Amsterdam Yoga Nieuw-west members are entitled to a 5-class pass for EUR 25 (normal price is EUR 45) which has no expiry date. I will send the details on how to book with the discount to those of you registered with a Yoga Nieuw-west. If you do not receive the information by email by end of 1 December, then please get in touch.
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.
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:
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.
On Sunday, 24th of February 2013, Yoga Nieuw West is participating in World Yoga Day 2013, when yoga schools around the world will devote time and space through a two-hour yoga session in support of human rights.
“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.” (Michelangelo)
Ecofriendly is the current buzz word. Green, ecofriendly, sustainable, biological are all ‘good’ words and living an authentic lifestyle is shifting from marginal to mainstream. Certainly, keeping your footprint softer on planet Earth is harder to fake than showing you have money. But where does an ecofriendly lifestyle begin and end?
Respect for life
First of all let’s look at yoga and how this is connected to ecofriendly living. As violinist Yehudi Menuhin wrote in his introduction to B. K. S. Iyengar’s book, Light on yoga, yoga is “by its very nature inextricably associated with universal laws: respect for life, truth, and patience are all indispensable factors in the drawing of a quiet breath, in calmness of mind and firmness of will.”
Working with students at Yoga Nieuw West in the Dog pose (Adho Mukha Shvanasana).
Moving up the hips into ‘dog tilt’.
This is a powerfully rejuvenating pose that strengthens the hands, arms and upper body, opens the chest and improves the breathing. It lengthens the spinal column and increases circulation to the brain.
Do this when you need to boost your energy, so not at bedtime unless you do it slowly as a gentle pick-me-up.
Tip: Keep your elbows straight through squeezing your elbows inward and towards each other. Press your chest towards your legs and tip your hips into dog-tilt as if your tailbone was being pulled gently upwards by an invisible hand.
Ohm, ohhhmmmmm, ohhhmmmmm. As the class sang out this ancient mantra, she found it hard not to think. And the teacher had just been telling her to look at the thought and then let it go. Hard to let that one go! What on earth am I doing here chanting Ohm (Aum, Om) like I’m part of some religious cult!
Sure, you can think if you like, and laugh if you have to. Just because you’re looking inwards, it doesn’t mean that your humour will leave you. Laughter, after all, is an emotional release. Which makes laughter therapy popular. Picture yourself standing in a yoga class for laughter mediation, feeling it’s impossible to force a laugh. Until you find yourself really laughing at how ridiculous the teacher looks, or fellow participants or yourself for joining in! Simply starting the action of laughing brings on the laughter. Check out this dude, especially his ‘soundless’ laughter to crack at least a smile.
This is the way to go with Laughter Yoga (Hasyayoga), which harnesses self-triggered laughter on a physical plane and doesn’t necessarily rely on ‘humour’ to set it off.