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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

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

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.

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 ||

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.