Philosophy

“Just like the lotus, we too have the ability to rise from the mud, bloom out of the darkness and radiate into the world.” ~ Unknown

"Nous participons tous à la création. Nous sommes tous des rois, poètes, musiciens il n'est que de s'ouvrir comme un lotus pour découvrir ce qui est en nous." ~ Henry Miller

 


Yoga & Ayurveda

 

Over the years, I have learned that there is so much more to yoga than physical postures. 


Yoga is the journey and the destination, the means and the end of Self-discovery and Self-realisation. 

 

Meditation as a daily practice is a powerful tool which allows a calmer, happier, focused mind with the aim of cultivating a stable intellect and becoming the observer of your life. 


Ayurveda and ayurvedic massage is a holistic and preventative health approach for the body and mind, it can also support one's yoga and meditation practice. 


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I believe that staying aligned with your Self is a constant balancing - everything around us is always changing...


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In the words of my teachers...

 

WHAT IS YOGA?

"Yoga means to join or deep thought.The state in which you become one with the object of meditation signifies the real yoga. These days people associate yoga with the techniques which involve standing upside down and sweeping actions of arms and feet. This is yogasan and not yoga. These are methods of preparing the body for yoga. The asanas are required to make the body flexible and strong. Yogasana is the first step towards yoga"

~ Brahmrishi Vishwatma Bawra


THE PURPOSE OF YOGA:

"The purpose of yoga is to achieve Unity in diversity, to realise Unity in diversity (...) 
As we are all sitting here, we have different minds, different lungs, different bodies, different nostrils but we are all receiving life Energy from one Source" ~ Bramrishi Vishwatma Bawra


HATHA YOGA:

"Hatha yoga is related with the breath. The roots of the word hatha are ham and tham, receiving and discharging, inhaling and exhaling (...) right nostril is related with the sun and left is related with the moon. Union of both is called hatha yoga. Balance of both inhaling and exhaling, right and left, Prana and Apana is called hatha yoga. This prana is the root base of our senses. Our senses cannot be active if we are not giving proper energy to them (...) If you will control your prana, you will be able to control your senses (...) The senses are related with the mind. They feed the mind. If the senses are controlled then the mind also comes under control." ~ Bramrishi Vishwatma Bawra

 

"Wisdom, love, service" ~ Bramrishi Vishwatma Bawra


WHAT IS AYURVEDA:

Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word which translates into “the science of life or longevity”. 
It is is an ancient Indian system of medicine, dating back to more than 5000 years ago. 
Ayurveda is a preventative, function-based health system whereby lifestyle routines and diet are adapted to the basic constitution of each individual. 

"The word ’Ayurveda’ implies a system of understanding life. While it is an old system, it has constantly been changing and evolving to meet the evolution of humans. Ayurveda is a practical method that helps us to live in harmony with the earth the cosmos and ourselves.

Ayurveda is often referred to as an 'energetic system of medicine' as it respects and understands the fundamental quality of life - intelligent energy or prana." ~ Atreya Smith

 


AYURVEDA AS A WAY OF LIVING

"Ayurveda is not a single method or kind of food. It is a way of understanding nature - first your own. When your own nature is understood then you can also understand foods, herbs, climates and therapies according to their nature and their response to your metabolism. By choosing the foods that support your nature you encourage health. However, random choices of food result in fatigue and illness. There is no ’bad or good’ food as each food affects different people in different ways. By using the Ayurvedic methodology we know which foods bring us health and which bring problems. 
In the oldest text of Ayurveda, the Caraka Samhita, we are told to adapt Ayurveda to our local culture, climate, food and medicine. Therefore, Ayurveda should be adapted to the local foods, climate and herbs in order to help people the most. When this is done Ayurveda presents the best health system to prevent disease." 

~ Atreya Smith

 


Qualifications

 

Yoga:
2018-2020 : Yoga Teacher Training in progress with Ron van der Post Yoga School and Irene van der Post-Nutter (France).

Ayurvedic Massage:
2017-2018 :


Ayurveda:
2018 – 2019 : Ayurvedic Practitioner Diploma (550 hours) with Atreya Smith

(EIVS - European Institute of Vedic Studies, Switzerland).