Why ‘ Taking time for yourself ‘ is important!

Why ‘ Taking time for yourself ‘ is important!

Why ' Taking time for yourself ' is important!

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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 ‘


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;
– 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?

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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.

6 Easy Yogi-diet tips for Beginners

6 Easy Yogi-diet tips for Beginners

6 Easy Yogi-diet tips for Beginners

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Yoga and Nutrition

It is known that yoga is a combination of physical, mental and spiritual exercises. which provides practitioners with enlightenment as highly feasible. Breathing, the intricate postures and chanting (singing of mantras with and without meaning to reach ‘ a higher consciousness ‘). Food is an important part of it. What and how we eat can improve this journey from/to consciousness and increase our vitality on the way.

A quote from Yogi Bhajan * reads: ‘ The physical body is a temple. Make sure. The spirit is energy. Rule it. The soul is the projection. Represent it. All knowledge is incorrect if the soul is not experienced in the body ‘.

* A key Master in Kundalini Yoga. Born in Pakistan. He brought Kundalini Yoga to America in the Seventies. (1929-2004).

The yogic Food and food categories

We humans (mammals) need food to survive and it is important for our overall well-being. We strive for healthy choices. A good start can be to avoid, for example, desserts and processed foods. While a diet with lots of vegetables, fruits and cereals serve your body and mind in a beautiful way. Naturally in combination with yoga practice.

Yogi Bhajan encouraged his students to ​​to embrace a diet, including complete, simple and fresh food, without consuming meat and eggs. He suggested that someone can get enough protein by eating the right combination of vegetables, fruits, beans, nuts and cereals. According to Yogi Bhajan you can enjoy dairy in moderation, because it increases the mucus, which is beneficial for many yoga breathing exercises, especially the ‘ breathing of Fire ‘: Kapalabhati.

Yogic vegetarians believe that this style of eating can lead to increased energy without causing a heavy feeling. Fats and meats are more difficult to process and without these in our diet we experience better digestion and metabolism.

Yogic food can be broken down into three main groups. Followers who want to focus on grace, rest, discipline, intuition, or being more sensitive should follow a more Sattvic diet. For people who have an active or demanding lifestyle, with a healthy dose of attention, a combination of Sattvic and Rajastic food could be considered. Yoga experts strongly recommend avoiding Tamastic food for all lifestyles. For those of us who embrace disciplines that are demanding, such as Kundalini Yoga, we need a combination of Rajastic and Sattvic food.

The physical body is a temple. Take good care of it. The spirit is energy. Again take good care of it. The soul is the projection. Represent it. All knowledge is incorrect if the soul is not experienced in the body.

-Yogi Bhajan-


The 3 most important Yogi food groups

Sattvic. Sattvic foods contain vegetables, ghee (clarified butter), fruits, legume, and whole grains. These foods are used to stimulate clarity and lightness.

Rajastic. Rajastic Foods promote willpower and strength with stimulant herbs and spices such as hot peppers, s, lt and coffee.

Tamastic. These foods are usually associated with impulsiveness, dullness or anger. Meat, fish, alcohol and eggs are part of this group.

6 easy ‘ Yogi-diet ‘ tips for beginners

Eating healthy foods is a nice starting point, but it’s often easier said than done. Give yourself time to investigate this and make it your own. And aside from what you eat, the way you eat also makes a big difference. To help you with your new yogic food trip, here are some tips to get you started right away.

1. take the time to “bless” food. Take some time to relax and close your eyes to spiritually recognizing the blessing of the food. Again a beautiful spell of Yogi Bhajan: ‘ The attitude of gratitude is the highest Yoga ‘.

2. Avoid distractions during your meal times. Don’t be distracted by television and put your phone on silent so you can concentrate on your food.

3. Skip the sugar. Sugar is also compared to poison. It could damage your body. Do you need sweets; Go for naturally sweet fruit and avoid sugar and artificial sweeteners.

4. Keep it simple. Search in the beginning for foods, which contain many vitamins and minerals. Choose vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, beans and cereals that are easy to prepare. And which you can keep longer.

5. Eat slowly. Take the time to chew well while eating. Use this time to meditate-as well. Research has shown that more chewing extends meal times, which supports digestion and weight retention.

6. Eat your meal in combination with a meditation. And after dinner, sit down to think about the process: digesting food in energy. As if you can visualize it. Followed by a short nap of 11 minutes on your right side. This to initiate digestion. And if this is not feasible (which is very logical on a working day;), then sit in Vajrasana (on your knees, sitting on your heels with your hands in your lap) or enjoy a cup of (Yogi) tea.