BANGKOK – RECREATIONAL TIME FOR MY BLOG

Hello and welcome back!

I spent the last 12 days in Bangkok updating and rewriting this blog!
It was such a beautiful and inspiring time and i am grateful for every minute. I got inspired by this amazing city and the great people i met!

After working almost 7 hours every day to finalize the content – i am finally ready to share what I’ve experienced and learned since October last year, when my travels started.
It was so good to take some time off and reflect what had happened the last couple of months. A lot has changed in my life and i hope by reading this blog, it might inspire you as well, to think about certain things and to make a change!

Tomorrow I’ll leave Bangkok and i am going to join
the 300h Yoga Teacher Training in Chiang Mai!
I am really excited to go back to the Ashram and to study for the next 6 weeks. I’ll keep you updated and share KNOWLEDGE ABOUT AYURVEDA and  Yoga Philosophy.

See you on the other side 😉
Namasté Elea

GRADUATION

On friday 17th Of november we SUCCESSFULLY Completed our 200h yoga teacher training at wise living yoga academy. It was a beautiful ceremony and i am so grateful for everything i have learned! I will definitely come back and continue my studies.

In the afternoon we drove bAck to beautiful chiang mai and spend a MARVELOUS weekend in town. We went to The elephant jungle sanctuary and fed elephants and took a bath with them in the river. I will never forget this day and this amazIng time we spend the last weeks in the north of thailand…

 

 

 

ASHRAM LIFE

These past weeks have been life changing and such a great experience!
Thus it was very exhausting and intense studying, every day!
We lived at our great teachers home -Jeenal & Daniel- in an Ashram in Doi Saket (Chiang Mai) and learned that yoga is much more than just physical exercise (called Asana practice) because Yoga is actually a holistic path to self-realization!

At 6:30 our day started with meditation. At seven o’clock we had asana practice in the yoga hall until breakfast at 8:30. At 10 our first lesson of the day started with Daniel, mostly about Yoga tradition and philosophy! Then we had class with Jeenal until lunch time. We practiced purification techniques or learned about plant based diet and Ayurveda. In the first 2 weeks we had a relaxation session after lunch at around 1:30 which was also guided by us students. Very relaxing 🙂 In the afternoon we had praNayama breathing lesons and Yoga Sutra classes (by Patanjali) with Jeenal until our asana teacher session in the afternoon, starting at 5! The day ended with chanting and meditative reflection of the day and with a very healthy dinner at 6.30! Usually I started studying at 7.15 till 9.15 and went to bed right after!

I will miss these Ashram days, concentrated, healthy and focused!

YOGA TEACHER TRAINING

I SPEND TWO MORE BEAUTIFUL DAYS IN BANGKOK BEFORE I SET FOOT ON THE NEXT LIFE CHaNGING ADVENTURE IN MY LIFE – MOVING TO AN ASHRAM AND ATTEND THE 200H yoga teacher Training program in Chiang mai.

ARRIVING IN CHIANG MAI ALMOST FELT LIKE HOME AND I WAS again IMMEDIATELY AMAZED BY THE ENERGY AND ATMOSPHERE OF THIS BEAUTIFUL CITY! after our last breakfast in liberty we took a red cab to the beautiful nature in doi saket and entered the ashram.
we are living here now since 2 weeks – two more weeks to come.

THE FIRST WEEK WAS REALLY EXHAUSTING, SITTING AND STUDYING AT THE FLOOR FOR 8 HOURS. but I love the traditional practice of yoga and all the Topics we are discussing about life, the ancient times and the yoga sutras written by patanjali.
of Course every day starts with Meditation practice followed by asana class. i have learned a lot about life & environment and practical approaches.
the next two weeks will be about teaching practices and how to provide this Knowledge to the outside world! i also changed my eating Habits into a plant based diet and get up every morning at 6. feel very good and will give you a summary of the most important aspects at the end of my stay here.

it is a life changing experience and i can absolutely recommend this institute and experience to everyone who is interested in
–> why we are here on this earth and what is the higher meaning of life!

Wise living yoga academy
here you can also find more Pictures 🙂
AND CHECK OUT MY INSTAGRAM STORY!

 

 

YOGA

Yoga is much more than just a way of improving and excercising your body.. it's a holistic way of living to become the best version of yourself. 
I will never forget  the moment when i realized that yoga is not yoga.. Yoga the way we practice it in the western world - in a studio or a course - is actually called Asana practice. Asana originally means sitting posture in Sanskrit,  the ancient primary liturgical language of Hinduism. It is referred to the postures we practice  when we perform physical exercise.
It was at a workshop near Frankfurt when i met my teachers Jeenal and Daniel for the first time. They are a married couple (she from India and he from Brazil) living together in an Ashram in Chiang Mai, Thailand.  I  was sitting cross-legged in a basement with almost 30 other people when my transformation process began and i learned that Yoga is an old Philosophy from India and holistic way of living your life. It was so fascinating listening to their words, that after 30 minutes i knew already that no matter what, i needed to go to Chiang Mai, do the Yoga Teacher Training and learn everything they are offering to teach!
6 months later i moved in to their lovely Ashram in the outskirts of Chiang Mai. The atmosphere and the beautiful nature around the property were just breath taking. Although I had been practicing yoga every other day in Nuremberg (where i had spent summer before) and thought i was prepared - I had no idea how the knowledge they were going to provide would change my whole life!

Thats when i learned what yoga is all about. 

Yoga is not a religion. Its a way of life - aware and conscious. That means to find out who you really are and whats your purpose in life. Yoga helps to focus and concentrate on finding ones true nature and spirit in life.  The answers to most of your questions lie within yourself and with the help of yoga practice you can learn to listen to them. You can learn to listen to your heart and soul.. finding your individual truth.  To achieve this state of so called 'enlightenment' is  reached through meditation, asana practice and self reflection. 
How can you  EXPECT others to know and understand your self if you don't know your self or listen to what it is trying to tell you ..!?
Practicing yoga comes with devotion and a dedicated lifestyle. Instead of watching television before I go to sleep i now started thinking about what had happened that day, reflecting, studying or reading to gain more knowledge and to grow as a person.  The most inspiring knowledge and the roots of Indian philosophy are the 195 verses of Patanjali's Yogasutra. He is called 'the father' of yoga because he structured the patterns of yoga and put them in order into the scriptures of Yogasutra.  I was lost for words coming across all this ancient knowledge and when I read 'Ich. bin. jetzt. ' by Su Buson, an austrian writer who also interpreted the beginners path of Patanjali. The way she  explains the beginners path of yoga (Ashtanga Yoga) and the BEAUTIFUL words she uses are just incredible. In my opinion every single human on earth should read her book for a start 😉
Looking inside yourself and taking the yogic path also enables us to find our roots and to concentrate on everyone's individual purpose and journey in life. Many people are stuck, fighting for approval, power, or money and are blurred by materialism.  Moreover they keep listening to the same negative thoughts, running through their mind day by day by day.  But this (often negative) reality is properly the exact opposite. It is not real! it is a made up reality in your head  that won't allow you to experience peace and ease in your life. Therefore we practice Yoga. To concentrate and to gain peace, love, respect and awareness towards the environment and towards our self - to find your destiny and the way to your individual journey on this planet!
So to find a way out of this slough Patanjali explains in the Yogasutra  the eightfold path - called Ashtanga, which literally means "eight limbs" (ashta=eight, anga=limb). These eight steps basically act as guidelines for beginners on how to live a meaningful and purposeful life. They describe  self-discipline, the morals and ethical conducts a yogi should internalize. Also they imply on food ethics, how to live a healthy life and help to acknowledge spiritual aspects of our nature. 
In the next section Philosophy i will explain more detailed what the eight limbs of yoga comprehend and what they mean to my life.  
Practicing Yoga brought me to peace in my life and after i set foot on the path everything fell into places, surrendering to my practice and to love. I learned that deep inside of me there existed a root that wanted to grow .. to elate and inspire others. And suddenly everything and every decision i took in my life made sense and i wish the same for you and your practice!