Yoga is increasingly recognized as an effective method for therapeutic purposes, both as prevention and as a cure for disease. Indeed, growing evidence demonstrates the health benefits of a regular yoga practice. Yoga has positive effects in general but also for specific conditions, from lower back pain to anxiety. What are the processes through which yoga exerts its positive effects on health and wellbeing?
Self-compassion allows you to cultivate a more balanced attitude towards yourself. The practice of self-compassion includes being kind, having a sense of humanity and being mindful about your feelings. In this blog, you can find an exercise for self-compassion!
Yoga nidra is a form of deep relaxation at all levels. Relaxation is an important part of a healthy lifestyle - in yoga, it is said that five points are essential to maintain a healthy body and mind, one of which is proper relaxation. Do you want to learn how to relax completely? Then join this FREE challenge with 21 days of yoga nidra.
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.
Chest-opening and uplifting postures can have a positive effect on your mood. In this sequence you will find some asanas that open your heart to let in the positive and happy vibes, which you may need sometimes when you’re feeling down.
“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 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?
Crow pose (kakasana) is an arm balancing pose that may seem challenging, but can actually be quite accessible if you know what to do and how to prepare your body and mind. In this blog I'm sharing a few tips and tricks with you.
It's weekend - time to relax & unwind! Did you know that natural scents can help you to relieve stress and build new energy? There's actually scientific evidence for the effects of scents on mood and activity levels, for example from the fields of aromatherapy, pharmacology and psychology. Here's where yogini meets researcher - I… Continue reading Relax & Unwind with Natural Scents
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