3 wichtige Yoga Übungen für Anfänger

Wenn man Yoga für sich entdeckt, ist man schnell überfordert mit der Vielzahl von Haltungen, Stilrichtungen, Begrifflichkeiten. Aus Ayuryogischer Sicht ist es sinnvoll, sich an seinen Konstitutionen zu orientieren. (Mehr dazu erfährst du hier: https://wiki.yoga-vidya.de/Ayuryoga) Um anzufangen eine Routine in den Alltag zu integrieren, braucht man aber gar nicht viel.

Deswegen stelle ich heute drei essenzielle Übungen vor, nämlich den Sonnengruß, den Baum und das Hündchen – mit diesen drei Übungen etablierst du Yoga mit wenig Aufwand aber viel Effekt in deinen Alltag. Die Übungen eignen sich super, um morgens in den Tag zu starten, in der Mittagspause kurz einmal in Bewegung zu kommen oder Abends vor dem Schlafen gehen. Sie bringen deinen Kreislauf in Schwung, wärmen dich auf, helfen dir Balance zu finden und dich ausgiebig zu strecken.

Beim Yoga und Ayurveda ist eine gewisses “dran bleiben” wichtig – die erhofften Wirkungen lassen dann nicht lange auf sich warten.

  1. Der Sonnengruß

Der Sonnengruß ist tatsächlich eine Übung für sich, besteht aus 12 Übungen, die in einer dynamischen Reihenfolge wiederholt werden. Hier kannst du dich aufwärmen und einmal alle Bereiche des Körpers beanspruchen – das bringt den Kreislauf in Schwung! Mit 6 Runden kannst du dich gut einstimmen:

  1. Atme ein, nimm deine Hände vor deiner Brust zusammen und atme aus.
  2. Atme ein, strecke beide Arme nach oben, zieh deine Schultern und Schulterblätter zusammen, beuge den Oberkörper leicht zurück.
  3. Atme aus, beuge leicht deine Knie und beuge deinen Oberkörper nach unten, die Hände landen, wo sie landen.
  4. Atme ein, strecke das linke Bein nach hinten, setze dein Knie auf dem Boden ab und setze den rechten Fuß vorne zwischen die Hände. Der Oberkörper bleibt aufgerichtet, Brustkorb ist nach vorne ausgerichtet.
  5. Atem anhalten und das zweite Bein nach hinten stellen, für den “Yoga-Liegestütz.” Die Arme durchstrecken.
  6. Atme aus, sende Stirn, Brust und Kinn auf den Boden, lass deine Arme dicht am Körper.
  7. Atme ein, hebe den Oberkörper an und komme in die kleine Kobra.
  8. Atme aus, komme für den herabschauenden Hund mit dem Becken hoch, strecke die Arme durch, Gleichgewicht gleichmäßig auf deinen Händen verteilt, Rücken in die Länge gezogen, Kopf in Verlängerung der Wirbelsäule.
  9. Atme ein, stelle deinen rechten Fuß nach vorne,
  10. Ausatmend, mit dem linken Fuß nach vorne kommen, die Beine leicht durchstrecken, die Hände landen wieder da, wo sie können.
  11. Atme ein, dabei beide Arme über den Kopf strecken, leicht zurückbeugen
  12. Ausatmen und beide wieder vor dein Herz führen. Den Sonnengruß wiederholst du immer links/rechts.
  1. Der Baum

Der Baum sieht aus wie eine sehr leichte Übung, hat jedoch wunderbare Wirkungsweisen, denn der Baum schult deine Balance im Außen und kann deine innere Balance harmonisieren und ausgleichen. Der Baum verbessert zudem deine Körperhaltung. Atme ein paar mal tief ein und aus, lass dich wie ein Baum im Wind von deinem Körper bewegen und schenke dir ein Lächeln!

  1. Stelle dich an den Anfang deiner Matte, Füße sind leicht geschlossen, Fersen zeigen zueinander. Atme tief ein und aus.
  2. Verlagere dein Gewicht auf das rechte Bein, hebe langsam den linken Fuß an, und versuche das Knie nach außen zu drehen und den Fuß auf deinem anderen Fuß, deiner Wade oder deinem Oberschenkel abzulegen. Finde hier dein Gleichgewicht.
  3. Arme seitlich ausstrecken oder die Hände vors Herz nehmen – wer sich fordern möchte, streckt die Arme leicht angewinkelt nach oben und zieht die Schulterblätter hinten zusammen. Spanne deinen Bauch an.
  4. Halle die Übung bis zu 10 Atemzüge lang und wechsle dann die Seite.
  1. Extended Puppy Pose

Die Schultern, den Rücken nach einem langen Tag oder früh am morgen strecken tut unglaublich gut – und so kann die Hündchenhaltung auch deine Haltung verbessern, hier werden die Wirbelsäule und die Schultern gedehnt. Die Übung beruhigt zudem deinen Geist und hilft dir, dich zu fokussieren.

  1. Begebe dich in eine Position auf deinen Knien auf deiner Matte. Deine Handgelenke sind dabei in einer Linie mit deinen Schultern und die Knie in einer Linie mit deiner Hüfte. Diese Stellung heißt “Vierfüßlerstand.” Atme tief ein und aus.
  2. Mit der nächsten Ausatmung wanderst du mit deinen Händen Schritt für Schritt nach vorne und streckst deinen Rücken und deine Arme in die Länge. Lass dabei deine Hüfte über den Knien und senke den Brustkorb nach unten. Lege deine Stirn auf der Matte ab, wenn das nicht klappt, lass deinen Nacken in der Verlängerung der Wirbelsäule und den Kopf zwischen den Oberarmen.
  3. Atme tief ein und aus, halte die Position für mehrere Atemzüge.
  4. Um aus der Stellung zu kommen, kommst du mit deinen Händen wieder achtsam zu deinem Körper und richtest den Oberkörper langsam auf.

Wenn du etwas mehr Zeit hast, findest du einen wunderbaren AyurYoga Flow für deine Morgenroutine hier: https://fromayurvedawithlove.wordpress.com/2019/07/28/good-morning-ayuryoga-flow/

Komm gut in deine neue Woche!🙂

Liebe Grüße,

Magical Ayurvedic Moon Milk and how to find a peaceful night with Ayurveda

How to sleep better with Ayurveda 

Nowadays many people struggle with a good night´s sleep. We sit in front of screens all day long, we are stressed and our head has a hard time to calm down. Ayurvedically speaking, we have excess Vata and we live a lifestyle that doesn´t help us with that. So for our brain, it is impossible to relax. 

Besides a general morning and night routine, there are some other helpful things you can do to release stress and find a calm and peaceful night. With that topic, I want to share a Magical Ayurvedic Moon Milk recipe with you. It´s my number one sleep remedy treatment and my clients love it! 

A healthy evening Routine can help you to release stress and find better sleep. Your sleep quality will also increase the quality of your day, so try to change some habits and invest time into YOURSELF! Find here my top 4 hacks for a sweet night time:

  1. A hot bath with a relaxing oil massage before bed is helpful to stay away from your TV and phone, but also is grounding down your senses. A hot bathtub with candles, lavender or Jasmine scents will help you to find your center.
  2. Massaging your feet with warm oil is another perfect evening ritual when you don´t find time to take a bath. Our feet have a tremendous amount of nerve endings, massaging them will relax your whole body for good. 
  3. The Magical Ayurvedic Moon Milk with Ashwagandha and nutmeg is also working in a vegan version. Nutmeg is a natural sleep remedy and Ashwagandha is calming and balancing our brain chemistry. The ritual of drinking a warm cup of delicious milk (almond milk is my favorite) will relax you and put you right to sleep. 
  4. A gentle Yoga practice and Pranayama practice in the evening. I always try to get stuff done until 7 p.m. and take some time on my mat. Alternate nostril breathing technique and Yin Yoga are wonderful to find peace. 

Let´s start our way to a healthy sleeping routine today. Start this evening with my magical milk receipe and maybe you will also find time for a hot bathtub on this rainy and foggy November evening. Here is my recipe for you: 

Magical Ayurvedic Moon Milk

It tastes like a good Chai Latte! Promise!

Ingredients: 

· 1 cup plant milk of choice

· ¼ tsp. cinnamon

· ½ tsp. turmeric

· ¼ tsp. ground Ashwagandha 

· 1 pinch of cardamom

· 1 pinch of nutmeg

· 1 pinch of black pepper

· ½ tsp. virgin coconut oil 

· 1 tsp. agave juice or maple syrup

Preparations: 

1. Warm up the coconut oil in a medium-sized pot over medium-low heat.

2. Whisk in turmeric, cinnamon, ashwagandha, cardamom, and nutmeg, and a pinch of fresh black pepper. Let the smell of spices fill up your kitchen and stir a bit until everything is a nice paste. 

3. Add the plant-based milk and let simmer for 5 minutes up to ten while stirring. Add the sweetener of choice. The longer you let the spices cook, the more helpful your sleep remedy is going to be! 

4. Pour your magical moon milk into your favorite mug, enjoy calm piano music and a good night´s story from an inspiring book. Ground down all your senses and have the best night´s rest! 

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Have a good night´s sleep and wonderful dreams! 

Namaste, 

„Good Morning AyurYoga“ Flow

Practicing Yoga in our busy day to day lives can be challenging with Job, Kids a dog and our daily schedule. Ayurveda is recommending to start the day with Yoga and Meditation to feel more stable, awake and grounded.

I really enjoy it to start my day the “Ayurvedic way”, because it gives me lots of strength, energy and creativity but also more balance.

A gentle morning Yoga practice got many benefits

In the morning hours our brain is still in it´s “theta waves” status, which is similar to the status you arrive in deep meditation. We are deeply in contact with intuition and creativity – practicing to make a slow transition from sleeping to being awake can help you to improve your whole life.

This is also the reason why in India and Ayurveda the morning hours are sacred and important for our spiritual progress. It is a sacred space to make the connection to your highest self, to the Universe.

Here is a short sequence I love to practice in my morning hours – it can be done in 15 minutes, if you find some longer time on your mat, it is also possible to stretch it to 30 minutes. But it will help you to start your day in a calm and gentle way!

  1. Bananasana
It is allowed to feel at ease
  • 1 minute each side

Lay on your back. Walk your feet to the right side of the mat, your hands to the right side, arms stretched over head. Place left foot on the right and grab with your left hand your right wrist. Stretch into the side and breathe deeply. Change side after a minute.

This posture helps to relax the area around your bile and will let you feel less anger throughout the day.

2. Crocodile Twist

Breathe deeply into your heart and try to connect with your intuition
  • 1 minute each side

Place your feet now on the mat and cactus your arms – let your legs sway gentle from side to side. Massage your lower back, close your eyes. Let your legs now fall to the left side. Place your foot on the other leg and try to ground your right shoulder as far as possible. Breathe deeply into the area around your belly and enjoy the side stretch and twist. Change side after a minute.

This posture helps you to relax the Psoas muscle. This helps to breathe more deeply and relax our nervous system.

3. Shoulder Bridge

Connect to your inner peace
  • hold for one minute

Open your heart for the new day. Plant your feet on the ground, hip distance apart. Press through your feet and lift your hips to the sky. Externally rotate your arms so your palms face the ceiling, then interlink the fingers behind your back. Open your chest and press into your forearms and hands.

This posture helps you to encourage strength and to walk throughout the day with an more open-heart.

4. Legs Up The Wall on a pillow or block

Feel happiness and balance
  • 2 minutes

Bring now a pillow or block underneath your sacrum and begin to stretch your legs towards the sky. Hips and legs are in alignment. Cactus your arms again to open your chest and feel your shoulders waking up from the night. Flex your feet and make circles to wake your whole lymphatic system up. Breathe deeply into your belly and close your eyes.

The posture helps your spine to start regenerative into a new day and will leave you awake, energized and will give you a happy mood boost.

5. Reclining Bound Angle Pose

You already start to feel awake
  • 2 minutes

Now bend your knees. Bring your feet together with the outer edges of both feet on the floor. Place your heels close to your groin.

Let your palms lie next to your hips, palms facing the earth.

Exhale, and ensure that your abdominal muscles contract as your tailbone moves close to your pubic bone. Feel the elongation in your lower back and the stability of your spine as your pelvis tilts.

With the next deep exhale, let your knees open up such that it creates a good stretch in your groin and inner thighs. Feet are touching. Let shoulders and head relax.

Bring your hands in prayer position to your forehead and let your thumbs rest on your third eye centre.

This pose will bring you a deep relaxation and open up your third eye. The morning hours are perfect for this practice.

6. Gentle side stretches

Make space for yourself
  • 1 minute each side

Come to a seated, cross-legged position. Bring your right hand on the floor close to your hip area. Draw your right shoulder now down, bend the right elbow a tiny bit. Focus on your shoulder here, breathe deeply in and move the left arm now in front of you and above your head. Stretch the left arm and upper body now while you lean towards the right. Change sides after one minute.

This posture will help you to get rid of stiffness in your shoulders and neck.

7. Crossed legged forward fold and side stretch

Everything is allowed to flow throughout you
  • 3 minutes

Sit tall and straight. Breathe deeply in and out and start slowly to walk your hands away from you. Find your back straight, shoulders open, neck long and relaxed and focus on the stretch of your back. Stay here for 10 – 15 deep breaths.

Start walking the hands now to the right (later left) and focus more on your shoulders and side. You should feel here a good stretch in your side body. Bring your hands close to one another and start tot wist gently. Your chest wants to open up to the sky. Relax your neck.

Walk your hand back in the middle and stretch the other side.

This posture will help you to open up and get rid off tightness in your side body and shoulders.

8. Seated spinal twist variation

Listen to your breath and let it come and go like waves
  • 1 minute each side

Sit tall again and let your spine grow long. Inhale and bring up both arms, palms facing one another. Exhale and twist with your upper body to the right. Bring your right hand on the bottom behind your back and the left hand onto your right knee. Your neck stays long and you can look towards the right if your neck allows it. If not, let your neck rest above your collarbone. Change sides.

9. Clear the air Pranayama and gratitude practice

Make space and let go – clear the surroundings around you
  • 1 minute up to five minutes

Sit tall, bring your hands onto your knees. While inhaling you bring your arms up slowly and let the palms touch above your head, look slightly up to your hands and pause for a moment. While exhaling, you bring the hands in prayer position slowly to your heart. Inhale through the nose and exhale with a sigh through your mouth. Inhale new space, energy – prana. Exhale everything, you want to let go off. Take 10 of these deep breaths. When finished, bring your hands in prayer position to your heart. Close your eyes.

Let your heart open wide

What are you grateful for today? Can you invite gratitude into your morning?

Here are some helpful gratitude affirmations:

  • Thank you for this new day.
  • Thank you for all the blessings this day will bring.
  • I invite gratitude to my heart.
  • I am grateful for who I am and what I have.
  • I am thankful for simply being alive.

When you found your affirmation, stay a moment with it and repeat it in silence. Let it sink to the bottom of your heart. Bring your hands in prayer position to your third eye center.Bring your hands to your mouth. Bring your hands back to your heart and bow your forehead slightly down towards your fingertips.

Gratitude towards yourself. For showing up. For taking time. For your practice.

This new day is full of new possibilities. Let it be your best day yet.

Namaste,

Krishnaprema

Vegan Kimchi Recipe – From Ayurveda With Love

Yes, yes, yes! I have here a Korean approved vegan Kimchi recipe I want to share with you! What about Ayurveda and Kimchi? I will talk shortly about that!

Want to calm your Kimchi cravings? Let´s go!

Do you know about the benefits of Kimchi?

Fermentation is the key

Perfect fermented food is not just delicious, but also healthy to the guts! Vitamins in fermented food stay alive and all the microorganism which are the reason why this tastes so damn good, are helping your digestive system to stay healthy and active!

Now let´s make some Kimchi!

Classic Kimchi is fermented Chinese cabbage with radish, spring onions, garlic, ginger and lots of paprika and if you want it spicy – chili!

Chinese cabbage is a bigger vitamin bomb than kale – I am not lying to you about that! And after that fermentation, the word superfoods get a whole another meaning!

Easy preparation and just a few ingredients

With my 5 simple tricks, your Kimchi is going to be easy peasy made:

  1. You can verify the recipe with the veggies – I just give you here an idea for how it can taste like! Carrots make it more refreshing, you can also add radishes, pak choi and you could also ferment zucchini! You can use less garlic, or more. Find YOUR Kimchi!
  2. The glasses you are going to use should be always being clean and the best thing is to clean them up with hot water before filling the Kimchi in.
  3. Your Kimchi should always have liquid on top, and the liquid will get up in the jar after two days. Just push the Kimchi down in the jar with a clean spoon.
  4. If you don´t like the fermented taste so intense, 2 days of fermentation are okay. I like it 7 days outside and set it in the fridge after that.
  5. My “No-fish sauce” recipe to adding the “fishy” taste is optional – you can do it without as well! (There is also a “No-Fish Sauce” available from the organic brand “Arche.”)

You will need:

Preparation time                           20 Minutes

Time for the whole process        30 Minutes

Ingredients for “No-Fish-Sauce”

1 Tablespoon Miso paste

8 dried Shiitake mushrooms, soaked in water overnight

 Wakame, dried

Nori, dried

Soy sauce for “the taste”

Preparation:

  1. Wash the mushrooms under rinsing water and place them with the dried seaweed in a small pot. Add water to half of the pot (4 cups of water at first). Start to heat the mixture and when the water starts cooking, you add another ½ cup of water to it. So we will keep the Umami flavor in our liquid!
  2. Do it up to three times. Let then simmer on low heat and add the Miso paste and soy sauce to it.
  3. Place aside and let cool it down. I like to prepare it in the evening before making Kimchi. Throughout it´s higher salt content it is also okay to keep the sauce a few days in a jar in the fridge!

Ingredients for your Kimchi

Just try which ingredients serve you the best!

1 small Chinese cabbage

4 teaspoons of sea salt

6 garlic gloves

1 tablespoon of ginger

2 tablespoons of soy sauce

1 small radish

1 small carrot

3 spring onions

1 teaspoon of Gochujang paste

(Alternative: 6 teaspoons of paprika powder (sweet) and 3 teaspoons of chili powder mixed to a paste with 2 garlic gloves and soy sauce)

6 teaspoons of sweet paprika powder

2 teaspoons of chili powder

1 teaspoon of turmeric

1 cup of our “No-Fish-Sauce” or simply water

Preparation:

  1. You will need a big bowl to drain the cabbage in some water. Chop the cabbage in mouth-friendly pieces and add the pieces to a bowl. The water should be a generous amount, so that your cabbage swims a bit. Add the 4 teaspoons of salt to it and let sit for 2 – 4 hours!
  2. In the meanwhile, chop the radish and carrot into thin slices. The green spring onions into thin rings. Set aside. Mince the garlic and ginger and put them separately in a small bowl.
  3. Prepare now the marinade in a mixer. Add garlic, ginger with the sweet paprika powder, the garlic, the soy sauce, the Gochujang paste if you use some and the cup of “No-fish-sauce” and blend it. The texture should be creamy. Set aside.
  4. Rinse the cabbage under water and let dry a moment. Put the cabbage back to the bowl. Add your chopped veggies and mix all. Add now the marinade. Be careful! Use now disposable gloves to massage the marinade into the cabbage-veggie mixture, until all is evenly covered.
  5. Prepare your glasses now with hot water.
  6. Fill the Kimchi in your jars, let space to the top of the jar, the liquid will rise and that can be annoying if the jars are too full. Press the Kimchi a bit, so that there aren´t any space bubbles left.
  7. Set the jars beside; cover it for two days just half, so that a bit air can flow to your Kimchi. After two days, close the jar. Let now sit for more days, when you like it intense. Set in the fridge when you are already happy with the taste! 🙂

Try to eat Kimchi once a day! If you are high in Vata and have struggle with any kind of Kimchi, there is another great Zucchini Kimchi recipe I am going to share the next weeks. Let´s end this post and watch out for my Ayurvedic benefits of Kimchi and how to make Dosha specific Kimchi post! 🙂 It´s a science!

That is how I cut my Kimchi 🙂

Did you tried my recipe? Let us know and share a pic and your experiences in the comments! What are you eating with you Kimchi? Did you prepared it different? Let us know!

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Would love to see you soon! Namaste!