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Ellen Johannesen – Between Yogic and Buddhist Perspectives

Last updated on 03/01/2023

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Norway-born, Kathmandu-based KPJAYI authorised level 2 Ashtanga yoga teacher, co-founder of the first Ashtanga studio In Oslo, buddhist practitioner and scholar of Himalayan languages and Tibetan philology – Ellen Johannesen shares with us her fascinating life story as we change between buddhist and yogic perspectives exploring the path to liberation.

Show notes

  • From contemporary dance to yoga
  • Movement patterns, innate animal logic and asana
  • The act of balancing or playing with the forces outside of you
  • Yogic Yamas & Niyamas vs. Buddhist Paramis
  • Regaining subtle body awareness through asana
  • Relocating to Nepal and studying Buddhism, Himalayan languages, Tibetan philology
  • How studying sutras and scriptures slowly changes you
  • Dependent origination and breaking the pattern
  • Practices aiming at removing samskaras
  • Reconciling Yogic and Buddhist perspectives
  • 100.000 prostrations in Bodh Gaya
  • Making merit

If you ever in Nepal and want to practice with Ellen or just curious to find out more about her work – visit Ashtanga Nepal website.

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