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Wonderful series of prenatal yoga videos

Dear expectant mums, I’ve been blessed this year with 3 healthy yoga babies ! Mingus, Oskar & Kayla were my first yoga babies and I’m sure there’ll be more. All 3 mums are doing well and have told me that practicing (prenatal) yoga really helped them feel good in their bodies during their pregnancy. This makes me extremely happy. It’s wonderful to be able to share the teachings and the gift of yoga with other beings, especially to the new citizens to this world.

So if you are expecting a baby, you might want to consider joining a class nearby (try looking up teachers and studios on YogaTrail). If you wish to practice at home (as well) then this is a great series of videos of prenatal yoga by a lovely lady: Katy Appleton of Apple Yoga.

Another great website with very useful info and videos can be found here with many free videos.

Om shanti -ॐ शान्ति

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Exclusive discount on slowjuicer

JAZZ MAXAre you still looking for a great and useful gift for yourself or your loved ones?

Order the JazzMax slowjuicer through me before 25/12/2015 and enjoy an exclusive discount of 10%.

There are 3 models available:

  • Uno: 260€ (juicer only)
  • JazzMax white: 345€ (multi-fonctions)
  • JazzMax chrome: 360€ (multi-fonctions)

Read more about the wonderful aspects of the slowjuicer in a previous blogpost.

Delivery costs in Benelux, Germany and France are +/- 25€, please inquire for other countries. The juicer comes with a warrantee of 3 years.

Om shanti -ॐ शान्ति

 


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Mini juicing workshop in Brussels

Grand Ladies Day at Viage, juicing workshops

It’s today (Saturday 19/12/2015) in Casino Viage ! Join the workshop, try out some of the juices and pesto and buy the JazzMax slowjuicer with a special promotion.

JAZZ MAXAmbika is organising a short demonstration about the art of juicing using a slow juicer. During the workshop you will discover the ins and outs of juicing and blending, which vegetable and fruit combinations work best, when to juice, how to prepare, how to clean, how to store. And of course, you’ll get to try a delicious juice. All ingredients are organic.

The workshop takes places in Casino Viage in the center of Brussels on Saturday 19 December, you can register when arriving to the casino to any of the 4 available timeslots, 12 people max. per session.

If you are still looking for a great Xmas gift for yourself or someone else, know that by attending the workshop, you’ll have the opportunity to buy a slow juicer (Jazz Max) with a special discount !

PS: registration is for free, you do need to buy your ticket for access to the general event via the website of Viage Casino.


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Vegan yoga cupcakes

Screen Shot 2015-12-16 at 17.41.44It’s the end of the year and many of my yoga classes will stop for a few weeks. In order to end the final class of this year with some sweetness, I’ve prepared these delicious yoga cupcakes. The recipe is by Chloe Coscarelli from her delightful yummy book ‘Chef Chloe’s Vegan Desserts‘.

I’ve sprinkled coconut flakes on top instead of the suggested raspberry.

Discover Chef Chloe’s books here.

Happy Holidays.

Om shanti -ॐ शान्ति

 


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Cleaning your yoga mat using essential oils

Have you ever wondered how to keep your yoga mat clean?

20151210_073959There are yoga mats that you can put in the washing machine. Please beware: don’t use any detergent, as that’ll make your yoga mat useless, as slippery! You don’t need to wash them after every practice (but maybe once or twice a year). On a more regular basis,  say every 2 or 3 months, I scrub my mats in the shower, not using soap, just a brush. They soak up all the water, so it takes a while (up to 1 day) to dry . TIP: wash one mat at a time so you can keep practicing using another mat.

If you can’t wash your mats OR if you simply want to clean it after each practice, make your own cleaning spray.It’s very easy to make:

  • Use a clean and empty spray bottle
  • (Filtered) water
  • Essential oils of your choice.

I typically use tea tree oil (as it has antifungal and antibacterial properties) and 2 or 3 other oils (lavender, lemongrass, nerolijasmine, grapefruitmandarine, …). In a regular spray bottle with 500 ml content, I add 10-15 drops of tea tree and 4-6 drops of the other oils to the water. Mix thoroughly and use each time you’ve practiced yoga.

Here’s how the cleaning goes:

  • Spray all over your mat
  • Let it soak in a bit
  • Use a clean dry cloth to wipe of the excess moisture
  • Repeat on the other side of your mat
  • Leave the mat to dry (hanging preferably)

This simply and easy cleaning process will ensure you can keep your mat longer in great shape & smelling nicely fresh as well as enhance your practice because of the emotional benefits of the essentials oils.

Properties of some essential oils:

20151210_081352Tea tree: enhances courage, confidence, mental clarity, cleansing, energising
Lavender: enhances calmness, balance, healing, comfort, openness, acceptance, relaxation, spirituality, resolving of conflict, strengthening, decision-making
Lemongrass: enhances concentration, vitality, awareness, clarity of thought, rejuvenation
Neroli:enhances centredness, self-confidence, positive energy, sensuality, fulfilment, love, empathy, peacefulness, happiness, relaxation
Jasmine: enhances harmony, sexuality, self-worth, positiveness, sensitivity, inspiration, clarity of thought, hope, magic, assertiveness, openness, inner wisdom, calmness, joy, warmth, romance, love
(avoid this oil during pregnancy)
Mandarine: enhances inspiration, gentleness, peacefulness, empathy, emotional strength, serenity, fulfilment, motivation, encouragement
Grapefruit: enhances balance, positive energy, confidence, joy, vitality, spontaneity, courage, security, clarity of thought, self-empowerment, inspiration, creativity, cooperation 

Om shanti -ॐ शान्ति


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Practice yoga using this blog

Maybe you browsed this blog already and know that the entire Sivananda yoga class is described for your use and benefit.

In order to share the teachings of Gurudev Swami Sivananda and Swami Vishnudevananda even more, I’m posting a daily reference to a full 90′ class on the Facebook page to encourage practitioners to come to the blog and discover the entire sequence with its benefits and step-by-step guidance per exercise or pose.

Sun Salutations_Sivananda Yoga

Start your class with Savasana, followed by 3 “Om’s,  Pranayama (Kabalabathi & Anuloma Viloma), then warming up the body with Surya Namaskara and leg lifts, on to the asana sequence:

  1. Sirshasana
  2. Sarvangasana
  3. Halasana
  4. Matsyasana
  5. Paschimotanasana
    1. Purvotanasana
  6. Bhujangasana
  7. Salabhasana
  8. Dhanurasana
  9. Ardha Matsyendrasana
  10. Kakasana
  11. Pada Hastasana
  12. Trikonasana

You end your class with a nice long Savasana and then 3 “Om”s.

Om shanti -ॐ शान्ति


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Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres on Google Cultural Institute

Yoga is such an important legacy to leave to the next generations.

I’m a lifetime student of the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres and am very happy to see that some of the main teachings of Swami Sivananda are now included on the Google Cultural Institute in order for many more people to become familiar with yoga.

Please have a look at three of the main topics:

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The 12 Basic Postures shown by Swami Vishudevananda in his young days.

 

 

 

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The four paths of Yoga : the basis of traditional yoga teachings and was widely propagated by Swami Sivananda.

 

 

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The five points of Yogaformulated by Swami Vishnudevananda and form the basis of our teachings across the world.

 

 

There’ll be more content online soon. Enjoy reading and practicing.

Om shanti -ॐ शान्ति