivity begins, rest starts. The practitioner can react better in stress situations and is more relaxed.

It is important to me that you first have access to the corresponding yoga style and just start practicing.
Learning by doing. Everything else will follow automatically.

Let me tell you about my own experience:

I first encountered yoga at a fitness convention and it was VinyasaYoga. I was very excited and started immediately with the education.

However I still I searched further, took my mat and I tried Hatha Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Yin Yoga, Iyengar Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga and much more.
The different yoga directions have the same goal, but differ only in the kind and how it is practiced and how the philosophy of yoga is taught.

I have prepared an overview for you, but keep the individual descriptions short and just explain the way to practice. You may want to investigate further by your own:

Yoga is a form of exercise that is over 5000 years old and has proven very successful over time. A great development all over the world started!

Let’s begin with the great mother of all yoga styles

the

“H a t h a Y o g a”

The practice includes: Physical exercises be felt into after a rest period, breaks are made. Both muscular activity as well as passivity are used. There are read mantras and texts that are designed according to the yoga philosophy and the meditation has its place. There may be used yoga blocks, yoga straps, blankets and pillows used.

“V i n y a s a Y o g a”

Developed in the 90s in the US, is a body-related yoga style and is considered a modernized form of hatha yoga. In practice, we have a flowing teaching style, where the breathing is combined with the movement. It can be very sweaty! Is used the yoga block, – harness and a blanket to relax.

The Vinyasa Yoga evolves from the

“A s h t a n g a Y o g a”

here is practiced in specified series based on the first three series. But we start in the yoga chikitsa series for a long time (yoga therapy series) stay. The goal is to memorize the series and then practice them independently. Again, sweating is sure.

In both the Vinyasa Yoga and the Ashtanga Yoga oceanic breathing is practiced during practice. The air circulates in the pharynx, the vocal space narrows slightly and creates a sound like that breaking the waves or the typical shell noise of a shell  kept on one’s ear. The concentration is supported and the detoxification process increased by heat development in the body.

“K u n d a l i n i Y o g a”

In this yoga style, body and breathing exercises, mantra singing and dietetics are included. exercises are made in rhythm over several minutes. That can be quite exhausting. Kundalini Yoga is an energetic yoga style.

“I y e n g a r Y o g a”

Here the yoga exercises are taken exactly with aids (yoga belt, blocks, chairs, cushions, blankets) and over a longer period of time held. A true physical orientation training.

“Y i n  Y o g a”

while the previous yoga styles support more the muscular activity, Yin Yoga rather focuses on the passivity. The yoga exercises are more practiced sitting or lying and kept for 2-5-10 minutes or longer. The backround can vary depending on the taste of the yoga teacher. With music or without, instruments accompaniment or singing bowls, stories, meditations or similar.

The deep meaning behind it lies in the touch of the energetic structure, which is coupled with the meridian system and the connective tissue. The energetics is a very special topic because every function in us needs energy …. also another topic.

The yoga world looks holistically at humans, anatomy and knowledge.The variation of different yoga exercises is the main focus. Each style can be individually tailored to specific target groups.

Limited to the practical aspect you have now got a small overview of the individual yoga styles and possibly you have already find the suitable style for you.

Nevertheless, the best is to travel with your yoga matand to try out different things. You will learn and be enthusiastic!

You will make your own very special experiences. I wish you good luck and success!

Namasté =)

Claudia
Yoga teacher
500 RYT / Yacep Yoga Alliance