Matthias Schmidt
Sanskrit is a form of yoga – for the mind

Sanskrit is a form of yoga – for the mind

This heading might surprise you - what does yoga have to do with Sanskrit? In the West yoga is often seen as training for the belly, legs, and butt. Sanskrit is the language in which the majority of the old Indian literature was composed, but these days, it is no...

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„Karma“ by Johannes Bronkhorst (book review)

„Karma“ by Johannes Bronkhorst (book review)

In Sanskrit, „karma“ originally means just „action“. Since about 2.500 years it is understood in a much larger scale, as the law of cause and effect. According to this law, actions in this life (and in former lives) have an immediate effect on this life. The term...

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„Moon days“, sleep and the menstrual cycle

„Moon days“, sleep and the menstrual cycle

„Hard-core“ Ashtangis normally are practicing their yoga style 6 times per week, ideally in the morning. About every second week they have one additional day off: traditionally practitioners with a daily practice should not do their practice on new moon and on full...

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Risks and side effects of „truth “

Risks and side effects of „truth “

Let’s start off with another one my favourite stories about the topic of “truth”: The devil went on a walk with a friend. In front of them - at a distance - walked a man, whom they could only see from the backside. Suddenly, he bent down, picked something up and...

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The triple filters of Socrates

The triple filters of Socrates

Already last month, I was writing about Socrates - the wisest man in Greece (interestingly enough, the Oracle did not mention women). Socrates is also seen as the source for an approach to conversations - and to silence -, which is very useful if regularly applied...

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The wisest man in Greece

The wisest man in Greece

Here comes one of my favourite stories: One day a businessman came to the Oracle of Delphi, looking for advice in important matters. The actual matter at hand is not known, but it is unlikely that he was on a spiritual quest but rather had questions about business...

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Energy follows the intention

Energy follows the intention

In prior blogs I drew your attention to the subject of the  s p a c e - especially to the fact that the space provides the limitations to your will. The "big will" Today, I do not want to discuss the space, but rather the ingredient that you yourself contribute to...

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Nobody is blogging anymore

Nobody is blogging anymore

„Nobody is blogging anymore” was my 18-year-old nephew’s comment, when I asked him whether he could help me start a blog for “Ashtanga Yoga Plus” simultaneously with the relaunch of my website. Instagram, Twitter, maybe still Facebook, even though that is also out of...

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Sanskrit is a form of yoga – for the mind

Sanskrit is a form of yoga – for the mind

This heading might surprise you - what does yoga have to do with Sanskrit? In the West yoga is often seen as training for the belly, legs, and butt. Sanskrit is the language in which the majority of the old Indian literature was composed, but these days, it is no...

read more
„Karma“ by Johannes Bronkhorst (book review)

„Karma“ by Johannes Bronkhorst (book review)

In Sanskrit, „karma“ originally means just „action“. Since about 2.500 years it is understood in a much larger scale, as the law of cause and effect. According to this law, actions in this life (and in former lives) have an immediate effect on this life. The term...

read more
„Moon days“, sleep and the menstrual cycle

„Moon days“, sleep and the menstrual cycle

„Hard-core“ Ashtangis normally are practicing their yoga style 6 times per week, ideally in the morning. About every second week they have one additional day off: traditionally practitioners with a daily practice should not do their practice on new moon and on full...

read more
Matthias Schmidt