When it’s cold outside, seek the warmth within. In these cold winter days, we can use some extra heat to keep our bodies warm and our minds active. These yoga exercises will warm you up and make you move.
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
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 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?
Many yoga classes incorporate warrior pose (virabhadrasana), as it is a powerful pose that is accessible for all levels. But have you ever been told the story behind it?
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