Cathrine Mathiesen

Exploring Yoga

Yoga i barseltiden
Jeg undrer meg over den vanvittige kroppsfokuseringen hos nybakte mødre som beskrives i blant annet Aftenposten. Som om kroppen er det eneste som forandrer seg når vi får barn. Hormonene raser og tar oss med på emosjonelle oppturer og nedturer vi aldri har opplevd maken til. Både hjertet og hverdagen strekkes for å gi rom […] Read more – ‘Yoga i barseltiden’
Acro Yoga
Over the summer I started playing around with Acro Yoga, a physical partner-based practice that, according to ‘blends the wisdom of yoga, the dynamic power of acrobatics and the loving kindness of healing arts’. I love yoga and I love spending time with my friend Anne, who is also a yogi, so it seemed […] Read more – ‘Acro Yoga’
Practicing mindfulness with children
After a week of mindfulness training and meditation in Plum Village, a spiritual community in France, I was inspired to try practicing with children. So when my son’s teacher asked me to come in to read for his class, I brought the book Each Breath A Smile, by the Buddhist master Thich Nhat Hanh. As […] Read more – ‘Practicing mindfulness with children’
Mindful meditation
Why is it so hard to meditate, to sit completely still, with an empty mind, and do nothing? One would think it the easiest thing in the world. Like our default setting – what we always come back to. Breathing in – I know I am breathing in. Breathing out – I know I am […] Read more – ‘Mindful meditation’
Padadirsasana – emotional purification
The focus of my yoga class today was the heart chakra, the Anahata, located in the middle of the chest and associated with unconditional love, compassion and empathy. The class was soft, mindful, restorative. We did a lot of work lying down on our mats and on all fours. Mostly chest openers, such as rolling […] Read more – ‘Padadirsasana – emotional purification’
Steady and comfortable
Sthira sukham asanam. The first sutra in the Yoga Sutras by Patanjali. Any pose should be steady and comfortable. This guiding principle should be applied to all poses throughout a class, and as a teacher, I see it as my duty to remind the students to search for this balance, perhaps especially in poses where […] Read more – ‘Steady and comfortable’
Karma is the yogic way of explaining the core sociological dichotomy cause and effect. Everything we do as human beings will come back to us later in life, perhaps in a different form and perhaps when we least expect it, but all our actions plant a small seed that eventually will blossom into something else. […] Read more – ‘Karma’