Courage in Words
They say there is a doorway from heart to heart, but what is the use of a door where there are no walls?
They say there is a doorway from heart to heart, but what is the use of a door where there are no walls?
Namaste dear one,
I'm really grateful that you're reading this post.
We are living in some crazy times and I know that you've had a lot on your mind in those recent days. Last nights announcement from the Danish prime minister and the Queen helped to highlight the extreme seriousness of the covid-19 situation, that very quickly has changed the way we live and conduct our lives. And it will continue to challenge and restrict us even more in the coming weeks (or who knows for how long). The way we react to this situation is crucial and we all try to handle the fear and uncertainty in the best way we can. Some have many resources and others very few!
I think that for all of us the situation feels strange, unknown and uncertain....even scary! And our very human reaction is to worry and begin to create stories about the situation becoming even worse than it actually is - this is the nature of our mind.
One of my standard reactions to worry is action - to figure out what can I do, with the resources that I have available right now. The action, of course, pulls me away from being with the anxiety and fear that otherwise easily could overwhelm me. And I know that - therefore I also deliberately sit with those challenging feelings of vulnerability, fear and uncertainty in my meditation every day. I take the Abhaya Hrdaya mudra (picture above) the Fearless Heart gesture, feel my breath and open myself to be with what wants to show up. This is how my system digests theses challenging experiences and often I feel lighter and more spacious afterwards.
But also I've acted - here's what I'm doing so far:
1) I have my first shift tomorrow on the National Police Telephone Hotline - as a Red Cross volunteer
2) I've signed-up at the Captial Region hospitals as a healthcare professional (nurse) - ready to be of service if needed (my experience is primarily from intensive care units, but also many other specialities)
3) Last Sunday (the picture below) we offered our first live-streamed yoga class here from YogaPlace and our schedule offers two classes every day until March 28 (probably longer and maybe this will become something we'll offer permanently in some scale)
Nr. 3 has actually been in the planning since 2018, but I never felt the urgency to really make it happen. So here it is - and my intention is to continue to support each and every one of you in your practice the best way I can. Your participation will support my little business as we move through the challenge. Thank you for reading all the way.
If you want to join us for practice, completley safe at your own home here's a link to our schedule and a link to purchase a live stream pass.
Lastly, I want to share with you beautiful words from my dear rasika sister, Anjali Haryana - they moved me deeply:
- As the borders are closing, move into your breath that lives without boundaries
- As separation is required, bond deeper in spirit with all beings
- As fear is growing, relentlessly practice love
- Where the hand cannot reach, sing your prayers
- In all that is falling apart, find the thread that makes the mala
-- Pause and remember our shared humanity.
Let's stay connected - this is the power of the human spirit independent of time and space.
With great respect and Love.
I hope you are reading this post feeling excited about your life and ready for new adventures in 2020!
My year is starting with "GOING BIG"! I'm opening up for drop-in classes in my home studio YogaPlace and would love to see you there. We're located in Brønshøj/Husum - 20 minutes from Copenhagen city center. I would love if you shared this news with anyone who lives in the area.
Our tagline is "Your Space to Connect and Restore" - and it captures what I really vision for the studio. A space where you connect to the deeper parts of your being, connect to others and give your body, mind and soul nourishing time to restore.
This has been in the making for a looong time, cooking and marinating inside me! The reason why I haven't done it before is that a part of me was holding me back and afraid of being a failure. You know, I didn't quite believe that I was good enough. But do you know what? I've made peace with that part of my being. It's just some old conditioning that now is ready to be transformed. And now is the time for me to stop playing small. So, I'm drawing forth my Durga courage and stepping into this new adventure with confidence and excitement knowing that whatever the outcome, it will be a great and growth-enhancing experience.
As somebody once said: There are no failures only experiences!
One of the things that makes this announcement extra sweet is that my son, Óskar Freyr, will also be teaching at the studio. The last year has been so transformative for him and now he counts two yoga teacher trainings under his belt and is gaining more teaching experience every week. He's teaching in several other yoga studios eg. Street Yoga, DóttirHotYoga, Østerbro Hot Yoga and in SATS (Gentofte, Lyngby and Frederiksberg). I'm so proud of him and it's really a great pleasure that he's in this with me - together we make the best team, and I'm sure you'll like his warm heart and spirited mind.
Read more about Óskar Freyr here.
We open the first classes on February 4th.
Click on the links to see pictures and learn more about what we're offering - the studio, class descriptions, the schedule and book your space for your favorite class.
We look forward to seeing you on the mat in YogaPlace
With Love / Namasté
For the last couple of months I've been cultivating my intention with teaching yoga. I've been asking myself what the practices of yoga have done for me, my life and what it really is that I want to bring to the table as a practitioner and as a teacher. I've had some great help in the process from my coach and from many of my students that have commented on my approach to teaching after class and given me feedback in writing.
I know that yoga has helped me to be courageous - in the original meaning of the word.
The Latin root of the word is cor and it means heart - so in its original meaning courage meant: to speak one’s mind by telling all one’s heart. This does not mean to be brave or heroic as we in our modern society often talk about courage. But rather, the orignial definition refers to the inner strength and commitment that is needed on a daily basis to stay true to oneself. This is the type of courage that helps us to make the difficult decisions in life, to own our story and in the process stay true to your heart by being as authentic and real as possible. This is a continuing practice - and we’re never done! For more about courage and authenticity, I encourage you to look into Brené Brown and Marianne Williamson - both amazing sources of inspiration.
In the beginning of my yoga journey, meditation was my primary practice and it’s in meditation that answers to many of the dilemmas in my life have arisen. Sitting in stillness is a profound practice, a deep soul work and yet it’s really simple. Meditation continues to be the practice I go to when I need to listen to the inner loving guiding voice of my heart. For years now, my daily sadhana (practice) combines many more of the yogic tools and has become it’s a mixture of asana, mantra, meditation, pranayama, mudra spiced with contemplation and prayer.
It’s these practices and embodied experiences that I want to share in my teaching - therefore I’ve chosen to call them courage practices and my approach to teaching: Yoga for Courage. I'll be offering class series and courses that dive into these courage practices that have inspired and helped me - and on an everyday basis are my foundation to staying balanced and centred.
For me courage is:
- being open and honest about my sons mental problems (another post for another time)
- to let go of my ambition to become a university professor (search for acknowledgement in the external world)
- to know that I am good enough (and be ready to recognise when I’m searching for acknowledgement to prove to myself that I really am good enough)
- to know that I do not need to live up to some imaginary standards of what makes a good life (the constant search: there must be something more to life than this)
- to use themes in my teaching that have roots in deep embodied personal experience
- to try again when I fail (to actually stay in the arena - there are no mistakes just experiences)
These are just some of the examples from my own life off that mat, where the practices of yoga have helped me to develop faith in my self and to use these opportunities as invitations to grow myself as a human being. I truly believe that we are here to grow - and that this longing generates a feeling in ourselves to connect to the deepest and finest place with in ourselves - that we can attend to and nourish in our practice. (I’m deeply inspired by non-dual Kashmir Shaivism and the work and writings of Swami Chetanananda - you can check it out here)
I've come to understand how every life situation, not matter how hard and unwanted it may feel, is an opportunity to step into my courage and engage in a way that helps me to become more compassionate and loving in my interaction with others. It’s not easy and its definitely not always comfortable but it’s most certainly more empowering and real.
Talking about empowerment - I also sometimes feel utterly powerless and completely without control. Do you ever feel that way? Stay tuned for the next blog post where I'll share my thoughts ont that.
This is what I'm inspired to convey in my teaching - that you too can access the courage in your heart and become the most powerful, joyous and compassionate person that you are meant to be.
I’m honoured to be on the path with you
with great love
Every day I’m a devoted fully AWAKE, loving, kickass warrior of LIGHT that inspires deep connection of hearts. I’m hell-bent on changing the world and I refuse to accept the negative vibrations and the fear and the hate and the illusion of separation that shuts down human connection. I inspire to let LOVE rule and I’m determined to lift others up, to raise their awareness so that they also become true warriors of light.
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