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New on the schedule: meditation courses

Artikel 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.    Each one of these courses will run each month for 4 or 5 weeks. It includes: - The actual weekly class - Advice for integrating meditation into your everyday life  - Guidance for how to establish a daily meditation habit throughout the rest of week  - Access to guided meditations on audio, in collaboration with bodhi   Regular class fees apply. Delight Members can join these courses without any extra costs. You can book the course through the regular schedule a week before the course starts. We aim to create a personal, safe and open atmosphere where you can learn from each other and grow.     Our Meditation Courses   I Meditation: The Fundamentals (beginners)   This course will establish all the fundamentals needed to give you the confidence to practice meditation. It will explore both mindfulness and awareness, using the breath as a support to help settle the mind, as well as exploring just allowing yourself to be, to rest, just as you are.   Wednesdays 18:30-19:30 5 weeks, starting March 1st      II Meditation: Exploring the Senses (all levels)   This course will explore using the senses (primarily sound, sight and physical sensations) as a support for meditation. This practice helps to integrate the mindfulness, awareness and spaciousness of meditation into all situations in everyday life. It is helpful if students have had some previous grounding in meditation (focusing on the breath for example) as a basis for this course.   Wednesdays 20.00 - 21.00 5 weeks, starting March 1st    III  Meditation: Exploring Thoughts & Emotions (experienced)   This course will explore developing a different relationship with our thoughts and emotions, to be able to make friends them and use them to our advantage, instead of being used by them. It is helpful if students have had previous experience in meditation, preferably taking the two previous courses, The Fundamentals and Exploring the Senses.   Tuesdays 20.00 - 21.00 4 weeks, starting April 4th      We also offer a Loving Kindness meditation course which can be taken at any time, on its own or alongside the other 4-week meditation courses.   VI  Loving Kindness (all levels)   This course will explore gently cultivating loving-kindness towards oneself and others.  The intention of this practice is to send well-being and happiness to oneself and the world around us. It is a wonderful way to begin to plant the seeds of love within that will also impact our way of being in our lives. It is helpful if students have had some previous grounding in meditation (focusing on the breath for example) as a basis for this course.   Tuesdays 18.30 - 19.30  4 weeks, starting March 7th   Next to these courses we also offer a regular Awareness Meditation (all levels) class with Rolandjan Van Mulligen, Mondays 20.00 - 21.00. All meditation classes are at the Nieuwe Achtergracht.  

February: Satya - Truthfulness

Maandelijks thema by Maarten van Huijstee

February 2017

Satya As mentioned in the January, I’ll be writing the Theme of the Months in 2017 about the five Yamas, an integral part of the eightfold path of Yoga. The Yamas are seen as the natural laws of Yoga which apply broadly in life and include self-restraints in one's action, words and thoughts. In February we’ll be having a closer look at the second Yama “Satya” which translates to “Truthfulness” In thinking about what to write about “Truth” I became silent, because what can you actually say or write about the Truth? It were in these silent moments that the voice of Jack Nicholson started coming in and out of my mind. So what did Jack or Colonel Jessup say in the classic movie “A Few Good Man”? Tom Cruise: "I want to know the Truth" Jack Nicholson: "You can not handle the Truth" To be honest this is how I've felt from time to time on my journey in discovering myself. I wanted to know the Truth but I couldn't handle it. I couldn't handle the fact that there is no particular truth to be found and kept looking for it in knowledge, opinions and others outside myself. I now realise that there is Truth in everything and everyone and it is this insight, that I’ve tried to capture in the following verse. In writing this I've used the words of Lao Tzu, Patanjali, Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson and many others. Satya The Truth that can be told, is not the eternal one. The word which is expressed, is in itself the split of unity. The Truth doesn’t take sides, it gives birth to both good and bad. The Truthful don’t take sides. They welcome both saints and sinners. Do you want to know the Truth? You can not handle the Truth. You are the Truth.   Please don't read the above verse as something that holds any truth or needs understanding. Satya or truthfulness is a natural quality all human beings posses and have inside. See it merely as a pointer to look inwards and find the Truth inside yourself. Love, Maarten van Huijstee Co-Founder Delight Yoga Classes of the month February 14th Yin 20:00 - 21:30 with Marlene Smits  February 15th Vinyasa  20:00 - 21:30 with Peter Roussel

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

Artikel by Delight Yoga

January 2017

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

January: Ahimsa - non violence, non harming

Maandelijks thema by Maarten van Huijstee

December 2016

Ahimsa Several weeks ago, my teacher, Katiza Satya asked me to write the Theme of the Month for the first months of 2017. I was asked to write about the five "Yamas", one of the limbs of the eightfold path of Yoga. The Yamas are seen as the natural laws of Yoga which apply broadly in life and include self-restraints in one's action, words and thoughts. In January we start with "Ahimsa" which literally means "do not harm". In the beginning I felt a hesitation within me, because I feel I know far too little about the Yamas to be of any help to others, but as with all challenges, I went on a journey inwards to explore a hidden Wisdom all human beings possess. The last couple of years my path has been the path of not-knowing. So where to start? I quickly found out that it was in exactly that place I needed to stay, a space of not-knowing and not-doing. This space and the beautiful wisdom of the Tao te Ching would be the inspiration in writing the following verse on Ahimsa, the first of the five Yamas.   Ahimsa Can you keep your mind from its wandering when being rattled and moved? Can you let your body remain subtle when shaken and stirred? Can you step back and let events take their own course? Can you love others without imposing your will? Can you stay silent and thus understand all things? Can you be true and thus become all? Do not harm yourself. Stay natural.   Please don't read the above verse as something to understand, do or change. Ahimsa or harmlessness is a natural quality all human beings posses and have inside. See it merely as a pointer to look inwards and be your natural self.   Enjoy 2017 and lots of Love, Maarten van Huijstee Co-founder Delight Yoga

The Delight of Being

Artikel by Juno Burger

November 2016

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

December: Just being is enough

Maandelijks thema by Kevin Sahaj

November 2016

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

November: The importance of self practice

Maandelijks thema by Kevin Sahaj

October 2016

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

October: Hatha Yoga Part 4 of 4

Maandelijks thema by Kevin Sahaj

September 2016

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

Why do you want to meditate?

Artikel 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

Artikel by Shirley Woods

August 2016

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

September: Hatha Yoga Part 3 of 4

Maandelijks thema by Kevin Sahaj

August 2016

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

Breathing in Ecstasy!

Artikel 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!

Artikel by Delight Yoga

August 2016

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

August: Hatha Yoga Part 2 of 4

Maandelijks thema by Kevin Sahaj

July 2016

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

Finding Sanity in an Insane World

Artikel by Kimberly Poppe

July 2016

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

July: Hatha Yoga Part 1 of 4

Maandelijks thema by Kevin Sahaj

July 2016

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

May: Bhakti Yoga Part 2 of 2

Maandelijks thema by Kevin Sahaj

June 2016

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

Opening Weekend Prinseneiland

Artikel 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

Artikel by Delight Yoga

May 2016

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

June: Jñana Yoga, or the Yoga of Knowledge

Maandelijks thema by Kevin Sahaj

April 2016

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

Product of the month - April

Artikel by Delight Yoga

April 2016

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

April: Bhakti Yoga Part 1 of 2

Maandelijks thema by Kevin Sahaj

March 2016

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

The Path of Krishnamacharya

Artikel 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

Artikel by Delight Yoga

March 2016

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

March: Karma Yoga

Maandelijks thema by Kevin Sahaj

March 2016

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Quote by Delight Yoga

February 2016

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

Buddha

Quote by Delight Yoga

February 2016

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

Thich Nhat Hahn

Quote by Delight Yoga

February 2016

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

Pleasure by Buddha

Gedicht by Delight Yoga

February 2016

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

Loosen your grip

Gedicht by Deborah Quibell

February 2016

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

Prune & poppy porridge

Recept by Kyra de Vreeze

February 2016

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

Amaranth, fig and sage cookies

Recept by Kyra de Vreeze

February 2016

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

Find your sacred space with Tijn Touber

Artikel 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

Artikel 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

Artikel 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

Artikel 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.