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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.


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Starting a home yoga practice

Sampoorna_Yoga_Studio_ReceptionIt’s one thing coming to a yoga class on a regular basis, but it’s quite another practicing on a daily basis. When you start with yoga, it’s important to find a studio and teacher(s) that can teach you the basics in the right way: proper relaxation, pranayama, sun salutations, asanas and if you are lucky, yoga philosophy and meditation. Then you’ll come once a week, or more often, to class. However, yoga doesn’t stop there, yoga can be a way of life. It can transform you quite literally.

Finding yoga has been beneficial to me in so many ways. For instance, helping to relax by learning to breathe properly. This knowledge makes every day situations much lighter and easier to deal with, whether it’s giving a presentation in front of a crowd, telling bad news to somebody or dealing with aggression. Going back to your breathing grounds you, makes you powerful, in control and self-assured.

Learning to relax properly has helped me to connect to my physical body and made me recognize tensions in parts of my body that I wasn’t aware of before and enables me to do something about them, to unwind.

HomeObviously you first need to know how to do sun salutations and asanas in order to get the benefits and not get injured while practicing. If you’ve been coming to class regularly for some time and know the sequence of a basic Sivananda hatha yoga class, you can start your own (daily) home practice in addition to coming to a group class.

Yoga can give you tremendous energy, vitality, wisdom and peace of mind. When you practice on a daily basis, it becomes part of you and helps you in each and every aspect of your life as you become more grounded and in control of your thoughts, your mind and body.

In the morning you are especially stiff, most of us are, so make sure to do at least 8 sets of sun salutations before doing any asana in order to warm up your body properly.

AmbikaYoga-profile smallA 20 minutes home practice:

  • Initial relaxation in savasana = 2 minutes
  • Chant OM 3 times
  • Pranayama:
    • Practice either 3 rounds of kapalabathi (with retention) or
    • 8 rounds of anuloma viloma (inhale left, 4 counts, retain 16, exhale right 4, inhale right 8, retain 16, exhale left 8 = 1 round) = 8 minutes
  • Sun salutations: 8 to 10 sets (4 or 5 rounds on each leg) = 8 minutes
  • 1 asana of your choice =1-2 minutes
  • Short relaxation in savasana = 2 minutes
  • Chant OM 3 times

A 30 minutes home practice :

  • Initial relaxation in savasana = 2 minutes
  • Chant OM 3 times
  • Pranayama:
    • Practice either 3 rounds of kapalabathi (with retention) or
    • 8 rounds of anuloma viloma (inhale left, 4 counts, retain 16, exhale right 4, inhale right 8, retain 16, exhale left 8 = 1 round) = 8 minutes
  • Sun salutations: 8 to 10 sets (4 or 5 rounds on each leg) = 8 minutes
  • Shoulder stand = 2 minutes
  • Plough =1 minute
  • Savasana = 5 breaths
  • Fish = 1 minute
  • Savasana = 5 breaths
  • Sitting forward bend = 2 minutes
  • Inclined plane = 4 breaths
  • Forward savasana = 5 breaths
  • Cobra = 5-8 breaths
  • Forward savasana = 5 breaths
  • Triangle or tree pose = 5-8 breaths on each leg
  • Final relaxation in savasana = 4 minutes
  • Chant 3 times Om

You can add a silent meditation to your practice: sit in meditation focusing on your breath: inhale on 4 counts, exhale on 4 counts) = 5-12 minutes > set a timer.