Happiness is your nature.
It is not wrong to desire it.
What is wrong is seeking it outside 
when it is inside.

                                Ramana Maharshi



Surya Namaskar



We greet the sun rising above the mountain                     
lighting up the valley below. 

Olive trees                                                                                                                                                   sway gently in the breeze
their leaves scintillating silvergreen.

The trunks like centuries old sculptures
guardians of strength and peace.
On a carpet of green
flowers cluster in colours as yet unseen.

A black and a grey tiger stalk all that moves in their vision
catching spiders, lizards and mice with precision.
We stand in awe ...
and just love and laugh!


The Blackberry Connection....

Late summer is the blackberry season.

In the afternoon we collect fresh berries from the garden

for a delicious smoothy.

The recipe is as simple as

a generous portion of blackberries

mixed with 150 g. of yoghurt.

Chill it in the freezer for about 15 minutes …

simply irresistable.



From shavasana (total relaxation or corpse pose) we bend the knees, feet resting flat on the floor close to the hips. Hands are placed at shoulder level, elbows up, palms flat on the floor, fingers pointing towards the feet. We inhale and exhale, relaxing in this position. While inhaling, we use head, hands and feet to slowly push up in a backward bend. We maintain the position, breathing and relaxing. With every inhale we push the backwards stretch just a little bit further, gently, without forcing. Exhaling we lower our head and body.

This exercise confronts us directly with our fears. We easily bend forwards but to bend backwards is uncommon and causes fear and apprehension. With this exercise we build our self-confidence and willpower and we learn to see the world from another perspective.

This exercise tones the back and the legs completely. It strengthens and makes flexible the chest, stomach and waist, as well as the neck, hands, legs and feet. It gives excellent control over the body. 



'Yoga is the settling of the mind into silence' 

"Yoga is the settling of the mind into silence"(Quoting Patanjali, Indian sage who lived more than 2000 years ago)


Standing in mountain pose, the back straight, as if connected by a gold thread from the crown chakra to the heavens, the head slightly inclined in Jalandhara bandha ( chin lock ) proud and humble at the same time, we pay our respects to the rising sun. We greet a new day and rejoice gratefully.