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Women's Circle: living real sisterhood

Article by Katiza Satya

November 2017

We are happy to open the doors in a more consistent way to something that has been knocking at the door of Delight Yoga for a while: offering 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 (It is women's time 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.  Why do we need sisterhood now? 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. Next up: This Sunday November 19th from 15.00 to 17.00 at Prinseneiland. Bookable through the normal schedule: https://delightyoga.com/studio/schedule/amsterdam     About the circle's 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!  Dates Amsterdam The dates are, as much as possible, planned on a Friday around the full moon.  1st moon cycle - January 5th, 18.15 - 20.15 at the Weteringschans 2nd moon cycle - February 2nd, 18.15 - 20.15 at the Weteringschans  3rd moon cycle - March 2nd, 18.15 - 20.15 at the Weteringschans  4th moon cycle - April 6th, 18.15 - 20.15 at the Weteringschans  5th moon cycle - May 4th, 18.15 - 20.15 at the Weteringschans 6th moon cycle - June 1st, 18.15 - 20.15 at the Weteringschans  7th moon cycle - June 29th, 18.15 - 20.15 at the Weteringschans  8th moon cycle - August 10th, 18.15 - 20.15 at the Weteringschans  9th moon cycle - August 31st, 18.15 - 20.15 at the Weteringschans  10th moon cycle - September 28th, 18.15 - 20.15 at the Weteringschans  11th moon cycle - November 23rd, 18.15 - 20.15 at the Weteringschans  12th moon cycle - December 3rd, 18.15 - 20.15 at the Weteringschans  13th moon cycle - December 21st, 18.15 - 20.15 at the Weteringschans (This is the Winter Solstice!)   Dates The Hague Coming soon! 

Special Classes: November 2017

Article by Delight Yoga

October 2017

Special Classes Yoga has so many more qualities than just the physical practice on the mat (asana). You may have experienced some magic during a class, leaving energized and relaxed and with a feeling of more spaciousness. But in fact, this magical feeling can stay with you when you take the practice with you off the mat. The key is to apply yoga into our daily lives and to experience the present Now in all little things we do.

Astanga Yoga: Opening & Closing Mantra

Article by Sasha Van Aalst

October 2017

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.    Taking the form of a man to the shoulders,  Holding a conch, a discus, and a sword, One thousand heads white,  To Patanjali, I salute.    As we take our stance before we start, from the stillness of our own vessel we each reach out through sound together. Perhaps you are familiar with the moment we chant; this pause we take to ask for and envision guidance as we start a collective ritual through the practice of asana. It seems we are dialling a number and tapping into some kind of shared, subtle knowledge, a common understanding, a focussed vestibule. A potent action that sets an intention and facilitates a direction.    The first part of the opening chant originates from Yoga Taravali, a text written around 700CE by Shankaracharya. With this verse, we ask for guidance from the source of all gurus, in all forms, the ones that went before and the ones that are here today. In reverence, we bow down to their lotus feet and ask for them to show us their accumulated knowledge gained from direct experience. We ask them for guidance in removing delusion so that we may be blessed by the discovery of radiance, happiness and joy through the revealing of our own true Self. They act like jungle physicians. Their wisdom and teachings are like ancient, authentic medicine, healing the suffering inevitably and continuously caused by our human conditioning and keeping us in ignorance of our own true nature. They help remove the fetters of the mind and show us stillness, peace and a way to find the purity of mind and heart.    With the second verse, we acknowledge Patanjali. Patanjali compiled the Yoga Sūtras, an ancient text on Indic philosophy presenting teachings focussing on the realisation of the innermost conscious Self through the practice of meditation. We are reminded to bring the philosophical context of our asana practice into taking care of our daily lives. Radiant and white are his thousand heads as he sits tall carrying cosmic tools - a conch shell representing divine sound, a disc representing infinite light or time and a sword for slicing through discernment. Here we envision Patanjali as an illuminated example for us to hold in our mind's eye.   Then the room quietly continues, vessels pulsating together all different, guiding each other in a similar direction.       The closing mantra   svastiprajābhyaḥ paripālayantāṁ nyāyena mārgeṇa mahīṁ mahīśāḥ | gobrāmaṇebhyaḥ śubhamastu nityaṁ lokāḥ samastāḥ sukhinobhavantu ||   May all be well with mankind.  May the leaders of the earth protect in every way by keeping to the right path.    May there be goodness for all those who know the earth to be sacred.  May all the worlds be happy.    We end our quiet ritual with these words. They are there to help us acknowledge a broader notion of what the world is other than the self and the visible world we know around us. We offer up our effort of practice and the blessings we receive from our actions to all other sentient beings, to a greater good. We turn the viewpoint from the microcosm of ourselves, to offer the happiness, freedom and peace we experience in the broadest sense of macrocosm - worlds and beings, seen and unseen. Let there be peace.

Astanga Mysore Program at the Nieuwe Achtergracht

Article by Delight Yoga

September 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.

Special Classes: October 2017

Article by Delight Yoga

September 2017

Special Classes Yoga has so many more qualities than just the physical practice on the mat (asana). You may have experienced some magic during a class, leaving energized and relaxed and with a feeling of more spaciousness. But in fact, this magical feeling can stay with you when you take the practice with you off the mat. The key is to apply yoga into our daily lives and to experience the present Now in all little things we do.

Special Classes: September 2017

Article by Delight Yoga

September 2017

Special Classes Yoga has so many more qualities than just the physical practice on the mat (asana). You may have experienced some magic during a class, leaving energized and relaxed and with a feeling of more spaciousness. But in fact, this magical feeling can stay with you when you take the practice with you off the mat. The key is to apply yoga into our daily lives and to experience the present Now in all little things we do.

Meditation & Compassion Courses

Article by Kimberly Poppe

August 2017

Beginning again in September, Kimberly Poppe will offer a series of courses exploring meditation and compassion practices.  They will be intimate in size (max 10 people per course) so there will be lots of opportunity for personal attention. Included as part of your regular subscription, each one of these courses will run for four (or in some cases five) weeks.

Special Classes: August 2017

Article by Delight Yoga

August 2017

Special Classes Yoga has so many more qualities than just the physical practice on the mat (asana). You may have experienced some magic during a class, leaving energized and relaxed and with a feeling of more spaciousness. But in fact, this magical feeling can stay with you when you take the practice with you off the mat. The key is to apply yoga into our daily lives and to experience the present Now in all little things we do.

Special Class: OM, Its Meaning and Significance

Article by Delight Yoga

August 2017

OM, Its Meaning and Significance - Special Class Om is the name of Ishwara, the Lord, according to the Vedas, Bhagavad-Gita and Yoga Sutra. The sound of Om is considered most auspicious.  Most mantras and prayers begin with Om. Om, however, is a mantra by itself. As far as symbols go, Om is truly Omnipresent. 

Revisiting the intensive teacher training (200hrs)

Article by Dolores Höppener

July 2017

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.

International Yoga Day

Article by Delight Yoga

June 2017

Come and celebrate International Yoga Day with us on June 21st. During International Yoga Day we celebrate yoga and that it embodies unity of mind and body, thought and action.

The essence of Immortality: A Sacred practice by Ven Maritika Rinpoche

Article by Katiza Satya

May 2017

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.

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. 

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 :) 

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.

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?

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:

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.