Hello

February 11, 2016

Hello students,
I stopped teaching at the Jivamukti Yoga School. You can find me at Yoga Agora (Astoria, classes only $8 or by donation), YogaWorks (Soho and Brooklyn Heights), and Five Pillars (UES).
Live music classes every other week on fridays at 7pm at Agora, please come and bring friends!
Hope to see you soon at any of these places.
Love you all,
Nora

Act from love not fear

illustration by Yumi Sakugawa


You are that

February 8, 2016

Meditation culminates in the state of samadhi. It’s not that you practice samadhi. Nobody can consciously practice samadhi. Our effort is there only up to meditation. You put all your effort in dharana. It becomes effortless in dhyana, and you are just there, knowing that you are in meditation.  But in samadhi, you don’t even know that. You are not there to know it because you are that.

(Sri Swami Satchidananda, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali)

dharana: concentration
dhyana: meditation
samadhi: absorption

Chrystal

illustration by Yumi Sakugawa


Dedication

February 8, 2016

Try not to possess anything for yourself. Let us all dedicate our lives for the sake of the entire humanity. With every minute, every breath, every atom of our bodies we should repeat this mantra: “Dedication, dedication, giving, giving, loving, loving.” This is the best japa, the best Yoga, which will bring us all permanent peace and joy and keep the mind free from disturbances of the citta vrttis.

(Sri Swami Satchidananda, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali)

Turn your art into an offering

illustration by Yumi Sakugawa


Flow

January 25, 2016

We begin to develop the power of our minds through concentration, through one-pointedness. Following the breath, we develop the capacity to put the mind on one thought and keep it there and let everything else flow by. We don’t stop our minds. We let them flow. But we bring one thought constantly to the surface. We keep coming back to one thought all the time. Breathing in, breathing out. Breathing in, breathing out. Rising, falling. We note breathing in, breathing out. A one-pointed mind is free of the intellect. It is a supple, useful mind.

(Ram Dass, Grist for the Mill)

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You ARE the meditation

January 25, 2016

We are the meditation. There’s nothing to do. Our whole life is a meditative act. There’s no time we leave meditation. It’s not just sitting on our meditation pillows. Whatever we are doing, it’s all meditation.

(Ram Dass, Grist for the Mill)

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Focus

January 6, 2016

To stay in the present moment takes concentration. When we have concentration, we have a lot of energy. We won’t get carried away by visions of past suffering or fears about the future. We dwell stably in the present moment so we can get in touch with the wonders of life, and generate joy and happiness. If you focus on your breathing in a relaxed way, you are already cultivating an inner strength. Like that happiness arises lightly and easily.

(Thich Nhat Hanh, No Mud No Lotus)


Focus

illustration by Yumi Sakugawa


What is Yoga?

December 26, 2015

Kali

Yoga is a movement
From untruth to truth.
From darkness to light.
From ignorance to knowledge.
From pain, suffering, disease and death to peace, happiness and eternity.
From unreality to reality. To ultimate reality.
The main goal of yoga is freedom of the spirit.
Yoga is beyond religion and science.
Yoga is not the property of anyone, it belongs equally to everybody.
It is the property of nature and consciousness.
Yoga is mastery of the mind.
To become a yogi is to become a master of the mind.
Realize eternal consciousness, which is operating in you through your heart, and which is manifest in you as your eternal teacher.
It is manifest in you in the form of different divine sounds (anahata nadam), a subtle and constant vibration, similar to OM.

(Shri Brahmananda Saraswati)

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Lungs of the Earth

December 26, 2015

My intention for 2016: Plant trees! Restore the lungs of the Earth.

Lungs of the Earth

photo by Tamar Samir


2016 Let’s Do It!

December 25, 2015

2016: Vegan Planet Earth – collective shift of consciousness toward a plant-based lifestyle!

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Jai Ambe Jagadambe – by Balanda

December 14, 2015


YogaRocks Retreat Crete 2016

December 7, 2015

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PLEASE NOTE: travel from the US is extremely expensive in august. Please do not reserve and then cancel later because travel costs are too high, as this creates unnecessary work for the organizers. Book your flights early, and know that the extremely cheap rate of the retreat will make up for the flight. Thank you for your consideration. <3

EARLY BIRD (50 euros discount) ends december 15th!


Your Mind on Meditation

November 27, 2015

illustration by Yumi Sakugawa

Your Mind on Meditation


Hanuman

November 13, 2015

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Jaguar medicine

November 12, 2015

Sacred Jaguar teach me…
To wear my power lightly,
To walk with impeccability,
To approach life with compassion,
And to live up to the integrity of
My human potential.

Jaguar


Raven medicine

November 12, 2015

Raven… black as pitch, mystical as the moon,
Speak to me of magic, I will fly with you soon.

Raven

Throughout time, Raven has carried the medicine of magic. This has been true in many cultures across the planet. It is sacred, in the medicine ways, to honor Raven as the bringer of magic.

Raven is a powerful medicine that can give you the courage to enter the darkness of the void, which is the home of all that is not yet form. The void is called the Great Mystery. Great Mystery existed before all other things came into being. Great Spirit lives inside the void and emerged from the Great Mystery. Raven is the messenger of the void.

Raven’s color is the color of the void – the black hole in space that holds all the energy of the creative source. In Native teachings the color black means many things, but it does not mean evil. Black can mean the seeking of answers, the void, or the road of the spiritual or nonphysical. The blue-black of Raven contains an iridescence that speaks of the magic of darkness, and a changeability of form and shape that brings an awakening in the process.

Raven guides the magic of healing and the change in consciousness that will bring about a new reality and dispel “dis-ease” or illness. Raven brings in the state of wellness from the Void of Great Mystery and the field of plenty.

(from the book “Medicine Cards” by Jamie Sams and Divid Carson)


Direct experience

November 10, 2015

Words cannot convey the value of yoga – it has to be experienced.

– B.K.S. Iyengar


My new favorite yoga book by Gregor Maehle

November 7, 2015

Samadhi


The Art of Self-Practice (Mysore Ashtanga)

November 7, 2015

This morning I practiced.
It was very simple.
I unrolled a mat, said a few words softly to myself, and began.

Nobody asked me to “open” or “expand” anything.
I was not instructed to take anything from one level to another.

No one asked me to “melt” any part of my body.
It was never suggested that I should “embody” some concept or another.
I didn’t hear anyone “speak their truth”.
No one assured me that I could “manifest” anything I wanted.

It was never suggested that I would be happier if I bought some new product.
I wasn’t told to pursue any bliss.
Spirit was neither mentioned nor invoked.
No one used the word “energy”. Nobody implied that I could be stronger, more beautiful or more free than I currently am.
In fact, no one spoke at all.

I spent two hours moving through a familiar sequence of poses. I did this practice in a warm, quiet room listening to my breath and the breath of those practicing nearby.
I was assisted by a gentle and patient human being who, for the most part, left me alone to do my work. At the end of my practice, I lay on the floor completely still for a long time.

When I was done, I quietly left.
People smiled at me on my way out. I smiled at them.

I will practice again tomorrow.

– Eric Jeffers


Whale medicine

October 31, 2015

Whale

We hold a depth of planetary healing and we resound the tone of love for all. What we most want to tell humans is to love yourselves. We find you have a hard time with this.

We whales know our magnificence and so see magnificence in you as well. We call to you to awaken to your vast power and dormant love.

If you swim with us or watch us, you will feel love. We invite you to relax into the depth of your being, to join us inside your being.

Our advice to you is simple – love. Let go of all that hardens your heart and weighs you down. We are buoyant and large because we hold an immensity of peace and contentment within.

Whale wisdom is no different from your own, for we are you. Feel the presence of whale inside yourself and you will know. We call to share love with you.

(from the book “Animal Teachings” by Dawn Brunke)


Black Panther medicine

October 26, 2015

Oh Midnight Jaguar… Wash me with your courage.
And steel me with your grace,
So I may know the value of
The void of time and space.

Teach me all your lessons,
How to face the dark unknown.
Then let me bravely leap
Into the shadows all alone.

Black Panther

Black Panther’s medicine allows human beings to face their fears and dark behaviors, exploring those internal shadowy aspects of being. Darkness is the place for seeking and finding answers, for accepting healings, and for accessing the hidden light of truth. Black Panther teaches us through our dreams to delve into the places within ourselves that need healing. She shows us how to track the unfamiliar territory found on the journey of self-discovery and to fearlessly face the unknown.

Embrace the unknown and flow with the mystery that is unfolding in your life.

(from the book “Medicine Cards” by Jamie Sams and Divid Carson)


Self-portrait of me / you

October 11, 2015

illustration by Yumi Sakugawa

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Meditation will change your life

September 15, 2015

illustration by Yumi Sakugawa

meditation will change your life


Stone Mandala by Carlos Vazquez

August 3, 2015

Jivamukti Yoga Retreat at YogaRocks, Triopetra Crete, Aug 15-22
with Tamar Samir and Nora Heilmann

stone mandala


Free the almond

July 30, 2015

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Be a still pond

July 13, 2015

illustration by Yumi Sakugawa

Be a still pond


Palpate and sniff

July 2, 2015

“You must not seek, you must search. You must not see, you must look at. You must not hear, you must listen to. You must not touch, you must palpate. You must not smell, you must sniff.”

– B.K.S. Iyengar


B.K.S. Iyengar in Savasana

June 23, 2015

The best and most advanced asana: corpse pose, Savasana.

B.K.S.Iyengar Savasana


You are not your thoughts

June 16, 2015

illustration by Yumi Sakugawa

Not your thoughts


@ Mott Street

May 29, 2015

HummingbirdLove and peace


Contact Earth. Go Vegan.

May 28, 2015

“We are always seeking contact with Heaven. But how many of us have made any reasonable contact with Mother Earth?”

–B.K.S. Iyengar, Sparks of Divinity

Go vegan, it simply makes sense. Sit under a tree and practice meditation. Lie down on the earth and practice Savasana. Enjoy the beautiful weather, spend time outside, and get high on shades of green.

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Shared energy transmission.

May 19, 2015

“Once a psychic revealed to me that my words had little effect on other people, but that the energy we shared together could inspire them. That was when I stopped offering narration of yoga and started the conduction of prana.”
—David Life

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Nature is within us, and we are nature.

May 5, 2015

Beautiful animal photography by Andreas Lie.

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What is practice

April 26, 2015

Practice is the continuous effort to become firmly established in the stable state of the True Self, in which everything and everyone is experienced as one’s own Self. – interpretation of PYS I.13+16 

“The perfection of asana is the perfection of one’s relationships with all beings and all things.” – Sharon Gannon and David Life


Relationship to the Earth

April 26, 2015

Blueprint for Joy

design: tamar samir


Recommended reading

April 7, 2015

This is the book for New Yorkers!

Silence


Pranayama Thursday 4pm

March 31, 2015

“In the beginning there was darkness only. In this darkness the One silently breathed.” (from the Rig Veda)

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Please join me for a deep breath in Pranayama class on thursdays from 4-5 pm at the Jivamukti Yoga School NYC!


Sri Lalitha Sahasranama

March 6, 2015

A few of the thousand names of the Goddess.

Sri Lalitha Devi

 

Salutations to the Divine Mother, who is the Mother of all.

Salutations to Her who came out of the fire of Pure Consciousness.

Salutations to Her who is radiant as a thousand suns rising together.

Salutations to Her who is a treasure house of Divine beauty.

Salutations to Her who dwells in a lotus forest, the thousand-petalled lotus of the Sahasrara.

Salutations to Her who dwells in the centre of the sea of Nectar.

Salutations to Her who is the original Mantra itself.

Salutations to Her who is the witness of everything.


Kundalini piercing the Granthis

March 6, 2015

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Salutations to Her who (as the Kundalini) revels in the nectar flowing from the Sahasrara through the whole of the Kula Path (Sushumna).

Salutations to Her who is the Female Element (Kundalini) in the Kula Path.

Salutations to Her who is the innermost Reality of the Kula Path.

Salutations to Her whose chief residence is the Muladhara.

Salutations to Her who in her ascent from the Muladhara breaks through the Brahma-Granthi (the barrier of Brahma to the subtle dimension).

Salutations to Her who then emerges in the Manipura Chakra.

Salutations to Her who then breaks through the Vishnu-Granthi (the barrier to still subtler dimensions).

Salutations to Her who then abides in the center of the Ajna Chakra.

Salutations to Her who finally breaks through the Rudra-Granthi (the barrier to the subtlest dimension).

Salutations to Her who then ascends to the Thousand-petalled Lotus known as the Sahasrara.

Salutations to Her who sends streams of Nectar (spiritual bliss) from the Transcendant Moon in the Sahasrara.

Salutations to Her who shines like a steady flash of lightning.

Salutations to Her who then establishes herself above the six Chakras.

Salutations to Her whose immense joy consists in the union with Shiva.

(excerpts from the Sri Lalitha Sahasranama)


Channeling KALI

February 21, 2015

We are trying to stay warm by practicing fierce kriyas!

Peanutbutter Shakti & Coconut Kali


Happy Valentine

February 12, 2015

Carrots

Eat carrots, not animals – nurture your heart with compassion and veggies! My friend Lydia sent me this picture, what a sweetheart.


The Earth will be safe

November 18, 2014

“The Earth will be safe when we feel safe in ourselves.”

Thich Nhat Hanh


Poetry

October 6, 2014

At night make me one with the darkness.

In the morning make me one with the light.

(Wendell Berry, from “The Mad Farmer Poems”)


Only love can save us from climate change

September 24, 2014

“Our perception of time may help. For us it is very alarming and urgent, but for Mother Earth, if she suffers she knows she has the power to heal herself even if it takes 100m years. We think our time on earth is only 100 years, which is why we are impatient. The collective karma and ignorance of our race, the collective anger and violence will lead to our destruction and we have to learn to accept that.

And maybe Mother Earth will produce a great being sometime in the next decade … We don’t know and we cannot predict. Mother Earth is very talented. She has produced Buddhas, bodhisattvas, great beings.

So take refuge in Mother Earth and surrender to her and ask her to heal us, to help us. And we have to accept that the worst can happen; that most of us will die as a species and many other species will die also and Mother Earth will be capable after maybe a few million years to bring us out again and this time wiser.”

– Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh

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WAKE UP – go vegan!

September 24, 2014

“When we’re mindful, we can see the destruction that has been caused to the animals and the planet in order to produce meat and dairy for our consumption. With this awareness, eating vegan food becomes an act of love towards ourselves, towards our ecosystem and the planet.”

Thich Nhat Hanh
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We are in it together – Captain Paul Watson

September 16, 2014

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHEbmk-1Bj8

Planet Ocean


Tree Savasana (Vrksavasana)

September 13, 2014

Best asana = Savasana. On a redwood tree in CA.

Tree Savasana


Watch Cowspiracy

September 7, 2014

Don’t miss this incredible documentary: COWSPIRACY – The Sustainability Secret. Why nobody talks about animal agriculture being the leading cause of global warming, deforestation, species extinction, Amazon depletion and water pollution.

http://cowspiracy.com

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=288706614654201

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My meditation teacher

December 5, 2013

Emme meditates


Ganga Ma

August 27, 2013

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Heart of Devotion

August 27, 2013

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A Hanuman workshop intermingling vivid story telling with deep hip and heart opening. With Jivamukti Yoga teachers Nora Heilmann and Tamar Samir.

 

 

 

Saturday 24.8. from 14:00-16:30 at Jivamukti Yoga School Berlin Mitte.

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Community

August 8, 2013
“It is possible that the next Buddha will not take the form of an individual. The next Buddha may take the form of a community—a community practicing understanding and loving kindness, a community practicing mindful living.
This may be the most important thing we can do for the survival of the Earth.”
—THICH NHAT HANH

Lazy slacker – hello from Berlin.

June 19, 2013

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Asana classes, pranayama classes, workshops, privates. Please come by if you are around!
http://www.jivamuktiberlin.de

Roofasana

January 10, 2013

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Tadasana – Mountain Seat

October 31, 2012


Align yourself with nature

October 31, 2012

 


Practice meditation

June 1, 2012

Meditation does not give you anything, but it changes everything.
–Manorama

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Kali Ma

August 23, 2011

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Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

August 23, 2011

 

 

“One of the signs of God-realization is joy. There is absolutely no hesitancy in such a person, who is like an ocean in joyous waves. But deep beneath the surface, there is profound silence and peace.” –Lex Hixon, Great Swan


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