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

Yoga teacher, the nicest job in the world

Author: Claudia Hahn

The Yoga Alliance certified yoga teachers and schools are now jumping out of the ground like mushrooms and that is a sign that this organization has a solid foundation and great consistency. It offers a variety of topics about the most varied styles of yoga. The yoga alliance has become a hallmark of well-trained yoga teachers, a good organisation that is protective and supportive.


I am happy to be a certified yoga teacher of the Yoga Alliance. The yoga came to me, so to speak, I was in the right place, at the right moment, at the right time and it was just there, the school where I did my apprenticeship and today even have my place in the instructor team. And that already over 10 years.

Yes, I wanted a yoga education, but one that matched my attitude to yoga. I was still too far away from meditation, mantras and the philosophical line of yoga. Coming from the fitness industry, I made the experience of Vinyasa Power Yoga. That was the perfect entry to me. In this class, only the body practice was considered and that was appealing to me immediately. I met a rather young school that was already certified by the Yoga Alliance. The training was perfect because it gave a very good structuring and approach and led me step by step to the point, that meditation, the practice of pranayama is as important as the asana practice.

Mostly we get to the inner perception through the activity of our body. I have meet people who started meditating, so the spiritual practice. They had never done the Asana Practice before. I found out, that at that time this group of people was still in the minority.

Movement brings life, movement makes you feel and by feeling we will notice our own breathing and finally we begin to perceive ourselves more consciously. “Breathing forms the bridge between body and mind.”

That’s what yoga is all about.The construction of an inner stability, we may call it personal development.

Find out for yourself what your personal goals are, why you would like to do yoga or want to become a yoga teacher.

In my opinion we have the nicest job in the world. 😉

If you are looking for a Yogaalliance certified school, you will find the right one on www.yogaalliance.org, and maybe even near you.

In addition, I would like to mention that I am convinced that other organizations also have their quality. Inform yourself and give yourself time for your choice. Just take the mat and go to the yoga classes ……… I wish you a lot of fun and success.

Love

Claudia

 

 

Tips for your Yoga Teacher Training

Have you planned a yoga teacher training? Here are a few tips:

Lifelong development is the meaning of life. Of course, this also applies to our yoga practice. We are getting older, but we can get better every day in our exercise. Isn´t this alone a nice feeling? Therefore, you should not rush it with the teacher training, but start only when you feel that the time has come. When you’re ready, you’ll find the right training for you.

Then ask yourself the following questions or pay attention to the following points:


Style:

  • Which style do I like and want to teach? Or do I prefer to get to know different styles in my training, for example when working with the different elements? From alignment based Hatha and Vinyasa Flow to the more subtle energetic practices of Yin Yoga, Yoga Nidra and Mindfulness?
  • Do I want to learn different types of practice and teaching?
  • Will I only learn a sequence of asanas or the sequencing and creation of my own sequences? Do I prefer the sequencing to better learn the energy flow of my asanas and creatively create my own sequence?
  • So what do I want to learn exactly?

Trainer:

  • Who did my trainer learn by himself?
  • How long does he have experience himself?
  • Does he continue to educate himself?
  • How many trainings has he already given?
  • What are the experiences of former students?
  • Which other good teachers do I know?

Duration of education:

  • How much time do I want to invest in my education?
  • Do I prefer one  complete intensive training over several weeks or a perhaps more sustainable education over a year?
  • How is my personal situation? Will I  fully be back in my professional life after an intensive training? Then probably my intense experience will quickly abate again and I can not fully benefit from it due to lack of training time.
  • Do I have enough time after training to digest what I have learned and to practice?

Yoga Alliance certificate:

Will my yoga teacher training  be at least 200 hours in level 1 and will it be Yoga Certified, because this education is internationally recognized and meets the standards of the Yoga Alliance?

Include these considerations in your selection of your Teacher Training.

More about the standards of the Yoga Alliance:

https://www.yogaalliance.org/Credentialing/Standards/200-HourStandards

 

 

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