Hotpod yoga for Yoga Nieuw-west community

“Life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.”
(Jim Rohn)

As classes are limited for December at Yoga Nieuw-west, I have arranged a special deal with Hotpod yoga Amsterdam and anyone registered with Yoga Nieuw-west Amsterdam to enable you to keep up your yoga practice. You will get the opportunity to try out yoga in a hotter room (actually a specially designed Hotpod) with a wonderful yoga teacher, Mercedes Parellada.

Hot pod yoga

Yoga in the Hotpod

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.


Hotpod yoga is not far from Yoga Nieuw-west

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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.



Summer yoga in Eendrachtspark Amsterdam


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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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.



Living by universal laws

(I gave Together magazine permission to reprint this blog post:

“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.”

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Rejuvenating stretch: Dog pose (Adho Mukha Shvanasana)

Working with students at Yoga Nieuw West in the Dog pose (Adho Mukha Shvanasana).

Working on Dog pose at Yoga Nieuw West

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.

Working on the dog pose at Yoga Nieuw West

Working with a student on dog pose.

Laughter in yoga class is okay

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.

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