My dear friend & fellow yoga teacher Isabel organises another wonderful yoga retreat in Spain in October.
MOUNTAINS, SUN, BEACH, YOGA & MEDITATION
On this retreat, we will spend most of our time outdoors. The accommodations are in a beautiful, rural, and quiet house. There will be hiking trips to look forward to.
During this week, you will have time to dive deeper into some important aspects of yoga philosophy, as well as the practice of Chakras discovering more about how to balance the main energetic system: one chakra per day. There also will be the practice of complete silence at certain moments.
During the day, there will be excursions where you can connect with the power of nature. You will have also some free time for yourself to read, have a massage, walk around, enjoy the pool or have a siesta.
The evening practice there will be two days holistic movement workshops and two days chanting workshops. Using your body and/or voice to release tensions and free the body and mind. This techniques will also help your body to be more flexible and at ease during the yoga asana practice. The day ends with yoga nidra (a 30′ practice of deep physical, mental, and emotional relaxation).
After this retreat, you will feel lighter, renewed, recharged, and your eyes will shine brighter!
I will be there & I warmly recommend you join too.
Hopefully you will all get to enjoy the Summer. For those of you that wish to continue to take yoga classes, I can inform you that I’ll be teaching some public online yoga classes, all levels, the first 3 weeks of July & the last 2 weeks of August.
No matter where you are, as long as you have a computer, yoga mat & internet connection, you can join, also on holidays 🙂
The studio where I’ve been teaching for many years, Sampoorna Yoga Studio, in Brussels, has recently moved to a new booking tool. It’s very user-friendly & also budget friendly for the studio, which is particularly important in these difficult times where the studio’s doors are still closed & classes only take place online.
You can register via the schedule on our website, or via the Eversports App on your smartphone. In the schedule, look up the class you want to join, click on Join Now, and proceed. If you have a valid pass the class will automatically be deducted from your pass. If you need to purchase a new subscription, you can choose from the various options available. Feel free to leave a review as well.
Looking forward to seeing you again soon in an online class.
I gave myself the gift of the Instant Pot. Initially I wanted to get a rice/ quinoa cooker but was advised to get an Instant Pot as it’s not much more expensive and very versatile and useful.
My first experiences have been very positive. Obviously I’ve made rice (1 cup of rice, 1 cup of water & some salt if wished), done in 3 minutes on high pressure manual mode (with 10 extra minutes to release the steam naturally) ! Incredible.
Furthermore, I’ve made this spicy eggplant dish (one of my all time favourite veggies), I ate it with pasta. It turned out super soft and perfect to season, stir fry or roast with very little to no oil after.
Then I prepared kale. All done in 3 minutes on high manual pressure mode (need time to release naturally or quick release).
Last week I’ve been making soup using the soup program on the cooker. It’s super simple. Just use the sauté mode to fry onion, garlic, garlic (if used) and then cancel, add the vegetable stock (most of the times I use 5 cups boiled water with stock powder), add the cut & washed vegetables of choice (ideally stick to 1 color: all green or all orange/ red to avoid a disgustingly colored soup), mix & close the pot. Choose the soup mode & come back 30 minutes later, let the steam release naturally or with quick release, mix with your immersion blender and voilà. My discoveries: broccoli, fennel & potato soup; leek, rocket salad & potato soup; endives & potato soup. All my soups include 1 or 2 onions, 1 or 2 cloves of garlic and 2 medium sized potatoes. I often add a dash of tamari & salt & black pepper when serving the soup. It’s nice to add nutritional yeast when you drink your soup.
Next up: making a stew. So I looked up lots of Instant Pot recipes, there is so much out there, it’s amazing. I make this lentil stew with kale & sweet potato, again delicious & so simpel! It was utterly delicious.
6-7 PM: all level hatha yoga class, Sivananda tradition, via Sampoorna Yoga Studio, online class via ZOOM. => Please register in advance.
Thursday evenings 5:45-7:00 PM: all level hatha yoga class, for EU Council staff only, online class via ZOOM.
Important informationregarding Sampoorna Yoga Studio
The studio must remain closed until 15 January2021, according to the current restrictions. At the same time we continue paying rent, we have monthly bills for electricity, water, IT systems, insurance, etc. We want to pay our teachers fair rates for their online classes, and as a compassionate gesture we continue to pay our cleaning lady even if there is no work. How to pay for all this when the studio is closed? That’s the question!
We are making savings wherever we can – cancelling unnecessary contracts, negotiating prices – and we thought that you, as our loyal students, might like to join in a team effort to keep the studio going over the lockdown period – so that as soon as we can open again, you will be able to enjoy classes with your trusted teachers in our warm and welcoming studio.
Purchase an extra yoga pass (or two) now, even if you use them later – the validity is now 1 year
Give a gift voucher to your family and friends (perfect Christmas present!) – here’s how to purchase a gift card online
Donate an amount of your choice to directly support us in covering the costs during lockdown – here’s how to do it via our online store
We are also using this time to make some upgrades to the studio premises (painting, decorating), so that it will be all nice and fresh for you when we re-open. We really love teaching yoga, and your happy smiles on our screens makes our day every time. Thank you for practicing yoga with us!
Looking forward to guiding you on your yoga journey.
It’s that time of year again: Back to Yoga! Join our hybrid event to celebrate the new season of yoga on Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 September 2020.
Free yoga IN THE STUDIO:
Saturday 12 September in the studio – great for new students to get to know the studio: 10:00-11:00 – Hanna (Sampoorna Yoga) 11:30-12:30 – Gladys (Vinyasa) 13:30-14:30 – Eknath (Sampoorna Yoga) 15:00-16:00 – Eknath (Sampoorna Yoga) 17:00-18:00 – Marleen (Yin Yoga)
Sunday 13 September in the studio: 10:00-11:00 – Hanna (Sampoorna Yoga) 11:30-12:30 – Ramdas (Sampoorna Yoga) 13:30-14:30 – Laura (Vinyasa) 15:00-16:00 – Manu (Sampoorna Yoga) 17:00-18:00 – Lindell (Yin Yoga) 18:30-19:30 – Ramdas (Lie-Down Sound Bath meditation)
Free yoga ONLINE (ZOOM) – for everyone:
Saturday 12 September online: 10:00-11:00 – Ambika (Sivananda Yoga) 13:30-14:30 – Hanna (Sampoorna Yoga) 15:00-16:00 – Irene (Prenatal Yoga)
Sunday 13 September online: 11:00-12:00 – Ambika (Sivananda Yoga) 15:00-16:00 – Hanna (Sampoorna Yoga) 17:00-18:00 – Virginie (Yin Yoga)
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