Art and Yoga: a path to the True Self

An Interview between the artist Steve Sabella and the yogi Anastasia Shevchenko I have always intuitively felt an unmistakable connection between visual arts and yoga, a sacred link if you wish. Both engage human beings through the creation of a … Continued


Five Mindfulness Trainings

  Photo credit: Anastasia Shevchenko The text below is taken from the official website of Thich Nhat Hanh, section Five Mindfulness Trainings. The Five Mindfulness Trainings represent the Buddhist vision for a global spirituality and ethic. They are a concrete … Continued


Learning Mindfulness

Photo Credit: Anastasia Shevchenko Exactly a week ago I came back from a meditation retreat in Plum Village near Bordeaux, France. Plum Village is a meditation retreat for learning mindfulness in the tradition of the Zen teachings of the master … Continued


Meditation Basics

Photo credit: 123rf.com What is meditation? Meditation is technique used to induce a specific state of consciousness according to the goal of the meditator. There are many different types of meditation involving focusing on the breath, repetition of a mantra, working … Continued


Why I Got Addicted to Ashtanga Yoga?

Image credit: Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series dailycupofyoga.com About two month ago I decided to start practicing Ashtanga Yoga in a local Ashtanga Yoga Berlin studio. Before this I would do a combination of Hatha and Vinyasa styles at home, every morning … Continued


Meditating on a sound

Photo credit: haikudeck.com First, make sure that you will not be disturbed by any loud sounds during this practice. Now place yourself in a position that suits you. Close your eyes and direct your inner gaze towards the back of your … Continued


Meditating on an object

Photo credit: yogajournal.com Chose a simple object of concentration. Old-school and all-time favourite is a candle, but you can pick anything of your own liking. The only condition here is to chose a neutral object that does not cause you … Continued


How to Meditate

  Photo credit: flowerpicturegallery.com 1. Time. Classical texts suggest to meditate either before the sunrise or just after the sunset. Contemporary texts say that after waking up in the morning or just before going to sleep are ideal times for a … Continued


What is meditation?

Image credit: illustrationsource.com “Meditation means absorption. It is the art of self-study, reflection, keen observation, or the search for the Infinite within. It is the observation of the physical processes of the body, study of mental states and profound contemplation. It … Continued