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Awakening Winter Vitality

 

Getting in touch with your core vitality through Relaxation, Yoga and Meditation Exercises this Winter and Beyond

 

Every session we do hatha yoga exercises that emphasize extensions or energizing poses, which, however, are soft enough for every type of body and age to experience. We also engage in soft types of energizing pranayamas and at the end each session indulge in guided relaxations to balance the energy workout done. We train on the three pillars of meditation to calm down the monkey mind and thus save our vitality for what really matters.

 

We also review mental and vital energy hygiene guideliness to cultivate inner vitality and get involved in soft exercises that circulate vitality so it permeates the whole body-mind continuum --and it remains available for as long as we need it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cultivating Happiness

Ancient Psychology Exercises to Soften the Ego

 

More than two-and-a-half millennia ago the Buddha Siddhartha Gautama had already solved the mystery of happiness: the cultivation of the Six Perfections or Paramitas gradually dissolves the ego, transforming us in lighter, more flexible and adaptable beings. And two millennia ago Patañjali codified the Yoga Sutras in a book—sutras probably much older in the oral tradition—where it is written about Yama or external, social observances, and Niyama or internal, personal observances. Yama and Niyama are the basis of yoga, the first two limbs of Ashtanga Yoga or the eight limbs of Raja Yoga, which evolve from the social or external to the personal or internal and from the physical or coarse to the mental and spiritual or subtle, culminating in the practices of meditation and the mystical experience of samadhi. Interestingly but not surprisingly, Yama and Niyama are almost never taught as part of yoga in the West, because this yoga is more focused on the physical postures or asanas. However, in traditional India it is unconceivable to learn yoga without starting with Yama and Niyama. Yamas and Niyamas establish the foundations for living in harmony and peace with our surroundings and with ourselves. Only when there is a certain level of peace and harmony one canreally begin to make progress in the spiritual path toward complete liberation from this plane of polarities and confusion.

This workshop is open to everyone, not just to yoga/meditation practitioners. It will combine teachings from Buddhist and Hindu psychology in a whole that is both coherent and meaningful to our lives. Besides theory, which will be minimal, we will do several hands-on exercises with which we will put in practice the principles of the Paramitas, Yamas, and Niyamas to our daily life in order to work with our less polished sides as social and spiritual beings thus becoming very light and fluid for the more refined practices or aspects of yoga, such as meditation.

 

 

 

 

Cultivating Happiness

 

 

For those who are interested in the practice of lucid dreaming, there is a weekend workshop coming up soon in Helsinki:  https://www.facebook.com/events/684299825098404/.

February 2-4, 2018

Place to be confirmed in Helsinki area.

Most people have, at some points in their lives, had lucid dreams – becoming aware that one is dreaming while in the dream state. Many of us regularly have lucid dreams but cannot remember or control them.

Some people like to lucid dream for the sheer fun of it, but it can also be used as a powerful tool for spiritual growth. Tibetan Buddhists have been practicing dream yoga for over a thousand years with the purpose of spiritual development.

During this lucid dreaming weekend workshop you will learn practical techniques for developing your lucid dreaming skills. The workshop consists of lectures, various yoga and meditation exercises, lucid dreaming practices, sharing of experiences and possibilities for one-on-one guidance from the instructor, Manu. A more detailed programme will be forwarded to registered participants.

The workshop will be held in English. It is intended for people who have a little bit of experience with lucid dreaming (have had at least one or more lucid dreams) and are interested in learning techniques for deepening their work with lucid dreaming.

COST: EARLYBIRD price of 240 euros (290 euros if you register after 31 July 2017). The cost includes teachings, accommodation in shared sleeping space, three meals, tea and snacks.

Please registration for the workshop by contacting Minna Pyhälä (minna.pyhala@gmail.com, +358 44 505 2631). You will be requested to pay a 50 euro (non-refundable) deposit to secure your place in the workshop.

The workshop is led by Manu, PhD, Lama, E-RYT 500. Manu lived in India between 2000 and 2011. From 2000 to 2007 he participated in Tibetan Buddhist meditation retreats (Drikung Kagyu Order) in Pithoragarh and Almora, Kumaon Himalayas. He did a three-year Tibetan Buddhist retreat from 2001 to 2004 and then he helped in a second retreat from 2005 to 2007. From 2007 to 2011 Manu lived at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama ashram, Rishikesh, where he worked as the Managing Director of the Meditation Research Institute, sponsored by Swami Veda Bharati. At the Meditation Research Institute Manu offered biofeedback training and supervised research on evoked potentials and physiological responses to external stimuli of advanced meditators from both Hindu and Buddhist traditions with state-of-the-art EEG and other physiological parameter measuring equipment, among other projects.

At the Ashram, Manu also practiced and taught yoga and meditation and regularly gave lectures on the philosophy of Hatha Yoga, Yoga and Meditation Psychology, the Five Pillars of Sadhana or Spiritual Practice, and the Six Perfections or Paramitas of Mahayana Buddhism.

Manu has lectured and taught in Asia, Europe, Africa, North America, and South America.

 


 

 

To Be is the Blissful Reality of Mind. To Do is the Activity of Love. Everything we Do is Just a Game to Recognize the Activity of Love.

There  are no people, things, or circumstances which are good or bad, beautiful or ugly; it is only our emotionality toward them what is there. Wisdom is to remain free from judging, aware of one's emotions. Alchemy is to transmute emotions, maintaining a homeostasis of harmony and wellbeing. Meditation is to recognize the thought that generates the emotion, observing it with equanimity. Mahamudra is to wake up after dying, having a vision of what has always been, is, and will be.

 

Yoga is a Technology of Consciousness-Energy Developed to Experience Union. It Transcends Religion and Culture.