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Kale stoemp, mushrooms & mince Ⓥ

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Kale stoemp is a typical Dutch winter dish. In The Netherlands people eat it with a sausage and gravy (non-vegan style). I made a vegan version and on day 1 I ate this simply stoemp made of mashed potatoes, kale and soy cream with a vegan sausage, mustard and small pickled onions.

On day 2 I made with the leftover stoemp an oven dish pimped with mushrooms and mince ‘meat’. It was delicious.

 

Ingredients

Stoemp

  • 1 KG of potatoes
  • 450 (or more) kale (I used organic, frozen)
  • Unsweetened soy cream to taste (or use oat or rice, but they often are too sweet for me)
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Topping/ filling

  • 250g mushrooms
  • 400g mince (I used the Naturli brand)
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • Soy sauce
  • 1 tsp of Cayenne pepper
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Olive oil

Preparation

  1. Make the stoemp: peel the potatoes, cut in quarters and boil for about 15 minutes in some lightly salted water.
  2. Prepare the kale according to the package instructions (about 12 minutes in this case).
  3. Once the potatoes & kale are properly cooked, save some of the water from the kale, throw out the water of the potatoes and mix well to obtain a nice consistency. Mix everything well with a fork or mixer for very smooth consistency. Add pepper & salt to taste. Add some soy cream & olive oil for creaminess. Set aside.
  4. Clean (with paper towel, not water) the mushrooms and slice them.
  5. Finely cut the garlic cloves.
  6. Preheat the oven to about 180°.
  7. Fry up the mushrooms until nicely golden brown, add the garlic for a few minutes, set aside.
  8. Fry the mince in a skillet, add some soy sauce, Cayenne and black pepper.
  9. Add some olive oil in the oven dish, spread half of the stoemp in an equal layer, add some mushrooms, then the mince, finish with the rest of the stoemp and some mushrooms on top.
  10. Put the dish for about 15-20 minutes in the oven.
  11. Enjoy.

Om shanti -ॐ शान्ति


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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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Leek and bacon quiche with olive oil crust Ⓥ

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Quiches are great food to make ahead when organizing a dinner party, you can freeze them or prepare the day before and warm them up before your guest arrive. Serve with a simple rocket salad and a olive oil/ mustard/ lemon juice dressing. Yesterday I made a simple leek & bacon quiche, using a tofu mixture for the filling.

Ingredients

Crust

  • 200g wholegrain flour & 50g quinoa flour (or 250g wholegrain flour)
  • 3 tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 1 tbsp dried rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 125 ml water
  • 125 ml extra-virgin olive oil

Vegetable filling

  • 4 leeks, chopped
  • cup of vegan bacon (i.e. De Vegetarische Slager)
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • pinch of salt
  • olive oil

Tofu filling

  • 1 package of firm tofu
  • soy milk (quantity = dependent on desired consistency)
  • 1 tbsp of chickpea flour
  • 1/4 cup heaped tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp curcuma
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • pinch of salt
  • olive oil

20150715_184705Preparation

  1. Prepare the crust: sieve the dry ingredients in one bowl, mix the wet ingredients in a separate smaller bowl. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, use a fork to mix. Knead lightly, then roll into a circular shape, big enough to reach across the bottom and the sides of a 26cm pie dish. Add non-stick paper to your pie dish, put the dough in the dish & refrigerate while making the filling.
  2. Preheat the oven to 200°C (I use gas oven 6).
  3. Slice the leek in half lengthwise. Place both halves cut side down, then use a circular motion to cut the leek into thin half moons. Rinse out any dirt from between the leaves.
  4. Stir fry the leek for a couple of minutes in some olive oil. Add the chopped garlic and stir fry for 2 more minutes.
  5. Add the vegan bacon and fry until crispy
  6. Add 1 tsp of curcuma, a pinch of salt and fresh pepper. Set aside.
  7. Put the crust in the oven, blind bake it for about 15 minutes.
  8. Make the filling mixture in a food processor or blender: blend the tofu with the rest of the spices, nutritional yeast and enough soy milk to make it into a creamy mixture, add some chickpea flour to thicken the mixture.
  9. Add the tofu mixture to the vegetables.
  10. Take your crust out of the oven, lower the heat to 180°C (gas oven 5). Add the vegetable/ tofu mixture and put in the oven for about 30-35 minutes.
  11. Take your quiche out of the oven, and leave it to cool off for about 10 minutes before serving it with the salad.


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Free yoga classes at the Sampoorna Yoga Studio open door day 19/01/2020

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Come and put your good resolutions to practice, discover the studio, try different types of classes, enjoy healthy snacks and tea, and meet other yogis.
Date: Sunday 19 January 2020.
Place: Sampoorna Yoga Studio, Rue du Houblon-Hopstraat 40, 1000 Brussels.
Time: doors open from 10:00 to 18:00.
10:30 Sampoorna Yoga (Ramdas)
12:00 Vinyasa Flow (Gladys), Sampoorna Yoga (Hanna)
13:30 Yin Yoga (Marleen)
15:00 Sampoorna Yoga (Hanna)
16:30 Mantra Chanting & Meditation (Eknath)
Special offer on yoga passes
FREE of charge. No mandatory registration – but it’s great if you let us know in advance that you’re coming!
We recommend to take public transport or your bicycle to come to the Open Doors! There is a bicycle parking in front.
Om shanti -ॐ शान्ति


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Sad statement

As a long-time yoga student, practitioner and teacher of the Sivananda organisation, I’m saddened to read about the alleged abuse by the founder of the TTC and ashrams around the world, Kuttan Nair (formerly known as Swami Vishnudevananda).

A lot has been said, online, and as a teacher of the tradition, I feel it’s only fair to share my personal view with my students.

As in any organisation, company, institution, religious belief system, there are predators, people who need to control, abuse and hurt other humans in order to feel good about themselves, or for whatever sick reason. That doesn’t make the organisation’s mission and vision they are a part of bad, but it does require honesty, transparency, an independent investigation & ultimately changes in the way of working to avoid enabling such behaviour as well as charges to the culprits and reparations for the victims.

Personally, for now I will continue practicing and teaching traditional yoga, the Sivananda tradition, as I was taught it, since I’ve witnessed the profound benefits of the teachings on so many individuals, as well as on myself. I don’t consider myself to be a devotee to any guru, but a student of proven and solid practices that create harmony, better health and wellbeing in people and their communities.

My heart goes out to the victims of abuse, anywhere. May they find the strength in themselves, and in their community to find inner peace and happiness again, very soon.

Om shanti -ॐ शान्ति


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Special yoga passes prices in December at Sampoorna yoga studio

Sampoorna yoga studio team in Trikonasana poseWe’re already December!
The pre-Christmas season is often a period when we have less time for yoga – because of the stresses of preparing for the festivities at home and finishing everything at work before holidays.
But this is exactly the time when we need more yoga! Come to one of our classes to stretch the tensions out of your body, calm your mind, and connect with other yogis.
We would like to support your practice by making a great offer:
Everyone is entitled to student rates in December!
Examples of prices:
  • 10 classes: 90€ (normal price 135€)
  • 20 classes: 150€ (normal price 220€)
  • 3 months unlimited: 200€ (normal price 300€)
  • 6 months unlimited: 400€ (normal price 500€)

Hopefully I’ll see you soon in one of my Wednesday evening classes, or join any class on the schedule with your yoga pass.

Om shanti -ॐ शान्ति


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Join the Brussels Yoga Mala 2019: join the 108 Sun Salutations for charity

Since 2010, the yoga community in Brussels organizes the Yoga Mala around the Summer Solstice. All participants donate some money and all the proceeds go to a charity. This year the mala will be organised in September, around the Autumn Solstice, on a Saturday morning, 21 September.

Why 108 ? Good question, Shiva Rea has written a beautiful article about it, read it here.

So please join in on Saturday morning, 21 September 2019, as the Yoga community comes together for the 10th time in a celebration of the unity of Yoga to raise money for charity Bru’Zelle, a local NGO helping to fight period poverty.

As we welcome the Autumn Solstice let us offer our gratitude to life by saluting and honouring the Sun. We will practice a Yoga Mala, a prayer in motion of 108 rounds of Surya Namaskara (Sun Salutations).

Sun Salutations_Sivananda YogaThe practice will be a meditative flow, and whether we as individuals are able to do 1 or 108 rounds, the importance lies in our participation and intention – as a collective we will complete the Mala. There will be different teachers leading the rounds of Surya Namaskar, the practice is the Sivananda Hatha Yoga tradition.

Being there together in a spirit of loving-kindness, peace and joy is what it’s all about. And who knows what wonders will come from that…

The event is family-friendly, so children, partners and grandparents are warmly welcome. There will be Yoga for kids & mandala coloring in parallel with the Mala, and other fun activities. Tea and biscuits for after!

You can also make a difference, so come and make it happen together with the Brussels’ yoga community.

Practical information:
Date: Saturday 21 September 2019
Time: 10h30 until approximately 12h00
Venue: Autoworld Museum Mezzanine, Cinquantenaire Park
Cost: EUR 3 Museum entrance fee, plus a donation for charity. The suggested donation is at least EUR 13 (incl. the entrance fee), but we appeal to everyone to give what they can.
What to bring: yoga mat, bottle of water, open heart and lots of energy!
Like the Facebook page & join the event.

  • To register please fill out this form and pay your entrance fee & donation into this bank account: IBAN: BE85 0357 3874 8506. 

Anyone interested in volunteering to help either on the day or in preparations please let us know via email  !

Check out the Sivananda hatha yoga Sun Salutations here:


“O nourishing sun,

Solitary traveller, controller,

Source of life for all creatures, spread your light

And subdue your dazzling splendour

So that I may see your blessed Self.

Even that very Self am I!”

Isha Upanishad 16


Om shanti -ॐ शान्ति


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Yoga teaching schedule as from September 2019

Sampoorna Yoga Studio, Brussels

Warrior pose

Hopefully you’ve enjoyed a great Summer and did do (some) yoga while on holidays.

September marks the start of a new yoga teaching schedule.

Wednesday
6-7:30PM: all level hatha yoga class, Sivananda tradition, at Sampoorna Yoga studio, from 4 September.

Thursday
6:00-7:15PM: all level hatha yoga class, at EU Council sport center LEX building (staff only), from 5 September.

Extra classes: 

  • Sunday 8 September, 60 minute all levels hatha yoga class, Sivananda tradition, 3PM, at Sampoorna Yoga studio
  • Tuesday 24 September, 90 minute all levels hatha yoga class, Sivananda tradition, 7PM at Sampoorna Yoga studio

I’m available for corporate yoga classes during lunch time, feel free to contact me if you have any inquiries.

Looking forward to guiding you on your yoga journey.

Om shanti -ॐ शान्ति

 


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Free yoga classes at the Sampoorna Yoga Studio open-door-day 8/09/2019

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Come and put your good resolutions to practice, discover the studio, try different types of classes, enjoy healthy snacks and tea, and meet other yogis.
Date: Sunday 8 September 2019.
Place: Sampoorna Yoga Studio, Rue du Houblon-Hopstraat 40, 1000 Brussels.
Time: doors open from 10:00 to 18:00.
Free classes (60 minutes):
  • 10:30 Sampoorna Yoga (upstairs), Prenatal Yoga (downstairs)
  • 12:00 Vinyasa Flow (upstairs), Sampoorna Yoga (downstairs)
  • 13:30 Sampoorna Yoga (upstairs), Sampoorna Yoga (downstairs)
  • 14:30 Mantra chanting (30min)
  • 15:00 Yin Yoga (upstairs), Yin Yoga (downstairs)
  • 16:30 Chanting & Meditation

FREE of charge. No mandatory pre-registration, just come along!

Special offer on yoga passes: Buy 10 get 15!
We recommend to take public transport or your bicycle to come to the Open Doors! There is a bicycle parking in front.
Om shanti -ॐ शान्ति


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Quick & delicious noodle soup Ⓥ

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Noodle soup

This is an easy and quick recipe for either lunch or dinner.

The tofu is seasoned and crispy, the noodles cooked al dente, the miso gives the soup an umami flavour and the roasted sesame seeds add a crispy & nutty taste.

Main ingredients (4 servings)

  • Noodles of your choice (I used gluten free brown rice/ pumpkin & ginger noodles) for 4 people (about 250g)
  • 1 pack of firm tofu (250g)
  • 2 to 3 carrots, sliced julienne style
  • 1 large leek or 2 small leeks, sliced
  • 1 large chunk of ginger
  • A handful of sesame seeds
  • Optional: some leafy greens such a bok choy or fresh (baby) spinach, washed and shredded.

Seasoning ingredients

  • Vegetable stock powder
  • 3 tbsp black bean & garlic sauce (from a Chinese or oriental store)
  • 5 tbsp of olive or coconut (or other neutral vegetable) oil
  • 4 tbsp tamari or shoyu sauce
  • 4 tbsp miso paste (rice, soy or another type)
  • 2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp paprika powder
  • 1/2 tsp of chili flakes
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Optional: salt to taste (it’s already salty due to stock powder, miso & soy sauce)
  • Optional: 2 tbsp no fish sauce (vegan shop or Jumbo in The Netherlands)
  • Optional: 1 tsp sambal (very spicy sauce) or sriracha 

Preparation

  1. Lightly press the tofu with both hands (careful not to break it) to drain the water from the tofu (use your hands or this method) & cut in cubes (of about 1-2 cm each).
  2. Prepare the marinade for the tofu: mix the black bean and garlic sauce, tamari, no fish sauce, sambal/ sriracha & spices together and stir in the tofu cubes. Set aside.
  3. Wash the veggies and cut the carrots in julienne strips; peel the ginger and slice thinly; cut the leek in slices.
  4. In a frying pan, heat some oil, add the tofu cubes and fry for about 5 minutes on all sides until crispy. Turn heat off.
  5. Heat a small frying pan, add the sesame seeds and roast until crispy, not black. Turn heat off.
  6. Bring about 1l water to boil, add the vegetable stock powder (see packaging for directions, put half of suggested quantity), as well as the veggies and the noodles bring to boil and let simmer for about 4 minutes (depending on the instructions on the noodle package)*.
  7. Serve: add a tablespoon of miso paste to 4 bowls; take a few spoons of the hot stock from the soup and add to each bowl to mix with the miso paste. Once the noodles are al dente, add the noodles with vegetables and stock. Top with tofu & toasted sesame seeds. Add soy sauce to your liking.
    1. Optional: add some shredded leafy greens to the bowl and let it wilt for a minute or so (no need to boil).
    2. *Tip: cook the noodles in a separate pot, drain & rinse with cold water to ensure they’re al dente and especially if you won’t eat all the soup in one go.

Om shanti -ॐ शान्ति

Noodle soup

Noodle soup in the making


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Accessible yoga training & certificate

20190707_212439Last week I was lucky to be able to attend a 5 day training with the wonderful teacher Lakshmi Sutter in the Sivananda yoga ashram nearby Orleans, France. We were taught many aspects of less able bodied people, their challenges, but mostly all their possibilities to practice yoga on a physical, mental & spiritual level. There was a fun & interested group of fellow yoga teachers from different backgrounds and places taking the course. We all had our own reasons to follow the course, but the intention in general was to be able to bring to more people the benefits of yoga. At the end of the training I obtained my certificate for further training (63 hours). I’m looking forward to teach the accessible training where needed, so feel free to contact me for inquiries.

More info about Accessible Yoga conferences and trainings

Some photos of the training & the delicious sattvic & vegan food in the ashram:

Om shanti -ॐ शान्ति

 


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17-21 June 2019 – 5 day early morning yoga

_MG_2151The Sampoorna Yoga Studio team celebrates the start of the Summer with a delightful 5 day early morning yoga challenge.

Let this week be your inspiration to a daily morning practice! Get up early and start your day with yoga followed by a nourishing vegan breakfast of porridge and fruits!

On five consecutive mornings we meet up before work and duties for a full practice of hatha yoga. There’s no better way to start the day!

 Price: 50€ for the 5 classes (or you can use your regular pass). Free vegan breakfast included!

Dates: 17-21 June 2019 from 7 to 8AM, followed by a filling vegan breakfast

Register online or simply drop by on the day(s) you can make it, even if it’s only 1 day!

Om shanti -ॐ शान्ति


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Fruit & vegetable season is here: order your slowjuicer with a special discount

JAZZ MAXAre you looking for a great and useful gift for yourself or your loved ones? Looking to consume more vegetables & fruits in an easier way to stay or become more healthy?

Order the Jazz Max slowjuicer through me and enjoy a special (6%) discount as well as an exclusive manual with recipes and information to get the most out of your juicer.

There are several models available (prices with discount):

  • Uno: 275,00€ (259€) – juicer only
  • JazzMax white: 345,00€ (324€) – multi-fonctions
  • JazzMax chrome: 360,00€ (338€) – multi-fonctions

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

I can organise a group order as well (as from 2 juicers) with a more interesting price. The juicer comes with a warranty of 3 years.

  • Order your juicer before 13 June via mail.

 

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UPDATED: Yoga teaching schedule June 2019

_MG_2151Join me this month for some yoga, either 60 or 90 minutes classes, with one 7AM class ! Check out my schedule for June 2019:

All classes are hatha yoga, Sivananda tradition, with variations for intermediate/ advanced students.

See you soon 🙂

FYI: in case you are pregnant, please inform me prior to attending the class, you can participate without a problem, but I’ll need to point out some alternatives for Pranayama, the sun salutations, as well as for some asanas.

Om shanti -ॐ शान्ति


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Yoga teaching schedule May 2019

_MG_2151Check out my schedule for May 2019:

All classes are hatha yoga, Sivananda tradition, with variations for intermediate/ advanced students.

See you soon 🙂

FYI: in case you are pregnant, please inform me prior to attending the class, you can participate without a problem, but I’ll need to point out some alternatives for Pranayama, the sun salutations, as well as for some asanas.

Om shanti -ॐ शान्ति