The 8 limbs of Yoga by Patanjali

The 8 limbs of Yoga defined by Patanjali 2500 years ago was the first structured system around yoga and a step-by-step guide to reach Samadhi – the highest level of consciousness.  The limbs build on each other and represent the different stages one has to go through to reach Samadhi. The stages are: 1. Yama – Universal principles of living …

Ayni

When I was introduced to the Andean traditions I was particlulary interested in the concept of Ayni as it is linked to what in business terms we nowadays describe as “systems thinking”. It is a Quechua (Andean tribe) term and means the energetic force to understand the interconnection and dynamic exchange of all things. It is about honouring that the natural world …

Mettā-Sutta – boundless love and kindness

It is sad to see that the violent crime against George Floyd was necessary to finally create a louder, collective voice against racism in our societies. However, it is wonderful to see compassion and awareness rising in so many ways. This week’s yoga class is about compassion and generating mettā-sutta, the practice of boundless love and kindness.  In the earliest collections …

Cacao is an ancient and sacred food in the mayan and Inca culture. It origins go back to the Mexican Olmec cultures (1500 to 400 BC) where cacao beverages were part of spiritual ceremonies. It also has been used as a plant medicine. Drinking cacao allows you to enter a deeper meditative state and can create feelings of happiness and …