Flow - The Antidote to Languishing
A Live-Stream Yoga Class to Counterbalance the "Blah-Feeling" Chronic Stress Might Induce
WHEN? Friday, May 7, 5:30pm CEST (11:30pm EDT/8:30am PDT) - or anytime you prefer to join via ZOOM recording to experience physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being
WHERE? Anywhere you prefer to unroll your mat
For this practice, have a mat, a firm pillow, and a blanket ready. 75 minutes. All levels.
HOW? Send an email to email@example.com to receive the ZOOM invitation link to join live or the link/password for the recording
HOW MUCH? You are free to pay whatever you feel is appropriate
When stress changes from being acute -
intense but limited in time - to becoming chronic - lower level but persistent - we oftentimes experience a sense of stagnation and emptiness.
A year and more into it, a lot of people are struggling with the emotional long-haul of the pandemic. The acute state of anguish at the beginning of the crisis has given way to a chronic condition of languish.
This void between depression and flourishing — the absence of well-being — is called „languishing“. The term was coined by sociologist Corey Keyes, who was struck by the fact that many people who weren’t depressed also weren’t thriving. Part of the danger is that when you’re languishing, you might not even notice this gradual change - you are indifferent to your indifference.
Psychologists as well as yogis know that one of the best strategies for managing emotions is to name them. So once we realize we are languishing - what can we do about it?
A concept called “flow” may be an effective antidote to languishing. Flow is that „elusive state of absorption in a meaningful challenge or a momentary bond, where your sense of time, place and self melts away“. Sounds familiar? It doubles as a description of the state we flow (!) into when we practice yoga flow.
Whether you experience languishing from the pandemic or any other source of chronic stress - this is for you. After all, the best predictor of well-being - better even than optimism or mindfulness — is flow (source: New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/19/well/mind/covid-mental-health-languishing.html).
So today - we‘re going to flow.
Small groups for the monthly YogaClassShops as well as special workshops such as Chakra Meditation Workshop or Self-Marma Workshop allow for this individual attention.
Sabine´s teachings reflect the ISHTA philosophy to tailor the yoga practice to the individual rather than fitting the individual to the practice. Instead of aiming for the "perfect posture", poses are selected, sequenced, and modified to suit individual abilities, needs, and goals and accommodate different and changing levels of strength, flexibility as well as personal histories of stress, injury etc.
Sabine's style is profound and challenging for body, mind and soul. She combines vinyasa (flowing with breath) and holding asanas (postures) to build strength and flexibility with pranayama (breathing techniques), visualization, and meditation.
The science of Ayurveda, the traditional system of health and longevity, is the backbone of Sabine's teachings. Ayurvedic wisdom inspires the class sequence in order to restore the student's prakriti (individual inherent state of homeostasis). As part of the Ayurvedic science, Marma - balancing the flow of prana or subtle (electromagnetic) energy by applying pressure on specific vital points in the physical body - is also integral to Sabine's classes.
ISHTA has a two-fold meaning: In Sanskrit, the word Ishta means "personalized", or "individualized" or - in the rich connotations of the Sanskrit language: "that which resonates with the individual being". Recognizing the uniqueness of the individual, ISHTA yoga helps you to find your own unique practice that will best fit your individual needs and development.
ISHTA is also an acronym for Integrated Science of Hatha, Tantra and Ayurveda. Hatha is the physical practice of asana, or yoga postures, Tantra is the yogic philosophy acknowledging our inherent perfection, while Ayurveda emcompasses the Indian science of healing.
Yogiraj Alan Finger and his father Mani Finger, who had been initiated into yoga by Yogananda, created ISHTA yoga, blending the ancient and contemporary sciences of Hatha, Tantra and Ayurveda to give each student an understanding of how to incorporate aspects and tools from various yoga styles and practices in a way that best suits their individual paths.