Sacred Feminine Spirituality

Sacred Feminine Spirituality

  |  Ulrike Manhart

Spiritual traditions in our society. What is the role of feminine spirituality? Why a female supremacy in yoga today and what are the opportunities?

When do you know that your femininity demands more YIN?

Society has been shaped by the male spiritual experience. This made access to the spiritual exclusive.

Women have always played a role in religion and spirituality. The Catholic Church made a clever move with Mary. After all, Mary is a good identification figure. Woman, mother and sufferer. But the concept belies the fact that she herself is not a goddess. She is holy, but not divine. In Christian doctrine, the role is clearly distributed. Mary is the comforter, even though she is more than that with her devotees. So that the woman in the Catholic church does not take herself too importantly, still another hook was inserted. The immaculate conception. Mary is thus denied corporeality. A misogynistic trait and an important characteristic of monotheism. Neither can one attain full humanity as a woman in Christianity. Nor is one valued for conception. And this image of women is manifested in many other world religions and holy scriptures and is still lived today.

Very often I hear as a yoga teacher. Yoga is only something for women. Yoginis are on the rise. The participation that has been forbidden to women in most spiritual traditions is seemingly present in yoga. Practitioners and teachers are overwhelmingly female. Yoginis are giving yoga a new face. But is there an advance of a feminine spirituality? And what is female spirituality?

The banishment of women from yoga

The first yogic testimonies prove that women took an active role in the spiritual context. They were not excluded from this, but were equated with fertility, growth, abundance and prosperity. In early yoga, around 2600 to 1600 BC, there was no separation between the human and the divine. Sacred scriptures also indicate that a female goddess was as important as a male one. Women were an important part of this as teachers, priestesses and saints. They were actively involved and equal.

But as in most traditions, they were banished from yoga. Brahmanism (about 900 to 600 B.C.), which led to Hinduism and the caste system, encouraged patriarchal spirituality. Women were increasingly considered impure in Vedic society. Feminine matters such as menstruation, pregnancy, and childbirth threatened Brahmin priests.

A balance?

The Upanishads shifted the focus from the exclusive rituals of the Brahmins to inner spirituality. But it was not until the Bhagavad Gita that women were granted re-entry. It states that everyone can participate in spiritual life and help shape it. It is true that the Bhagavad Gita still emphasized Jnana Yoga, the yoga of knowledge. But the special thing was the presented connection between spiritual practice and everyday life through karma and bhakti yoga (yoga of devotion). For enlightenment, it was not necessary to retreat, but just the opposite. What was spiritual and what was not? That was no longer decided by the priests who appealed to their one-sided male experiences and sold them as universal.

Patanjali’s yoga sutras also strengthened bhakti yoga and thus the feminine. With Tantra, the spiritual rebirth of women was finally possible. Tantra stood in contrast to the teachings of the Brahmins. The body was no longer an obstacle on the path to enlightenment. Rather, it was a manifestation of Shakti, the divine feminine power. The body was seen as a vehicle on the path to enlightenment.  Tantra then became the precursor to Hatha Yoga.

 

 

Women held the community together, cooked, and cared for children and the elderly. These experiences, however, do not appear in the sacred writings. They were opposite to sacral masculine. At the same time, we should naturally bring in our experiences. Because every moment is sacred. Feminine spirituality is everyday spirituality. Feminine spirituality carries deep change. It also carries a revolutionary, deeply transformative spirit. Femininity is as diverse and mutable as women themselves. And we here in Europe have the freedom to go into our power and see ourselves as pioneers for many cultures where a lot of enlightenment work is still needed. (Africa (genital mutilation), Arab cultures, etc.) The men profit from it too, because these do not know since the birth control pill quite what their task seems to be. It was groundbreaking, however, has led many women to become or want to be better men. 

YIN AND YANG Energies

Yin and Yang. One is created by the other. If they are in balance, they merge. A disbalance creates separation. Whereas Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee says, “Seperation is a masculine idea.”

Yin & Yang are the sacred substance in creation.

How do you know that you “need” more YIN?

Here are some thoughts from Daniela Hutter. She describes in her book “The Yin Principle”.

– You feel an inner emptiness or an inner longing for you?

(Since the 70’s and emancipation, there is a lack of identity, inner emptiness and hunger for yourself in many women.

– You mean you can’t with women? The idea of being out with a larger group of women makes you cringe?

– You carry a grudge against the masculine inside you? You totally reject the masculine?

On the body level, a YANG excess expresses itself like this:

– You can’t fall asleep well. Restless nights, not sleeping through the night.

– You are jumpy, anxious & shaky?

– You suffer from ringing in the ears?

– Your joints ache, bones are brittle, your back is weak?

– You lack the desire for sex? Your orgasm is missing or only fleeting?

More YIN in your life

– Everything that leads you into relaxation. Relaxation allows opening. When we are open, we can receive.

– Environment influences cell nucleus.  In nature we meet Mother Earth.

– Water represents the feminine. Water always seeks the way into the depths.

– All creative processes are feminine aspect of creation.

– Rituals at new & full moon. The moon is a strong source of power for women.

– Sleep during the night gives YIN.

– Nutrition according to TCM. Vegetables, avocados, pumpkin, melon, berries, etc. nourish the YIN.

– When the doing (physical) & the soul become one, they open new consciousness that brings change. This happens through the practice of yoga, which unites body, mind and spirit.

YIN energy gives roots & support.

YIN Yoga is such a nourishing unique way to go into observer mode. This passiveness is deeply healing and sets emotions, blocks and traumas in a safe space free. The yin practice which is also connected to the TCM/ Traditional Chinese Medicine is related to the organs and meridians also called Nadis in yogic astral anatomy.

The sacred feminine is the ancient voice that sings the song of creation.

She is the side of the Divine that brings the original spark into being.

In reverence for the sacred feminine we find love for every being in creation, and a respect that teaches us to appreciate all beings as sacred, as filled with divine light. In this we recognize our kinship and mutual relationship, learn that together we belong to the great mystery of life. Through the feminine we recognize the light in creation, the sacredness of the earth.

When we honor the divine feminine, we find a natural access to spiritual qualities such as receptivity, patience, the ability to listen and care for life.

The sacred feminine also encompasses the spiritual power to give birth to life and to connect matter and spirit. Her greatest potential is the power to connect the created world to her soul and to renew that connection.

The divine feminine is not bound to one gender, it lives in all of us, in women and in men.

Women have a special part in bringing the feminine back into our spiritual work and practice after we as humanity have neglected and disregarded it for millennia. For me, this work represents an indispensable contribution to the healing and transformation of the world.

Only through working together with the sacred feminine can we heal and transform the world. And this means to honor her presence within our bodies and our soul, in the ground we walk on, the air we breathe and the water we drink.

YIN Yoga is a sacred tool that puts me in the softness and receiver position. I have chosen to break the circle of being an inferior servant (that was a hard nut)….it was passed on in my feminine line over generations. It was a lot work about self-worth and self-love. Then protecting my child from an abusive, violent & addicted father. It has highlighted my mistrust into the masculine. I made a conscious choice to be a single-mum who had to learn to ask for help, because it was in my world just weakness to ask for help. I am raising a son that your daughter will be safe with. I promise. And I could go on and on. It was hard work for me to get there and therefore it gives me even more pleasure to share my deep insights with you. This is a qualitative practice and travel to step into the power of the goddess who you are.

Now I am ready for the male energy to serve me. The masculine is deeply honored.

May this thoughts give you inspiration & strength to honour your sacred divine feminine.

Jay Jay Ma! Jay Shiva Shankara!

Ulrike

 

Photocredits:

Aquarian Rebirth – Robyn Chance, 2nd source unknown, @mirkformphotography

A Fearless Courageous Heart

A Fearless Courageous Heart

  |  Ulrike Manhart

“Courage is knowing what not to fear.” Plato

New moons are always good moments to devote yourself to shadow work. This new moon is under the sign of leo. For me the symbol of courage par excellence. Some time ago I had posted something personal about fear and received many private messages. As a yoga teacher, it is important to me to look where it becomes unpleasant in order to grow and to move on more joyfully. To break through your own limits and make the impossible possible. To illuminate the magic of growth.

There is so much fear in the collective field at the moment and since my field of action is prevention, I try to show you ways to get out of this field. To illuminate the fear. Everyone knows it. Everyone has it.The function of fear is innate in us. Part of the deal. It protects us from danger and ensures our survival. That is the primordial fear. The underlying motive is fear of death or fear of pain.Then there’s the fictitious fear. It’s a fantasy that has nothing to do with reality. It has more to do with experiences and fictitious thought scenarios that take place in the mind. There is no real danger behind it. Easily explained:

Situation -> positive images -> no fear

Situation -> negative images -> fear

 

3 possibilities for more ease

I would like to give you 3 possibilities that can help you to bring more ease into your life when fears appear in your mind or on an emotional, physical level.

1 – Reality Check

“How dangerous is this situation really? What’s the worst thing that could happen to you?”

That takes away a lot of pressure.

Identify your fears
Embrace your fears (being afraid to face fear is feeding your fear with fear)
Disidentify with your fears; they are not you
Understand your worst-case scenario
Do a reality check (of the probability of your worst-case scenario coming true)

2 – Pratipaksha Bhavana – A logical way to change fear into courage

First, realize that you are in control of your thoughts at all times.

  • Absorb the images that appear inside you
  • Delete these images by mentally smashing, tearing, pouring a bucket of paint over them or burning them.
  • Replace the images -Replace the images that are emerging inside you into a positive thing

Bhuta Shuddi is also very helpful here. A very good technique which uses the purification of the elements. I learned this technique from Carlos Pomeda. And you will surely find good instructions online. Have a look if you hear the call to try it or dive deeper.

3 – Become master of your thoughts


It is impossible to be relaxed and to be afraid at the same time. Anxiety and stress release hormones that affect the metabolism. Insecurity blocks and weakens the immune cells. Meditation not only brings peace and relaxation to your mind, but also to your body. Get out of the carousel of thoughts once a day.

Five minutes a day are enough to start with to create more clarity and positivity. To do this, find a short meditation that you can easily handle. That’s why there are so many techniques that support you in staying with it.

Where is the fear in the body? Let’s rather ask. Where is the seat of basic trust? How do you strengthen it?

In the Muladhara Chakra – the root chakra is the seat of primal trust. You strengthen it: Colour red which creates energy and connection. The element is the earth. The Bija Mantra is LAM. The Goddess Tara strengthens the qualities of this chakra. Like Brahma is the creator. Sandalwood, Rosewood, Rosemary, Cedar, Ginger, Clove, Frankincence, Myrrh. So connect with the earth every day. The seat of the Muladhara is the lowest of the 7 chakras at the end of the spine and is connected to the anus and perineum.

Breathing affects the nervous system. Therefore Pranayama techniques help to strengthen the cardiovascular system and also to clear the mind on an energetic level, to remove blockages and to increase the energy of the prana in order to feel more joy and to be more concentrated.


From a yogic point of view, fear is associated with Prana Vayu. Prana Vayu is the energy behind the breathing system. It is the survival instinct and also the instinct that helps to overcome fears. Fear and fear of death – means Prana Vayu is not enough there or too restless. Here the focus is on holding the breath (Kumbhaka). This makes this Vayu (wind) unemployed. The task of this Vayu is to keep the breathing muscles going.The 3 phases breathing helps very well. 4 breaths inhale, 4 breaths hold, 4 breaths exhale. No holding of breath during pregnancy.

Asanas (physical postures) which are strengthening your basic confidence:Pascimottanasana (Seated Forward Bend), Virabhadransana (Warriors), Vrikshasana (Tree), Ardha Matsydenrasana (Lord of the fishes, seated twisted), Janu Sirshasana (Head to Knee Pose) , Malasana (Garland Pose)

photocredit Babsi Oszvald (Malasana)

 

I AM SAFE
I AM HOME
I AM CENTERED
I AM GROUNDED
I TRUST TRUE SOURCE WHICH IS THE UNIVERSAL PROVIDING FOR MY BASIC NEEDS
I STAND FOR MY VALUES, TRUTH AND JUSTICE

„The purpose of Yoga is to facilitate the profound inner relaxation that accompanies fearlessness. The release from fear is what finally precipitates the full flowering of love.“ -Erich Schiffmann

If you need a tailor made program for you or you have any other questions, I am here for you to make your way to joy easier. Get in Touch!

Guru Brahma, Guru Vishnu, Guru devo Maheshwara Guru sakshat, param Brahma, tasmai shri guravay namah

Much love your way,

Ulli

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Freedom is your Birthright

Freedom

  |  Ulrike Manhart

Wo würdest du mit deinen Flügeln hinfliegen wenn du überall hinkönntest? Mach sie mal groß & weit, putz sie durch, vielleicht musst du deinen Staub nach diesen Wochen abschütteln und sie neu ausbreiten?

Was ist Freiheit?

Easy said: Freiheit ist keinen äußeren und inneren Zwängen folgen zu müssen. Willkürfreiheit: Frei ist, wer tun kann, was er will, und daran von anderen nicht gehindert wird.

Immanuel Kant sagt: “Von seiner Vernunft in allen Stücken öffentlich Gebrauch zu machen.”

„Wer sich den Gesetzen nicht fügen will, muss die Gegend verlassen, wo sie gelten.“ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

 

Kaivalya – der Weg in die Freiheit im yogischen Verständnis

Bedeutet wörtlich „Isoliertheit bzw. All-ein-Sein“, wird aber meistens mit Freiheit oder Losgelöstheit übersetzt.

Feuersteins Interpretation: All-ein-Sein, im Sinne der Verwirklichung des transzendenten Selbst (purusha), der ewigen Essenz des menschlichen Wesens, jenseits der ständigen Veränderungen unterworfenen Dimensionen des Kosmos. Tatsächlich ist Kaivalya ja auch Verschmelzung, nämlich die mit dem Purusha. Dann „ruht der Sehende in seiner Wesensidentität“. In diesem außergewöhnlichen Zustand herrscht nichts außer einem intensiven Bewusstsein dessen, was ist, innerlich und äußerlich, von Augenblick zu Augenblick. Nur in einen solchen inneren Zustand wird die Schau der Wahrheit oder Wirklichkeit möglich. Die Freiheit des Kaivalya besteht darin, dass der Mensch sich die Freiheit nimmt, aus dem ewigen Karussell des Wählers – dem Citta Vritti – auszusteigen, Das ist Nirodah, das Sich – Verlangsamen und allmähliche zur Ruhe-Kommen des Geistes, wenn ihn keine Begierden und Abneigungen mehr antreiben. Dies ist das Ende (iti) der Disziplin des Yoga“.

Die Freiheit im Jetzt

Die letzten Wochen hat uns das Thema Freiheit stark begleitet. Doch wissen wir wirklich was Freiheit bedeutet? Schätzen wir es? Jetzt garantiert! Ahara (Nahrung) Was ist deine Nahrung in dieser Zeit? Die Freiheit ist ein Kind der Liebe.

 

Für mich persönlich ist dieses Thema seit frühester Kindheit mein treuester Begleiter. Pipi Langstrumpf par Excellence. Von wegen: Ich mach mir die Welt wie sie mir gefällt. Jeder der mich näher kennt, weiß das ich eine Rebellin bin und es nicht mag mit der Masse zu schwimmen oder nach irgendwelchen Regeln zu leben, sowie meine eigene innere Wahrheit & meine Werte zu untergraben. Meine Eltern hatten es auch nicht leicht mit mir by the way. Und mein Freigeist stieß auf sehr viel Zweifel. 99,1 % meiner Ideen wurden in Frage gestellt. Trotzdem bin ich mir dankbar, dass die kleine bockige Stierfrau stets auf das Pochen ihres freien Herzes gehört hat und ich alles durchgezogen habe was ich mir in den Kopf gesetzt hatte. Die “Was wäre wenn” Frage möchte ich mir in den letzten Tagen meines Erdenlebens nicht stellen. Ich weiß wie gesegnet ich bin für die Wahl wann und wo ich mich auf die Erde begeben habe. Es gibt heute auch ohne Lockdown Milliarden Wesen die diese Freiheit noch nie erspürt haben. Weder Mensch, noch Tier.

Passend zum Lockdown seit 13. März berührt mich dieses Thema zutiefst. Menschenrechtlich und alles was da noch so mitschwingen wird. Ich mag jetzt auch gar keine Meinungen oder Gedanken zum Covid 19 Krönchen hier aufsetzen. Das Bier genieß ich mehr. Jedoch sollte es zu Zwangsimpfungen, oder massiven Reiseeinschränkungen kommen. (Mann, ich bin ein Gypsy) dann plädiere ich doch auf Hirn & Herz der Masse. Wobei ich mir zutiefst bewusst bin welch “Peanuts” dies sind zum eigentlichen Rattenschwanz, den dieser Zustand hinter sich herziehen wird. Gutes sowie herausforderndes. Für viele Existenzen weltweit und die globale Wirtschaft. Ein endloser Weg in Ungewissheit zu versinken. Let’s focus on the good. 

Hier ist ein Textauszug von den Lehren von Swami Sivananda zum Thema Freiheit der Kraft gibt:

„Freedom is your birthright. Freedom is immortality. Freedom is knowledge, peace and bliss. Consciously or unconsciously, wittingly or unwittingly, everyone is trying to find this freedom, whether it is nations fighting on the battlefield or a thief after freedom from want. Every movement of your feet is towards freedom. There is an innate urge in everyone to become independent. No one likes to be guided by the wishes of others. You have such a feeling and desire because you are the immortal soul, or atman, which has no rival, which is the inner ruler, which is the support for the whole universe. In reality, you are this atman. In every heart there is the desire for freedom, this all-consuming passion for liberty. Freedom is the very nature of the eternally free soul. Freedom is an attribute of the soul. It is born with you. No force, no known human device, can suppress that desire. Freedom’s flame is ever burning bright. Moksha, or freedom, is the ultimate goal. People have become a slave of the body, senses, mind, creature comforts, food and fashion. Freedom is liberation from the thraldom of mind and matter. Liberty of speech is not freedom. Liberty of thought is not freedom. To move about aimlessly is not freedom. To do just as one likes is not freedom. To have plenty is not freedom. To have a comfortable living is not freedom. To possess immense wealth is not freedom. To conquer nations is not freedom. To shirk responsibility is not freedom. To renounce the world is not freedom. Material independence will not give you perfect happiness. Bread and jam cannot give you real happiness. These little things of the world cannot give you eternal joy. Real freedom is freedom from birth and death, freedom from the bonds of karma, freedom from attachment to the body, etc., freedom from egoism and desires, freedom from thoughts, likes and dislikes, freedom from lust, anger, greed, etc. Real freedom is identification with the supreme Self. Real freedom is merging in the Absolute. Freedom is in detachment, in desirelessness, in mindlessness. Eradication and extinction of desires lead to the sublime state of supreme bliss and perfect freedom. You have created your own bondage through your desires, attachments, egoism and cravings; and you cry for emancipation. Attachment is the most powerful weapon of maya. You would never come into this world if you had no attachments. The first attachment starts with the physical body. Then all other attachments crop up. The identification of the Self with the body is extended to those who are connected with the body, such as, wife, son, house, father, mother, sister, etc., and cares increase a hundredfold. You will have to take care of all these people. There is absolutely no end to these cares and worries. Just as the silkworm and the spider create a web for their own destruction out of their own saliva, so also man creates these cares and worries for his own destruction out of his own ignorance.“

Was bedeutet Freiheit in der Yogapraxis?

Für mich als Lehrerin bedeutet es aus all meinem Erfahrungen und meinem Wissen zu schöpfen, Yogastile, Therapie- & Philsophiewissen zu vermischen und zu verbinden. Wir sind alle einzigartig und unterschiedlich. Was für den einen funktioniert geht für den anderen überhaupt nicht. Somit noch mehr Space für Selbstwahrnehmung.

Freiheit im Yoga

Auf körperlicher, mentaler & emotionaler Ebene dort Raum zu schaffen wo es eng ist. In die Weite gehen. Durchbewegen um nicht die Funktionen zu verlieren. Trotz Ausrichtung geht es in den Asanas (Körperübungen) darum Leichtigkeit und Freude in die Bewegung zu integrieren. (Stirham-Sukham-Asanam) um den Geist zu befreien und zu öffnen. Physische Körperübungen sind „nur“ einen Vorarbeit um in Stille mit dir selbst zu Sitzen.

Oder wie BKS Iyengar in Licht fürs Leben so schön sagt:  “Versuche immer den Körper auszudehnen und auszuweiten. Ausdehnung und Ausweitung schaffen Raum, Raum bring Freiheit mit sich. Freiheit bedeutet Präzision, und Präzision ist etwas Göttliches. Aus Freiheit des Körpers entsteht die Freiheit des Geistes und dann die absolute Freiheit.”

Dein Atem, der Bindeglied zwischen Körper & Geist ist. Hier deinen Rhythmus, deinen freien Fluss zu erforschen um in der Präsenz voll und ganz anzukommen.

„Die stetige Praxis von Pranayama (Atemkontrolle) verringert Blockaden im Geist, die uns an einer klaren Wahrnehmung hindern.“ Patanjali, Yoga-Sutra 2.52.

Meditation ist ein zur Ruhe bringen des Geistes das zu einer Megafreiheit wächst. Achtsamkeit für dich und deine Selbstwahrnehmung. Das Zurückziehen deiner Sinne von der Außenwelt. Pratyahara. Raum zu schaffen um dich mit deiner wahren Essenz zu verbinden. Das schafft Freiheit auf allen Ebenen. Egal auf welcher Ebene du beginnst. Du startest einen Schneeballeffekt.

 

 

In der astralen Anatomie ist die Freiheit im Kehlkopfchakra zu Hause. Die Freiheit und Freude des Herzens braucht zu ihrem Ausdruck das Kommunkationszentrum im Kehlkopfbereich, das fünfte Chakra. Hier ist auch die starke Fähigkeit zu Hause zur eigenen Wahrheit zu stehen, der Kreativität Ausdruck zu geben und sich künstlerisch zu verwirklichen. Das Vishudda (Hals Chakra) wird mit hellblau/türkis dargestellt und steht am Stärksten mit dem Thema Freiheit in Verbindung. Es braucht diese Freiheit um Ideale und Ideen umzusetzen, die ihm vom sechsten Chakra (Ajna, 3. Auge) zufließen. So auch alle Asanas, Bhandas, Mudras, Mantras, Atemtechniken welche speziell Vishuddha aktivieren. Schulterbrücke (Sethu Bandhasana), Pflug (Halasana), Schulterstand (Sarvanagasana), Fisch (Matsyasana), Katze/Kuh (Chakravasana), Löwe (Simhasana), Jalandhara Bhanda (Kinnverschluss), Ujjayi Atmung, und vieles mehr.

 

Welche Hindu Gottheits Qualität verstärkt deine innere Freiheit bzw. unterstützt dich?

ADITI – die Mutter aller Götter

Aditi (Sanskrit: अदिति = “grenzenlos”) ist eine vedische Göttin im Hinduismus, die Personifizierung des Unendlichen. Sie ist die Göttin des Himmels, des Bewusstseins, der Vergangenheit, der Zukunft und der Fruchtbarkeit. Sie ist die Mutter der himmlischen Gottheiten, der Adityas, und wird als Mutter aller Götter bezeichnet. Als himmlische Mutter jeder existierenden Form und jedes existierenden Wesens, der Synthese aller Dinge, wird sie mit dem Raum (Akasha) und mit der mystischen Sprache assoziiert (Vāc). Sie kann als feminisierte Form von Brahma gesehen und mit der Ursubstanz (Mulaprakriti) im Vedanta assoziiert werden.

Sie wird im Rigveda fast 80 Mal erwähnt.
 Der Vers “Daksha entsprang aus Aditi und Aditi aus Daksha” wird von Theosophen als ein Hinweis auf “die ewige zyklische Wiedergeburt derselben göttlichen Essenz” und göttliche Weisheit gesehen.

Aditi bedeutet Freiheit. Der Name Aditi enthält die Wurzel “da” (binden oder fesseln) und deutet auf ein weiteres Attribut ihres Charakters hin. Als A-diti ist sie eine ungebundene, freie Seele, und aus den Hymnen an sie geht hervor, dass sie oft dazu aufgerufen wird, den Bittsteller von verschiedenen Hindernissen, insbesondere von Sünde und Krankheit, zu befreien. Man nennt sie die Unterstützerin der Geschöpfe.

Ein Mantra welches für mich viel Freiheit gechantet, geschrieben oder gesungen zaubert: 

Bija Mantra 7 Chakras

Lam Múládhára 
Vam Swádhisthána
Ram Manipura
Yam Anáhata
Ham Vishuddhi
Om Ágnya
Aum Sahásrara

Hier gehts zu zwei Versionen davon. Enjoy =)
zum Youtube Link 1
zum Youtube Link 2

LOKAH SAMASTAH SUKHINO BHAVANTU!
“Mögen ALLE Wesen in ALLEN Welten glücklich und frei sein, und möge ich zu diesem Glück und dieser Freiheit für alle beitragen!”

HARI OM TAT SAT!

Ulli

Picture copyright Art Maggie Vandewalle

Choose – Allow – Walk your Path

Choose – Allow – Walk your Path

  |  Ulrike Manhart

….. and Stillness – Dharma – Yoga Practice

What about your seeds that you sowed this year? There are still some weeks left to reflect. Could you reap something this autumn? What have you chosen?

Choose nourishing Resources Moment to Moment. Choosing moment to moment to connect to healthy resources requires commitment, courage, and kindness, it provides you with a steady foundation and a deep sense of inner peace.

Allowing stillness.

This year, I say it was a SUPERBUSY 2019.  Wow! And I was so worried about this Busy. And I feel that all my close field around me say that they were busy too. We are encouraged to be busy. At work, at home, in relationships and even on vacation. Who is the busiest ….. ??? That’s daily part of communication. It has switched from the weather to the busy topic. Is it perhaps a sign to feel against feelings? We are running against the fact of being human …. Feeling emotions. To be feeling beings. To embrace our shadows and darkness? Observe, reflect, live in joy and in a more relaxed way.

Can we be quiet? Can we jump out of the busy hamster wheel and head for the journey to silence? Can we sit in peace and observe our thoughts? Emotions? Listen to our wise bodies? Let us give ourselves space to let our souls speak.

This is the true journey of yoga. Asana practice came long after. We started to meditate. But couldn’t sit so Asana came into the play to strengthen our soul´s temple. To go into the inner silence that allows us to hear our true self with our deepest needs and maybe to quiet our „Mind fuck“ for just a moment. To let the thoughts (Vrittis (Jala/ Water)) become quiet that we are able to look on the ground of the lake. Dive deeper in our unconsciousness to see our consciousness arise.

These days are dedicated to more silence. I lay down my arms gently on my lap and close my eyes. The days are getting darker and invite us to digest our summer experiences and draw our senses inwards. Pratyahara.

And why is that connected with Dharma?

What is personal dharma? Your personal dharma is the path you follow toward the highest expression of your own nature and toward the fulfillment of your responsibilities to yourself, to others, to your society, and to the planet. In the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna often speaks of dharma as something inborn, a life calling that each of us has been given and from which we depart at our peril. But he also uses the word to mean right action, and for most of us, personal dharma comes down to that most basic question: What is the right thing for me to do now? Or, given my nature, my skills, and my personal preferences, what actions should I take to support the greater good?

The Universe says: „Allow me to flow through you unrestricted, and you will see the greatest magic you have ever seen. „ -Klaus Joehle

Give your Dharma or call this moment through stillness talk to you. You don’t know yours? It will come in the right moment. Trust, Trust and trust a little bit more…..

Hear it – feel it and GO FOR IT.

Nothing can happen except that you reach an awesome level of freedom, happiness, fulfillment and ecstasy. Take the leap. It is to overcome your fears. Too many people are not living their dreams because are living their Fears. Face your fears, live your Dreams.

Write them down and come up with a solution.

Release the Fear – and do the action anyway

Surround yourself with the dreamers and believers.

And as well with those who encourage you to live your full potential.

In the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take. We have reached the level we know that we attract exactly the things we fear. Prana (lifeforce) flows where attention goes. Connect back with your Dreams. With your inner paradise that lifts you up. Nourishment on all levels.

Walk your path.

What would it feel to create a shift in your life? To flip the script and focus your thoughts (creation power) to the things and outcomes you would love to see and feel in your life instead of the things you don’t want? Raise your energy and clean up your inner world through the practice of SAUCHA. Yoga Asana cleans the inner world. And your outer world is a mostly a reflection of your inner world. You know where to start.

Through your intuition, visions, dreams, sensations and signals that you pick up through all of your senses, in order to walk the path that you should want to walk. We have a mission here and now and when we ignore this, we also ignore our highest potential and the potential learner and love and the uplift of oneself and the world.

HARI OM TAT SAT – Amor y luz,

Ulli

Let go – Let be

Let Go – Let Be

  |  Ulrike Manhart

“Nothing ever goes away until it teaches us what we need to know.”—Pema Chödrön

Definition, Mantras, Meditation, Koshas, Pranidhanat, Gayatri and Lakshmi and how „Let go-let be-creating space“ can affect our physical Yoga Practice and Life.

In my last blog I have teased to this topic: How to let go of toxic habits and realtionships?

The emotional Layer – Manomaya Kosha (mental-emotional Layer) of your Astral Body

Define What You Need to Let Go Of.

This is very important. What is it that you need to let go of to move on? You may be ready to let go of a man that you know isn’t the one for you, but you still struggle with your decision because of the love you feel. What you should do is to look at it like an onion — feelings are layers that must be removed to get to the core. What was the top layer?

The first layer might be anger. Perhaps anger at your man and how he treated you. Or maybe anger with yourself for wasting time on him. You have to deal with your issues and let them go, separating them out one by one. By examining each layer of the onion, you’ll be able to peel back and discard one layer of emotion at a time which leaves you with the one piece that you want to hold on to; one that won’t hold you back from moving on. It’s the final piece you can carry in your heart going forward.

Sit and feel everything what needs to be felt.

What´s left when the onion is peeled?

Who is peeling the onion?

We all have our very personal reasons why we can’t let go.  How are you feeling when you transcend letting go/getting rid of something into LET IT BE?

1,2,3,4 „Sing“ When I find myself in times of troubles Mother Mary comes to me……speaking words of wisdom….LET IT BE…..Can you feel a shift when you switch your inner tension from let go to let be mode?

Acceptance….is that the entry to your paradise where lightness is your natural conscious state of mind?

LIGHTNESS. You feel light or you can also see the light. Connect with light on all levels to raise your vibration. The Gayatri Mantra was my first mantra I have learnt to chant and it´s still one of my favorite ones. My personal Highway to Divinity and Connection to Light.

„The Seven Chakra Gayatri Mantra is a prayer for the enlightenment of all beings that illuminates the seven chakras and blesses the seven realms, from the earth plane to the abode of supreme truth.

Om bhu (first chakra/ earth plane)
Om bhuvaha (second chakra/ atmospheric plane)
Om swaha (third chakra/ solar region)
Om maha (fourth chakra/ first spiritual region beyond the sun: heart vibration)
Om janaha (fifth chakra/ second spiritual region beyond the sun: power of the divine spiritual word)
Om tapaha (sixth chakra/ third spiritual region beyond the sun: sphere of the progenitors/ realm of the highest spiritual understanding while still identified with individual existence)
Om satyam (seventh chakra/ the abode of supreme truth: absorption into the supreme)
Om tat savitur varenyam
Bhargo devasya dhimahi
Dhiyo yonah prachodayat

“Meditating upon the adorable, enchanting and radiant source of all things (spheres of consciousness), we awaken to the divine light of pure consciousness.“ -Gayatri Mantra description from Deva Premal

Try This Practice for Making Space

“Take a moment to gather yourself here. Let your body land on the ground. Let your breath arrive in your body. Let your mind rest on your breath in your body. Here, now. Welcome the breath with a receptive belly. Your breath will gently unravel the tension it meets. Your breath will tenderly expand you inside. Allow your breath to unwind you, unfurl you. Let yourself be opened by your breath. Allow your breath to rise and fall. Let it flow in and out of you, on its own, softening everything in its path. Expanding you. You’re bigger than you think you are.“-Adapted from the book, Deep Listening, by Jillian Pransky. Reprinted with permission from Rodale.

Let Go – Let be in our Yoga Practice – Annamaya Kosha – forming Sthula Sharira (physical Body)

The power of letting go plays an important role in the Yoga practice. The hamstrings and forward folds are poses that especially need lots of surrender and letting go. First we use Tapas. We use it to get up and practice. And by disciplining the mind to focus on the balance and the healthy alignment. Then we apply Svadhyaya, by reflecting and observing the experiences in the muscles and the body. And last we apply Ishvara Pranidhanat, by using the breath. The exhaling breath is the breath of surrender and letting go. In the end of each exhalation we pause (Kumbhaka) for a few seconds. In that pause the mind becomes quiet and fully present. It’s in that space of silence that we can truly release and let go of tensions from deep inside. I like connecting with my exhale when I encounter any resistance in a pose. I also find while in a Yoga pose at the end of each exhalation, during a brief pause, when my mind is totally quiet and present, I can connect with a deeper source within that knows pure balance, pure harmony, pure peace and pure love. So the more we give with each exhalation the more flexibility we receive. “Give and you shall receive.”

The Sanskrit word Pranidhanat means surrender, letting go, devotion. The complete Yoga Sutra, chapter II, verse 45 reads: „Samadhi Siddhir Ishvara Pranidhanat“; by total surrender to the Supreme Soul, Samadhi is attained.

Ishvara Pranidhanat adds a spiritual dimension to our yoga practice, reminding us that there is more to us than our bodies, but through our Bodies we can reach other dimensions within us.

Lakshmi Powers

Goddess Lakshmi is supporting you in letting go of the past and creating a new life. Lakshmi is the goddess of good fortune and wealth. This chant is for abundance, so if you’re needing to let go or release any money blocks this would be the perfect mantra for you.

Om shreem maha Lakshmiyei namaha (chant it with your MALA 108 Times or free in your meditation as long as you feel to)

“Don’t worry about anything at all. You are not here by accident. This form is just a costume for a while. But the one who is behind the costume, this one is eternal. You must know this. If you know this and trust this, you don’t have to worry about anything. This world is so full of love. And your heart, your being, is so full of love, so full of peace. You don’t have to go to some place else to find peace. It is right where you are.”― Mooji

Om Namah Shivaya,

Ulli

Decisions & You Are Enough

Decisions & You Are Enough

  |  Ulrike Manhart

The moment you choose to be happy with nothing, you will attract everything

Decisions

You are for sure familiar with Situations in your life when you are arriving on a cross section and you have to choose one way and the selection which path to take is an endless weigh of possibilities. Sometimes ago a friend asked me whether I believe if it does not matter which way we choose and still arrive at the same destination.

And at the same time another friend was telling me that it doesn‘t matter which decision you make (you will never know if there is a right or wrong decision). And then a third friend came and just told me: you know that you can always CHANGE and adjust your decision if that doesn’t feel right for you.  Take a leap and unfold. Trust that the universe providing you with everything you need to survive, grow and bloom in all directions of your life. I do not want to have questions about what if…. Never try – never know. My Libra moon is sometimes unable to make decisions. I find it also more difficult to decide when others are included – like my son. It shines light of areas inside that can need some development in my indecision behavior.

Or simply ask yourself. Is that true? Is that necessary? Is it kind? Trust your intuition. Close your eyes and meditate before you decide. Center yourself and listen to your heart´s answer to move braveful forward on your unique path of life. No Decision is also a decision but life will lead you to a decision when you decide even not to decide. Hopefully I can take out some pressure and stress when you are in a moment you feel unable to decide. Whatever you decide to do make sure it makes you happy.

You are enough

As a Master in Media Technology and as a Yoga Teacher I try to close the gap between the Tools of Media & the Tools of Yoga. Or better said I connect my wisdom of both.

Media is telling you with every word, picture, advertisement you take in: You have not enough and you are not enough.

Why? To buy the products of course. Everything must be faster and the product quality is consciously with a short lifespan. Why? To sell more products. As a Yoga Teacher I can tell you that you are enough. You are a perfect wonderful creation of the Universe. What does it mean exactly? You don’t have to do more, or buy more or be more to be who you are meant to be. That is what I mean when I am saying you are enough. It doesn´t mean that you are a final product. You grow, change, transform, learn, love, fall down, stand up and surf the waves of life. You don´t have to stop following your dreams or souls purpose. It means that you understand your part in this bigger picture called universe.

It also means that you can ask for help, to embrace your imperfections, mistakes and weakness. You are enough as you are with all your love and fear, joy and sadness and all other emotions and feelings. “You are enough” gives space to grow and change and continue to show up for your life daily. It means that you must not hunt to be more worthy, valid, acceptable and loved. You are already all of these things. You are from your very Beginning on a perfect creature.

Growth gives room to whatever you want to cultivate more. More open, honest, true, authentic, free, independent, connected, international, purposeful, joyful, creative and so on. These are all expressions of “Being Enough” ready to grow. All these expressions are already in yourself. The things you are attracted to outside or in other persons (good & bad) are all already established in yourself. That´s the reason you go in resonance with it.

To close the Media-Yoga-Decision–be enough circle here.

Be honest to yourself and reflect for a moment…Are you making decisions to refill your lacks from outside? Are you fill up the lack of not feeling enough with relationships and things? How long is the lack satisfied through a new pair of shoes? How fast can you can let go of persons, things, dreams and so on? Here I can weave into the Sanskrit word Aparigraha – the fifth und last Yama on the 8 folded path of Patañjali. non-possessiveness, non-attachment or non-greediness. It teaches one should take only what one needs. Or in the context of a yoga class it means to acceptance of what the body is capable of doing while in your practice. Parigraha is the opposite and means “the focus on material gain”. Parigraha uses the Media.

अपरिग्रहस्थैर्ये जन्मकथंतासंबोधः ॥३९॥ With constancy of aparigraha, a spiritual illumination of the how and why of motives and birth emerges. — Patanjali, Yoga Sutra 2.39

“Vairāgya (वैराग्य) is a Sanskrit term translates as dispassion, detachment, or renunciation, in particular renunciation from the pains and pleasures in the temporary material world. True vairāgya refers to an internal state of mind rather than to external lifestyle and can be practiced equally well by one engaged in family life and career as it can be by a renunciate. Vairāgya does not mean suppression of or developing repulsion for material objects. By the application of vivek (spiritual discrimination or discernment) to life experience, the aspirant gradually develops a strong attraction for the inner spiritual source of fulfillment and happiness and limited attachments fall away naturally. Balance is maintained between the inner spiritual state and one’s external life through the practice of seeing all limited entities as expressions of the one Cosmic Consciousness or Brahman. “ (Yoga Wiki)

What does it mean? Some questions you can ask yourself to reflect. Who was telling you the fairytale that you can fulfill all your needs with outside objects? Is it wise to step into a relationship out of a lack? Are you in such a relationship or have you been? How are you cultivating the Balance between your inner & external life? Could it be when you start to developing more your internal work that your outside world become more abundant as well? How does it feel when you are closing your eyes and you say to yourself ten times: I AM ENOUGH?

Next time I will follow up of how to let go of toxic things and relationships in your life, what costs your inner peace and happiness …..as well of how you can cultivate more inner happiness and fulfilment. And strengthen your connection to your own inner spiritual source.

One of my most favorite Quotes from Swami Satchidananda resonates deeply with me:“A wise person will never expect joy from the outside world or by contact with outside objects. The truth is, joy can never come from outside. Even if it seems to be coming from outside, it’s only a reflection of your own inner happiness.”

Namasté,

Ulli

Seeds & Sankalpa

Seeds & Sankalpa

  |  Ulrike Manhart

“Be mindful of intention, Intention is the seed that creates our future.”
-Jack Kornfield

Springtime is Seedtime

Sankalpa time – it is time to set intentions. We get rid of all the Kapha (Water) in our Bodies – Create new room and we can start to nourish our dreams and visions for the year. The seasonal energy supports us. Have u already planted a seed that are you nourishing daily? Seeds need a good soil, water and light to grow. Your dreams too. So everyday ask yourself which steps did I took to nourish my seed today? And why are you wishing that your dream will come true what you crave to be manifested? What´s the intention behind? One of my teachers said: When you can have it in your mind – you can hold it in your hands. Good luck for your own inner and outer garden.

Happy Gardening & Growth,

Ulli

Platz für Neues – AGNI SARA

Platz für Neues – AGNI SARA

  |  Ulrike Manhart

Ein halbes Jahr habe ich hunderte von Kilos aus meiner Kindheit, Schulzeit und aus den letzten Jahren entsorgt, verschenkt, verkauft. Es war so unglaublich befreiend. Wenn ich an meine erste Rucksack Reise zurückdenke hatte ich soviel Gepäck dabei, aus Gedanken, das es vielleicht gewisse Dinge dort nicht geben konnte. Auf meiner letzten längeren Rucksackreise die über ein halbes Jahr dauerte, reiste ich mit leichtem Gepäck und ich war total überfordert als ich zu Hause wieder vor meinem vollen Kleiderschrank stand. Luxusproblem. YES.

Im Yoga heißt es das Agni Sara, das Verdauungsfeuer für das verbrennen der nicht verdauten Emotionen, Gedanken & des Essens zuständig ist. Wie kurbeln wir dieses Feuer im Winter am Besten an? Durch warme Nahrung und Bewegung. Viele Drehungen im Yoga, Rückbeugen und dynamische Flows regen unser Verdauungsfeuer gut an.

Es stellen sich somit immer wieder die Fragen: Was sammelst du dir an?  Reist du generell mit schwerem Gepäck durchs Leben? Was verschafft dir mehr Leichtigkeit? Wie gehst du mit dem neuen Raum wenn du Platz schaffst im Innen und im Außen schaffst um?

Let go & make Space,

Ulli

Healing Fields & Cell Consciousness

Healing Fields & Cell Consciousness

  |  Ulrike Manhart

Lone fighter or herd?
Unique or herd animal – Lone fighter or team player – Black sheep or is it the flock?

Mimamsa in Sanskrit means among other things “discussion” or “reflection”. Here are some thoughts that came up when I filmed some sheep and going trough challenging times.

You can change and control your genes! Yes you can.

Our feelings and our consciousness also control our genes. So we often see ourselves as the victims of our genes and cannot believe that we can control them. How is that possible?

Bruce Lipton is a cell biologist and founder of epigenetics. He has studied cells in detail for decades and his years of research have astonishing results. Our cells respond to signals. Genes do not control themselves, they are just the blueprints for our proteins. They are like filing cabinets containing blueprints. The cells respond to signals they receive from the environment and thereby control their behaviour.

So what does the environment of a cell include?

Our body is a community of 50 trillion cells, all of which are interconnected. Every single cell consists of a cell membrane, the proteins and the DNA, i.e. our genes. The cell membrane has switches that respond to signals. Genes change according to the signals they receive. This can happen within 8 hours. The environment of a cell includes our nutrition, blood chemistry, but also our thoughts and feelings – in other words our consciousness. Through our thoughts, beliefs and feelings and through our language and our inner images, our hormones and thus also our cells are controlled.

Our experiences and beliefs therefore also control our biology. If our cells have a good environment with positive signals, they react with growth. Under stress they take on a protective function and growth is stopped.

 

Cut – I take a deep breath and swing back to yoga basics

On the one hand Yoga stands for “Unity, Harmony, Being Whole”, in Indian philosophy Yoga refers to the Yoga system of Patanjali, respectively to what was collected by him and written down in the Yoga Sutras around 600 B.C. – 200 A.D. A core statement from Patanjali’s collected work is: “Yogas chitta vritti nirodhah” = “Yoga is the resting of thoughts in the mind”. “Tada drashtuh svarupe vasthanam” = “Then the perceiver rests in his true being”. There are some different Indian philosophical systems. One of them is Samkhya.

Samkhya means “classification”, “enumeration”. Samkhya philosophy has an atheistic starting point because God is not mentioned. Instead of God it is about the concept of Purusha and Prakriti. Purusha is the pure consciousness or soul. Prakriti is the primordial nature, which consists of the three Gunas (the basic qualities of nature: sattva (clarity, goodness, harmony), rajas (restlessness, movement, energy) and tamas (inertia, darkness, chaos)) in their unmanifested state. Originally it is in balance. The concept of Purusha and Prakriti implies a dualistic worldview, since Purusha and Prakriti have been separate from the beginning and remain separate.
This philosophy provides a theory about the origin of the world: Purusha has the desire to experience the world. Then the prakriti moves and first manifests as Spandana, the Cosmic Primordial Vibration. This goes further and further into the world and becomes a manifestation. Sattva corresponds to the causal world, rajas, the astral world and tamas to the physical world. They are subject to parinama, constant change. Purusha manifests in countless chittas, individual souls or minds through which he sees and experiences the world.

There are three distinctions in Samkhya philosophy.

Number One: Not only discrimination, detachment and observation lead to liberation. Instead, there are a variety of techniques and methods in yoga. Everything that serves the purpose of calming the mind and returning to the “true essence”, to come to the knowledge of the Self, is yoga. So there is a broad practice of practice, and the constant effort to practice, the latter is also called Abhyasa.

Two: There is the concept of Ishwara, a personal god. He is to be regarded as a special manifestation of Purusha, free from attachments, karma kleshas (suffering), ignorance and desires.

Three: There is only one consciousness, a Purusha, which manifests in all beings.

And with three, I resonate very strongly deep within myself. When the ONE consciousness is manifested in all of us, we all have a constant natural desire to change between being unique and wanting to belong to the group. This reflects two basic needs. To be loved and to stand out from the crowd (being unique, seen and so on.) How do I get attention if I am no different? I tell you YOU ARE UNIQUE. Your 50 trillion cells are unique in this combination. WOW. Magical.

Here are a few more facts:

The groups in which we move are often very differently structured and no group can replace another. There are many research approaches from a sociological point of view. One thing is certain . We need groups to learn and to fulfil our roles. And we have two different needs self expression/ authenticity and belonging. When they are in conflict belonging wins. That´s the reclamation of the self.

How does your cells feel right now?

How can you create a field around you that supports your healing and recovery?

In order to go into depth, it is precisely about having a good field around you, to be safe in good groups. To supply our cells with positive signals to maintain our growth and health. I want to make you aware of how deep your chosen environment can affect you.

And Yoga strengthens your Svata, in Sanskrit it means belonging to the Self; ownership and possession.Because only if you strengthen yourself you can be a good contribution in your groups which in turn strengthen and support you.

Feed your cells and thus your field where you can grow, prosper and heal with good thoughts.

Your body listens to everything your mind says. Create a mindset your cells will love you for.

“A genuine smile distributes the cosmic current, Prana to every body cell. The happy man is less subject to disease, for happiness actually attracts into the body a greater supply of the Universal life energy. ” -Paramahansa Yogananda

Om Om Om – ALL IS ONE

Love, Ulli

 

Dankbarkeit – Magnet für Wunder

Dankbarkeit – Magnet für Wunder

  |  Ulrike Manhart

…ist das Gefühl wenn sich das Herz erinnert.
…… EIN DANKBARES HERZ IST EIN MAGNET FÜR WUNDER!

In meiner letzten Aussendung habe ich mich schon bedankt, aber man kann nicht oft genug dankbar sein für das was war, ist und sein wird. Herzensdank an alle – ihr habt es mir ermöglicht das meine Arbeit zur Heilung und zum Frieden auf der Erde beitragen.

MUCHISIMAS GRACIAS – THANK YOU – RIESENHERZENSDANK…..<3

Im Herzen sind wir verbunden

“Möge die Liebe, die sich im Geist der Weihnacht zeigt, der Leitstern für deine Wünsche sein. “-Edgar Cayce

Schönes Fest der Liebe an dich und deine Herzallerliebsten!

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