Healing in Action: A dialogue with Kevin Sahaj

Wisdom by Anne-Sophie Eckert

Kevin Sahaj is a dedicated yoga practitioner who has been studying and practising yoga for 30 years. His approach to teaching is eclectic and draws from many different methods and teachings to help students align their lives towards awakening. He is the life partner of Katiza Satya; together they lead the Delight Yoga Teacher training programmes and offer guidance for the spiritual direction of the school. I recently held a virtual interview with Sahaj - read on to learn more about his diverse background, his experience teaching Healing Yoga, relationship with Ayurveda, and personal philosophies. Sahaj, I had the honour and privilege to attend your recent online workshop 'Yoga & Healing: a one-day introduction to Sahaja Healing Yoga​'. It was just a one-day experience and I feel transformed. How do you explain this? I am always happy when someone feels the transformational effects of the methods I am sharing. The practices that I am sharing with others I have chosen from many sources for their ability to awaken the body, energy, and mind, and to catalyze the evolutionary human process of becoming a more sensitive, open, loving, and compassionate person. These teachings are gifts from awakened beings to people who want to grow out of the selfish, fearful, and self-centred small mind to remember their true nature; Sat Chit Ananda (truth, pure consciousness, bliss). Your teachings show that you have a diverse background; you refer to Qi Gong, Tibetan Yoga, Buddhism, Ayurveda, and other forms of yoga. Would you say these are lenses or patterns that allow us to perceive the same subtle energy? These teachings are more like a mirror than a lens, because when we look within we can find the source of all wisdom and subtle aspects of ourselves will be revealed, including the subtle energies in the body. I have always been eclectic in my studies and have dived into many sources of wisdom. I see that all the wisdom paths have the same truth, but defined in different ways, or approached from varying perspectives. Can you describe in a few words what Prana means to you? Prana is life force. The life force is in everything, and everything is alive with prana; birds, rocks, rivers, and plants. The whole universe is sustained by the prana of life and we are a microcosm of the universe. Within our bodies are 5 major life energies that have specific functions and control different aspects of our body, energy, and mind. We work directly with these energies in the healing yoga to align our individual existence with the universal Prana and become integrated with the flow of life. How can you help couples connect with their subtle sexual energy? I see that this topic is part of your upcoming Summer Journey of Healing and Awakening workshop at Delight and I'm curious about it. Sexuality is a very misunderstood part of our lives, and yet it has a tremendous force on us, and in many ways controls us without our awareness. Sacred sexuality is a way of bringing consciousness into our sexuality rather than simply being automatically thrown into the powerful desire forces of procreation. In order to access the sacred aspect of sexuality, we have to become sensitive to our subtle energy flows in our own bodies. Then we can feel the energy clearly with another and join with them in a dance of love. Some traditions, for instance in Tibetan Yoga and Qi Gong, sex is seen as a very elevated and profound practice of coming out of the illusion of separation into the unity that is beyond the duality of male and female, self and other, the world outside and the world within. We learn some of these methods in the healing yoga. Can you tell us a bit more about your relationship with Ayurveda?  For me, Ayurveda is like a gift to humanity to come back into harmony with all aspects of life. I haven’t studied Ayurveda in a formal way, but it has been guiding my life for over 30 years and I continue to learn more. The principles of Ayurveda are like a sattvic foundation to move deeper towards Moksha. In that way, it is like one wing of the bird is Ayurveda and the other is yoga - they go together.   What Ayurvedic tips can you share with us? For instance, do you embed Ayurveda in your Dinacharya (or ‘daily routine’)? I think the best Ayurvedic tip I can offer is for a person to have a daily routine that includes spiritual practices like asana, breathing, meditation, and mudras, and of course the Ayurvedic Dinacharya is totally in alignment with this. The “best” tip I can offer is to eat less at regular times according to your constitution. And if you are wanting to go deeper into spiritual life, then only two meals per day is enough. After the main meal at midday, don’t eat another meal. This will make your mind body and energy more sattvic. I saw during your workshop that you like drinking yerba-maté. Which other herbs or spices do you regularly use as a drink, food, or remedy?  I recently found Yerba Mate and really loved it! Although I am aware is it very strong and increases the pitta dosha so I don’t have it every day. I really only use herbal remedies if I need them, but one of my favourite things is grinding cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove into a powder and putting this in my morning coffee. I don’t believe coffee is an official Ayurvedic remedy, but I like it, so it is kind of a “Sneha” for me. I also love using Ghee in my food and make it at home fresh to use. How do you understand Sahaja (or ‘spontaneity’) applies to Ayurveda? The term “Sahaja” is a Sanskrit word that describes a state of being that is “natural” or “spontaneous” - it refers to the one who is in an awakened state and his or her actions and life are manifesting the same freedom, naturalness, and spontaneity that is in all of life around us. Maybe in the Ayurvedic sense, this would be like the ability to connect to the essence of Ayurveda beyond the textual references, and being able to find the natural balance, lifestyle, and medicines needed in a particular situation. Ayurveda arose in the state of “Sahaja” and was revealed spontaneously to the Rishis to help humanity. So in a way, the source of Ayurveda is “Sahaja” Finally, could you share with us three books that you believe are worth reading? That's a tough one! I have so many wonderful books. Here are a couple of my favourites: The Tibetan Yogas of Dream and Sleep by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, I Am That by Nisargadatta Maharaj, and The Crystal and the Way of Light by Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche.

Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius

Wisdom by Simona Schimanovich

With the Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius taking place on the 5th of June, we are entering into eclipse season!  Eclipses are said to bring profound transformation, opening a portal for accelerated evolution. While we usually experience four eclipses a year, 2020 will feature six eclipses – highlighting the deep transformation we are going through this year. So fasten your seatbelts, the rollercoaster ride isn’t over... And when we come out on the other side of these first eclipses in July, we will feel completely renewed. There is no going back to the old ‘normal’ – instead, we are all being invited to co-create a new future in this potent time. A lunar eclipse is like a supercharged full moon. Full moons represent a point of culmination, completion, and release. A lunar eclipse tends to bring us some type of closure, often in a sudden or abrupt way. It returns us to our intended paths if we have strayed from them – whether we want this or not. Eclipse season is a time to surrender and trust that whatever might fall away in this time will be for our highest good.   While the sun is in the communicative sign of Gemini, which is all about sharing information, the full moon will be in the opposite sign of Sagittarius, a sign connected to freedom and our beliefs. With this lunar eclipse, new information might be revealed that could shake what we believed to be true. Ruled by Jupiter, the fiery sign of Sagittarius is all about expansion. During this full moon, we might need to collectively ask ourselves: Where have we been excessive? In what ways have we lived beyond our means in a way that isn’t sustainable – with our finances, our health, or our planet? This full moon might bring clarity in how we can live with less. During these last few months, we have been asked to go back to basics in many ways – and discovered the happiness that lies in simplicity. Use the energy of this lunar eclipse to let go of what isn’t serving you anymore. Please look after yourself in this intense time and make sure you stay connected to practices like yoga and meditation. The more we embrace this transformation, the more we will grow in this time. Delight Yoga is offering an online Full Moon Special guided by Simona Schimanovich, where we will come together to share, support each other and move through powerful practices.

Studio News: Delight Yoga during Corona updates

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Update 28-5-2020 We have some very good news to share with you: Yesterday the Dutch government announced that they intend to allow us to open the doors to our studios again per 1 July! We could not be happier as we can not wait to see you again, in person. We feel it has been way too long since we were able to welcome you to our studios. 

Studio News: New Outdoor Classes at the Hermitage Museum and the Wittenberg Aparthotel

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We have found two beautiful new locations for our outdoor classes: the gardens of the Wittenberg Aparthotel and the Hermitage Museum. Both spaces are peaceful havens in the heart of Amsterdam and offer the unique experience of practising in the beautiful sounds and smells of nature.  Hermitage Trial Class   We invite you to join our 'trial class' at the Hermitage this Thursday; Jonas Nathan will be guiding a Yin class from 16:00 - 17:30. If it is a success, we will be adding regular classes to our schedule there as of June 1st. See our schedule to book your spot!   Regular Classes as of June 1st, 2020   As of June 1st, we will hold regular outdoor classes at the Wittenberg Aparthotel, the Vondelpark, and the Raamweg (Den Haag).    New Outdoor Class Schedule   Monday Astanga Led  8:00 - 9:00 with Julia Blohberger at the Vondelpark (Amsterdam) Yin Yang 18:00 - 19:00 with Skadi van Paasschen at the Wittenberg Aparthotel (Amsterdam)   Tuesday Vinyasa  8:00 - 9:00 with Jolijn Bruijnaers at the Vondelpark (Amsterdam) Hatha  18:00 - 19:00 with Ellen Paalman at the Raamweg (Den Haag) Wednesday Vinyasa  8:00 - 9:00 with Carmen Guda at the Vondelpark (Amsterdam) Yin 18:00 - 19:00 with Katrin Kögel at the Wittenberg Aparthotel (Amsterdam) Thursday 8:00 - 9:00 at the Vondelpark (Amsterdam) Friday 8:00 - 9:00 at the Vondelpark (Amsterdam) Saturday 9:00 - 10:00 at the Vondelpark (Amsterdam) Sunday 9:00 - 10:00 at the Vondelpark (Amsterdam) We can’t wait to flow with you in these peaceful, quiet sanctuaries.⁠    

How to practice: Pūrvattānāsana (Eastern/front intense stretch Pose)

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Pūrvattānāsana, or Western/back intense stretch pose, is the seventh posture in the Primary Series of the Astanga Vinyasa yoga system. 

8 Ayurvedic Tips to Release Stress in Uncertain Times

Ayurveda by Anne-Sophie Eckert

According to Ayurveda, the body has three managers - one of which is Vata Dosha, responsible for the principle of movement. Made of the elements of Ether and Air, Vata Dosha allows changes to happen. The Air element in particular creates creativity in the mind and dryness in the body. In changing or insecure times, like the ones we are facing now, Vata Dosha increases - and when this dosha is in excess, stress and anxiety can occur.

Happy World Meditation Day from Delight Yoga

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On May 21st, the world celebrates meditation - the fragrance of yoga.  All yoga practices are a meditative act, transformation from an unfocused to focused mind, until the thought, action and the actor are one. There are many formal and informal techniques that lead to the meditative state of being; all of them being different means that they can suit individual cultures, stages in life or psychological inclinations.

Delight Yoga's Favourite Sanskrit Words

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Sanskrit, the most ancient of human languages, is also known as ‘Devanagari’, which literally translated means ‘language of the gods’. Since the Sanskrit words are the actual sound manifestations, we use them when chanting.

7 Ayurvedic Eating Habits to Stay Healthy in Quarantine

Ayurveda by Eva Dusch

With no colleagues or stressed managers peeking over your shoulder during this lockdown, many of us are (secretly) turning to the snack cupboard. Perhaps, a few times too often. Here's how to make your COVID-19 diet Kapha proof.

How to practice: Paścimattānāsana A, B, C, D (Western/back intense stretch Pose)

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Paścimattānāsana, or Western/back intense stretch Pose, is the sixth posture in the Primary Series of the Astanga Vinyasa yoga system. Literally translated as “intense stretch of the west,”  Paschimottanasana can help a distracted mind unwind. 

New Moon in Gemini

Wisdom by Simona Schimanovich

As the sun moves from the grounded Earth sign Taurus into the light Air sign Gemini on May 20th, we might feel a real energetic shift. A mutable sign, Gemini is said to be very flexible and adaptable – and moves fast. The New Moon in Gemini on May 22nd brings the beginning of a fresh lunar cycle. The symbol for Gemini is the twins, and this duality represents exchange and interaction. Communication, exchange of ideas, trade, and technology are highlighted during this time – and the Gemini New Moon brings the opportunity to set intentions in these areas.

New! Delight Yoga Outdoor Classes in Amsterdam and Den Haag

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18-05-2020 We are happy to announce that outdoor yoga and meditation classes have now been added to our schedule! We are grateful to reconnect with our students and come together in nature. Welcoming this new opportunity with fresh intentions so we may blossom together with all life around us.

Delight Yoga offering Treatments & Consultations during COVID-19

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These times of change ask for extra self-care and nurturing of our minds and bodies. We are happy to announce that we are able to welcome you again for a relaxing, rejuvenating or therapeutic treatment by one of our specialists in our serene treatment spaces.  Our offerings are based on authentic eastern techniques, giving you physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing and leaving you with a feeling of total relaxation and peace. All our healings are based on a holistic view of well-being, integrating the physical with mental and spiritual practices. With these treatments and healings we aim to support you on your path in creating space and awareness. If you’re considering ​a massage or healing session but you need help picking, ​we’re happy to help you, just reach out!   To make sure the studio is a tranquil and safe environment for everyone, we will apply the following guidelines, based on RIVM measures: - We won’t shake hands but greet with the ‘Namasté gesture’. - When you enter the studio, you wash your hands thoroughly with water and soap. - Keep 1.5 meter (2 arms lengths) distance from the host. - Please come alone. - Please don’t arrive any sooner than 5 minutes before the appointment takes place. - Please bring your own (large) towel. - The payment will be made by card. - DON’T come to the studio if you have any symptoms (e.g.: fever, respiratory complaints such as coughing, difficulty breathing, nasal cold, runny nose, sneezing, sore throat, light cough, slight temperature). - DON’T come to the studio if you have family members/roommates with a fever and/or respiratory complaints. ​- DON’T come to the studio if you’ve been in touch with people with COVID-19 in the past 21 days. - On the day of the appointment, our host will call you to do a health check provided by the RIVM for your own and our safety. We will make sure you enter a relaxed and safe environment. We will take cleaning, disinfecting and sanitizing very seriously as well in the massage room as the communal area and we will thoroughly clean any objects clients touch (e.g.: toilet, massage table, door handles and other props and products relevant to your treatment). We will be spacing our appointments mindfully so we have adequate time to clean between and minimize interaction with other clients. It’s not mandatory but if you feel safer wearing a face mask, you are of course welcome to do so.

Meditation & Mantra: Let Go of Fear and Find Peace

Wisdom by Kevin Sahaj

A meditation and mantra to let go of fear in oneself and to help others who have died to find peace.

How to use Ayurveda to protect your eyes from endless screen time

Ayurveda by Eva Dusch

Ayurveda is big on protecting the eyes - we can all learn how to counterbalance our heavy screen time from this multidimensional healing system. Avoiding our virtual worlds might not be an option, but good eye care is.  

How to practice: Daṇḍāsana (Stick Pose)

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Daṇḍāsana, or Stick Pose, is the fifth posture in the Primary Series of the Astanga Vinyasa yoga system. The Primary Series is said to be the most demanding because it is the first series you learn as a beginner - and every beginning is hard.  It is called Yoga Chikitsa, meaning Yoga Therapy. It is a series for cleansing and healing the body.

Science of Chakras: Anahata

Yoga by Erica Jago

If you read my previous blog posts on Muladhara, Svadhistana, and Manipura then get ready to love this one! The fourth chakra: Anahata, in English it’s called the Heart Chakra.   Anahata, the middle of all chakras, is the place where your opposites of yin and yang unify. Here you harmonize your rational and directional masculine energy with your soft and gentle feminine energy. This equilibrium helps honour the right timing of your doing with your being.

How to practice: Vīrabhadrāsana II (Warrior II Pose)

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Vīrabhadrāsana II, or Warrior II Pose, is the fourth posture in the Primary Series of the Astanga Vinyasa yoga system. The Primary Series is said to be the most demanding because it is the first series you learn as a beginner - and every beginning is hard.  It is called Yoga Chikitsa, meaning Yoga Therapy. It is a series for cleansing and healing the body.

Super Full Moon in Scorpio

Wisdom by Simona Schimanovich

In the middle of Taurus season, the Full Moon on May 7th falls in the deep, dark waters of Scorpio. It is the third and last in a series of Super Full Moons, where the moon’s orbit is at its closest proximity to the Earth. A full moon always amplifies our emotions and draws whatever we are feeling to the surface.

Buddha's Teachings: The Eightfold Path - 1. Right View (Samma ditthi)

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Buddha discoursed upon the Middle Way throughout his entire life. The Middle Way is the wisdom of living by the Noble Eightfold Path, which he, through his own studies and experience, found to be the plausible path to a good and wholesome life. And not only that; the Middle Way is also the path to happiness (by his own definition, of course). The very first step to embrace, and perhaps most importantly, to experience his eightfold path, is 'Right view', or 'pali Samma Ditthi'. 

Studio News: May 2020

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1-May-2020 Can you also feel that the way you perceive, think and understand things is changing? Instead of living life in the quick, straightforward ‘Yang’ manner we are used to, the intention now is to adopt to a slower, ‘Yin’ way of living.

How to practice: Vīrabhadrāsana I (Warrior I Pose)

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Vīrabhadrāsana I, or Warrior I Pose, is the fourth posture in the Primary Series of the Astanga Vinyasa yoga system. The Primary Series is said to be the most demanding because it is the first series you learn as a beginner - and every beginning is hard.  It is called Yoga Chikitsa, meaning Yoga Therapy. It is a series for cleansing and healing the body.

Delight Online: 5 Tips for Building a Home Yoga Practice

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"Nobody but you can experience the mystery of your sacred Body, Heart and Mind, and the only way to find out is to turn your eyes towards yourself and explore the sacred mystery of 'who am I'." - Kevin Sahaj Practising yoga at home is a very different experience from taking a class in a studio. Many yogis struggle to keep up their practice without the encouragement of a teacher or the presence of fellow students, however, an online yoga practice offers the opportunity to connect with yourself in a beautiful way. 

New Moon in Taurus

Wisdom by Simona Schimanovich

Taurus season has started, bringing us the New Moon in Taurus on the 23rd of April. After the beautiful Super Full Moon in Libra two weeks ago, this New Moon falls in Taurus – the other zodiac sign ruled by Venus, the planet of love, beauty, and the divine feminine – gifting us even more heart-centred energy. An Earth sign, Taurus season coincides with a time centred around blossoming as nature fully reawakens in spring.

How to practice: Utkaṭāsana (Chair Pose)

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Utkaṭāsana, or Chair Pose, is the third posture in the Primary Series of the Astanga Vinyasa yoga system. The Primary Series is said to be the most demanding because it is the first series you learn as a beginner - and every beginning is hard.  It is called Yoga Chikitsa, meaning Yoga Therapy. It is a series for cleansing and healing the body.

Getting to Know Yourself through 'Silent Sit'

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Every morning, from 09:00-09:45, we come together to sit. Part of the gathering is guided meditation and during the other part, we sit in silence. We call it a 'Silent Sit'. We sit in silence to dis-cover silence. We sit to get to know ourselves.

How to practice: Ardha Baddha Padmottānāsana (Half-Bound Lotus Forward Bend Pose)

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Ardha Baddha Padmottānāsana, or Half-Bound Lotus Forward Bend Pose, is one of the postures in the Primary Series of the Astanga Vinyasa yoga system. The Primary Series is said to be the most demanding because it is the first series you learn as a beginner - and every beginning is hard.  It is called Yoga Chikitsa, meaning Yoga Therapy. It is a series for cleansing and healing the body.

5 tips for finding the right yoga class for you

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At the beginning of your yogic path, it can be difficult to decide where to start. The world of yoga is vast, with a wide variety of classes available based on an ancient background of philosophy and tradition. Here are five tips to help you take that first step:

What is authentic yoga?

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Delight Yoga offers authentic yoga. But what does this mean?   The origin of yoga is rooted in the soil of the Indus Valley beneath the Himalayan Mountains. Its tradition is so ancient, that it goes back 5000 years. In Sanskrit, Yoga literally means 'union'. According to the ancient text of yoga, the intention of the yoga practice is the 'union' of body and mind to connect to your true self and find inner peace. This can be done by many traditional forms of yoga, like chanting, breathing, physical movement and meditating.

How to practice: Utthita Hasta Pādānguṣṭhāsana A,B, C (Extended Big Toe Pose)

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The Primary Series is said to be the most demanding part of Astanga Vinyasa Yoga, because it is the first series you learn as a beginner... and every beginning is hard.  It is called Yoga Chikitsa, meaning Yoga Therapy. It is a series for cleansing and healing the body.

Super Full Moon in Libra

Wisdom by Simona Schimanovich

In the midst of Aries season and the turbulent times we are moving through, the Full Moon in Libra on April 8th brings our relationships into focus. A Super Full Moon, it is very close to the Earth and it will be the brightest full moon of the year. It shines its message clearly – that we are all in this together.

Science of Chakras: Manipura

Yoga by Erica Jago

If you read my previous blog posts on Muladhara and Svadhistana, you know what’s coming next! The third chakra: Manipura, known as the Solar Chakra in English. Located at your core, it is the seat of your power in which you find self-esteem, sense of purpose, personal identity, and individual will. Manipura represents a place where you access your PURPOSE.

Studio News: April 2020

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1-April-2020 This is a moment where transformation occurs, a tipping point. Although it might feel that your life has turned upside down, this time can also be a chance to reflect, let go of what no longer serves you, and create space for something new. Where in your life - and in the world - can you let go of attachment to old ways and routines of living that are no longer sustainable and open up to the transformation that is possible now? Let's practice yoga to connect with ourselves and others, and get through this together.  See the online schedule   Theme of the Month: The Fourth Noble Truth - The path that leads to the end of suffering "Suffering is a message that tells you to reassess where you are at in your trajectory and get back on your path of self-discovery and realisation.  And that’s what’s meant by ‘doing the work’, or walking The Noble Eightfold Path. It may sound daunting or highly spiritual, but when translated into modern-day language, this can be very practical. Wake up early, do your practice, get quiet, be still, be mindful, open your palms and listen. Close your eyes in order to see." - Maarten van Huijstee Read the full blog   Delight Yoga studios closed at least until April 28th   We would like to extend our gratitude to all of you for supporting us in these unusual and challenging times. We deeply appreciate those of you who have continued to support us by maintaining your memberships, donating to our teachers, and sending us kind words. These past weeks have shown us the beauty of our community, and we feel incredibly grateful. Yesterday, the Dutch government announced that some measures have been extended until Tuesday, April 28th. This means that Delight will need to keep her doors closed until further notice. As this new reality will continue for a while, we have decided to take our online schedule to the next level. From Monday, April 6th, we will offer: ✓ More than 70 live online yoga classes a week ✓ High-quality audio and video of live-streams ✓ All yoga styles and for all levels ✓ Access to rewatch live-streams up to 7 days ✓ Interaction with teachers and other students ✓ Mysore room for self-practice ✓ Daily Silent Sit Meditation ✓ Satsang with Satya & Sahaj   Delight Online Membership and Products This also means that, in order to support the viability and sustainability of Delight Yoga, we will no longer offer our classes for free as of Monday, April 6th. We will introduce new Online Memberships and Products:  *Only online yoga classes on YouTube can be viewed up to 7 days after they have been live-streamed. The link will expire seven days after their original live-stream date. Online yoga classes on Zoom will not be recorded due to privacy reasons.    The New Memberships and Products will be available for purchase at our pricing page soon.    Online Open Day Are you thinking of deepening your Ayurveda knowledge to a professional level and would like to join our 4-year Ayurveda Practitioner Studies? Come and join us to experience the teachings, get to know various teachers of our faculty, meet our academy directors Coen van der Kroon and Martine van Beusekom, and ask us all the questions you might have about the study. Due to the coronavirus, we are not able to come together and meet in person at our Prinseneiland studio. We have decided to offer you an online version of the Open Day.   Online Workshops Given the current measures taken by the Dutch government to control the spread of the Coronavirus, the following workshops will be taking place online. All workshops will be held through the online platform Zoom.    ** For all online workshop, a delight membership discount of 30% applies as part of the membership benefits. Note that the membership benefits are not available for Online Members and Off-Peak Members. 

Buddha's Teachings: the Four Noble Truths - The path that leads to the end of suffering

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It’s a strange time, isn’t it? Looking around our world, there seems to be so much unrest and suffering. The Coronavirus is only adding to this, bringing huge waves of fear and uncertainty. The quest for answers to the ‘whys’, ‘hows’ and especially ‘how will it end’ is growing stronger. We anxiously follow the news, let the stream of numbers and facts rush in, and wait for others to answer our pressing questions (read: soothe our fears).

Delight's Top 10 Movies to Watch While Staying Home

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The current challenges the world is facing are difficult for us all - but the measures asking us to stay home also offer a beautiful opportunity to expand our minds and learn about the world. Delight Yoga asked its community which movies, documentaries, and short films have inspired them along their yogic journeys.

How to practice: Pārśvottanāsana (Intense Side Stretch Pose)

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Six simple Fundamental Asanas (postures) build the foundation of an Astanga Vinyasa Yoga practice. They are often called “standing positions” because they are composed of six relatively easy standing asanas. Pārśvottanāsana is the sixth of these fundamental postures. 

Delight Yoga x Studio Martin Sweers

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In these times we want to share beauty, something positive to give back to the brave and the kind.   Walking past our studio on De Clercqstraat, you may have noticed posters hanging in its windows. These are part of an open-air art exhibition created by Martin Sweers. Read more about the inspiration behind this project in his own words:

Borrow, purchase, or pick up a yoga mat for your home practice

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Borrow, purchase, or pick up your yoga mat    Borrow a used Manduka Yoga Mat for free We find it important for you to be able to continue your Delight Yoga online practice at home. To support you in your practice we have decided to give you the opportunity to borrow one of our used Manduka yoga mats for free.

How to practice: Prasārita Pādottānāsana A, B, C, D (Wide-Legged Forward Bend)

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Six simple Fundamental Asanas (postures) build the foundation of an Astanga Vinyasa Yoga practice. They are often called “standing positions” because they are composed of six relatively easy standing asanas. Prasārita Pādottānāsana A, B, C, D is the fifth of these fundamental postures. 

Delight's Top 10 Books to Read While Staying Home

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In the midst of the preventative measures placed by governments around the world, many of us are finding ourselves at home with the time and space to rediscover activities we were previously too busy for - reading being one perfect example. Delight Yoga asked its teachers, hosts, and team members which books have inspired them along their yogic journeys.

New Moon in Aries

Wisdom by Simona Schimanovich

Just a few days after the Spring Equinox, the New Moon in Aries occurs on the 24th of March. We are now beginning a new astrological year - Aries being the first sign of the zodiac as we enter into spring.  Aries is the child of the zodiac and as a fire sign, it is all about initiating, moving forward, and fresh beginnings.

10 Ayurveda tips to boost your immunity for Coronavirus Prevention

Ayurveda by Martine van Beusekom

For our students and all interested, we would like to share some ayurvedic insights with you on how to support yourself in the best way in the situation that we are facing now regarding the coronavirus. These ayurvedic tips are meant to be preventive measures you can take to keep yourself healthy and support your immune system. However, if you have complaints that resemble the coronavirus, contact your doctor immediately 

Studio News: Alternatives for continuing your yoga practice

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16-3-2020 Yesterday, The Dutch government announced that all sports clubs in The Netherlands will be closed until April 6th 2020. Due to this situation, Delight Yoga will be closed until that date. We are currently working on alternatives for you to continue your yoga practice, as we believe that yoga and meditation are especially necessary in these times of fear and anxiety.

How to respond to the current climate of fear

Wisdom by Satya Katiza & Kevin Sahaj

How to respond to the current climate of fear   We are living in a very interesting time in the world right now - with so many possibilities for positive growth and collective conscious evolution. There is an increasing awareness of our world as one unified planet, where borders and ideological differences are becoming less and less important and people are waking up and realizing that we are all together in this beautiful blue paradise spinning through space.

How to practice: Parivṛtta Parśvakoṇāsana (Revolved Side Angle Pose)

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Six simple Fundamental Asanas (postures) build the foundation of an Astanga Vinyasa Yoga practice. They are often called “standing positions” because they are composed of six relatively easy standing asanas. Parśvakoṇāsana is the fourth of these fundamental postures. 

Kapha Season: How to feel light and bright this spring

Ayurveda by Delight Yoga

There is a magic about spring. After months of winter, nature’s long period of reflection, we are reminded of the beauty of change. Flowers begin to bloom, the sun peeks out from behind the clouds, and people themselves begin to brighten and reenergize. 

How to practice: Utthita Parśvakoṇāsana (Extended Side Angle Pose)

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Six simple Fundamental Asanas (postures) build the foundation of an Astanga Vinyasa Yoga practice. They are often called “standing positions” because they are composed of six relatively easy standing asanas. Parśvakoṇāsana is the fourth of these fundamental postures. 

Full Moon in Virgo

Wisdom by Simona Schimanovich

In the midst of the dreamy waters of Pisces season, the Full Moon in Virgo on March 9th will help us to find solid ground again.  As the Full Moon always falls into the opposite sign of the one the Sun is in, we are invited to come back into balance. While Pisces energy is mystical, dreamy,  and out-there, Virgo is known for being very grounded, practical, and organised.

How to practice: Parivṛtta Trikoṇāsana (Revolved Triangle Pose)

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Six simple Fundamental Asanas (postures) build the foundation of an Astanga Vinyasa Yoga practice. They are often called “standing positions” because they are composed of six relatively easy standing asanas. Trikoṇāsana is the third of these fundamental postures. 

New 'Yin Experienced' Class at the Nieuwe Achtergracht

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As of March, we will offer a new "Yin - Experienced" class at the Nieuwe Achtergracht. This class will be guided by Katrin Kögel and held on Saturdays from 20:00 - 21:30.  In this class, we aim to create an oasis of stillness.

Science of Chakras: Svadhisthana

Yoga by Erica Jago

Have you read my previous post on Muladhara - the root chakra? Today, I’ll continue with Svadhisthana, the Sacral Chakra—which will be covered in-depth as part of my Kundalini Chakra Course.  During this course, in our second Sunday together, we dive into the right to FEEL.  As Svadisthana’s element is water, it helps the blood circulate through your hips, awakening a free flow of sensations, emotions, desires, and pleasures.

Buddha's Teachings: The Four Noble Truths - There is an End to Suffering

Monthly theme by Wessel Paternotte

“If you let go a little, you’ll have a little happiness. If you let go a lot, you’ll have a lot of happiness. If you let go completely . . . you’ll be completely happy.” - Achaan Chah In the first month of the year, we looked at The First Noble Truth: There is suffering. I am sure it sounded great when Siddhartha Gautama the Buddha explained this to his students under the fig tree, but we all know that there is suffering.

Studio News: March 2020

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1-3-2020 As we move into March and the beginnings of spring, we can feel the days begin to brighten. Flowers start blooming and the world slowly wakes up. During this transition from winter to spring, we are still in Kapha season, and can carry the heavy wet qualities in our bodies and minds. Find your flow this month - focus on what makes you feel alive, awake, and inspired.

New 'Silent Sit' Meditation Sessions at the Weteringschans

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As of March, we will gather together for a Silent Morning Meditation every weekday from 8:00 to 8:45 at the Weteringschans. These Meditation sessions will consist of two parts - the first 15 minutes will be guided and the remaining 30 minutes we will be together in Silence.

Eddie Stern Workshop Series March 2020

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We are extremely honoured to welcome Eddie Stern back to Amsterdam for five days of workshops, lectures, and practices. Eddie is a yoga teacher, author, and lecturer based in New York City. He is known for his multi-disciplinary approach to furthering education and access to yoga, as well as his teaching expertise in Astanga Yoga.

How to practice: Utthita Trikoṇāsana (Extended Triangle Pose)

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Six simple Fundamental Asanas (postures) build the foundation of an Astanga Vinyasa Yoga practice. They are often called “standing positions” because they are composed of six relatively easy standing asanas. Trikoṇāsana is the third of these fundamental postures.  

Yoga Playlist: Waking up Kapha

Ayurveda by Victoria (Tory) Raven Hyndman

This playlist is intended to bring some inspiration to move the body, which can become more stagnant in the late winter and early spring. During Kapha season, we can feel physically and mentally heavy, so getting the body moving can take extra effort. Music can be used as a wonderful medicine to get things flowing.

My 5 Favourite Benefits of Prenatal Yoga

Yoga by Kasia Pokrop

The pregnancy journey is a special one, as is becoming a mother. What I discovered through my two pregnancies, teaching prenatal yoga, and working with couples during HypnoBirthing classes was that the benefits of your prenatal yoga practice will stay with you long after you give birth.

How to practice: Pāda-Hastāsana (Foot on Hand Pose)

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Six simple Fundamental Asanas build the foundation of an Astanga Vinyasa Yoga practice. They are often called 'standing positions' because they are composed of six relatively easy standing asanas. Pāda-Hastāsana, or 'foot on hand pose', is the second of these six foundational postures. 

New Moon in Pisces

Wisdom by Simona Schimanovich

This month's New Moon falls in the sign of Pisces on Sunday, February 23rd. Ruled by the planet Neptune, which guides our spiritual evolution, Pisces is a water sign that is fluid, emotional, and intuitive.

How to practice: Pādānguṣṭhāsana (Foot Big Toe Pose)

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Six simple Fundamental Asanas build the foundation of an Astanga Vinyasa Yoga practice. They are often called 'standing positions' because they are composed of six relatively easy standing asanas. Pādānguṣṭhāsana, or 'foot big toe pose', is the first of these six foundational postures. 

Science of Chakras: Muladhara

Yoga by Erica Jago

Ever heard of your subtle body?  According to yoga tradition, your subtle body is invisible and untouchable, yet it is the place where most of your energy flows. Unexplainable feelings are a good place to start when understanding your subtle body and chakras. A lump in your throat, or a butterfly sensation in your belly. Those are the energy wheels spinning in your body, either opening up or closing down. 

How to practice: Surya Namaskara B (Sun Salutation B)

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For thousands of years, Hindus have revered the sun, which they call Surya (the god of health), as both the physical and spiritual heart of our world and the creator of all life itself. The sun has immense power and by becoming aware of the effects of the sun on our lives, we will begin to awaken our inherent solar forces.

Full Moon in Leo

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Learn how to start following the cycle of the moon and tune into the natural rise and fall of energy each month. Our yoga practice allows us to return to a natural, relaxed, and inspired state so that we can take fresh energy in and release what no longer serves us. When we tune in to natural cycles, we can support this process further, which is why being aware of eclipses, full moons, and times of the day can help our practice.  

Nieuwe Achtergracht Reopens its Doors on 16 February

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We are delighted to announce the reopening of our beautiful studio Delight Yoga Nieuwe Achtergracht! After months of renovations, we will be reopening our doors with a special celebration on Sunday, February 16th. Delight Yoga Weesperstraat will close its doors on Friday, February 14th, and the regular schedule will be taking place at Delight Yoga Nieuwe Achtergracht as of Monday, February 17th.

Buddha's Teachings: The Four Noble Truths - There is a Cause of Suffering

Monthly theme by Kevin Sahaj

There is a Cause of Suffering This month's theme is the Second Noble Truth in the Buddhist view of our condition as human beings. Last month, Satya wrote about the First Noble Truth: the truth of suffering. This awareness of suffering is like the spiritual foundation that we can stand on to truly understand our condition without avoiding the reality of life.  

Studio News: February 2020

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1-2-2020 February is here, a new month filled with new opportunities to grow and transform. This month is a beautiful time to celebrate love - both the romantic love we have in our lives as well as the relationships we have with ourselves. Each day is a new chance to do something for our own well-being; whether that’s attending a yoga class, meditating in the morning, or getting an Ayurvedic massage. This February, try to cultivate those loving spaces in your everyday life. 

How to practice: Surya Namaskara A (Sun Salutation A)

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For thousands of years, Hindus have revered the sun, which they call Surya (the god of health), as both the physical and spiritual heart of our world and the creator of all life itself. The sun has immense power and becoming aware of the effects of the sun on our lives we will begin to awaken our inherent solar forces.

Satya's Schedule 2020

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Katiza Satya is Delight Yoga's partner, senior teacher, and spiritual leader. She leads retreats, workshops, immersions, teacher trainings, and various courses throughout Europe, Asia, and South America. Interested in learning from Satya? Find her 2020 schedule here. 

Kapha Season: How to stay warm and vibrant this winter

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As we enter January, the winter deepens. The days become shorter and darker, we prefer staying in, and naturally turn inward like bears going into hibernation. If there is snow outside, it creates a layer of insulation that quietens the outside world. The cold and quiet winter season is characterized by Kapha, one of the three doshas (energies) in Ayurveda. 

Studio News: January 2020

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1-1-2020 Happy New Year from Delight Yoga! This month gives us the space to reflect on the lessons we learned this past year and to set intentions for the year to come. Let January be a time to restore and recenter yourself - letting go of what no longer serves you, so you can reconnect to that space of being conscious, being happy, being you.

Buddha's Teachings: The Four Noble Truths - There is Suffering

Monthly theme by Satya Katiza

Reality as it is: There is Suffering Welcoming this new cycle of life, the ending of the old year and the beginning of the New Year, we would like to bring the light of the profound teachings of the Buddha to our Delight community.  May we all feel inspired in our hearts to receive this new decade 2020!  May we aspire to live and share our buddha nature in all moments of life for the benefit of all beings.

Studio News: Happy Holidays from Delight Yoga!

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20-12-2019 Happy Holidays from Delight Yoga!⁠ During the Christmas days and on New Years the regular schedule will be replaced by different special classes. Make sure to check the schedule before you go to your favourite yoga classes.

Diving into The Bhagavad Gita: The Yoga of The Supreme Being (Chapter 15)

Wisdom by Sjoerd Dragtsma

When I received this chapter of the Gita I felt joy and an excitement to get involved with this chapter again. It describes the very ultimate realization of Creation, the Source of all manifestation, the Absolute as a direct experience while having a human body. 

Studio News: December 2019

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1-12-2019 Can you feel that winter is coming? The days slowly become darker and the air is getting colder. It is the time of year when everything slows down and gets quiet. However, if we turn too much inward, the cold and darkness can weigh us down. To keep that inner fire (Agni) burning and stay healthy we need to keep our bodies moving. What better way to do that than by practising yoga? 

Diving into The Bhagavad Gita: The three modes of material Nature (Chapter 14)

Wisdom by Jonas Nathan

The Bhagavad Gita for me is all about finding the connection with God.  For many of us, God is still connected with religion and some of us can have some resistance towards God. But once we start to separate God from any religion, we can start to work with a God that works in our spiritual practice. A God of your understanding or you can call it your higher power. This can be anything as long as it’s bigger than you.

Studio News: November 2019

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1-11-2019 November has fully arrived in autumn. The leaves on the trees start to dry out, turn brown and fall to the ground. The temperature starts to drop, becomes colder and windier. And it is easy for us to get out of balance. Have you been feeling a little ungrounded and tired? Yoga can help you ground and strengthen yourself.

Vata Season: How to stay grounded and balanced in Autumn?

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Summer is over and the heat of summer has now started to dry things out as we enter the next season, autumn. The leaves on the trees start to dry out, turn brown (Vata’s colour) and fall to the ground. The temperature starts to drop, becoming colder and windier. All these are Vata qualities and these same Vata qualities can show up in our body and mind, regardless of our constitution. So even if you are mostly pitta Prakruti (constitution),

Yoga Anatomy: Skeletal System

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The skeletal system includes all the bones and the joints in our body. This system serves four main functions: Support: It provides a support and gives firmness to the body. Protection: It protects the various delicate organs like i.e. brain or lungs. Movement: It provides surface for the attachment of muscles and itself acts as a lever. Thus along with the muscular system, it helps in the movement of various parts of the body or of the body as a whole.

Physical Anatomy Applied to Yoga

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  INTRODUCTION   As the practice of yoga techniques deeply influences the functions and structures of the human body, it is important to understand its constitution and the way our body works. Compared with the ancient yogic anatomical knowledge, modern anatomy is more an objective science-based on experiential and direct observations than an empirically subjective matter based on personal experiences, as the old Ayurvedic medicine was.

Studio News: October 2019

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1-10-2019 October is the start of fall time. We, as well as nature, slowly turn inwards. The days will be shorter, the nights will be longer. The shifting of the season means that we as humans will shift too, energetically, mentally or physically. You may find yourself feeling different, more tired or it may cause some turbulence in the mind. Get ready for fall times by learning through the science of Yoga & Ayurveda: Get ready for Autumn with Patricia Veltri on 18 October.

Diving into the Bhagavad Gita: Nature, the Enjoyer and Consciousness (Chapter 13)

Wisdom by Eric Weber

We can imagine poor Arjuna! Who founds himself back admit a battlefield struggling with his destiny. Maybe he can not do what is been asked from him to do, namely to kill his family, friends, and mentors in battle. The family fight escalated and the fight for power has come to its climax. Poor Arjuna must fight and still, he resists. Can he duck the responsibility of karma? Choose another outcome? Is he, Arjuna, not a hero? Why not resist as an ultimate test? Maybe he can change the course of history by refusing to fight. On his knees, he is begging for mercy on his fate.

The Importance of Yoga Alignment

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Alignment is the term we use in yoga to describe the precise way to do any given pose in order to maximize its benefits and minimize the risk of injury. It offers options for practitioners of all levels, shapes and sizes and encourages the use of props, modifications to find the safest and most beneficial way for each body to fully experience each pose.

Shad Darshan: The Six Philosophies of Ayurveda

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Ayurvedic Philosophy As every healing system has a basic foundation of philosophy, Āyurvedic philosophy is based on Shad Darshan, the six philosophies of life, which developed from the ancient sages and scriptures of India.

Yoga Poses in Sanskrit

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Can’t quite tell “Urdhva Mukha Paschimottanasana” apart from “Prasarita Padottanasana”? Not sure what to do when the teacher calls for “Karnapidasana”? Not clearly visualising “Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana”? Fear not, help is on the way...

The Sanskrit Alphabet

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The pronunciation of Sanskrit is very simple: you open your mouth wide and move the tongue and lips as necessary (they are almost pure muscles and have little inertia or resistance to movement). By contrast, the pronunciation of English requires much effort, for we barely open the mouth, and instead of simply moving the tongue we move the whole jaw.  

Diving into the Bhagavad Gita: Devotional Service, Bhakti Yoga and the way of Love (Chapter 12)

Wisdom by Daniel Maciejewski

How to come closest to Krishna consciousness and what to do to obtain that, is the key message of this month’s theme, the 12th chapter of the Bhagavad Gita.  Krishna says: “Still your mind in me, still your intellect in me, and without doubt, you will be united with me forever. If you cannot still your mind in me, learn to do so through a regular practice of meditation. If you lack the will for such self-discipline, engage yourself in my work, for selfless service can lead you at least to complete fulfilment. If you are unable to do even this, surrender yourself to me, disciplining yourself and renouncing the results of all your actions.”  

Studio News: September 2019

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1-9-2019 September is upon us and it is all about slowing down and getting grounded. When you feel a little lost keep in mind the impermanence of life: always shifting and evolving, dying and being born again. Just as change is the only constant, there are unbroken patterns that exist within the ebb and flow of reality. When we slow down and ground ourselves, we can begin to witness the patterns, becoming aware enough to actually break free from it.

The Yamas & Niyamas

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The Yamas & Niyamas are the first two limbs of the eight limbs of yoga according to the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Yama is the attitude towards our environment and Niyama is the attitude towards ourselves. They create a container for yoga to happen. 

The Eight Limbs of Yoga

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Within the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali is the section called Astanga yoga (the eight limbs of Yoga). On the one hand, they are considered to be in a linear order, but on the other hand, they keep recurring at different levels in a kind of spiralling effect that supports and enhances practice. There are eight limbs of Yoga. These are:

An Introduction to Ayurveda

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What is Ayurveda? Ayurveda is the sacred and fantastic ancient system of medicine and healing from India, yet throughout regions of the East, there are variations of it such as Tibetan Ayurveda. It is the first-ever recorded system of healing of the physical, mental and energetic body.

An Introduction to the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

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Yoga is considered by some to be the oldest unbroken line of philosophical/spiritual thought. It has its origins in India at the time of the Rig Veda, perhaps the oldest book in the world. It spread to the north, to the east (where it is known as Chan and Zen) and eventually to the west.

10 Fundamental Principles of Yoga

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Yoga is a complex tradition, which has a history of 5000 or more years. Beginners are easily overwhelmed by the vastness and richness of Yoga’s practice, philosophy, and literature. But there are a few underlying principles that, once grasped, provide easier access to all the numerous aspects of Yoga. Here are ten such fundamental principles:

The Origin of Yoga

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Despite more than a century of research, we still don’t know much about the earliest beginnings of Yoga. We do know, though, that it originated in India 5,000 or more years ago. Until recently, many Western scholars thought that Yoga originated much later, maybe around 500 B.C., which is the time of Gautama the Buddha, the illustrious founder of Buddhism.

10 Definitions of Yoga

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10 Definitions of Yoga   There are lots of references to Yoga in Hindu scriptures, especially in the Gita, the Upanishads and other Puranas. Here’s a selection of 10 quotations from Sanskrit literature, which are trying to define or qualify Yoga:

Studio News: August 2019

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1-08-2019 New things are blooming during the heatwave of this summer as the month of August brings us not one, but two New Moons! It is a time where a lot of exciting and new things are happening at Delight Yoga. As the Nieuwe Achtergracht will temporarily close on the 19th of August and the new location at Weesperstraat 63 will open its doors, we will surrender to and trust the magic of new beginnings.

Temporarily Closing Nieuwe Achtergracht on the 19th of August

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31-Jul-2019  Closing Nieuwe Achtergracht on 19th of August We have important news about our studio at the Nieuwe Achtergracht that we want to share with you. We recently received word from our landlord that the foundation of our studio's building needs to be renovated.

Diving into the Bhagavad Gita: To see the all within the one (Chapter 11)

Wisdom by Coen Van der Kroon

To see the all within the one How to be(come) an Ayurveda-Arjuna…   Arjuna speaks to Krishna:  "Pasyami devams tava deva dehe sarvams tatha bhuta-visesa-sanghan brahmanam isam kamalasana-stham rsims ca sarvan uragams ca divyan"  ​"Now I see all the divine forms in you. The Rishis are in you. All the Sages of the Universe, I see them all. And I see no beginning, no end, or no middle. Every form in the Universe is your form." - The Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 11, verse 15  

Diving into the Bhagavad Gita: Yoga of Hidden Treasure (Chapter 9)

Wisdom by Reinier Dorrepaal

While knowledge of the self (selfless action or karma yoga) is revealed in the first six chapters of the Bhagavad Gita, knowledge of the union of the self through devotion in love (devotional yoga or bhakti yoga) is revealed in chapters seven to twelve. Krishna begins Chapter 9 with three verses to draw Arjuna’s undivided attention because the knowledge he is going to reveal is very important; it is the ‘Hidden Treasure’.

Introducing new membership benefits

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19-Jun-2019  Today it's International Yoga Day! A day to celebrate yoga and that it embodies the unity of mind, body and spirit. To celebrate this special day we have a little gift for students with a Delight Membership. We are thankful for you being a part of the Delight community. Your dedication and commitment to the practice and Delight make sure that we can all grow together.

Diving into the Bhagavad Gita: Separating the Real from the Unreal (Chapter 8)

Wisdom by Rolandjan Van Mulligen

Chapter 8, Verse 315 Krishna talking to Arjuna: "At the time of leaving the body if anyone thinks of Me, definitely, he attains Me." (Chapter 8, Verse 315)   The story of the Bhagavad Gita takes place on the battlefield of Kurukshetra, where two sides of a family are preparing for battle. The conversation involves two characters: Krishna and Arjuna. Krishna represents our True Self and Arjuna represents the human identification with body and mind (ego). 

Diving into the Bhagavad Gita: Knowledge of the Absolute (Chapter 7)

Wisdom by Peter Roussel

The practitioner in yoga strives to understand the right action, this is the theme in Hatha Yoga and Bakhti Yoga as it is in the epic story of Arjuna, the Bhagavad Gita. Bhagavad Gita is compiled from stories dating from before Christ and up to about 600 years after His death. Many edits by those in power have incorporated developing ideas of society and of how to understand life.

Diving into the Bhagavad Gita: The True Yoga (Chapter 6)

Wisdom by Jurre Twijnstra

Chapter 6, Verse 34-53 Arjuna asks Krishna: “O Krishna the mind is flickering unstable, strong and stubborn. I think it is as difficult as to control the wind.” Krishna explains to Arjuna: “Without doubt Arjuna, the mind is difficult to curb and is restless but it can be controlled by constant practice and non-attachment.”   Reading in the Bhagavad Gita brings me back into moments and places in India every time.

Satya's Schedule 2019

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12-Mar-2019 2019: Dive into Satsang, get to know your Self   Are you ready to free yourself from your limitations, fears and confusions we are all individually and socially trapped in? As of 2019 we will continue with more Satsang at Delight Yoga, as an invitation for the ones who feel the call in their hearts to awake to the nature of being human, our right to live from true Peace, true Joy and true Love.

Diving into the Bhagavad Gita: Action in Pure Awareness (Chapter 5)

Wisdom by Sido Wijga

Chapter 5, Verse 8-9 Krishna explains to Arjuna: “The knower of the truth thinks “I do not do anything at all” - though seeing, hearing, touching, smelling, moving about, sleeping, breathing, speaking, emptying, accepting, opening and closing of eyes. He is convinced that only the sense organs of the body are engaged in sense objects and the soul is actionless.” 

Diving into the Bhagavad Gita: The Battlefield (Chapter 2)

Wisdom by Kevin Sahaj

     Chapter 2, verse 7 Arjuna speaks to Krishna: "Now I am confused about my duty and have lost all composure because of weakness. In this condition, I am asking You to tell me clearly what is best for me. Now I am Your disciple, and a soul surrendered unto You. Please instruct me."   This is the beginning of a new year's dive into the deep Yogic and spiritual treasure of the Bhagavad Gita.

The 13 lunar cycles: The 13th Moon in January (Part 13 of 13)

Wisdom by Satya Katiza

'You are — the moment you decide to Be' by Satya   After a wonderful journey of 12 moons, here we are at this invisible gate entering the last moon cycle of the year “the 13th moon in January”.  With a heart full of gratitude and wisdom gathered from all the different aspects we have learned and shared in our walk on earth moment by moment, deep in ourselves we feel the Yes! We are ready to Be!

The 13 lunar cycles: Give Praise (Part 12 of 13)

Wisdom by Daphne Luttger

Life is inevitably a process of learning and maybe at some point in life’s journey, you come to the realization of the necessity of unlearning or changing the habitual patterns that we call conditioning. The importance of change for growth and transformation. We all build our personalities on the experiences we have.

Heads up: we have changed our pricing

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02-Nov-2018 Link to FAQ We want to inform you that we have adjusted our pricing on January 1st. Please read the following to learn why and to find out what this might mean for you.

The 13 lunar cycles: Walk Tall, Woman (Part 11 of 13)

Wisdom by Patricia Veltri

The first time I heard the expression ‘She walks what she talks’ I was impressed by a powerful woman. She had so much integrity and coherence, she was so honest in the way she presented herself. With her, I understood the difference between being honest and carrying the truth. The truth has different aspects, can be seen from different perspectives. Be honest is to choose not to fake.

The 13 lunar cycles: Weaving the Web (Part 10 of 13)

Wisdom by Tianjin Lawless-Jennings

The Woman of the Tenth Moon Cycle weaves the creative web of life. She shows us that 'Mothers' come in many different forms: Aunt, Godmother, Guru, Friend. She is the special woman that you turn to for guidance, to steer you from the path of destruction, showing you the way back onto the path of creating and manifesting your dreams... of birthing your true potential through your creativity.

Why take rest on Moondays?

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On moon days we can recognize and through this recognizing, honor the natural rhythms of nature. Because if anything, nature teaches us that only change is constant. Both the new moon and the full moon create energetic experiences within us. Because of this, we see these days as yoga holidays in Astanga Yoga tradition. Lunar phases are determined by the relative position to the sun.

The 13 lunar cycles: shaping tomorrow's dream (Part 9 of 13)

Wisdom by Dolores Mae Höppener

The moon of September is the ninth moon cycle, the ninth month, that we share about the wisdom of the moon according to the native traditions. This moon is asking us to be aware that we are influencing tomorrow’s dreams; to be proactive to ensure the abundance of the future. The abundance of our children's children.

The 13 lunar cycles: She who heals (Part 8 of 13)

Wisdom by Victoria (Tory) Raven Hyndman

Theme of the Month August: She who heals by Victoria (Tory) Hyndman This month’s theme is about “She who heals”. When we look at “she who heals`’, is this an individual like a mother, a grand-mother, an energy of the Divine Mother or perhaps our true mirror? There is a girl, a woman really.  She is standing on a bridge, one we all come to at some point in  life.

The 13 lunar cycles: Intimacy with all that is (Part 7 of 13)

Wisdom by Katka Jacz

Theme of the Month July: Intimacy with all that is by Katka Jacz   To be at home with yourself and the world around you, happy and intimate with whatever is. Those of you who have had this experience know this is a possibility. But to live like this more constantly, is this possible?

The 13 lunar cycles: Storyteller (Part 6 of 13)

Wisdom by Lidewij Severins

Theme of the Month June: Storyteller   She who speaks the Truth by Lidewij Severins The Moon of June represents the woman who speaks the Truth. She who shares from her heart; truthfully, concise and clear. Through stories, we learn to have faith, to be humble and to keep our innocence.

Breathing in Ecstasy

Yoga by Arno Nistal Ten Veen

Breathing in Ecstasy In this article, Arno gives you some insights into 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…

The 13 lunar cycles: Listen to your inner voice (Part 5 of 13)

Wisdom by Martine van Beusekom

Listen to your Inner Voice   Every month the theme of the month is inspired by the book 'The 13 Clan Mothers', in which the writer, Jamie Sams, shares her Native American wisdom on what the moon teaches us, all 13 moons have their own teaching, helping us to Truth. Martine wrote about what the 5th moon brings us.

The 13 lunar cycles: 'Looks far Woman' (Part 4 of 13)

Wisdom by Ira Hardjosusono

Living the Mandala of Life. First of all, I’m grateful and happy to have been asked to write about the theme of the 4th April moon. Inspired by the many stories of women on the path, I started writing directly from the heart, inviting you to join me to go back in time.

The 13 lunar cycles: Weighs the truth (Part 3 of 13)

Wisdom by Ingeborg Timmerman

She who sees the truth The third moon of the year teaches us that truth has many different faces. We need to look at all sides of a situation to find out what is real and accept this truth although we may not like it. It teaches us that we can find our own personal truth by seeing and accepting the consequences of our actions and life experience. We need to look at what we can learn from our deeds.

The 13 lunar cycles: Wisdom Keeper (Part 2 of 13)

Wisdom by Alixe van Ogtrop

As honoring nature's rhythms and cycles connect us more easily with our own True Nature, we will write about the 13 lunar cycles. This year 13 women have been asked to write about the 13 lunar cycles. I have been asked to write about the second moon of the year with the theme 'Wisdom Keeper'.

The 13 lunar cycles: Talks with Relations (Part 1 of 13)

Wisdom by Kristin Vikjord Paternotte

NATURE “Weaving the rhythms of the seasons, She rides the Winds of Change” I was born under the Aurora Borealis. Under the dancing Lights of winter. I grew up in moonlit darkness. In the land of the midnight sun, a land where the sun never sets. Where the silence is more still than the first stillness. And time is present, like moments that never pass. Blue hours of vastness. Raw. Pure. Where heaven meets earth in winds as wild as your wildest dreams.

What is Satsang? Getting to know your Self

Yoga by Satya Katiza

Dive into Satsang, get to know your Self. Are you ready to free yourself from your limitations, fears and confusions we are all individually and socially trapped in? Satsang is an invitation for the ones who feel the call in their hearts to awake to the nature of being human, our right to live from true Peace, true Joy and true Love.

The Light within

Yoga by Satya Katiza

The Light Within   We are the very source of all what we are searching for; healing, happiness, peacefulness, freedom or perfection, but it is so easy to be missed. Even when we try to point towards it is already too far, because you can't point to that which is already here, and what you really are.

What is a Women's Circle? Living real sisterhood

Yoga by Satya Katiza

What is a Women's Circle? A sacred space and sharing time to the fact that we are so many women practicing Yoga and finding a way to live consciously and making a difference in our realities and the world we are in. With good intentions, we enter the path of yoga, inner growth, inner reflection, etc. We find answers, however, it seems that there is always something missing... We are somehow in need of refuge and a healthy ground to re-construct and reevaluate our lives.   Women's time has come now To heal and reconnect with our true wisdom, we need to awake and take responsibility for our deep disappointments, hurts, pains and denials and allow the healing to take place. This inner healing is the healing of Humanity, we as women need to take the leap NOW, for the benefit of our self, our loved ones, our children and finally heal all of our relations, (and) to give back to humanity what has been lost.  Women give birth to Life All that is materialized in the world created by humans, is the creation of women because we allow it consciously and unconsciously. In that way, women are responsible for how planet earth is affected by our human kingdom. And by that, we have a role. Just like men have their own role. Only we (yes we do this ourselves:)) have been neglecting or true role, our true nature. That's why it's women time now, to heal what is preventing us from being who we truly are. When we step into that femininity, we automatically give space for men to do the same. We can start weaving this new reality cause we, women, are so near to true nature: our physical conditions, our moon cycle, remind us constantly that we are open and vulnerable, so we can love infinitely and with no conditions. Embracing this fact gives us freedom, strength and wisdom! Let's weave a new reality. Together. In sisterhood. Respecting all, loving all, including all men. We are opening the door for that. Women Circle at Delight Yoga Every month the classes are connected to the theme of the month, in line with the moon. Most probably most of you will be connected with this time naturally. The wisdom of the moon themes come through Jamie Sams. She shares this in the book 'The 13 Orginal Clan Mothers'. Our intention is to create real sisterhood. A save community to share, be vulnerable, liberate pain and awaken the True woman that you are. We will come together in circle’s monthly, planned around the full moon. There are 13th moon cycles in a year and therefore 13 circles. There will be practices and time for sharing and connecting with other sisters. It's a special class, bookable a week before through the regular schedule. We are looking forward to sharing and growing together! 

The Opening & Closing Mantra of Astanga Yoga

Yoga by Sasha Van Aalst

The Opening Mantra   vande gurūṇāṁ caraṇāravinde sandarśita svātma sukhāvabodhe | niḥśreyase jāṅgalikāyamāne saṁsāra hālāhala mohaśāntyai ||   ābāhu puruṣākāraṁ śaṅkhacakrāsi dhāriṇam | sahasra śirasaṁ śvetaṁ praṇamāmi patañjalim ||   I bow to the lotus feet of Gurus The awakening happiness of one’s own Self-revealed, Beyond better, acting like the Jungle physician, Pacifying delusion, the poison of Samsara. 

Astanga Mysore Program at the Nieuwe Achtergracht

News by Delight Yoga

29-Sep-2017   We are happy to announce that we will be offering daily Mysore classes with Sasha van Aalst at the Nieuwe Achtergracht starting from November.     The transmission of this practice has always been from one person to another, in an intuitive, receptive and guiding relationship. The practice will be taught one-on-one in the supportive context of community.

The Niyamas: Ishvara Pranidhana - Surrender to the divine

Wisdom by Wessel Paternotte

The Niyamas: Ishvara Pranidhana - Surrender to the divine The theme of this month is Ishvara Pranidhana, the last one in the series of niyamas. Ishvara refers to God, and Pranidhana generally means self-surrender. Ishvara Pranidhana is the practice of self-surrender in deep contemplation on the eternal source of all. In the practice of Ishvara Pranidhana, we let go of our thoughts, beliefs and ideas.

The Niyamas: Svadhyaya - Studying the Self

Wisdom by Wessel Paternotte

The Niyamas: Svadhyaya - Studying the Self   The theme of the month is Svadhyaya, the fourth of the niyamas from Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. The term Svadhyaya stems from the words Sva (Self or Soul) and Shyaya, which comes from dhyia (to meditate, study or contemplate) and so Svadhyaya means Studying the Self. DJ Khaled would call this a Holy Key, as knowing your Self, and being your Self, is what yoga is all about.

My teacher training experience with Delight Yoga

Yoga by Dolores Mae Höppener

Now, I feel what it is to be a spiritual being having a human experience. Now, I - and every particle in my body - know why I practice yoga on the mat. Now, I really dare to choose to be the Light. Now, I have the tools to stay Here. Now, I operate with faith.

The Niyamas: Tapas - Inner Fire and Selfless Love

Wisdom by Wessel Paternotte

TĀPAS   Inner Fire & Selfless Love Tāpas, the third of the niyamas from Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, has been translated into English as heat, spiritual austerities, self-discipline and inner fire. Through Tāpas, mastery of the body, mind and senses can be achieved. Think of Tāpas as a flame inside of you, which motivates you and keeps you on track with what is really important in life.

The Niyamas: Santosha - Contentment

Wisdom by Wessel Paternotte

The Niyamas: SANTOSHA - Contentment   This month we focus on the practice of Santosha, developing contentment and equanimity of mind. I believe the first time I heard the word equanimity was during my first vipassana retreat. The teacher, S.N. Goenka, was speaking about it a lot. He told me that I should keep a calm, content and equanimous mind, no matter what the circumstances may be.

The essence of Immortality

Yoga by Satya Katiza

Ohm ॐ, We are honored to have received the teachings and blessings of Maratika Rinpoche at Delight Yoga on May 15th and 18th. We are very grateful to share one of his teachings transmitted in Amsterdam on May 18th, 2017 through this blog. Besides the texts, we hereby share the pictures for visualization of HRIH and Buddha Amitayus with you also.

The Niyamas: Saucha - purity, cleanliness and clearness

Wisdom by Wessel Paternotte

The Niyamas: Saucha - purity, cleanliness and clearness When I first heard about the niyamas as being the rules of yoga, I was not a fan. I never liked rules and I had a slight tendency of breaking them. Luckily, over the years my perception changed, and I began to understand that the niyamas are not meant as rules that you simply must follow to be a good person. I began to appreciate them as spiritual, mystical and yet very practical guidelines for a happy life. And I love being happy.

The Yamas: Aparigraha - Non-attachment

Wisdom by Maarten van Huijstee

The Yamas:  Aparigraha - Non-attachment 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 Yamas: Brahmacharya - Follow the Universal self inside

Wisdom by Maarten van Huijstee

The Yamas: Brahmacharya - follow the universal self ride 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.

The Yamas: Asteya - Non-stealing

Wisdom by Maarten van Huijstee

The Yamas: Asteya - Non stealing 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 time we will reflect on the third Yamas, "Asteya", which translates to "non-stealing".

The Yamas: Satya - Truthfulness

Wisdom by Maarten van Huijstee

The Yamas: Satya - Truthfulness I’ll be writing 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. We’ll be having a closer look at the second Yama “Satya” which translates to “Truthfulness”

The Yamas: Ahimsa - non violence, non harming

Wisdom by Maarten van Huijstee

The Yamas: Ahimsa - non violence, non harming 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: Let it be as a life strategy

Yoga by Juno Burger

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.

Just being is enough

Yoga by Kevin Sahaj

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.

The Importance of Your Yoga Practice

Yoga by Kevin Sahaj

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.

Bhagavad Gita: Hatha Yoga (Part 4 of 4)

Wisdom by Kevin Sahaj

Bhagavad Gita: Hatha Yoga (Part 4 of 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?' asked master Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

Yoga by Dana Marshall

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?”

Bhagavad Gita: Hatha Yoga (Part 3 of 4)

Wisdom by Kevin Sahaj

Bhagavad Gita: Hatha Yoga (Part 3 of 4) Part 3. Pranayama practice according to the Hatha Yoga Pradipika: athāsane dṝdhe yoghī vaśī hita-mitāśanaḥ | ghurūpadiṣhṭa-mārgheṇa prāṇāyāmānsamabhyaset || 1 ||

Bhagavad Gita: Hatha Yoga (Part 2 of 4)

Wisdom by Kevin Sahaj

Bhagavad Gita: Hatha Yoga (Part 2 of 4) 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.

Why Meditate? Finding Sanity in an Insane World

Yoga by Kimberly Poppe

Why Meditate? 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. 

Bhagavad Gita: Hatha Yoga (Part 1 of 4)

Wisdom by Kevin Sahaj

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.

Bhagavad Gita: Bhakti Yoga (Part 2 of 2)

Wisdom by Kevin Sahaj

Bhagavad Gita: Bhakti Yoga (Part 2 of 2) 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

News by Delight Yoga

11-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.

Bhagavad Gita: Jñana Yoga, the Yoga of Knowledge

Wisdom by Kevin Sahaj

Jñāna Yoga, 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.

Bhagavad Gita: Bhakti Yoga (Part 1 of 2)

Wisdom by Kevin Sahaj

Bhakti Yoga 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

Yoga by Adela Serrano

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.

Bhagavad Gita: Karma Yoga

Wisdom by Kevin Sahaj

Karma Yoga 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.

Find your sacred space: an interview with Tijn Touber

Yoga by Michel Fijn

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: an interview with Katiza Satya & Kevin Sahaj

Yoga by Michel Fijn

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;