Ambika Yoga

Sivananda yoga classes in Brussels


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Workshop: Anatomy for yoga

EknathExploring the impact of skeletal variations on your hatha yoga practice.

In this anatomy-oriented workshop you will learn more about how different body structures can affect our asana practice, and how you can take your unique shape into account to grow and develop safely in your personal practice.

The workshop has a practical approach rather than a theoretical one. We will explore our own bodies in specific asanas, compare and embrace our unique ranges of motion, learn to recognise the difference between tension and compression, and how this knowledge can deepen our yoga practice.

The workshop is led by Eknath, Certified Sampoorna Yoga Teacher (E-RYT500). Eknath studied with anatomy expert Paul Grilley (USA) during his Yin Yoga Teacher Training in 2011 – 2012 and 2013.

Location: Sampoorna Yoga Studio, rue du Houblon 40, 1000 Brussels
Date & time: Saturday 24/10/2015 from 3-6PM.
Price: 45€ (or 35€ unemployed/ student)
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Navaratri festival from 13-25 October 2015

Navaratri is one of the most celebrated festivals of India. Nav translates to ‘Nine’ and Ratri to ‘Night’ therefore meaning nine nights that are dedicated to the Divine Mother in all of her forms.

The Mother Goddess is said to appear in 9 forms, and each one is worshiped for a day. These nine forms signify various traits that the goddess influences us with. The Devi Mahatmya and other texts invoking the Goddess who vanquished demons are cited.

The first three days of Navaratri are dedicated to Goddess Durga (Warrior Goddess) dressed in red and mounted on a lion. Her various incarnations- Kumari, Parvati and Kali are worshipped during these days. They represent the three classes of womanhood that include the child, young girl and mature woman.

Next three days are dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi ( Goddess of Wealth and Prosperity), dressed in gold and mounted on an owl and finally, last three days are dedicated to Goddess Sarasvati (Goddess of Knowledge), dressed in milky white and mounted on a pure white swan. Ashtami, Navami and Vijaydasami which is on the 9th day are celebrated as Sarasvati Puja in which books are worshipped. The books are placed for Puja on the Ashtami day in own houses, traditional nursery schools, or in temples. On Vijayadasami day, the books are ceremoniously taken out for reading and writing after worshipping Sarasvati. Vijaydasami day is considered auspicious for initiating the children into writing and reading, which is called Vidyarambham. Tens of thousands of children are initiated into the world of letters on this day.

Sources: Sivananda, Wikipedia, India Online pages