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Feel balanced with a yoga practice at home.

Feel balanced with a yoga practice at home.

Have you experienced practicing yoga at home already or do you prefer to go to the studio? Now that there are more and more opportunities to receive a good yoga class from a professional yoga teacher via yoga channels and yoga apps, the step towards a yoga practice at home is getting more likely. You are in the comfort of your own home, there are no hordes of people around you and you can dress up space where you are just the way you like it. Candles, music, whose smoke, whatever you feel like. But how do you make full use of your practice and keep at it? Here are 5 tips!

1. Setting goals

It’s always good to go all the way back to where your yoga journey started, why do you practice yoga? What do you want to achieve? Write down your goals! Preferably use pen and paper so you really dwell on what you write down and store it in your memory at the same time. Research has shown that making your goals visual make you more inclined to actually achieve them. So get started with Pinterest or with magazines and make your mood board!

2. Not practicing yoga yet

If you have no experience with yoga then it is advisable to read books on the different kind of yoga styles, because there are many yoga styles. From very calm styles such as Yin Yoga to dynamic styles like Power Yoga. If your goal is to work on feeling more relaxed and stretching your muscles well, then Yin Yoga is a very good style. Do you like a more dynamic kind of approach and work on a strong core? Then Power Yoga might be your style. If you have read about the different styles of yoga you have two ways to choose from. Search through YouTube channels or an app for videos with instructions for beginners or a trial lesson in a gym, book yoga studio or visit a yoga masterclass.

The advantage of the last way is that you can seek advice and ask questions by the special attention you receive from the yoga teacher during a yoga masterclass, so that you can create a safe basis.

What do you want to achieve? Write down your goals!

3. Environment
Choose a quiet space so that you can finish your yoga practice and not be disturbed. Try to keep your environment tidy and choose an appropriate mat. Influences the ambiance with music, candles, dimmed light, temperature, and gems. When choosing your yoga mat take into account your yoga style (dynamic or slow movements), your level of practice and your personal wishes and needs. As a novice yogi, a sticky yoga mat can be the right way to go. A sticky mat prevents you from slipping and you, therefore, are able to perform your exercises in a complete certainty.

4. Build
up when would you like to build your sessions and how often? It is wonderful to start your day with a yoga practice. This helps your blood flowing and the morning stiffness is replaced by energy. It also brings you in a good mood right away. Good start of the day! If you have had a busy day it can also be wonderful to end your day with a relaxing session, it is just what you need.

5. Maintaining your practice
Once you are in the rhythm of practicing yoga at home, it is important to keep yourself from slacking. Regularly look at the goals you have written down and see if you’re still on the right track. Continue to develop yourself by trying new things, reading new information or exchanging yoga style. It is, of course, most important that you get merry from your yoga sessions, so keep on smiling and celebrate every success however small it might seem!

Why Yoga CORE training is important

Why Yoga CORE training is important

Training your core. What does this actually mean? And why is ‘ training your core ‘ really important?
Athletes, sports instructors or fitness fanatics talk about it all the time. They say your core is a group of muscles and it as a very important group of muscles to train. Located in ‘ your center ‘. Spread over your abdomen, buttocks and lower back. These important muscles give your body stability. And in yoga, that’s essential. In Yoga Practice You can find many exercises and poses that strengthen your core. But also outside of your yoga practice, your core training is not a superfluous luxury 😉

I am writing this blog is to emphasize the importance of giving attention to this muscle group. It is the so-called basis, in your personal yoga practice.

1. Why is core training important?

  • Your body posture improves because you create a kind of harness as it were. Which provides protection to the intestines and vertebral column;
  • Your body is better balanced. You can literally take a punch. How often do you hear that someone heart their back or is injured by just a simple thing as tripping over something? Core improves your balance, therefore you are able to cope with an imbalance such as tripping over someting;
  • You can prevent injuries. Injury prevention is very valuable. Prevention is better than cure, right!;
  • Your digestion improves by a firm and strong core.

 

 

2. A couple of exercises you could do ?
Yoga poses

1. Bridge pose: With this pose, you lie on your back and bring your hips up.

2. All Fours: On hands and knees, lift your opposite arm/leg up.

3. Boat pose: Sit on your sitting bones preferably on a yoga mat. Bring both legs stretched (or slightly bent) out. Upper body halfway up and arms stretched out >parallel to the ground.

Non-yoga-poses
1. Plank pose: Start on hands and knees. Bent your arms, elbows on touch the mat. Straighten your legs. Put your feet hip width, stay on the ball of your feet and push your body up, not too high. Point your nose towards the mat.

2. Mountain climbers: This pose resembles plank pose. Only it’s dynamic. Alternately pull your left/right knee in the direction of your chest. You can do it slowly, but you can also increase the tempo.

3. Superman pose: Ly on your belly (preferably on a yoga mat), arms above your head, bring both arms straight and past your ears. After which you then stretch your legs off the floor. You can also do this exercise by lifting the opposite arm/leg. This pose also occurs in yoga, namely: Vipareet Naukasana or: Reverse boat pose.

‘ This Important Muscles Give you Body stability ‘

2. The myth

Two million people in the Netherlands suffer from back/neck problems! That’s a lot of people, right?!
In many cases, suffering is caused by a lack of movement. It is often claimed that in the case of back pain, the abdominal muscles should be trained more. This is not only the case. Further more. When back problems arise, this often means that the back muscles are weakened, for example by sitting for many hours: office work, driving, you name it.

But also hypermobility. If you are a person that is hyper-mobile, your ligaments and tendons are too flexible. Therefore, your joints do not get enough support and become too mobile. Hypermobility is a common condition for dancers and yogis. By making the back core muscles stronger, the overall posture will improve. Think of poses such as Bridge pose and Superman pose. And will reduce the back problems and maybe the may even disappear.

And yes, abdominal muscles training is still a good idea. But is certainly not the only solution for a back problem you now know 🙂 

5 reasons to do a Yoga Masterclass

5 reasons to do a Yoga Masterclass

What is the difference between a normal yoga class and a yoga masterclass?

First of all, time. A regular yoga class lasts between 60 and 90 minutes and a yoga master class lasts longer. From half a day to even a few days. But what more to expect?

Below we explain why it’s nice to immerse yourself in a masterclass in yoga practice and more ….

1. In-depth yoga practice

In a Yoga Masterclass, the yoga postures are broken down very thorough in the classroom. And its deeper meaning is explained. The beauty of this in-depth training is that you will experience this the purpose of the postures in your body. The words, the routine you might expect, will feel different. Which will change your own practice and its significance.

2. Longer Practice

As stated in the intro, a master class lasts longer. You will, therefore, have more time to learn the postures. But also to find out more about it. The ‘ moment of truth ‘ is much longer. And you can, as it were, completely sink into the practice. Often, after taking a regular yoga class you have to go away because you have other obligations. You might be on the way to your next appointment or your work. In a masterclass, there is simply… more time. A regular class takes 60 to 90 minutes and a masterclass is usually 3 hours or even longer.

 

3. Inspiration

Because of the time, the theme and space there are for just you as a human being, you literally get the feeling of a retreat. To immerse yourself in a certain theme (of the masterclass). The background information and the yoga postures that you practice. One great source of inspiration. And don’t just think of ‘ yoga on the mat ‘, but especially ‘ yoga off the mat ‘. The real Yoga practice starts when you get off the mat. It is important to have full attention. To be fully aware. So you have the time to incorporate everything that comes by during the masterclass and take it in like a sponge. And especially to let go and relax. You will feel reborn. Powerful, full of renewed energy and ideas.

4. Community Feeling

The great thing about a masterclass is that everyone attending has consciously chosen to be there. The so-called 3 T’s: Teacher, Time and Theme). The people who are there, in any case, share this with each other. You will get to know new people who experience the same as you, the sense of practicing yoga together. That sense of being together. And practicing yoga together at this level gives a sense of belonging and community-feeling. Everyone ultimately wants to feel connected-whether you are introverted or extroverted.

 

‘ Everyone wants to feel connected-whether you’re introverted or extroverted-in the end ‘

5. Connect with your favorite Teacher

In the case of our motto: ‘ Online is great, in person is Magic ‘, it is of course great to meet your online yoga teacher in the flesh. The vibes you normally get through the screen will now be real. As if you were going to a concert of your favorite artist, but more interactive. The teacher is the person who may have been ‘ taking you by the hand ‘ for many months through a variety of yoga practices. Your coach, therapist, in what might have been difficult times.

Always returning to your mat and the online lessons of your favorite yoga teacher. The experiences of yogis who have felt this at a Seaze the Day Yoga Event are praising and enthusiastic. There is something magical to practicing yoga together with your favorite yoga teacher and yogis.

‘ The Energy and interaction is overwhelming ‘!

 

Without labels, with YOGA

Without labels, with YOGA

What are they actually, labels? Maybe you immediately thought of the nasty things in the back of your blouse or jacket. The ones You-if you are a sensitive type-immediately cutout of the blouse. No those labels are not the ones i am talking about. It’s about the kind of labels that you get ‘ stuck ‘ with from childhood by the people around you. Without you having a say on the matter. Think of your hair color, your ancestry, your freckles, your work, your name. Nice example; Someone hears you are doing yoga. Often one responds with: ‘ You have to be very nimble to practice yoga ‘. Or: ‘ You’re always in balance ‘.

No. Is the answer to both assumptions. People have the natural tendency, to put other people on the basis of externalities, work and other things in a box. To put labels on a person. And Often people derive their identity from these labels. But what if you remove those labels of hair color, work, nationality. What is left?

Who Are you?

The expectation

To these named labels expectations are attached. So the judgment and expectation are there sooner rather than the experience. Do you follow? In other words; Even before you get a chance to open your mouth and say something, others, think, they know who you are and what you stand for. This is of course very black and white, but it is what it comes down to. Minded * ck! And Yes, very often people are going to live according to their ‘ imposed profile ‘. What eventually does not serve you, because how long can you sustain this, right? Similar to, for example, someone who does not what to admit to his/her sexual orientation, because of shame, taboos, the consequences.

What to do?

What is very important is that we mainly keep an open mind. A spirit that is mindful and awake. To be Aware of the fact that we do not judge people directly based on the labels they claim, but also do not judge/label people, using the summary information we have. Sometimes it’s very easy to do that. Especially when it comes to people we might not understand. How often do you see this happening in your environment or, for example, in politics?

1. Choose labels you feel comfortable with

You can philosophilosophize endlessly about this. Most Important is to look for things that really suit you. That touch your core. To be You. For example, This could be three words. You can write them down to remember. To leave a print in your subconscious mind.

2. Realize that labels mean different things

What suits you with a particular label does not have to be the same for another person. Try to omit expectations. And, when it comes to work and/or a relationship. Communicate clearly with each other. And come to an agreement about these expectations.

‘ Very often people are living their ‘ imposed ‘ profile.

4. you bént not your label (s)

It has been said before in the intro. This, of course, remains a tricky one. What do you mean ‘ I am ‘ yoga teacher’. You identify yourself with your profession. Yes that’s right. It’s your profession and passion. But you don’t have to identify with it. You’re not only a yoga teacher. You are also all other ‘ things ‘: girlfriend, partner, mother, music lover, fan of Metallica. You Name it.

5. Let people hear ‘ your story ‘

And here you can fill in your heart’s desire. Outside the box. Show yourself to others, but to yourself as well. When You are honest and transparent to yourself, you radiate this to the outside world. And you make conscious choices that are mindful. Impossibility’s changing into possibilities. Because: Previously, you would have put everything in a certain ‘ not-possible-box ‘. And this is exactly what yoga and mindfulness are about. Make room in body and mind. To unleash ingrained views, judgments. Free to think and feel. So that you can cope more freely to what life has to offer for you. And to keep, just like children-that open gaze, for yourself and to others.

Why ‘ Taking time for yourself ‘ is important!

Why ‘ Taking time for yourself ‘ is important!

Why ' Taking time for yourself ' is important!

Tickets Yoga Masterclass Laura Burkhart

Most people know that taking time for yourself is good for you and is therefore essential for happiness. But do we also take the time to think about what taking care of yourself actually means? You can’t do it by itself, so yes, it’s a matter of learning. Exercise. We all know that you have to eat ‘ healthy ‘. Drink a sufficient amount of water. Sleep enough, meditate and all kinds of other relaxation rituals that let’s you relax. And that is what is going on very often, many people know how it works, what needs to happen and yet many people fail to turn it into deeds. to act accordingly.

Of Course, a drink and dinner with friends and/or loved ones are fun activities to do. But at the same time, it is essential to free up a period of ‘ being with yourself ‘. Give Yourself love. Let’s call it ‘ me-time ‘. Just have time to be, recharge and re-determine who you are and what you are standing for.

What is ‘ me- time’ good for?

– it reboots your brain.

-It helps you (consciously) relax.

-It improves concentration.

-It makes you more productive.

-It gives space to (re) discover yourself.

-It gives time to think deeper (then just finish the to-do lists in your head).

-It’s problem-solving.

-It deepens relationships.

What do we spend our time on?

Most of the time we devote our time to watching TV, socialize (online and live) and communication, sports, and recreation. You understand that when your agenda is tightly planned, there is no time to sit without tasks or assignments on the couch. Without doing anything that immediately yields something. Doing nothing is a profession. That sounds very weird, but try it, you’ll see. There is always a (visible) outcome, or subsequent action required. And, and, and… But there are only 24 hours in a day. Yes really.

The benefits of ‘ me-time ‘ are immediately noticeable

So true! When you spend quality time with yourself, you are instantly a more enjoyable person for your environment. A nicer partner, mother, colleague. And don’t think immediately in ‘ complicated ‘ or precious things. On your free day, just put me-time on your to-do list today. Put on big cattle of tea, go in the bath (yes!) with your favorite bathing salts, good music, do your beauty rituals extended (hair removal, oil, foot/nail care).. you name it. Meditate for a good ten minutes. Without expectations just close your eyes, breathe and let go of everything that comes to mind. Hurray! You will see that this time is so healing for you. These are moments to let go of things or to get inspired just to try something new. These ‘ me-time ‘ moments are entirely at your own discretion. It can also be just sitting on the couch and read the newspaper. Preferably without WiFi, computer and/or smartphone.

Doing nothing is also doing SOMETHING

We say to our children all too often when they are bored. ‘ I don’t need to keep you busy, do I? Feeling bored is a good thing. From doing nothing you learn to think creatively. And yes this also applies to adults. What a revelation. So doing nothing is a good thing. For your mind, new and renewed energy, and for fresh dose of creativity. The beauty of doing nothing is that you always feel: fill in the gab. You also feel recharged. And, try to repress guilt immediately, because me-time is an essential part of life. And a very nice way to get stress free and go lighthearted through life. So it is important that you can be alone. To be able to rely on yourself. Your self-confidence will increase automatically. As well as your self-knowledge. You will also experience more resilience in the flow of life. It’s really okay not to continually fill your life with activities and people. It ultimately makes you a more enjoyable and better person.

 

‘ Did you know that the lack of privacy/’ time-for-yourself ‘ has a greater influence on an unfortunate marriage, than a bad sex life ‘

Bonus!

Well, that bonus gets you by itself. By planning that deliberate silence and/or ‘ Me-time ‘ you come back to your core. And once again you know what you REALLY like. That sounds very crazy. But because you often live so conditioned, you can lose the essence of your life. So very basic questions can surface like: ‘ What Kind of food do I really enjoy? ‘. Without the pedantic voice in your head and without all the arguments why you aren’t allowed to eat that favorite food, or ‘ because you always do it.. ‘.

The well-known voice, of course, can delude all kinds of things. For example-in the case of the type of foods:
– Because the ingredients are very hard to get;
– It takes forever to prepare;
of
– Because I just don’t have the time.

The latter is a nice bridge to ask for and also to end with.
Why don’t you actually have time for it?
Don’t you want to give yourself this extra time?
Of course, you can give yourself this time! And it will make you feel delighted. And you’re going to radiate.

And like that famous advertisement reads: ‘ Because you’re worth it ‘. Exactly!

What does tidying up have to do with yoga?

What does tidying up have to do with yoga?

What does tidying up have to do with yoga?

Tickets Yoga Masterclass Laura Burkhart (author for Yogajournal)

Inspired by the immensely popular Marie Kondo-the most spacious guru of the moment-this blog was created. This Japanese sold over 4 million books worldwide about this phenomenon. Tyding up Your life. Strange? Certainly not. People turn out to be collectors of stuff. Lots of stuff. We attach ourselves to material things, but also to memories and experiences >> As is taught in yoga.

1. The ‘ problem ‘
As already mentioned, people really like to attach themselves to stuff. We are collectors. From makeup samples to old magazines, clothing, textbooks, notes of studies, garden sets, bags, cushions… The list is long. Why do we stick to stuff we don’t use daily? And in many cases, stuff we haven’t touched in a whole year.. Ballast that we carry with us, for which we do not know the use. Except that it is a ‘ great concern ‘, which comes back every day. Tidying up all that stuff. In Yoga it is taught that we also cling to memories, emotions, (anxiety) feelings and trauma. A yoga teacher of mine once gave the example of a person who suffered from chronic back pain for years. The pain was so well known that he had become attached/accustomed to it. Not by having this habituation, in the way of healing. Attaching to fears, which may not be more real, is also such an example. A sad end to love does not have to mean that it is not destined for you. You attach to the idea and the fear of repetition. So you can no longer be ‘ free ‘ in life. And these anxiety feelings can be experienced as burden. Yoga practice makes ‘ clean ship ‘ by means of breathing exercises, meditation and the yoga postures. And no, this is not to say that it is only an act. Yoga practice can be confrontational, it is not a panacea and it needs attention, time and your full consciousness. And take notice of the fact, these three things are exactly the most important pillars in the tidying up method of Marie Kondo.

 

2. What is important to you?
Well, what is important to you? Often we name lots of things that we find important. And, and, and…. But there is only 24 hours in a day. of which one-third is intended for night sleep. Which leaves us with16 hours a day to live a valuable life, without noise, with our important themes in live. How is it that there is so much frustration about clutter, overcrowded laundry baskets, dirty sinks and an overcrowded attic/garage, which may have been a source of annoyance for years. It’s called in living in the moment. We are constantly working on things in the past or things in the future (when everything ‘ is going to be just fine ‘). The approach of Marie Kondo, the ‘ KonMari ‘ method, mirrors this very nicely. Where do you become happy? Are you really happy with the stuff you kept year in year out? By making that clear, your life becomes much lighter. And you live a lot more in the moment. The similarity with yoga is striking.

‘ Your living space affects your body ‘

-Marie Kondo-

3. Making Choices
be strict to yourself. And think deeply about what you need. That’s pretty tricky, because you need all the collected. Justifying this, is a very easy minded * ck. Because, because, because…. I always notice it on holiday. That you need to ‘ do it ‘ with the stuff you have with you. And that this crazy enough creates a sense of calm. One pair of leather sandals. Okay, fine! No choice time. No hair dryer, also fine. Then just put your hair in a ponytail. ‘ Hej, that’s pretty nice! ‘ No choice time. Just go with the flow. Life can be very simple, if you live in the moment. And you don’t chain yourself to all kinds of habits. Or, to make the equation complete again: ‘ Chaining yourself to all kinds of stuff ‘.

4. The beauty of the moment
The beauty of the moment therefore gives sense of calm. That might be easier said than done. We hate the dirty laundry, which seems to be no end to. And what about the ‘ dry laundry ‘. All the stuff we buy, which should get another (according to the KonMari method) fixed place per category. This happens in nine-of-ten cases not. Gratitude is the key word. When we mindful the tidy up operations (after reorganization), it creates ‘ the moment ‘, for which we are grateful. No frustration, dislike and inability. More peace, balance, energy and time. And doesn’t anyone want more time? Time to do fun, important things for us? Yes. With yoga it works the same way, attention, patience to create space in body and mind, so that you receive space, clarity and transparency in your life. The rut disappears, which creates new energy.

5. Respect for ‘ Your house ‘
A nicer metaphor is impossible to imagine. Respect your house is of course in the Yoga translation: respect your body. Don’t cross borders. Keep your body clean, inside and out. By practicing yoga, but also by finding a balance in what you take to you. Also here the salient comparison with clutter in your home. Keep your house organized and clean. With attention and awareness. And this is a very familiar one: an ever-tidy house, gives a tidy mind. And obviously, this makes room for the purity of life.