Yoga breathing

The main type of breathing we do in yoga is called ujjayi (ooh-JAI-yee). Ujjayi breathing, known as the victory Breath is characterised by an audibly hollow, deep, soft sound coming from your throat.

Ujjayi breathing is not difficult to learn. It involves narrowing the aperture in your throat by gently tightening the epiglottis, which is done like this:

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The real key to yoga

“Strengthening your capacity for attention is the real key to yoga, and your breathing is key to this capacity. This is more important than being able to touch your toes, or stand on your head or turn yourself inside out….”

Source: Erich Schiffmann — The Spirit and Practice of Moving Into Stillness

New address for Yoga Nieuw-west

From 21 October, Yoga Nieuw-west moves to the brand new building, just three minutes away from the older location, at:

De Honingraat
Slotermeerlaan 103F
1063 JN Amsterdam

Next week, the Wednesday lesson (16 Oct) is in the old location (Huis van de Wijk ‘Multibox’,  Jan de Louter straat, 19,) as usual and at the usual time.
There is NO lesson on Thursday (17 Oct) due to the move.

Namasté,

Natasha

Summer yoga in Eendrachtspark Amsterdam

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In July we’ll be doing yoga in the park in Eendrachtspark by this statue (‘Love Sphinx’ by Carel Kneulman who is famous for his statue Het lieverdje on Spui plein, Amsterdam). It’s a quiet spot that catches the evening sun.

Regular yoga classes in Amsterdam Nieuw-west have stopped for the summer.  Some students have suggested that we do yoga in a park nearby in July.  So this is the schedule:

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Celebrating Vrouwenweek: Yoga for women in Amsterdam

International Women's Day

Celebrating Women’s week, I am offering two free yoga lessons to women in the community of Amsterdam Nieuw West (and anyone else who would like to come).

Tuesday, 5 March from 10:00 – 11:00

Where: Huis van de Wijk ‘Multibox’,  Jan de Louter straat, 19, 1063 KX, Geuzenveld-Slotermeer, Amsterdam

Thursday, 7 March from 10:00 – 11:00

Where: Huis van de Wijk ‘Pluspunt’,  Huis van de Wijk, Albardakade 7, 1067DD Amsterdam.

World Yoga Day 2013 in Amsterdam Nieuw West – photos

World Yoga Day 2013 at Yoga Nieuw West, Amsterdam

World Yoga Day 2013 at Yoga Nieuw West, Amsterdam

World Yoga Day 2013 at Yoga Nieuw West, Amsterdam

World Yoga Day 2013 at Yoga Nieuw West, Amsterdam

Thank you to the 18 beautiful people who took part in the Yoga Nieuw West World Yoga Day 2013 session. Thank you for your contributions to FIAN International,— including the financial donations which I transferred to FIAN via the WYD website today.

Satnam,

Natasha