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About Tatjana Mesar
Tatjana Mesar, a founder of Zen Yoga and Dynamic Mindfulness, is an experienced yoga teacher, shiatsu practitioner and musician based in Berlin, Germany.
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There is nothing we can accomplish in life without investing energy. In this article we discuss virya and how to cultivate it. Many of us dream about being an elite athlete, performer, artist or actor. Yet, if we were a fly on a wall, and able to see how much time and effort these people […]
The Buddhist path offers more than somber contemplation and quietude; the experience of deep stillness from a sustained meditation practice can cause a river of joy to flow through our everyday lives. It happened one sunny morning after meditation. I was cycling down the street, and all of sudden I wanted to burst into song. […]
The fifth paramita in our six part series, Dhyana Paramita, is about staying steady and focused no matter what life throws at us. The first time I tried bouldering I felt tense and on edge. I struggled to trust I would be okay if I fell. Worried thoughts swirled in my mind – “I can’t […]
In this fourth instalment of our series on the Six Perfections, we boost our energy levels by looking at Virya: Exertion. The new lazy? “I am soooooo busy,” I said. “Oh my god, same here,” my friend replied. We shook our heads saying this, our bodies implying we would rather say ENOUGH to this constant busyness. […]
HOLD YOUR HORSES! In this third instalment of our series on the Six Perfections, we explore the topic of “kshanti” – having patience or forbearance. Heard this before? “I’ve been patient with this, I really have…but I’m TOTALLY over it now. I’m fed up with being patient, it doesn’t get me anywhere!” You’ve probably heard […]
In this second instalment of our series on the Six Perfections we explore the topic of “shila”; our ethical living in everyday life. Imagine this: You open a friendly, handwritten note, inviting you to change your life and let go of bad habits that don’t serve your highest purpose. It’s written on recycled paper and […]
“The ultimate goal of spiritual practice is to transcend this world.” True or false? For many spiritual disciplines, both Eastern and Western, the answer is YES – the goal of spiritual practice has been personal salvation; to leave this world behind and reach a different realm of being. In the West, the idea of heaven […]
Metta Bhavana or loving kindness practice is an essential aspect of mindfulness In this last decade, science has been discovering numerous benefits from the practice of mindfulness. Whether it’s reducing stress and anxiety, improving concentration, memory and productivity, and even changing the way our brain works, more and more studies are showing the power of […]
In the Beginner’s Mind there are many possibilities. In the expert’s mind there are few. – Zen master Shunryu Suzuki Hey presto! Have you ever wondered how children can laugh wholeheartedly at the same magic trick over and over again? As if it’s happening for the first time? It’s because they’re right there in the […]
Most of the physical movements and postures commonly recognised as “yoga asanas” haven’t been around that long, but have come to be widely accepted as sacred forms. But things are evolving quickly, and yoga is now adapting to evidence-based understandings of the human body. A tailored fit is everything It’s not the suit that makes […]
“It is just within this ‘fathom long’ body endowed with perception and cognition that there is the world, the origin of the world, the cessation of the world, and the way leading to the cessation of the world.” Rohitassasutta, SN 2.26 A changing view of the body In our society it’s all about the body. […]