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Brussels Yoga Mala 2017: 108 Sun Salutations

Since 2010, a bunch of very motivated yogins in Brussels organize the Yoga Mala around the Summer Solstice. All participants donate some money and all the proceeds go to a charity. Why 108 ? Good question, Shiva Rea has written a beautiful article about it, read it here.

So please join us on Sunday morning, 4 June 2017, as the Yoga community comes together for the eighth time in a celebration of the unity of Yoga to raise money for charity (cause still to be decided).

As we welcome the Summer 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 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: Sunday 4 June 2017
Time: 10h30 until approximately 12h00
Venue: Autoworld Museum Mezzanine, Cinquantenaire Park
Cost: EUR 2 Museum entrance fee, plus a donation for charity. The suggested donation is at least EUR 10, 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 send an email with your name and contact details and pay your entrance fee & donation into this bank account: 035-7387485-06 (IBAN: BE85 0357 3874 8506). Upon payment you will receive a registration confirmation by email.

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

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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29 Oct. 2016: teaching a charity yoga class in Accra (Ghana)

blissyogaaccraAs I’m a yoga teacher, I love to discover new studios and teachers around the world. During my upcoming holidays in Ghana, I wanted to see if I could teach in Accra & contacted 2 local studios who both replied very positively.

So please come & join my first special class* in sunny Accra, accessible to all levels: beginner, intermediate and advanced yogis.

The class will be a typical Sivananda class: relaxation, Pranayama, Sun Salutations, asanas and final relaxation.

bliss-yoga-accraAbout Bliss Yoga Accra:
If you are looking for one of the most dynamic yoga experiences of a lifetime, look no further! Bliss Yoga has arrived! The Bliss Yoga Accra studio, nestled in Accra’s premier luxury hotel, the Movenpick Hotel, is known for its out of this world, music infused fitness experience with a spectacular view! Globetrotters and hipsters alike, call it their home away from home.

Event Details:
Date/ time: Saturday, October 29th – 10:00am-11:00am
Location: Bliss Yoga Accra, Movenpick Hotel, Emporium Entrance, 1st Floor
Telephone contact: +233 50 9546723

*Donation Based Class: Give What You Can.
All proceeds go to Touch A Life

Om shanti -ॐ शान्ति

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Teaching lots of yoga in October 2016

img_1941Om dear yogins, I’d like to share my October teaching schedule with you as there are quite some extra classes I’ll be teaching this month all over Brussels and Accra 🙂 I’m very happy and humble to continue to share the knowledge of my teachers swami Sivananda and swami Vishudevananda with all of you. Please join 1 or several, or all, classes if you like.

6/10/2106: 6:30PM at the EU Council, Etterbeek
7/10/2016: 7AM  at Sampoorna Yoga Studio, Brussels
8/10/2016: 10AM at Sampoorna Yoga Studio, Brussels
8/10/2016:  11:30AM at Sampoorna Yoga Studio, Brussels
11/10/2016:  7PM at Sampoorna Yoga Studio, Brussels
12/10/2016: 1PM at The Happy Body, Etterbeek
13/10/2016:6:30PM at the EU Council, Etterbeek
14/10/2016: 12:30PMat Sampoorna Yoga Studio, Brussels
15/10/2016: 10AM at Sampoorna Yoga Studio, Brussels
15/10/2016:  11:30AM at Sampoorna Yoga Studio, Brussels
19/10/2016: 1PM at The Happy Body, Etterbeek
20/10/2016:6:30PM at the EU Council, Etterbeek
21/10/2016: 12:30PM at Sampoorna Yoga Studio, Brussels
22/10/2016: 10AM at Sampoorna Yoga Studio, Brussels
22/10/2016:  11:30AM at Sampoorna Yoga Studio, Brussels
27/10/2016:6:30PM at the EU Council, Etterbeek
29/10/2016: 10AM at Bliss  Yoga Studio, Accra (Ghana) => charity yoga class

If you fancy a private or in-company (lunch) yoga class, feel free to drop me an email.

Om shanti -ॐ शान्ति

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Karma yoga class for charity “Kat zoekt thuis”

Join a Karma yoga class for charity “Kat zoekt thuis”

yoga-catsJoin Ambika for a new Karma yoga for charity class on Saturday 17 December at 10 AM at Sampoorna Yoga Brussels.

The donations will go to “Kat Zoekt Thuis” charity in Ghent: an organisation that offers a shelter to stray cats and kittens & finds them wonderful final homes. NGO “Kat Zoekt Thuis” do not get any subsidies, they survive thanks to adoption fees, donations and revenues from organizing events.

The class will be a 60 minute Sivananda style hatha class with Pranayama, Sun Salutations, asanas and relaxation and is suitable to all levels. To register please send an email to before 10 December (22 places available).

Om shanti -ॐ शान्ति

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Join the Brussels Yoga Mala 2016

BYM_2011Join the Brussels’ yoga community in celebrating the Summer on Sunday 5 June 2016 with the 7th edition of the Brussels Yoga Mala!

 What is the Yoga Mala? – it’s a yoga event for all the family taking place in Brussels around the time of the summer solstice where we celebrate life and practice 108 Sun Salutations, kids have their own yoga party, and we raise money for charity. This year we are supporting the Community Support for Refugees group.

108 sun salutations? you must be joking, I can only do 8 before I need a rest in savasana! – no problem, whether you do 8 or 108 we will complete the mala together, the last 6 Malas have seen over 100 women, men and children coming together to make one sunny circle 🙂

There will be at least 10 yoga teachers leading the rounds, including me.

Where is it and when? – it’s on the mezzanine in Autoworld Museum, Park Cinquantenaire in Brussels, and we start at 10h30 on Sunday 5 June. We usually finish around midday.

How do I register and how much is it? – to register please send an email, and make a payment of €2 entrance fee plus a donation for charity (we suggest €10 put please give what you can) into the bank account: BE85 0357 3874 8506.

This is a great idea, how can I help? – this event is run entirely by volunteers so if you’d like to volunteer to help in some way please let us know on the same email address.

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Fundraising for La Maison Rose in Dakar, Senegal

As you may know I’ll be going to Dakar (Senegal) in May and will teach a guest yoga class in Prism Yoga of Mina Fuhr on 11 May.

Mina as well as Catherine from Shala Dakar spoke to me about another yoga teaching opportunity in La Maison Rose, a shelter for women and children. In Catherine’s words:
We run a weekly class at La Maison Rose, a home which looks after and supports young women, adolescents and children who are survivors of violence and in vulnerable life situations to rebuild their lives. If you want to help or find out more information about their work, please go to the following websites: and”

Teaching yoga is one thing, but the ladies are also in need of (summer) clothes for both women and children. I’ll plan to bring one suitcase especially designated for that purpose. So if you have any clean and decent clothes to give, please get in touch before 4 May 2016, I know timing is SHORT, but I’m sure it’ll work !

I would also like to make a donation to this charity, so if you would like to contribute financially too, please let me know. I’ll personally hand over the money to the director of La Maison Rose in Dakar.

Thank you for your kindness and generosity.

Om shanti -ॐ शान्ति

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2015 Brussels Yoga Mala : 108 Sun Salutations for charity

Om dear yogin,

yoga mala 2015Have you registered for the 2015 Brussels Yoga Mala yet?

Do (1 or more, up to ) 108 sun salutations to celebrate summer and raise funds for charity, on 13 June 2015 at the Autoworld Museum (Cinquantenaire). We’ll be a (hopefully) huge group of Brussels’ yogins creating beautiful energy for a local charity.

This year the donations will go to local charity “Serve the City Brussels“.

To register, follow these 2 simple steps:

  1. Pay your entrance fee to the autoworld (€2) + a minimum donation of €10 to this bank account: BE85 0357 3874 8506
  2. Send an email to Brussels Yoga Mala with your name and contact details.
    1. You will receive a confirmation by email.