Gentle Strength Kundalini
This adaptive approach to Kundalini yoga and meditation suits the active person of today’s Western world. Without losing the momentum nor curtailing the scientific methods of this discipline, lessons are geared towards students’ diverse abilities. I accommodate various skill levels, including beginners. My goal is to provide an ever expanding knowledge and experience of Raja yoga (see article below), as well as to awaken and nurture participant’s interest in the spiritual foundation of yogic living.Read more
Gentle Strength Kundalini yoga and meditation lessons are vast and comprise different routines with movements, postures, stretches and aerobic workout. Since exercises are done in coordination with the breath, risk of injury is minimal. Students are guided to walk the fine line between pushing too hard and not trying hard enough. The result is trust in the body’s innate power, endurance and resilience. Yoga sets are designed to work on particular body systems, such as the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, endocrine or reproductive system. Next to being effective for stress reduction and relaxation, the sets enhance brain function, help center the mind and balance the emotions.
Essential information on holistic lifestyle choices is provided as well. This aspect of yogic discipline forms the foundation for a successful practice. Esoteric concepts that constitute the philosophical basis of Raja yoga are built into class. Their timeless wisdom has inspired students throughout the Ages.
Gentle Strength Kundalini yoga and meditation further comprise breath work, linking body and mind through specific visualizations, chanting and of course – meditation. Meditation is one pointed concentration on Spirit. Over time your personal experience of expanding awareness brings inner joy and all-permeating peace. Integration takes places through a felt-sense of wellbeing during deep relaxation .
Specifically selected yoga programs involve postures, stretches, breathing exercises, and meditation. They can restore balance and heal physical, mental and emotional conditions. Programs are linked with ancient numerological concepts. Based on the 10 light bodies of energy and consciousness, these numerological concepts are seen from the yogic perspective of interplaying Spirit with matter.
I present your individually tailored therapeutic yoga program in a private lesson. Your birthdate provides the root information for yogic numerology. In this context many students also choose a soul centered astrological consultation. This deepens understanding of their psycho-spiritual dynamics, life lessons, karmic retributions and individual purpose or right path (dharma).
During the first part of your lesson you learn about the numerological sequence as it applies to your unique combination of life strengths and challenges. Your birth date is used to prepare the profile. Some of the most important profile numbers are the soul, destiny, karma, gift and path numbers. They represent resources you can access and reveal blockages that are in need of transformation.
The second part of your instruction covers selected yoga sets and meditations that scientifically effect body, mind and soul. You will be trained to self-maintain your personal yoga program so that energetic shifts underlying physical, mental and emotional structures can occur. Most students start their home practice with enthusiasm, but tend to lack over time. I thus recommend an additional 60-minute follow up lesson within the first 6 weeks to 3 months. This helps to adjust your focus and will correct errors that tend to develop with unsupervised home practice.
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Personalized yoga and meditation routine/therapeutic yoga: $120
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Katharina’s yoga studio in Wildwood, MO
“Those who are afraid of death cannot know their true soul nature. As William Shakespeare said in Julius Caesar: ‘Cowards die many times before their death; the valiant never taste of death but once.’ The coward lives over and over again a mental picture of pain and death. The valiant experience only the final death, quickly and without pain. If one dies of natural causes or is spiritually advanced, the body of sensations simply drops off, and when the consciousness reawakens on another plane it has all the sensations of the body without any physical form. Awareness is all mind, just as it is in dreams. This is not difficult to picture. In death one merely sloughs off his gross physical body, which is only a lower form of mind and the cause of all manner of troubles for the soul.”
– Paramahansa Yogananda
What is Raja Yoga?
Yoga means union with Spirit. There are many schools of yoga, such as Hatha – the yoga of postures, Bhakti – the yoga of devotion, Karma – the yoga of selfless service, Mantra – the yoga of sacred words repeated mentally or by chant, Jnana, the yoga of wisdom, and Raja – the comprehensive yoga that combines the essence of all yogic paths. Kundalini yoga is a form of Raja yoga, and so is Kriya yoga brought to the West by Paramahansa Yogananda in 1920.
The goal of Raja yoga is liberation from the human condition of suffering and limitations – a long journey the soul takes over many lifetimes. Although this process to soul freedom is vastly accelerated on the Raja yoga path, practicing also has many interim benefits. It is accompanied by overall relaxation, and physical rejuvenation takes place via increased circulation, more energy, flexibility and strength. Meditation brings stress reduction, mental balance, improved memory, and better concentration.
The ability for empathy grows through regular practice. Oftentimes long term yoga practitioners change vocation toward human services, or they take on volunteer positions. They embrace their dharma. Deeds performed without the thought of gain for self has no consequences that need to be worked out later. In other words, dharma creates no karma.
Raja yoga has 8 separate elements. Patanjali, an Indian sage, introduced these 8 aspects of yoga in the second Century B.C.E. He called them ‘limbs’, because with practice they develop simultaneously – just like the body of a human, animal or plant. The first 2 limbs are cultivating qualities: Niyama – the virtues, develop internally through purity, deep study, discipline, devotion and contentment. Yama – the restraints, act externally in the world of social other through the behaviors of truthfulness, non-attachment, non-hurting, non-stealing and sensory control. The remaining elements of Patanajali’s yoga are 3. physical postures (asana); 4. life force control (pranayama); 5. interiorizing of senses (pratyahara); 6. one-pointed concentration (dharana); 7. meditation (concentration on God); and 8. samadhi (absorption in or becoming one with Spirit).
With regular practice of Raja yoga these 8 limbs develop in a uniquely individual and incredibly subtle way. Through scientific methods the student during deep meditation ultimately manages to shut off the life-force from the 5 senses. Concentrated one-pointedly at the brow point, the energy normally engaged with awareness of body and surroundings thus streams back towards the Source. This process is similar to the dynamics operative during sleep. Only when entering samadhi through meditation, conscious awareness rises to a higher level, rather than being subdued into sleep state.
With this focused reversal beam of life energy, Spirit becomes evident first as Light, and then as the only Reality within and beyond manifestation. The deeply meditating student is self-realized, which is also known as ‘raising the Kundalini’. The total relaxation and rejuvenation accompanied by this ultimate yogic state can heal anything, but most of all the ‘illusion’ of separateness from the Source.
When this condition prevails whether meditating or engaged in outer activity, the only desire left is to serve in this perishable, but precious little body according to the destiny of Spirit within. While given a temporary physical form for experience in the world of matter, existence is realized as eternally spiritual. Together with the illusion of separateness, all personal agendas then collapse; no karma remains to be worked out.
This is the ultimate fulfillment on the yogic path. It may seem a long way off, even for the most enthusiastic student. But with step by step application of the scientific techniques and cultivating the right attitude, practitioners will make notable progress. And these results speak for themselves.
Human beings constantly need to meet their basic needs. So rather than expanding our ego with the creation of unnecessary wants on top of the basics, it is wise to concentrate on growing soul qualities. This is what practicing Raja yoga does for us. As we gradually grow spiritual riches, simplifying life turns out to be a blessing.