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Yoga & hygiene: the importance of having your own yoga mat

Yoga is good for you for many reasons, for example it boosts your immunity, hence try to practice regularly.  Even if you’re not feeling well, you can still practice, at home, a soft and slow routine adapted to your needs of that moment.

As people are feeling more insecure about their own health for the moment, it’s wise to take a good look at health & your yoga practice, at home & in the studio.

  1. Practice basic common sense, first of all, if you don’t feel well (under the weather, coughing, sneezing etc.), please refrain from going to your yoga group practice, as you don’t want to share your germs with your fellow students or teacher.
  2. Washing hands regularly obviously should be a normal practice.
  3. Basic hygiene rules for coughing & sneezing.
  4. jala netiPractice neti pot cleansing regularly to facilitate Pranayama and keep your nostrils clean and clear (for sale in your yoga studio).
  5. Use a tongue scraper to keep your tongue & mouth free of germs (for sale in your yoga studio).
  6. Furthermore, I would like to share with you the importance of having your own yoga mat. When you practice yoga, you most likely sweat a bit (or a lot) and lose some cells caused by the friction on the mat, these you better keep to yourself, so don’t lend out your yoga mat either preferably. More importantly, every time you practice your yoga asanas you generate energy and this energy goes into the yoga mat. You want to keep this energy flow to yourself and not get someone else’s energy mixed with your own by using another person’s mat. So my advice is to buy a yoga mat that you can take with you to your class, use at home and bring on trips as well. If you don’t yet have your own mat, you can bring a (yoga) towel to the class to cover a studio mat until you’ve gotten your own.
  7. Clean your mat after your practice.
  8. Change your yoga clothes regularly (preferably after each practice).

Nowadays it’s easy to find affordable good quality mats, a reliable online store is yogashop or buy one in Sampoorna Yoga Studio in the center of Brussels.

Some do’s & don’ts regarding your yoga mat

  • Be careful when using soap when cleaning your mat, the soap can leave a film on the mat which causes it to be slippery. Best to rinse it with some water and air dry or use a cloth and (homemade) cleansing spray.
  • Always let your mat air after practice.
  • Avoid lending your mat to a friend, for hygiene and energy reasons as explained earlier.

Example: my yoga mats

  • Manduka eKOhome practice: a very good choice as very comfortable, it’s quite expensive but will last you forever. I use this Manduka mat for my home practice. It’s thick & heavy, so not easy to carry with you to yoga practice outside your home. It’s easy to keep clean (use a cloth and your homemade cleansing spray).
  • travel mat: ultra thin mat that folds and  is easily added to your luggage. It’s a good choice if you want to practice yoga on for instance the hotel carpet floor but don’t want to carry a big yoga mat with you while traveling. Also practical to bring to the yoga studio to place on top of the mats they provide for you.
  • yoga towel: excellent choice to use in on top of your yoga studio mats, this one has good grip, is easily washable and light.
  • ECO: a very good choice for ecological purposes and also very high comfortable rating! It’s 6mm thick so this is particularly nice if you have a sore neck from Sarvangasana (shoulderstand). It’s heavier and rolls less easily, so this is more a mat for home practice.

Om shanti -ॐ शान्ति


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Health discovery day at Sampoorna Yoga Studio

Join a session at the Sampoorna Health Discovery Day with Visiting Teachers

Sampoorna Health is a selection of holistic treatments that support your well-being, available at the studio during the day.

The Sampoorna Health Discovery Day is an opportunity to try out one or more treatments in small “sampler portions” of 30 minutes, at a friendly price of 20 euros/session.

You can choose from:

  • Ayurveda Massage, with Katrien Maes
  • Energy Healing, with Kris Depotter
  • Life & Well-Being Coaching, with Caroline Griffith
  • Restorative Yoga Therapeutics, with Caroline Griffith
  • Foot Reflexology, with Stefanie Van der Elst

Date/ time: Friday 24 November, from 12:30-18:00

Advance booking of your mini-treatments is advised.

For booking, visit our site ; select a Sample Session and the therapist, and continue to booking.


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Slow juicing & smoothie workshop in Brussels on 18 March 2017

Enjoy your fruits & vegetables in a whole new way!
On Saturday 18 March I organize a slow juicing & smoothie workshop with all organic ingredients.

 JAZZ MAXWant to learn about the art of juicing, making smoothies, preparing fresh organic pestos, purees, smoothies and more?
We will be using the JazzMax slow juicer & powerful Vitamix blender to make different delicacies. During the workshop you’ll discover the ins & outs of juicing and blending, which vegetable and fruit combinations work best, when to juice, how to prepare, how to clean, how to store. As well as how to make your own nut milk & butters, veggie spreads, pesto and smoothies.
Date & time: Saturday 18 March, 2-5PM
Location
: Jette, Brussels (exact address will be communicated upon your reservation)
Price: 40€
The price includes workshop, all organic ingredients, and the opportunity to buy a Jazz Max juicer with a special discount. 
Om shanti -ॐ शान्ति


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Practice yoga cleansing exercises, kriyas

In yoga several cleansing methods (kriyas) are used to help the body get rid of toxins and waste products to, in short, keep the body healthy.

tongue-scraperAyurveda, the ancient science of self-healing, prescribes a daily routine as this plays a very important part in your overall health. This routine includes the cleansing of your tongue, after having examined it. Use a tongue scraper to clean it and also massage the tongue and all it’s correlated internal organs. Try to do this daily and observe the changes in your oral health.

 

jala netiAnother very important practice is jala neti. I wrote a blog post about it some years ago and it’s still very accurate. Obviously the information comes from the great classic Sanskrit manual on hatha yoga: Hatha Yoga Pradipika as well as the ayurvedic science and continues to prove it’s value to human health.
In short, by practicing jala neti daily, you’ll clean the passageways of air in the head and help avoid any conditions of the sinuses, allergies or hay fever. As we’re approaching the flu and cold season, I strongly advise yoga practitioners to practice jala neti cleansing daily. You’ll also feel that your Pranayama will be much easier.

  • If you live in Brussels, pick up a tongue scraper and neti pot at Sampoorna Yoga Studio, they’re inexpensive and will give you great benefits for your health and yoga practice.

Om shanti -ॐ शान्ति


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Going vegetarian/ vegan workshop in Brussels

aijkema_dsc1148Want to go vegetarian or vegan?

Find out everything you need to know about healthy, balanced, plant-based nutrition.

There are many prejudices and concerns about changing to a vegetarian or vegan diet: Will I get enough protein? Will I be hungry? Will I need supplements? How do I ensure that I get everything I need?

This workshop clarifies such issues and gives tips on a delicious, healthy way of living. Obviously there’ll be several vegan finger foods to try out :-).

When: Saturday 1 October 2016 at 15:00-17:00  => World Vegetarian Day

Teacher: Annemarie Ijkema (Ambika), certified health coach and Sivananda yoga teacher

Price: 30€ (25€ for unemployed/ students)

Location: Sampoorna Yoga Studio, 40 Rue du Houblon/ Hopstraat, 1000 Brussels

Om shanti -ॐ शान्ति


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Join the (slow)juicing workshop in Brussels

 

Enjoy your fruits & vegetables in a whole new way!
On Saturday 5 March I organize a juicing workshop.

 JAZZ MAXWant to learn about the art of juicing, making smoothies, preparing fresh organic pestos, purees, nut butters and more?
We will be using the JazzMax slow juicer to make different delicacies. During the workshop you’ll discover the ins & outs of juicing and blending, which vegetable and fruit combinations work best, when to juice, how to prepare, how to clean, how to store. As well as how to make your own nut milk & butters, veggie spreads, pesto and even sorbet ice.
Date & time: Saturday 5 March, 3-5PM
Location
: Sampoorna Yoga Studio, 40 Rue du Houblon – Hopstraat, 1000 Brussels
Price: 30€ (unemployed/student: 25€)
Register online
The price includes workshop, all organic ingredients, and the opportunity to buy a Jazz Max juicer with a special discount. 
Om shanti -ॐ शान्ति


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1 November 2015, World Vegan Day

tumblr_mvljwq7EFL1qeweoho1_500Today, 1 November, it’s World Vegan Day. A beautiful and sunny one I may add. It’s the perfect day to post my story on becoming vegan and to reflect on all the sentients beings that are being slaughtered day in and day out for the sake of …. what?

Nourishing people, giving people energy and nutrients. Fortunately, we don’t need meat for our energy or nutrients, we can get those from healthy, cruelty free, ecological sources. Veganism is savoring the thousands (or more) delicious combinations of vegetables, grains, spices, pulses, herbs, proteins.

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Veganism is about non-cruelty. Veganism is “ahimsa” (compassion, non-violence). Veganism is about justice. Veganism is about ecology. Veganism is about health. Veganism is life. Veganism is yoga.

So try it too, at least today on #worldveganday.

On my blog I share my journey to becoming vegan as well as my sources of inspiration and recipes. Feel free to comment or ask me questions.

Above all, have a great day and enjoy some delicious vegan food.