TIZIANA MARGELIST | YOGA is located in the heart of the city of Zurich, near Lochergut (District 4), and offers space for 1-3 yoga mats and yoga students. Specialized in private and small classes.
Since the corona pandemic, I have been offering a 60-minute online lesson every Saturday at 9.30 a.m via zoom.
Yoga is a thousand-year-old philosophical teaching with many aspects and originally comes from India. The word yoga can be translated as to connect or unite. To connect oneself to one's surroundings.
Balance occurs when body, mind, and soul are aligned and connected. That is the aim of a Yoga lesson. We want to try and combine the mind and soul with the physical aspects.
Yoga not only takes place on the mat, but can also be incorporated into everyday life. Be it when we consciously drink a cup of tea or take deep breaths.
Asana can be translated as sitting or better: Asanam as posture or sitting posture. We practice the different asanas (postures) so that we sit upright in meditation (dhyana). Our goal is to find a powerful and comfortable seat in which we remain for a longer time. That is why we practice all asanas - stable and light. Understandably, this is not the case from the very first yoga lesson. Due to lack of exercise or poor posture, our body stiffens and it is difficult for us to sit up. That is why we practice yoga on the mat and counteract it, to make our body feel more supple.
Pranayama stands for the breathing exercises that we practice in yoga. The word consists of two parts Prana, which stands for life energy, and Ayama for expansion. In this way, the life energy is expanded and distributed in the body with breathing. There are breathing techniques that awaken and activate our body, others that focus and center us, and those that calm and balance us. In our body, the lungs are a link between the inside and the outside world. With the inhalation, oxygen gets absorbed into the blood flow and with the exhalation carbon dioxide is excreted from the body. The diaphragm and the intercostal muscles allow the lungs to expand when you breathe in and out. With lateral stretches, the auxiliary muscles between the costal arches are stretched and with special breathing techniques, the diaphragm is stimulated. Both practices support breathing and the functions of the auxiliary muscles.
Dhyana is the Sanskrit name for meditation. Your focus should be centered and directed to a point or a place. Your mind should come to rest. Meditation is about connecting with the "now" - the present moment. To achieve this, you can, for example, try to focus on your breath or pay attention to the sounds around you without judging. Other options include reciting a mantra or focusing on a specific part of your body. For me, meditation means silence or careful handling of my monkey mind. There are moments when I manage to get into the silence or this emptiness that I feel (in a very positive sense). I could spend days in this state. However, there are also days when the distraction from outside and inside are too great and I have to pause a meditation. I do not succeed in meditations equally well, that teaches me to take every meditation or every moment as it is. Consistency for that matter is more important. It takes a lot of repetition and patience until something can become constant.