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June: Saucha - purity, cleanliness and clearness

Maandelijks thema by Wessel Paternotte

May 2017

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. And it is my great pleasure to discuss the niyamas with you for the next couple of months. I believe they help us focus our mind on the eternal source of all being, and bring magic to our life. By practicing the niyamas, we make space for divine consciousness to flow through us. Ultimately, we become a vessel to transmit light. This is – in my eyes - the purpose of practicing yoga. The first niyama is Saucha, which means purity, cleanliness and clearness. And what do we want to make pure, clean and clear? Our inner & outer world. Our body & our mind. Our conscious & subconscious mind. Basically, we want everything to be as Saucha as we can possibly get it. Why? First of all, because it feels good. There is nothing like coming out of the shower all fresh, washed, clean, scrubbed, brushed and smelling like a rose. Saucha! And don’t forget the inner body: Fasting every now and then to allow our body to rest, drinking water to clean the body internally, doing practices that heal and purify the body, it all makes us feel great and shiny and fully present in our body. Saucha! And how about our environment? My mother always used to say: when your room is a mess, your head is a mess. Wise words. I discovered how organizing and cleaning my house had a direct effect on my state of mind. Perhaps cleaning out our closet, doing the dishes, washing the windows or taking out the trash is not always our favorite way to spend the afternoon, but how great is that feeling once you are done and you look around? You feel great. That’s Saucha! But the practice of Saucha is not just about feeling good. I discovered Saucha helps us become a pure vehicle for spiritual awakening. When we keep our environment clean and organized, and take good care of everything around us, something shifts in our attitude towards life. It creates a mentality of attentiveness. When we make our personal space open and clear, and attend to our environment with subtlety and awareness, we make space for the magic to appear. That is why we like to keep everything so nice and tidy at Delight. Saucha! And last but not least: beyond the physical world is the psychic realm, and cultivating a pure mind is where the real work lies. How do we purify the mind? The mind can be purified by doing Brahma Sadhana, meditation upon the divine, and by maintaining pure thoughts. When we see the divine in everything and look on the bright side of life, our attitude towards ourselves changes. So even when things look bleak, I try to find the joy in that I call the delight of being. I try to remember that life is not happening to me, but for me. Divine consciousness, the beauty of life, is available every moment when you open up for it. When you make space for it.  Our pure mind becomes absorbed with sweet, careful and loving thoughts. We treat all objects and all beings around us with kindness and love. And we become the person we always knew we were deep down inside. That is the power and beauty of practicing Saucha! May Saucha be with you this month, and may your soul shine bright like a diamond. All my love, Wessel Paternotte Founder Delight Yoga  

May: Aparigraha - Non-attachment

Maandelijks thema by Maarten van Huijstee

April 2017

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

April: Brahmacharya - Follow the Universal self inside

Maandelijks thema by Maarten van Huijstee

March 2017

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

March: Asteya - Non-stealing

Maandelijks thema by Maarten van Huijstee

February 2017

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

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”

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".

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.