Bending over backwards to inspire

Yoga and champion may not go hand in hand in your mind. After all, yoga is neither  a combative sport nor competitive in any form. A person who is champion in yoga, therefore, is master of both mind and body. Looking to an extreme example of this awareness and discipline in practice is inspiring.

Some back-bending tips from world yoga champion Kasper van den Wijngaard

“There are many different back-bends but in general you have to bend from top to bottom, upper, middle, lower spine. Ideally you get the shape of a circle, no jagged edges. If your spine is open, yes, you can bend the whole spine — ‘whooosh’ — in a matter of seconds. However, in the process of opening up the spine, don’t be in a hurry to go as deep as possible.” Read the full article.

A champion in action

Enjoy seeing this video of Kasper van den Wijngaard in action, but remember, your practice doesn’t ever need to look like this to be beneficial. Just stay with where you are today. Every little step done with feeling, breathing and correct alignment is a step to healing.


How yoga changed my life in six minutes forty seconds

A six minute forty second presentation on what hot yoga is can leave you breathless — but if you do yoga…well, it helps!  And hey, if it isn’t perfect, then remember three things: Practice, practice, practice.  It’s all about the breath.

Healing with heat: PechaKucha Presentation Maastricht 2014

Healing with heat


Beautiful mantra for meditation

Mahamrityunjaya Mantra (Hinduism) Mantra singer Hein Braat & Medicine Buddha’s Mantra (Buddhism).

What mantras are.

Hein Braat, mantra singer.



Joining generations to make the change

The will to bring about change transcends cultures and generations.

What you do today counts for the future.

“When we look back in 30 years, will we be filled with regret or pride?”  Change this to even five, 10…..


Happy International Women’s Day!

As yoga releases energies to fuel your strengths and help you realise your dreams, so women can join their strengths for peace and harmony worldwide.

Phenomenal Women: The Power of One