Sivananda yoga classes in Brussels & Amsterdam


Leave a comment

My favorite meditation App

screen-shot-2017-02-15-at-15-55-46It sounds counter intuitive: using an App to meditate, but for some it is the tool that really helps to sit and do ‘it’ regularly.

My favorite App for meditation is by far: Insight Timer for Android & Apple phones.

There’s a free and a paid version (not expensive, less than 5€). The advantage of the paid version is that your phone goes on mute during your meditation, so you won’t be disturbed, which I find fabulous.

You can choose to meditate in silence and simply use the App to set the desired timing for your practice, as well as choose how to inform you’re ‘done’: by sounding 1, 2 or 3 bells (different types are possible). You can also use guided meditations and there are thousands, in several languages and for every occasion: I love the yoga for sleep and yoga breathing.

Options: you can keep track of your achievements and connect with other meditators or friends around the world.

So give it a try and kickstart your meditation practice. Once you get the hang of it, you’ll see how it’ll change your day, as it really helps to focus more and be less distracted (my experience).

Om shanti -ॐ शान्ति

 

 

 


Leave a comment

To live and breathe yoga, visit one of the wonderful Sivananda Ashrams

Sivananda Paques

Lucky me when I discovered Sivananda by talking to a yoga teacher in San Francisco back in 2010. In Spring of 2011 I went for a yoga holiday to the  Ashram nearest to me, in Orléans, in France. It felt like paradise!

There are currently 9 Sivananda Ashrams around the world – in Canada, India, France, Austria, Bahamas, and the United States. Most offer the Yoga Vacation program all year round.

As a guest you participate in the morning & evening Satsang, there are 2 yoga classes per day & 2 delicious meals per day. Besides you will enjoy spiritual lectures, silent walks and occasionally religious ceremonies (Pujas) performed by Indian priests.

The French Ashram is a true oasis of peace, it’s located in a small village outside of Orléans and there is only nature around, so it’s very quiet. It’s an excellent place to get away from a hectic lifestyle to focus and concentrate on inner peace and restoring the balance between your body, mind & soul through yoga.

The daily schedule might not be your idea of a holiday, but it’s really easy once you get in the rhythm of the Ashram life. It’s sort of soothing to know there’s only the Ashram schedule that matters, no other distractions or responsibilities matter there. Hence, you can fully focus on your Sadhana (spiritual practice).

ASHRAM DAILY SCHEDULE
5:30 am – Wake-up bell
6:00 am – Satsang (silent meditation, Mantra Chanting and lecture/reading)
8:00 am – Asanas, Relaxation)
10:00 am – Brunch (wholesome delicious, vegetarian meal)
4:00 pm – Yoga class
6:00 pm – Dinner
8:00 pm – Satsang
10:00 pm – Lights out

Check out the nearest Ashram to where you are to enjoy the peace & yoga vibrations for a long weekend, week or longer. I’ve been to France & Canada and would love to visit all the Sivananda Ashrams & yoga centers all around the world.

You can go on a yoga holiday, follow a specific program or workshop, study to  become a yoga teacher (TTC) or become a Karma Yogi and life and work on the Ashram for a specific amount of time.

More info
Ashram France
Ashrams worldwide