Our new Mantra for a New Beginning: the most sacred of Mantras -The Gayatri Mantra!

Om Bhur Bhuva Shvaha
Tat Savitur vareenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi
Diyo yo na prachodyat Om

Through all Existence
One Radiant Intelligence illuminates all things
May all beings through subtle awareness
be inspired by this underlying Radiance

There is a renewed energy coming in…a lighter energy taking us forward from here…and this most sacred of Mantras reminds us of our true nature, of who we truly are…there is no need to feel “locked down”, “imprisoned” or “in despair”…all is well and we are able to find our Freedom wherever we are!

Om Jyoti

Silvia 🙂

 

 

Time to empower ourselves with Yoga!

It’s been 10 months now since the Pandemic altered our Life for ever! We find ourselves in Lockdown 3 – been there, done that, got the T-shirt.

If the last 10 months have shown us one thing then it’s: the only thing we can truly rely on is ourselves!

The penny has finally dropped – a Eureka Moment! Time to take charge, take responsibility for ourselves, no longer relying on anything or anyone on the outside to rescue us. Time to trust our own innate Power!

Golly, how blessed are we to have Yoga in our Life! This amazing ancient Science of Inner Well Being handed down to us over more than 5000 years. Reminding us that deep inside us at the core of our Being we are all-powerful – we have everything we could possibly need inside us already! Time to tap into this Power and vaccinate ourselves from the inside!!!!

Yoga is Union! Union with Life itself – we are meant to be alive!!! So let’s do everything in our power to keep ourselves happy, healthy and strong – inside out!

How can we boost our Immune System? Here are a few suggestions:

  • Wake up with a Smile! – It makes you feel good, it relaxes our Being and our muscles and give us a positive start to the day!
  • Start your day with Agni Sara in the bathroom to boost your Digestive System! A strong Digestive System equals a strong Immune System, as our Digestive System is the seat of our Immune System! – we are practising Agni Sara in our Yoga Classes to empower you to practice on your own! Let’s stir up that Agni (Fire) in our belly!
  • After your warm shower turn the dial to cold for a couple of breaths or minutes! I am currently on about 2mins and that’s perfect for me. Go with your own inner guidance on this. Look at my previous blog posts to indulge in the vast benefits of having cold showers!
  • Do your Sadhana – our daily Yoga Practice! Even a couple of minutes daily Sadhana will make such a difference to your Life! Our Living Yoga Practice in our Yoga Classes is geared towards empowering you to be able to internalise all the different Flows so you may easily practice on your own! Doing the same Sadhana every day allows us to delve deeper, grinding out our “impurities” and revealing our True Nature over time! Your daily Sadhana clears your mind, strengthens your body and oxygenates our system through pranayama – constant purification and strengthening inside and out!
  • Go out into Nature! Go for walks, spend time in your garden – just get out there to ground yourself, be in tune with Nature and get some rays!!! Even on a cloudy day there is something like 500 times more light outside than inside – and golly we need those rays and the Vitamin D from it!
  • Eat well and drink enough water! We all know that, don’t we! And here is something that absolutely made my day: you can eat anything you wish – just as long as you eat it consciously!!! Love it! If we eat consciously we feel gratitude for our food that ultimately is life and life energy, we digest it well and it benefits our system and turns into life energy for us!
  • and go to bed before midnight! The quality of sleep before midnight is so much better than after midnight! Observe it for yourself! Our body needs this quality time of rest to function properly – according to Ayurveda the time for our system to do its “recovery process” is from 22.00 to 2.00am – so we better be asleep to allow it to do that for our system to work at its optimum!

You see dear Yogi Friends, we have the POWER!

Looking forward to seeing you on the virtual Yoga mat to continue our journey of EMPOWERMENT!

Silvia <3

 

Don’t feel locked down by Lockdown 3!

Here we are in week 2 of Lockdown 3 and some of you are finding it very hard indeed. And I am saying: don’t feel locked down in Lockdown 3. We are so very blessed: we know of the Power of Yoga! We know we have everything inside us to allow us to be with absolutely EVERYTHING! Time to turn our perspective round: how about if we used everything that Life presents us with as an opportunity?

This time I am offering you a book recommendation: “How Yoga Works”. It’s a story set in ancient time of someone experiencing the liberating Power of Yoga even while imprisoned. And it’s beautiful!

I read an article this morning of how much our children and youngsters are suffering at the moment. Mental Health issues amongst the age group of 5 to 16 have gone up by 20% compared to last year.

Yet, all this suffering can be eased by introducing those children and youngsters to the amazing healing power of Yoga! Yoga allows us to tap into our own innate Power – we have everything we could possibly need inside us already!

We are going to have to live with this situation with Covid-19 for quite a while yet and it will be a while before enough of us are being vaccinated to make a difference. So we have no option but to look after ourselves and do everything in our Power to stay strong! How ever young we are, we can do it!

So find your Inner Freedom and get on the Yoga mat! Join me for a journey of discovery and transformation – waking up your Inner Superpower!

With warmest Love

Silvia <3

 

The healing effect of being utterly in the moment

On Sunday I managed to do something I have been meaning to do for a long time: seizing the moment and just painting. Golly, I am not the worlds greatest painter by any means and it’s been absolutely ages since I last painted a picture – we are talking years! Yet, I do remember how much I enjoyed it just being in the moment and painting away, expressing myself with beautiful colours on paper.


So this Sunday it really hit me: what am I doing constantly being busy with all kinds of things like feeling I have to do something for our lovely Dance & Yoga School or I have to clean, or I have to be gardening or sorting something out – STOP! Yes, I thought: STOP – seize the moment and make the most of Lockdown 2! This is a gift, girl – you won’t get that chance again in a hurry! For goodness sake make the most of this time and just stay in the moment!

So I took my acrylics out and a large piece of paper and started to first outline what I wanted to express and then started to paint…I was utterly in the moment and utterly in flow…I decided to express the amazing growth I have experienced since I first arrived in the UK in 1986…an innocent budding rose filled with Love and sunshine…a growing plant wishing to grow…and then going through some darkness…a broken heart…self doubt…insecurity…fear…and coming out of it…my deep journey with Yoga…the deepest gratitude I feel for having been able to deepen my knowledge of Yoga and my huge journey of discovery, purification and transformation …always driven by this urge to grow even more…

Time just melted away as I expressed my feelings onto paper…I was utterly in flow…loving every minute of it…

When the moment of completion came…I felt complete relief…something inside me had shifted…had left me for good…I felt free, cheerful and full of energy…I had shed something onto this large piece of paper filled with colours and symbols of my Journey here in the UK up to this moment…and I had expressed my deep urge for more growth…a longing greater than ever! 

Something inside me had healed…had gone for good…and brought me right to this very moment – the here and now. I woke up the next morning and I virtually jumped out of bed – full of vigour, full of joy! 

This moment I took to absolutely seize it with both hands and be in the here and now so utterly and completely has left me completely centered …able to be in every single moment and feeling utterly contented…making the most of this time I have to just be and loving every minute of it! 

And my picture hangs on the wall as a living proof of the amazing healing I have experienced by allowing myself to just be in the moment and expressing my heart!

May this inspire you to see the gift of this time and make the most of it! Yoga means Union – to be in Union with Life and every gifted moment…experiencing the utter peace and joy of the moment…right here…right now…

Express yourself and allow yourself to just be!

Om Shanti 

Silvia 🙂

 

Happy International Men’s Day – Thu 19Nov20!

Yes, Happy International Men’s Day to all you wonderful guys!

You guys deserve to be celebrated and have your very own Special Day!
This year’s theme is: better health for men & boys. Absolutely perfect at this very moment – you need to do everything in your power to stay strong, happy and healthy!

I would like to dedicate this blog to all you wonderful guys who attend our Sol Yoga Living Yoga Classes every single week – and very often twice a week! You are obviously feeling the benefits of your Yoga Journey and the spark of the wish for ever more transformation has been ignited in you! 🙂

It fills me with joy to see how much you guys have blossomed and evolved on your Yoga Journey. Peeling away those old layers that no longer serve you and revealing the true you more and more.

We carry a lot of tension from the day, the previous day, an event that happened and has not been digested well, from our past, from our family, from our ancestors…and here at our Yoga Classes we transform this tension into energy – wonderful energy that gives us fuel for the next moment, tomorrow, for our life ahead!

Yes, we are alchemists of our own energy – transforming it on the Yoga mat every single time we step on it!

And wonderful Yogis I can see you have discovered that magic about your Yoga practice and this brings you back to the Yoga mat every single time!

An Ode to you guys on International Men’s Day 2020 – you know how to stay happy, healthy and strong and blossom into all you can be in this Life!

Looking forward to seeing you on the Yoga mat and continuing the journey with you!

Om Jyoti

Silvia 🙂

 

 

Diwali – Festival of Light!

Happy Diwali – Festival of Light dear Yogi Friends!

Yes, today is the highlight of Diwali – the Festival of Lights. It’s the 3rd day of the 5 day celebration. This highlight is celebrated on the day of the New Moon either at the end of October or the Beginning of November and today is the day!

Wherever we are in the world – this is worth celebrating! 🙂 Celebrating the victory of light over darkness and most importantly celebrating our own Inner Light!

This beautiful candle flame inside of us is always there and always alight – nothing can blow out this candle light! Absolutely nothing! <3

In our current situation with this Covid-19 pandemic it is more important than ever for us to remember this light inside of us – that always shines no matter what! We are pure light inside!

So whenever we find ourselves in darkness, let’s remember this light inside of and shine that light into the darkness. Whatever situation we find ourselves in: let’s first ask ourselves, what can I do about it? – if there is nothing we can do about it, let’s accept this situation for what it is. Acceptance brings a new foundation with it, a new ground level and from this level we are then able to make the best of whatever there is for US – and shine our Inner Light on it! <3

In all the ups and downs of life and my very own mood fluctuations I do remember that light. I feel whatever I am feeling that very moment, yet I am not becoming it – as I know there is this light inside of me that is my true nature!

Om Jyoti dear Yogi Friends and Happy Diwali!

Silvia 🙂

 

Day 12 of my “cool way” to boost my Immune System

Happy Thursday dear Yogi Friends!

Yes, another week has gone by and it’s Yoga Day again tonight! I am on day 12 of my “Cold Shower Challenge” and I am feeling great!

Every day after my lovely warm shower I turn the dial to cold and breathe through a few seconds of a cold water shower. I am able to feel a difference already: I am feeling clearer in my head, more alert, feeling uplifted, more resilient not just physically yet in spirit too, my system feels stronger …and I don’t feel the cold as much as I used to!

So worth it!

Those cold water moments on top of our amazing Yoga Practice is all we need to keep us strong, healthy and happy!

We are blossoming Yogis!

Can’t wait to see you on the Yoga mat to continue our wonderful journey together!

Om Shakti (Life)

Silvia 🙂

 

A “cool” way to boost our Immune System!

Happy Thursday lovely Yogi Friends!

Here we go again: Lockdown 2 has just started. Some of you might find this rather difficult and some of you are able to flow with it better. For me personally, I really don’t mind at all – whatever it takes to help us all stay healthy and save lives!

There is no easy answer out of this situation with Covid-19 – one thing is for sure: it’s not worth getting it!

So what can we do?

Yes, there is something we can do: we can keep our Immune System strong and resilient! There is a really “cool” way to boost your Immune System – yes, literally: it’s taking a cold shower every morning! 🙂

What? I hear you saying? It’s cold enough as it is – a “cold shower” – you must be joking!

My own Yoga Teacher Steve has just invited us all to a “30 day cold shower challenge”. At first, I was just like you – what? you can’t be serious, I freeze from Sep to May as it is! – yet, then something swung it for me: I can have my usual warm shower and then just at the end I turn the dial for initially only a few seconds to cold…wow, Yogis it feels really good! 🙂 Certainly nothing feels cold after this cold shower spell – everything afterwards feels warm! 🙂

And it does wonders for our Immune System:

  • the body starts working to keep us warm – so it raises our metabolic rate
  • with the result of an increased production in white blood cells responsible for giving us a robust immune system and powering up to fight off viruses
  • and it really gives you a kick start for the day!
  • breathing slowly and deeply through the cold shower really helps and just a few seconds do the trick – we need to go easy and build up slowly!

I am currently on day 5 and it feels great! – I’ll keep you posted! 🙂

We are called up to take responsibility for our own health and wellbeing!

So looking forward to seeing you on the Yoga mat to continue our healing and nourishing journey with Yoga!

Silvia <3

 

All Hallow’s Eve Sat 31Oct20 – Om Asatoma Satgamaya – from Darkness to Light!

This coming Saturday 31Oct20 is not only Halloween or All Hallow’s Eve, but this moment in time also coincides with a Full Moon – so super powerful!

All Hallow’s Eve, the Eve of All Hallow’s Day or All Saint’s Day. It is said that on this eve the veil between the 2 worlds is thinnest. It is like a portal – a moment in time when we have access to otherworldly wisdom with the support from all our Loved Ones and Ancestors who have passed.

There is a special meaning to this at this very moment in time when the pandemic has put us in a place where the “old normal” is gone, is dead and we find ourselves in the “new normal” – a place that feels very much like an in-between space “in limbo”…

We are called up to let go of the past…letting go…feel into this…let go…it no longer serves us…and being open to whatever there is in this very moment…

None of us know what lies ahead…all we have is this very moment…being open to whatever life brings us…

Each and every one of us is exactly where we need to be. With our heart wide open we are able to let the new in…ready to lead the beautiful life we are meant to live!

Beautiful does not mean that it is all joy and happiness. A life that is beautiful is a full life – being able to live life to the full and be with everything there is! Reaching our full potential….being all we can be…blossoming in our full glory…fulfilling our life purpose …each and every one of us…in our very unique way only we are able to fulfill it…just the way we are meant to…

Our beautiful Mantra we chant in our Sol Yoga Classes at this very moment reflects this heart wish:

Om asatoma satgamaya                     Take us from the false to the truth

tamasoma jyotirgamaya                       from darkness to light

mrityorma amritamgamaya                  from death to eternal life – the bliss of life                                                                      that is Life itself!

Om Jyoti (Light)

Silvia 🙂

 

 

Healing and nourishing ourselves with Yoga

Yes, strange times we currently live in – our “New Normal”. All we can do is be in every given moment and do our very best with whatever arises. Neither of us know what lies ahead.

Yet, naturally the mind boggles. Thoughts coming in unsettling us…uncertainty…feeling in limbo…we are all very much in our heads at the moment…doing our best to find our way in this “New Normal”.

Yesterday was such a glorious Autumn Day! Beautiful Autumn Sunshine – the Autumn Light is just amazing! So, I felt like “getting out of my head” and took myself off for a walk. I feel so blessed living in the countryside – I just have to walk out of the door and I am in Nature! Walking up the hill through a lovely small wood. Stunningly warm Autumn colours everywhere, what Bliss! Apart from blowing away my cobwebs and clearing my head, I find walking always amazingly grounding. Getting in touch with earth again, finding my feet again, standing with both feet in life. And I do tend to get inspirations in Nature too. Yoga is Union, so walking is Yoga too – Union with Nature!

It is so important to ground ourselves at the moment and get back into our body and look after it really well! This is why we are currently focusing on our wonderful Feelgood Flow at our Sol Yoga Classes and moving our body from the inside out. Every single Asana (Pose) in our Flow is a Doorway to the Infinite! We are meeting ourselves on a new level – as the Divine Being we are in Union with the rest of the Universe and all of Creation! Every time we get on our Yoga mat we are healing and nourishing ourselves! Shedding aspects of ourselves that no longer serve us and letting in new Life Force that replenishes us!

I absolutely love our live streamed interactive online Sol Yoga Classes with you all! They really work and the energy is amazing!

I continue to be in awe of our amazing practice: Yoga does Wonders for us all – it keeps us strong, happy & healthy and ready to face whatever Life is presenting us with!

Om Shakti (Life)

Silvia 🙂