The Transcendental Practice of PATIENCE
We are so wholeheartedly looking forward to welcoming Cat Douglas to Hamburg again this year. Learn more about inner peace from Cat – one of the greatest yoga teachers out there . . .
When the urge arises in your mind to feelings of desire or angry hate, do not act! Be silent, do not speak! And like a log of wood be sure to stay.
Master Shantideva, The Way of the Bodhisattva (Chapter 5, Verse 48)
- Over the course of 2 extended classes on Friday evening and Saturday morning, we will touch upon the Buddhist practice of PATIENCE and its relevance to the yoga practise as well as in life. The aspiration throughout would be to reflect and refine, moment to moment and breath by breath…slow and steady, an exploration on VINYASA KRAMA principles.
- The asana experience will focus on an all around mindful (deep and slow:) balanced practice with techniques to bring awareness into some of the seemingly routine movements.
- Be prepared to work hard and simultaneously finding ease and contentment in letting it be, as it is, without grasping, escaping or engaging with the seeds of anger, frustration, irritation…allowing for an unfolding yet cognisant of the moments that can actually deepen the practice.
Cat Alip-Douglas: The Journey from Condé to Sangyé
From the fashion floors of Condé Nast in New York to the wooden floors of Sangyé Yoga School in London, cat had officially traded in her Manolo Blahniks for a more ‚grounded‘ approach to life…in bare feet.
Cat is originally from New York City where she discovered yoga on Lafayette Street and has been calling London home since spring 2004. She feels privileged to have been involved with Jivamukti Yoga London (est. 2005) from its inception and as it continues in its current incarnation, with more of a Tibetan Buddhist influence, as Sangyé Yoga School. She and her husband assumed responsibility (who truly “owns” anything?:) of the space in West London/Kensal Road in May 2010. Over a decade later, the aspiration remains the same, to be of service to the growing community of yogis who understood the distinct correlation between practice and life. The undertaking isn’t always easy or pleasant but small steps of steadfastness and commitment contribute to the ocean of merit. Recently, pandemic times has highlighted and presented an even more profound opportunity to apply the teachings and the practice IRL. Preparation is/was key!
If titles collected along the way bear significance or interest (in no particular/special order): Advanced Certified Teacher (Jivamukti), Senior Yoga Teacher (Yoga Alliance UK) and Co-“Owner” & “Founder” alongside Phil of the space that is Sangyé Yoga School in London.
Long life to His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso…may he and the lineage continue to teach and inspire through his generous, humble and yet powerful presence, a living bodhisattva among us.
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