Dream yourself away on Ohlinda
In times like these life seems to go slower. One can focus on oneself and the family -there is time for mindfulness. Our sofas are practically made for curling up on them and letting the hassle of everyday-life quiet down. Erika Bretz, meditation and yoga teacher, is going to show you today why Ohlinda is perfect for that. And she will also take you away on a small dream journey on Ohlinda and back to yourselves.
I have been dealing with the topic of mediation for over 25 years, and now and again I have found myself retreating, during creative times at Bretz, to one of our sofas for a short exercise in mindfulness. During these, I have come to the conclusion that these brief time-outs are incredibly important and how re-charged one feels after. It’s almost like an instant vacation!
OHLINDA IS SPACIOUS, COMFORTABLE, COLOURFUL, AND ONE OF A KIND. IT FEELS LIKE SUMMER, SUN, A SEA OF FLOWERS. OHLINDA MEANS LETTING GO. BEING FREE.
The Sofa Ohlinda has delighted me ever since its development process. I really do feel like I am letting myself fall into a real life oasis. Based on the motto: Simply be, this is where I am whole… This is my home.
Erika, you are an inherent part of the Bretz-Family and are leading the Yoga-Villa in Gesingen together with Hartmut Bretz. Yoga and meditation have been part of your life for a long time and you have made your passion into your profession. What is it that you love so much about meditation?
Body consciousness and the retreat from the noises of the outside world do not require much time, and yet one gets a whole different awareness of life. During coffee breaks or while sitting in your office chair, you can work on your physical alignment. A built up and relaxed human-being may take on a task in a more genuine and confident way. And reduced tension helps to live a higher quality life.
Meditation has become more and more important for a lot of people these days. Why?
People feel hassled, restless and drained. Hardly anyone finds the time to actually relax – most hide behind distractions which then turn into a kind of leisure stress. Meditation is not witchcraft which only a few chosen people can practice. The simple pull back from daily noise, to just sit – or lie – down, to close one’s eyes and steady your breathing, all of these things can help to regenerate one’s body. To see the world with an eased mind seems clearer, less fogged by fears.
MINDFULNESS IS THE KEY
In order to practice mediation, one simply needs to be open-minded and you can mediate everywhere; even in the middle of a big city. Just observe what is happening around you without wanting to interfere. To inwardly take a step back in order to change your point of view – that can change so much! It’s also called mindfulness and that’s the basis for mediation. Once you’ve found a place where you can close your eyes, sit or lie down, the next step follows; stop planning everything today, let the outside world do its own thing and listen to your breathing instead. Mindful breathing is one of the most important elements in mediation. With practice and time, the flow of you breathing out is supposed to be even longer than the intake – maybe even twice as long. In doing so, your breath is flowing un-laboured, without any force. The “letting things happen” leads to an even deeper form of relaxation and that is our, believed to be lost, source of energy.