6 Ways Kids Yoga Benefits Your Child

Yoga by Marije Roede

“It is, in fact, nothing short of a miracle that the modern methods of instruction have not yet entirely strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry; for this delicate little plant, aside from stimulation, stands mainly in need of freedom. Without that it is surely destroyed.” –Albert Einstein

Science of Chakras: Vishuddha

Yoga by Erica Jago

If you read my previous blog posts on the lower four chakras then get ready to make some noise! The fifth chakra: Vishuddha, in English it is called the Throat Chakra. Vishuddha bridges your feeling with your thinking through creative expression and speech. The element of this energy centre is sound, providing you with the ability to listen and verbally express your needs, your desires, and your opinions, truthfully and authentically.

What is Kids Yoga?

Yoga by Marije Roede

“We don’t stop playing because we grow old, we grow we grow old because we stop playing” –George Bernard Shaw A Kids Yoga class is very different from a yoga class for adults. In Kids yoga, children have a non-competitive and fun way to practice yoga and mindfulness through the use of songs, games and stories.

How to practice: Tiryang-Mukha-Eka-Pāda Paścimattānāsana (Three limbs and face in one foot western/back intense stretch pose)

Yoga by Delight Yoga

Tiryang-Mukha-Eka-Pāda Paścimattānāsana, or 'Three limbs and face in one foot western/back intense stretch pose', is the ninth posture in the Primary Series of the Astanga Vinyasa yoga system. 

How to practice: Ardha Baddha Padma Paścimattānāsana (Half bound lotus western/back intense stretch Pose)

Yoga by Delight Yoga

Ardha Baddha Padma Paścimattānāsana, or half bound lotus western/back intense stretch pose, is the eighth posture in the Primary Series of the Astanga Vinyasa yoga system. 

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

Yoga by Delight Yoga

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

Happy World Meditation Day from Delight Yoga

Yoga by Delight Yoga

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.

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

Yoga by Delight Yoga

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. 

How to practice: Daṇḍāsana (Stick Pose)

Yoga by Delight Yoga

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)

Yoga by Delight Yoga

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.

How to practice: Vīrabhadrāsana I (Warrior I Pose)

Yoga by Delight Yoga

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

Yoga by Delight Yoga

"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. 

How to practice: Utkaṭāsana (Chair Pose)

Yoga by Delight Yoga

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'

Yoga by Royce Benda

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)

Yoga by Delight Yoga

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

Yoga by Delight Yoga

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?

Yoga by Delight Yoga

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)

Yoga by Delight Yoga

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.

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.

How to practice: Pārśvottanāsana (Intense Side Stretch Pose)

Yoga by Delight Yoga

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. 

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

Yoga by Delight Yoga

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. 

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

Yoga by Delight Yoga

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. 

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

Yoga by Delight Yoga

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. 

How to practice: Parivṛtta Trikoṇāsana (Revolved Triangle Pose)

Yoga by Delight Yoga

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. 

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.

Eddie Stern Workshop Series March 2020

Yoga by Delight Yoga

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)

Yoga by Delight Yoga

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.  

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)

Yoga by Delight Yoga

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. 

How to practice: Pādānguṣṭhāsana (Foot Big Toe Pose)

Yoga by Delight Yoga

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)

Yoga by Delight Yoga

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.

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

Yoga by Delight Yoga

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.

Yoga Anatomy: Skeletal System

Yoga by Delight Yoga

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

Yoga by Delight Yoga

  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.

The Importance of Yoga Alignment

Yoga by Delight Yoga

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.

Yoga Poses in Sanskrit

Yoga by Delight Yoga

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

Yoga by Delight Yoga

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.  

The Yamas & Niyamas

Yoga by Delight Yoga

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

Yoga by Delight Yoga

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 the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

Yoga by Delight Yoga

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

Yoga by Delight Yoga

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

Yoga by Delight Yoga

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

Yoga by Delight Yoga

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:

Why take rest on Moondays?

Yoga by Delight Yoga

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.

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…

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. 

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 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 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.

'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?”

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. 

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.

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;