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May: Aparigraha - Non-attachment

Monthly Theme by Maarten van Huijstee

April 2017

In the Theme of the Month of May I will reflect on the fifth and last Yama: Aparigraha. The Yamas, “the don’ts”, are considered the natural laws of Yoga and thus Aparigraha is one of the five essential restraints.  The word Aparigraha stems from the word parigrah which means ‘to crave’, ‘to seek’ and 'to seize’ possessions. It not only means the action but also includes the intent; the attitude of craving and possessiveness. The prefix “a” means “non” so often Aparigraha is translated to no-greed or non-attachment. On a physical or material level we can easily come to understand Aparigraha; don’t attach yourself to the stuff you have or seemingly want to have. I’m not saying it’s easy to do, because most of our economy and big parts of our society are aimed at stimulating the craving of material possessions, I’m just saying it's easy to understand. It gets interesting if you start contemplating your attachment to relationships, thoughts and emotions.  Aren't we really attached to the thought or identity built around these possesions? Isn't it only a collective idea that with more possessions, we gain more status and relationships?  When I started contemplating on this, one of my favourite songs, “Society” by Eddie Vedder, came to mind. This is a soundtrack of Sean Penn’s “Into the Wild”, a movie directed at showing us the insanity of our society. When reading the following lyrics please imagine the Soul or Mother Nature singing these profound words. It's a mystery to me We have agreed With which we have agreed You think you have to want More than you need Until you have it all you won't be free Society, you're a crazy breed I hope you're not lonely without me When you want more than you have You think you need And when you think more than you want Your thoughts begin to bleed Please also take a few minutes to listen to this beautiful song, because you can actually feel the Soul shining through the vibrations of Eddie's voice. Or maybe that's just my imagination. Or both. Lots of Love,  Maarten van Huijstee Co- Founder Delight Yoga

April: Brahmacharya - Follow the Universal self inside

Monthly Theme by Maarten van Huijstee

March 2017

Brahmacharya In this Theme of the Month I will reflect on the fourth Yama “Brahmacharya”. The Yamas are an integral part of the path of Yoga and are seen as the natural laws of life which are guiding our action, words and thoughts.

March: Asteya - Non-stealing

Monthly Theme by Maarten van Huijstee

February 2017

Asteya In the Theme of the Month of March I'll be continuing my exploration of the Yamas, which are seen as the natural laws of Yoga and apply to all aspects of life, including restraints in one's actions, words and thoughts. This month we will reflect on the third Yamas, "Asteya", which translates to "non-stealing".

On the schedule: meditation courses

Article by Delight Yoga

February 2017

When you practice meditation on a regular basis, you can experience beautiful benefits. From better concentration to less stress. But it needs practice! That's why we are offering four of our weekly meditation classes in a course format. You can follow them in sequence as a three/four month-course or take each separately—depending on your preference and wishes. 

February: Satya - Truthfulness

Monthly Theme by Maarten van Huijstee

February 2017

Satya As mentioned in the January, I’ll be writing the Theme of the Months in 2017 about the five Yamas, an integral part of the eightfold path of Yoga. The Yamas are seen as the natural laws of Yoga which apply broadly in life and include self-restraints in one's action, words and thoughts. In February we’ll be having a closer look at the second Yama “Satya” which translates to “Truthfulness”

Open Days 11+12 February: free yoga at Weteringschans!

Article by Delight Yoga

January 2017

Open days 11 and 12 February at Weteringschans 53! Don't we all have this friend, family member, neighbour or colleague who says he/she will try yoga one day but never does? In the weekend of 11 and 12 February Delight Yoga offers an open day weekend: Free yoga all weekend - so no more excuses! If they're still hesitating, tell them there will also be free clearings and massages, that will do the job :) 

January: Ahimsa - non violence, non harming

Monthly Theme by Maarten van Huijstee

December 2016

Ahimsa Several weeks ago, my teacher, Katiza Satya asked me to write the Theme of the Month for the first months of 2017. I was asked to write about the five "Yamas", one of the limbs of the eightfold path of Yoga. The Yamas are seen as the natural laws of Yoga which apply broadly in life and include self-restraints in one's action, words and thoughts. In January we start with "Ahimsa" which literally means "do not harm".

The Delight of Being

Article by Juno Burger

November 2016

The Delight of Being A senior monk and a junior monk were traveling together. At one point, they came to a river with a strong current. As the monks were preparing to cross the river, they saw a very young and beautiful woman also attempting to cross. The young woman asked if they could help her cross to the other side.

December: Just being is enough

Monthly Theme by Kevin Sahaj

November 2016

Maybe you have this experience that you are thinking to much. We are always planning, worrying, solving some problem, judging what we see as good or bad, liking or disliking. Is there ever a time when we are just being? Simply experiencing life as it is in whatever colour, sound, taste and touch is unfolding NOW by NOW, is a rare event.

November: The importance of self practice

Monthly Theme by Kevin Sahaj

October 2016

Do you have a practice of yoga that you do regularly at home by yourself? If the answer is yes then you may have understood what is the real meaning of yoga practice: to dive deeply into yourself and find what is truth.

October: Hatha Yoga Part 4 of 4

Monthly Theme by Kevin Sahaj

September 2016

Hatha Yoga Part 4 Mudra, Bandha and Kundalini Energy udghāṭayetkapāṭaṃ tu yathā kuṃchikayā haṭhāt |
kuṇḍalinyā tathā yoghī mokṣhadvāraṃ vibhedayet || 105 ||   As a door is opened with a key, so the Yogî opens the door of mukti by opening Kuṇḍalinî by means of Haṭha Yoga.

Why do you want to meditate?

Article by Dana Marshall

September 2016

Why do you want to meditate? At ten years old, sitting in front of meditation master Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, I was asked “ Why do you want to meditate?”

Practicing from the inside: Vijnana Yoga

Article by Shirley Woods

August 2016

Practicing from the inside: Vijnana Yoga  We asked expert Shirley Woods to explain a bit more about the principles of vijnana yoga. What is it exactly, how does practicing from the inside work?

September: Hatha Yoga Part 3 of 4

Monthly Theme by Kevin Sahaj

August 2016

Hatha Yoga part 3 Part 3. Pranayama practice according to the Hatha Yoga Pradipika: athāsane dṝdhe yoghī vaśī hita-mitāśanaḥ | ghurūpadiṣhṭa-mārgheṇa prāṇāyāmānsamabhyaset || 1 ||

Breathing in Ecstasy!

Article by Arno Nistal Ten Veen

August 2016

Breathing in Ecstasy!  In this article Arno gives you some insights in how the way you breathe is directly related to how you feel, and how you exchange energy with life itself with all of your life…

Erica Jago Back at Delight Yoga!

Article by Delight Yoga

August 2016

Erica Jago will be back at Delight Yoga and will be guiding workshops, special classes and some regular classes:

August: Hatha Yoga Part 2 of 4

Monthly Theme by Kevin Sahaj

July 2016

Hatha Yoga part 2 Part 2. Asana practice according to the Hatha Yoga Pradipika: The second chapter of the Hatha Yoga Pradipika explains asana as the foundation of the Hatha Yoga training.

Finding Sanity in an Insane World

Article by Kimberly Poppe

July 2016

Finding Sanity in an Insane World  Each morning when I wake up and look at the news, it feels like the world has gone insane and that we are in some apocalyptic horror movie with a script so badly written that no one would believe it is actually real. 

July: Hatha Yoga Part 1 of 4

Monthly Theme by Kevin Sahaj

July 2016

The purpose of Yoga according to the Hatha Yoga Pradipika Hatha Yoga is the system of yoga we follow when we practice yoga asanas, pranayamas, bandhas etc. Any practice that involves these aspects is Hatha Yoga, every "style" of yoga you are practicing it is directly related to Hatha Yoga.

May: Bhakti Yoga Part 2 of 2

Monthly Theme by Kevin Sahaj

June 2016

The way of the heart, devotion and sacred space. This month's theme from the Bhagavad Gita is a continuation of last months theme: the path of "Bhakti " yoga, the yoga of opening the heart in devotion.

Opening Weekend Prinseneiland

Article by Delight Yoga

May 2016

Yes!  As you might know, we're opening up our fourth yoga school in Amsterdam on Prinseneiland.  We're really excited that we're heading towards the Opening weekend! In the weekend of 14/15 May everybody is welcome to join us for some free(!) yoga classes, meditation, pranayama, massages, healings, clearings, music and satsang.

Delightful Meditation Classes

Article by Delight Yoga

May 2016

Meditation classes at Delight Yoga We've created a new set up for the Delight Meditation classes. We've identified five styles of meditation, that are now taught at our Delight Yoga schools. You can find the following one hour classes on our regular schedule of both Amsterdam and Den Haag.

June: Jñana Yoga, or the Yoga of Knowledge

Monthly Theme by Kevin Sahaj

April 2016

Theme of the month May 2016 jñāna yoga, or the yoga of knowledge This month's theme from the Bhagavad Gita is the path of jñāna yoga, or the yoga of knowledge. jñāna is not knowledge in the same way we normally understand the word. jñāna is like a fire that burns away that which is not true.

Product of the month - April

Article by Delight Yoga

April 2016

Yogandha oils Boost your wellbeing naturally with aroma therapy ‘Gandha’ is sanskrit for fragrance and the fragrant substances made from woods, herbs, plants and resins: sandalwood, myrrh, cedarwood, jasmine, etc.

April: Bhakti Yoga Part 1 of 2

Monthly Theme by Kevin Sahaj

March 2016

Bhakti Yoga This month we continue with the paths of yoga as described by the Bhagavad-gītā. The path of Bhakti Yoga is described in the Gita as the quickest and most powerful of the paths of Yoga. The whole of the Bhagavad-gītā is a dialogue between Arjuna and Krishna.

The Path of Krishnamacharya

Article by Adela Serrano

March 2016

Tirumali Krishnamacharya (1888-1989) is also known as “The Father of Modern Yoga”.  He was born in the south of India, in a Brahmin family and was trained in the study of the Vedas by his father, the Vedas are the basis of what is known as Hinduism.

Product of the month - March

Article by Delight Yoga

March 2016

Pukka's Wholistic Trikatu - recommended by Victoria Hyndman (Ayurvedic Expert) As we are nearing the end of winter and the beginning of spring, this is the time of year when we start to get colds.

March: Karma Yoga

Monthly Theme by Kevin Sahaj

March 2016

Theme of the month March 2016 We will start this month with the first of the Yogas from the Bhagavad Gītā: Karma Yoga.  Karma Yoga is the path to realization by acting selflessly in the world with the knowledge of our inherent interdependence with all things.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Quote by Delight Yoga

February 2016

"Every artist was first an amateur." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Buddha

Quote by Delight Yoga

February 2016

"Do not dwell on the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment." -- Buddha

Thich Nhat Hahn

Quote by Delight Yoga

February 2016

"Many people are alive but don't touch the miracle of being alive". -- Thich Nhat Hahn

Pleasure by Buddha

Poem by Delight Yoga

February 2016

Whoever gives oneself to distractions and does not give oneself to meditation,  forgetting true purpose and grasping at pleasure,  will eventually envy the one who practices meditation.

Loosen your grip

Poem by Deborah Quibell

February 2016

Loosen your grip. Give yourself permission to be imperfect. Don't seek what others are seeking, unless it echoes in your bones. Spit out whatever you have ingested about not being enough. Your realness is delicious. And you don't need to obsess any longer about finding your path. Start simple. Tie a string from your heart to your feet And only walk in the direction that makes you tick. By Deborah Anne Quibell  

Prune & poppy porridge

Recipe by Kyra de Vreeze

February 2016

Porridge is a typical winter breakfast but can be enjoyed year round. Winter invited you to choose rootsy and dense ingredients and warming and comforting flavours. Spring allows you to work with light and cleansing produce and a refreshing and uplifting palate. You can give shape and character to your porridge and make it totally season appropriate.

Amaranth, fig and sage cookies

Recipe by Kyra de Vreeze

February 2016

I have been totally obsessing over Sage off late. Its taste, its colour, the velvety texture of its leaves, the healing properties it holds.  I love everything about it, and it loves me back.  Cooking with Sage is not part of my culinary upbringing.

Find your sacred space with Tijn Touber

Article by Michel Fijn

February 2016

Once upon a time there was a man; a virtuoso of the guitar and member of one of Hollands most beloved and famous bands in the eighties, Lois Lane. He seemed to have it all – the most desired woman in Holland and a band who caught even the curious eye of superstar Prince, who would later take the whole ensemble on a world tour – all of them except for this man. 

Find your sacred space with Katiza Satya & Kevin Sahaj

Article by Michel Fijn

February 2016

To set foot inside the sacred space of Katiza Satya and Kevin Sahaj is to feel submerged in the very essence of their being. The smell of sandalwood incense, the simple tones of dark wood, earthly colours and matted white walls, the many statues and tokens of those who represent the divine, holding the space that is their home now;

The mind, meditation and creativity

Article by Deborah Quibell

February 2016

Every creative knows that our most valuable resource is not our mac, our Leica camera, new oil paints, or the latest high-tech software. It is our mind. Creativity erupts from ideas. And ideas erupt from the mind. But what is the mind, really?

The power of listening

Article by Deborah Quibell

February 2016

I walked in a bit early for the interview. I had been thinking about it for many days, and felt simultaneously excited and immensely settled.  I had known the work of Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche for some time, but had never had the pleasure to meet him in person.