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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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24-28 April 2017 – 5 day early morning yoga

early yoga breakfastIt’s April, so the Sampoorna Yoga Studio celebrates Spring with the 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: 24-28 April 2017 from 7 to 8AM, followed by a filling vegan breakfast

Register online or simply drop by on the day(s) you can make it


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A new Ambika Yoga newsletter (#36) is out.

screen-shot-2017-03-05-at-12-05-50Newsletters are a great tool to send out info and tips about my two passions: yoga & vegan food, my workshops & recipes.

If you are interested in those topics too, then simply register for the newsletter.

No worries, I won’t SPAM you, a newsletter goes out roughly every 1-2 months.

Feel free to consult the latest newsletters online here.


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Yoga video tutorial for shoulderstand & plough poses

After the headstand comes Sarvangasana (Sanskrit: सर्वाङ्गासन), the Sanskrit name for the shoulderstand, comes from the word “sarva”, meaning whole. This asana strengthens your entire body; it gives many of the benefits of the Headstand, but here the circulation is directed to your thyroid gland instead of the head and it gives a great stimulation to your metabolism. It’s an inverted pose, with your body resting on your shoulders.

Check out the step by step asana on this page.

=> Check out this short tutorial video of Sarvangasana followed by Halasana:

Om shanti -ॐ शान्ति


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Join my yoga classes in January 2017

AmbikaYoga-profile smallHopefully 2017 has started beautifully for you. I know many people make resolutions for the new year, personally I like to reflect on my favorite people and moments of the year before. I promised myself to take good care of my loved ones and myself, in which ever form that may be.

Yoga can definitely be part of taking good care of oneself. So if you want to simply try a class, renew your practice or continue your ongoing practice, feel free to join one of my classes in this first cold month of the year.

Thursday, 12/01 – 6:30PM  at the EU council (members only) – 90 minutes class
Saturday, 14/01 – 10:00AM at Sampoorna Yoga studio -60 minutes class
Saturday, 14/01 – 11:30AM at Sampoorna Yoga studio – 60 minutes class
FREE Sunday,  15/01 – 4:30PM at Sampoorna Yoga studio – 60 minutes class (open door day)
Thursday, 19/01 – 6:30PM  at the EU council (members only) – 90 minutes class
Saturday, 21/01 – 10:00AM at Sampoorna Yoga studio -60 minutes class
Saturday, 21/01 – 11:30AM at Sampoorna Yoga studio – 60 minutes class
Thursday, 26/01 – 6:30PM  at the EU council (members only) – 90 minutes class

Happy New Yoga Year 🙂

Om shanti -ॐ शान्ति


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Open door day with free classes and chanting at Sampoorna yoga studio

sampoorna_yoga_studio_receptionOn Sunday 15 January 2017, join the traditional Open Doors Day to start the New Year in yoga style! The studio will be open from 10:00 to 18:00. There’ll be several free activities to choose from:

  • FREE 60-minute hatha & yin yoga classes
    • Yin Yoga at 10:30
    • All Levels Hatha Yoga at 12:00, 13:30, 15:00 and 16:30
  • FREE Kids Yoga at 13:30 (4-8 year olds, in French)
  • FREE Mantra Chanting/Kirtan at 15:00.
  • Special offers on yoga passes and products.

And, yes as usual, nice yogic company, sattvic snacks and tea!

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

TIP: It’s highly recommended to take public transport or your / a Villo bicycle to come to the Open Doors! There is a bicycle parking in front.

Info on public transport: how to get there.

Om shanti -ॐ शान्ति


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Enjoy 1 month of free yoga classes at Sampoorna with an unlimited pass

xmas-sysIt’s December… and the lovely people of Sampoorna Yoga Studio love to brighten your very cold day with a special offer:

“Commit now to a healthy New Year, and receive a month of yoga classes for free!”

=> Buy an unlimited yoga pass of 6 or 12 months for 2017 at a reduced rate (student rate for everyone), and receive December 2016 for free!  (offer valid during December 2016, for passes starting 1 January 2017).

REMINDER: there are also two workshops and a satsang coming up in December: check out the website for all the wonderful upcoming events and retreats, including my charity yoga class on Saturday 17 December at 10AM.

Om shanti -ॐ शान्ति