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Treat yourself to a yoga vacation in a Sivananda ashram

I’m very lucky as will be able to go to the Sivananda ashram in Orléans next weekend. This is also where my Sivananda journey started some 6 years ago. I’m treating myself to a long weekend reconnection time with myself, yoga classes, fabulous vegan food, nature, satsangs and lectures by swamis.

Did you know you can also give yourself this gift? 

TTC 2012 Canada (82)Any time you want, you can go to an ashram near you. The Sivananda organisation has founded 9 Sivananda Ashrams around the world – in Canada, India, France, Austria, Bahamas, and the United States where you can enjoy yoga holidays (short or longer time), do your TTC, ATTC, or themed (certification) courses, as well as become a Karma Yogi.

A yoga vacation consists of more or less the same schedule as the TTC, albeit less intense: morning satsang; morning yoga (asana) class; breakfast; karma yoga; lecture; free time; afternoon yoga class; dinner; evening satsang. It’s a wonderful way to reconnect to yourself, to relax and stay healthy.

Discover an ashram near you and enjoy!

Om shanti -ॐ शान्ति


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Join a beginner’s yoga workshop in the Sampoorna Yoga Studio

Kick-start your practice and discover yoga beyond physical postures!

We’ll go through a basic hatha yoga class in slow motion learning the details of each pose to practice yoga correctly and safely. We also explore some basic breathing exercises (pranayama) and get an introduction to the principles and philosophy of yoga.

 No previous yoga experience required. This workshop is for everyone regardless of your level of fitness, weight, health, age etc.

Where: Sampoorna Yoga Studio, rue du Houblon/ Hopstraat 40, 1000 Brussels
When:
Saturday 20 May at 14:00-17:00
Price: 45€ (students/unemployed 35€)
Teachers: Hanna & Devananda


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Brussels Yoga Mala 2017: 108 Sun Salutations

Since 2010, a bunch of very motivated yogins in Brussels organize the Yoga Mala around the Summer Solstice. All participants donate some money and all the proceeds go to a charity. Why 108 ? Good question, Shiva Rea has written a beautiful article about it, read it here.

So please join us on Sunday morning, 4 June 2017, as the Yoga community comes together for the eighth time in a celebration of the unity of Yoga to raise money for charity (cause still to be decided).

As we welcome the Summer Solstice let us offer our gratitude to life by saluting and honouring the Sun. We will practice a Yoga Mala, a prayer in motion of 108 rounds of Surya Namaskara (Sun Salutations).

Sun Salutations_Sivananda YogaThe practice will be a meditative flow, and whether we as individuals are able to do 1 or 108 rounds, the importance lies in our participation and intention – as a collective we will complete the Mala. There will be different teachers leading the rounds of Surya Namaskar, the practice is the Sivananda Hatha Yoga tradition.

Being there together in a spirit of loving-kindness, peace and joy is what it’s all about. And who knows what wonders will come from that…

The event is family-friendly, so children, partners and grandparents are warmly welcome. There will be Yoga for kids in parallel with the Mala, and other fun activities. Tea and biscuits for after!

You can also make a difference, so come and make it happen together with the Brussels’ yoga community.

Practical information:
Date: Sunday 4 June 2017
Time: 10h30 until approximately 12h00
Venue: Autoworld Museum Mezzanine, Cinquantenaire Park
Cost: EUR 2 Museum entrance fee, plus a donation for charity. The suggested donation is at least EUR 10, but we appeal to everyone to give what they can.
What to bring: yoga mat, bottle of water, open heart and lots of energy!
Like the Facebook page & join the event.

To register please send an email with your name and contact details and pay your entrance fee & donation into this bank account: 035-7387485-06 (IBAN: BE85 0357 3874 8506). Upon payment you will receive a registration confirmation by email.

Anyone interested in volunteering to help either on the day or in preparations please let us know via that email address as well !

Check out the Sivananda hatha yoga Sun Salutations here:


“O nourishing sun,

Solitary traveller, controller,

Source of life for all creatures, spread your light

And subdue your dazzling splendour

So that I may see your blessed Self.

Even that very Self am I!”

Isha Upanishad 16


Om shanti -ॐ शान्ति


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Brown lentils & roasted veggies Ⓥ

Lentils and roasted veggies 20170307_201008Some say lentils are the world’s healthiest food! They are an excellent source of folate, as well as a very good source of dietary fiber, copper, phosphorus and manganese. Additionally they are a good source of iron, protein, vitamin B1, pantothenic acid, zinc, potassium and vitamin B6. In short, lentils should be considered a super food! And they are cheap, even if you buy organic. I buy my lentils and beans in bulk, dry, as that’s the cheapest, and without any unnecessary packaging. Some people have trouble digesting lentils, then try adding some savory while cooking your lentils or beans. If you are looking for a quick and filling meal, make a lentil with roasted veggies combo.

Ingredients (about 4 servings)

  • 1,5 cup of brown lentils, 300g (or green or Du Puy, or Beluga,  ..)
  • 800g (or more) different vegetables to roast (carrots, sweet potato, red beet, turnip, zucchini, onion, …)
  • Greens (lettuce, purslane, rocket, …)
  • Fresh herbs (basil, parsley, coriander, …)
  • Capers (optional)
  • Olive oil
  • Lemon juice (1 lemon)
  • 1 tsp pomegranate molasses (optional)
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • 1 tsp savory
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Salt & pepper

Preparation

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  2. Rinse the lentils.
  3. Put the lentils in a cooking pot with plenty of cold water, bring to boil and let simmer for about 20 minutes, or until perfectly cooked (taste). Add some savory if you have trouble digesting lentils.
    Don’t add salt while cooking (this prolongs the cooking time).
  4. Wash (scrub) the veggies, peel if necessary. Cut in same size chunks (not too small, not too big).
  5. Prepare a large bowl with some olive oil, salt & pepper and mix all the veggies in there until they’re evenly coated.
  6. Spread the veggies on greaseproof paper covering a large oven grid and roast for about 30 minutes (turn them after about 15 minutes), or until nicely roasted but with still crispy bite.
  7. Make the dressing: mix some tablespoons olive oil with mustard, lemon juice, some black pepper and Cayenne pepper (optional: add the pomegranate molasses).
  8. Rinse the lentils with cold water in a sieve when perfectly cooked.
  9. Put in a large bowl, add the roasted veggies and then the dressing. Mix well.
  10. Add the capers.
  11. Add salt & pepper to taste.

This salad is delicious warm, lukewarm & cold. Enjoy!

TIP: you can add some lettuce,  purslane or rocket as well as fresh herbs (parsley, coriander, basil, …).

Sources: WH Food, Healthalicousness, Lentils.org


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24-28 April 2017 – 5 day early morning yoga

early yoga breakfastIt’s April, so the Sampoorna Yoga Studio celebrates Spring with the delightful 5 day early morning yoga challenge.

Let this week be your inspiration to a daily morning practice! Get up early and start your day with yoga followed by a nourishing vegan breakfast of porridge and fruits!

On five consecutive mornings we meet up before work and duties for a full practice of hatha yoga. There’s no better way to start the day!

 Price: 50€ for the 5 classes (or you can use your regular pass). Free vegan breakfast included!

Dates: 24-28 April 2017 from 7 to 8AM, followed by a filling vegan breakfast

Register online or simply drop by on the day(s) you can make it


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Some impressions of the latest juicing workshop

20170318-juicingOn 18 March I organised a slow juicing & smoothie workshop in collaboration with Sampoorna Yoga studio. The wonderful Sophie Claeys of the Yoga Bar hosted the workshop in her spacious kitchen and 7 other lovely ladies joined in.

There were 2 slow juicers (JazzMax) and one Vitamix blender working overtime to make the fabulous creations concocted by the attendees. One juice after the other was churned out slowly & deliberately, one more tasty than the other… as it’s all about finding the balance between the right amount of sweet & more tangy or bitter vegetables and fruits as well as the added boosters & kicks as my inspirator Kris Carr calls them.

  • If you wish to organise a slow juicing & smoothie workshop at your home, simply drop me a note. I organise them for groups as from 6 people.

Om shanti -ॐ शान्ति

 


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Ambika Yoga classes in March 2017, Brussels

IMG_1832It’s almost Spring time, so join me for a or several hatha yoga classes, Sivananda style, in Brussels this month.

Schedule

  • Thursday, 9/03 – 6:30PM  at the EU council (members only) – 90 minutes class
  • Friday, 10/03 –  12:30PM at Sampoorna Yoga studio -60 minutes class
  • Saturday, 11/03– 10:00AM at Sampoorna Yoga studio -60 minutes class
  • Saturday, 11/03 – 11:30AM at Sampoorna Yoga studio – 60 minutes class
  • Sunday,  12/03 – 10:30AM at Sampoorna Yoga studio – 90 minutes class  YIN YOGA
  • Thursday, 16/03 – 6:30PM  at the EU council (members only) – 90 minutes class
  • Saturday, 18/03– 10:00AM at Sampoorna Yoga studio -60 minutes class
  • Saturday, 18/03 – 11:30AM at Sampoorna Yoga studio – 60 minutes class
  • Thursday, 23/03 – 6:30PM  at the EU council (members only) – 90 minutes class
  • Saturday, 25/03– 10:00AM at Sampoorna Yoga studio -60 minutes class
  • Saturday, 25/03 – 11:30AM at Sampoorna Yoga studio – 60 minutes class
  • Thursday, 30/03 – 6:30PM  at the EU council (members only) – 90 minutes class
  • Friday, 31/03 –  12:30PM at Sampoorna Yoga studio -60 minutes class

 

Contact me for private or in-company lunch yoga classes.

Om shanti -ॐ शान्ति