Friday, July 4, 2014

Fr. Joe conducts Intense Kripafoundation Iyengar Yoga @ Seminarhaus Heidwauhr run by Waltraude Eckert & Günter Oberschmid of Tat-Tvam- Asi Trust.

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Seminarhaus Heidwauhr. Bergalingen is situated in the very Southern pocket of the Black Forest near
 the Swiss border. During his ongoing programmes in Germany. Fr. Joe conducted an Intense Yoga Workshop at Seminarhaus Heidwauhr run by Waltraude Eckert & Günter Oberschmid of Tat-Tvam- Asi Trust.
 Mr. Günter Oberschmid is Fr. Joe's longtime and oldest friend in Germany and also a great donor to Kripa Foundation from Germany.
 Their bondage is so strong that no trip to of Fr. Joe's to Germany is complete without his presence at          Seminarhaus Heidwauhr. Indeed a home away from home for Fr. Joe. This house is owned/run by Guenther Oberschmid , with Waltraud Eckert teaching, a KRIPA Foundation Iyengar Yoga. Waltraud Eckert is a    certified teacher of Kripafoundation Iyengar Yoga certified by Fr. Joe.
Fr. Joe conducted 2 workshops with participants from all over Germany and Switzerland: spread over 3      days Intensive Class where he led all participants to their limits/borders and beyond, with quite a bit of sweat
 and pain. Seeing many stretching themselves over their limits of yoga practice, Fr. Joe  quoted Guruji B.K.S.Iyengar  “Make your minimum your maximum”. On one of the days the Yoga worskshop included     inputs and information on how to treat various ailments with the help of Yoga. Which was liked by all participants.
Unfortunately Fr. Joe had to cut short is programs in Germany and one of the workshops had to be             cancelled as he had to rush back to India, to receive the Prestigious National Award for Outstanding           Achievement by an Individual Professional, in the Field of Addiction Treatment.  Fr. Joe received this award at the hands of the Hon'ble President Of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee, on the 26th Of June, which               commemorates The International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. The award was given in the presence of many Central and State Ministers, Representatives of the United Nations, His Nun Sister Teresa Hilary Pereira and distinguished guest.

Although the participants were disappointed for missing a great opportunity to practice yoga with Fr. Joe,
 they were joyed to know that he had received such a high acknowledgement from the Government and 
People India.

Submitted and photos
Gabriele Wilde.
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