Yoga practice

Yoga to prevent and recover from illness

In this time of the year, we are more vulnerable to catching a cold or the flu. So have I and several people around me, unfortunately. On the positive side: being ill for a few days inspired me to share a few practices with you that may be beneficial when you're feeling ill. Some of them boost the immune system, others can simply make you feel a little better.

Buddhism, Yoga philosophy

Everyday enlightenment

“Enlightenment can be experienced every day by every person, not only by gurus” Today I had a conversation with Anwar van Naerssen, a colleague yoga teacher who studied Tibetan Buddhism for several years. We discussed the eight limbs of yoga, in which the ultimate purpose is to achieve enlightenment (which is also true for the… Continue reading Everyday enlightenment

Yoga practice

Ashtanga yoga: Always the same, but new every time

Ashtanga yoga consists of a fixed sequence (you start practicing the Primary Series, which can be extended to the Intermediate and Advanced Series). Although the sequence is always the same, you discover more every time you practice. A clear example of making your way of self-discovery through increasing control over body and mind.

Yoga lifestyle, Yoga Therapy

Yoga and Psychology: Perspectives on treatment of Depression

Yoga therapy and conventional mental health care can seamlessly be intertwined. From a yoga perspective, mental well-being can improve much more by changing the entire system than just a specific part of it. Moreover, making gradual changes to develop a healthy an balanced lifestyle can be beneficial to everyone. Yoga teachers, clinicians, researchers, and anyone else who is interested: what do you think?

Ayurveda, Yoga philosophy

Morning walks: Ayurveda and the circadian rhythm

When I was in India, I visited an ayurvedic doctor who advised me to do early morning walks every day. During the yoga teacher training we did a few of those (the picture above was taken there) and I can intuitively feel that they are beneficial - but my curious mind was hungry for a… Continue reading Morning walks: Ayurveda and the circadian rhythm