3-Week Morning Challenge:
‘Svadhyaya – Self-study as a central pillar of yogic practice’ with Valérie

Jan 06-24, 2020
Mo-Fr 08.30-10.00
Studio Sonne; Sonnenallee 67
140 €

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To support our personal growth when we’re off the yoga mat, yoga offers us both yamas – ‘moral disciplines’ that concern our interactions with others – and niyamas – personal practices that relate to our inner world. This 3-Week Morning Challenge is devoted to the niyama of Svadhyaya or “self-study”, which encourages us to study ourselves so that we may gain a better understanding of our limitations and potentials and claim more control of our lives. We will learn how to make Svadhyaya a tool for daily life by developing our awareness of ourselves and our true natures in all areas of our lives, ultimately discovering and integrating a deeper state of union/yoga in all that we do.

We will work with simple tools to grow aware of our mental states and patterns, and bring more balance and a stronger sense of agency into our lives. By doing this, our own yoga practice can become deeply transformative in a way that has a positive impact both on us and on those around us. Drawing from various different yoga lineages and self-study practices we will explore our relationships in and to our body, to our identity as ‘me’, and to the world around us.

At the end of our time together you will have a clearer picture of who you are and how you work at this current moment of your life and what you must be mindful of, as well as having developed tools to help you deal with specific situations and circumstances.

Week 1: The body – connections – potential – needs
– A look at our incredible anatomy and all its interconnections
– An exploration of proprioception, interoception and how they can help us in life
– Vinyasa, yin, somatic yoga, breath meditation in movement and in stillness, journaling, partner work

Week 2: Self/Identity/Emotions – patterns – choice – discovery
– A look at the effects of thoughts and emotions on our physical and non-physical state
– A reflection on yoga as a search for a better version of our self, or a better understanding and relation to our self
– Vinyasa, yin, somatic yoga, journaling, breath meditation in movement and stillness, partner work, observation of our self-talk, embodiment work using asanas as metaphors

Week 3: The world and I – relations – agency – responsibility
– An introduction into relationships and behaviours as keys to deeper patterns of our identity/ego
– Vinyasa, yin, somatic yoga, embodiment work using asanas as metaphors, aikido, partner work, journaling, reflection on asana likes and dislikes
– Balance sheet of personal patterns in body, mind/heart and in the world, with tools to help, and self-practice

0G7A2154Valerie Hartwich is passionate about helping people experience more awareness, joy and agency in their lives using yoga and massage. This passion first brought her to study psychology, sociology and political science. After working in PR and events in Paris and Rio, she turned her childhood passion into a full time career by retraining as a massage therapist and a yoga teacher after practising for 10 years. This gave her a wider toolset with which to empower people, and give them access to deep release, ease, and greater awareness of themselves. She teaches restorative yoga to wind down body and mind, yin yoga to release joints and fascia of built up tension, or a slower flow to grow strength and flexibility with awareness. Having had to care for her father as he struggled with dementia, she faced head on the challenge of how to take yoga off the mat. At the heart of her teaching is the dedication to find simple and effective tools to deal with the challenges that can arise in life. Students can expect dialogue, fun, attention to personal issues, as well as plenty of simple tools to use in daily life. And last but not least a great deal of care and kindness.