I hope, you had a wonderful Summer and are still enjoying sunshine and warmth these next days! My gardens are thriving while putting lots of love and effort into them. There were moments of magic in between, of which I share one with you!
We all enjoyed our Summer Yoga, and we'll start a new 9-week Yoga session with the focus on the elements and Chakras this coming week! All classes will stay online with Zoom: Wednesdays at Noon for our free half-hour meditation, Wednesday nights at 5:00PM, Thursday mornings at 9:00AM for mixed level Yoga, and Thursday mornings 10:30AM for therapeutic gentle Yoga. Please let me know your preference, if you like to attend or not receive any mailings! Stay well! Love, Hannelore
It seems that our country is split in viewing the Pandemic. Of course, it is uncomfortable wearing a mask in the heat of the summer, but it is mindful toward the community in order to help suppress spreading of the Corona virus! However, to protect yourself it is then important to disinfect the mask using UV light or washing it in soapy water in between!
Please, watch this short movie! Let's work all together as a community!
Dear Yoga friends!
Currently, we are using Selvarajan Yesudian's affirmations during meditation. Several Yoga students asked me how I met this Master. So, I'll share with you! (I wrote this nearly 30 years ago for English 401 at UNH) :)
CONNECTING WITH A MASTER:
Switzerland, summer 1988: I am standing in the front room of the Yoga school. I feel my heart beating in the sudden quiet of the room. The smell of incense calms me after my fast walk. I hear the whisper of people in the huge classroom as I peek through the door. How will I ever find a place to sit with Bianca and Daniela, my daughters? It is so crowded here, Yoga mat beside Yoga mat, the distance of a hand width apart.
As I hear light footsteps approaching, I turn around. An Indian man with white hair and dark skin enters the room. He is dressed in white, and wears a large shawl embroidered with Indian ornaments draped over his shoulders. His fine and majestic movements make his appearance charismatic. His eyes are soft and sparkling, as a gentle smile lights up his face. And, as if he has read my mind, he waves with his hand, telling me to come with him into the room. "Kommen Sie! Kommen Sie!" (Come, come) ... "But where?" I think. He whispers to two ladies in the first row to move their mats and make some space for me and invites Bianca and Daniela to sit right in front of him. I feel embarrassed, because I have heard that nobody is allowed to sit right in front, but now we do and a whisper travels through the room.
As soon as I have arranged my mat, the chimes sound with a high pitch. Selvarajan Yesudian starts his class:
"Gerade sitzen!" (sit straight). I feel my spine lengthening.
"Kurze Selbstversenkung!" (go inward). I draw my attention inward.
"Bewusst Ruhe erleben!" (experience calmness). His strong but warm voice vibrates in me. A wave of stillness and peacefulness spreads through the room. As we feel the quiet entering our hearts, he delivers a short lecture: "Correct breathing is most important for life! With conscious yogic breathing we let go of anger and tensions, physically, mentally, and emotionally, in our family, and in our professional life. We exhale any negativity!"
As he talks, the rays of the sun falling through the branches of a huge beech tree create bright shifting patterns on his shawl. I feel myself and hear my classmates breathing deeper.
From now on, we receive the teachings of Selvarajan Yesudian every morning in his Yoga school in Ponte Tresa at Lake Logano. After his morning lecture, he continues each day with Pranayama (breathing techniques), after which I feel refreshed. Asanas (Yoga poses) follow, which are simple but sometimes challenging. After or in each Asana he says - or rather he sings an affirmation:
"I am flexible in body and spirit."
"My power of resistance is growing from moment to moment."
"I manifest strength in my body and spirit."
"I emanate peace here and now."
There is a melody in his voice which brings a warm and intense vibration into our bodies. His presence seems to make everybody awake but at the same time soft, relaxed, and concentrated. In a balancing pose he says:
"I am present in here and now - my presence in the body awakens beauty, strength and health. " or "I am stable in body and spirit."
As he talks us through, our minds become calm and focused. There is no single thought about the outside world. He inspires every student to perform the Asanas and Pranayama with concentration physically and mentally. "Feeling connected within, you will go out into the world with inner strength and confidence!" he tells us.
After each Yoga class he is available for questions from the audience for one hour. It always amazes me how often he answers my questions without being asked. He does read the mind. But how? Yesudian explains the truth of Yoga and life: "As you connect inside, you are one with your surroundings - you will deepen your awareness - and you feel, smell, and taste the slightest differences in your environment."
In the following two weeks I learn about Yesudian. He had lived in the city of Madras in India. By his fifteenth birthday he had suffered almost every major disease, which had made him thin and weak. He was only skin and bones, his chest narrow and flat. Even his father, a famous and wealthy physician, tried every means known to medicine, but barely succeeded. His mother was the sweetest, gentlest mother in the world. In a sense, his parents were overprotective with him. Fortunately, he was still sent to school. However, he was excused from sports and was only allowed to observe his happy and healthy school companions. Often, he ran away, wandering through the forests in search of Yogi settlements, but his efforts were fruitless. Since he liked to read, he found books about spiritual teachings: Raja Yoga, Jnana Yoga, Karma Yoga, and Hatha Yoga. With the newly discovered books he secretly practiced everything with enthusiasm. But one time, after overexerting himself he collapsed, feeling weak and miserable. He gave up hope.
On an autumn evening he ran away and came to a mango grove a few miles from the city. There he found the Hatha Yoga master he had searched for a long time. After watching the group of young men performing their exercises, he approached the master, who accepted him as a student. Two months later his father hardly recognized him. Yesudian walked straight now, his shoulders were growing broader every day. After a year his arms and legs had almost doubled in size. From then on, he was never sick again.
After the death of this father, he traveled to a distant city to visit his master. Yesudian told him that he had received an inner call to prepare for a long journey to Europe. With spiritual support and encouragement, he soon came to Europe. In Budapest, where he studied sports medicine, he recognized Elisabeth Haich as his adoptive mother from a former lifetime in Egypt. They connected and from now on taught meditation and Hatha Yoga, gave lectures, and hosted spiritual retreats. In Winter 1948, Yesudian received a powerful blessing from Swami Vivikananda during an intense vision. Now he knew that he had to continue his work of service. He was able to escape from the Russian invasion of Budapest together with Elisabeth Haich. In Zuerich, Switzerland, they were invited to teach their wisdom. Soon, the Yoga classes grew so rapidly, that schools were built in Zuerich, Berne, St. Gallen, Lucerne, and Ponte Tresa.
Until 1996, Selvarajan Yesudian served as a spiritual leader for thousands of people. He gave them encouragement and confidence on their path, but he always refused to be called a guru. His complete presence made him a true Master. Selvarajan Yesudian has set an example for many of us!
Over the following years, I continued to visit his school in Zuerich and Ponte Tresa and could deepen my experience. In his last letter on Christmas he wrote: "Even though the doors of the Yoga school are closing, the doors of the hearts remain open, and the message continues to flow in spirit."
Being an ocean away, I still feel his spirit vividly within my Yoga teaching and my daily life. As I keep the doors of my heart open, I will practice my presence and let the message continue to flow.
I am excited to share with you an online workshop with Rama Jyoti Vernon!
Many of you have attended several workshops when I hosted Rama in my Yoga Studio.
I hope you can attend to hear her great wisdom about Yoga Philosophy!
I have enclosed her flyer! Enjoy! :)
We approach the 9th week of our session, and we'll continue online with Zoom.
The new session will be starting Wednesday, July 8 with our popular free Meditation on Wednesdays at Noon. Let me know by email to get on the list.
Sign-up for Wednesday 5PM, Thursday 9AM, or Thursday 10:30AM Yoga classes.
I am looking forward to hearing from you! :)
Much Love, Hannelore
I just wanted to give you a Reminder for our Spring Cleanse Workshop this coming Friday.
You will learn important facts to understand the power of Ayurveda. We will practice Pranayama, Asanas, and Mudras, and cook a meal together "side by side" with Zoom, connecting my kitchen with yours. I will send you a shopping list, if you like to join for cooking. Otherwise, you can relax and watch me! :)
Oh yes, IF you do not like to "spoil" your Mother's Day Celebration..... No worry!
You can start your personal cleanse later on Monday. You will also have the chance for questions and answers by phone during the week, or through Zoom on Friday, May 15, 5:00pm!
Also, we are starting a new 8-week session this week!
We continue all classes online with Zoom.
Let me know if you like a scholarship/reduced rate for this challenging time!
Wishing you all well and safe! I hope to hear from you! Much Love, Hannelore
I hope, you are well and safe during this challenging time. For all those, who work at the front line in stores, care-taking, and medical professions, I want to thank and honor you for your work.
For those of us, who can stay safely at home, we might feel challenged in other ways…. Be it a financial challenge, feelings of loneliness, boredom, or cabin-fever. Luckily, here in NH, we have a little more space to walk into the woods, take in nature, fresh air, and sunshine.
At this time, it is especially important to maintain a ‘Daily Routine’ with sufficient sleep, healthy diet, walking, Yoga practice, breathing, and meditation to support our immune system, and to support our body, mind, and emotions. Below are some sessions you can all join if you like!
“DEEP BREATHING, MEDITATION, AND RELAXATION ” [Free!]
Every Wednesday at Noon
I have integrated a deep breathing practice into the meditation/ relaxation sessions in order to strengthen our lungs and immune system, and have more vitality.
AYURVEDIC SPRING CLEANSE WORKSHOP
Friday Evening, May 8th at 5pm – 7:30 pm
As we move into spring, I will be providing an Ayurvedic Spring Cleanse workshop, via Zoom Online. We’ll be exploring the concepts of Ayurveda:
REIKI I – Saturday, May 2nd at 10am to 3pm
REIKI II – Saturday, May 30th at 10am to 3pm
REIKI is an ancient healing art, which originated in Japan and is simply experienced with attunements and practice. This time I am offering trainings via Zoom. Of course, I will give you more practice time in a group session as soon as we are able to connect again in person.
I hope to hear from you soon! Stay well and safe!
With Love and Blessings, Hannelore
In our current uncertain times, I would like to offer you a FREE WEEKLY Meditation & Relaxation class. You will find me online every Wednesday at NOON for around 20 minutes. Sessions will cover introductory deep breathing practices, visualizations for healing and stabilization, and simple Yoga Nidra relaxation practices.
If you are interested, send me an email: email@example.com
and I will send you a Zoom Link to attend online for free!
Wishing you all well and safe!
Much Love and Blessings, Hannelore
In light of recent developments regarding the highly contagious Covid-19 virus, I feel a deep responsibility to be proactive in doing my part to help keep us and our community safe. One of the key recommendations at this time is to socially distance. Many people are already working remotely and schools are temporarily closing in some areas.
Since I want us to be all safe and healthy, I will be offering all Yoga classes Online with Zoom from this point forward.
It is very simple to attend as long as you follow the link which I will share with you prior to each session. Installing the app onto your computer, tablet, ipad, or smartphone makes things even easier. (I am happy to help you prepare prior to our next class if you have any trouble).
When you sign in, you can choose to either opt-in for interacting with one another, or you can be a quiet participant (not seen). If you prefer not attending Online classes, you can come back to in-person classes when we are able to resume normally at the Durham Community Church. Please email me in order to let me know your preferences. Of course, I will be reassessing the situation as it unfolds and will keep you posted on any changes.
New information about the virus is coming out every day and much is still unknown, but one thing that is clear is that we must all do our best to slow transmission from person to person as much as possible in order to make sure that our healthcare system can keep up with treating everyone in need.
I am sending some more information below that shows the numbers which convinced me to take action earlier rather than later:
Please be careful and take good care of yourselves. The most recent studies seem to be indicating that the virus can remain alive on hard surfaces such as plastic, metal, and glass for up to 3 days, on cardboard for 24 hours, and in the air, it may be viable for several hours.
I think it is smart to be proactive in making sure that you have some storage of essential household goods, dry, and frozen foods, fever meds, prescription meds (if applicable). Additionally, I recommend to look at the CDC website for further information.
It’s important to have peace of mind and to be prepared in case self-isolation is necessary or lock-downs become a reality here.
Much Love, Hannelore
We are starting a new 8-week session this week! We'll stay with the same times and places.
• I will be offering a Reiki I Training on Saturday, May 2.
It will run from 10 am to around 3:00 pm at Inner Balance in Newington.
• Our Ayurvedic Spring Cleanse will be on Friday, May 8, from 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
This will be hosted by Shilo Farm in Eliot, ME.
• The next Reiki II Training will be on May 30, at the Community Church Durham.
More information will come soon!
Much Love, Hannelore
Thank you so much for your interest in learning more about the benefits of Yoga & Ayurveda. ~ Hannelore