This time The Fat Yogis (Anat, Marcel and Ehud) are talking between themselves about discomfort.
Comfort, that stealthy thing that enters your house as a guest, then becomes a host, and then a master Khalil Gilbran I paid attention to the stories my mother-in law used to tell, on how little everybody had during and just after WWII. On her birthday, during the last winter of the war, she got […]
Anat and Marcel spoke to Bernie Clark, author of Your Body Your Yoga and Your Spine Your Yoga to hear about his insights about the spine. Bernie has been teaching yoga and meditation since 1998. He has a bachelor degree in Science from the University of Waterloo and combines his intense interest in yoga with […]
Anat Geiger writes about the known and less known reasons for the spine being the center of yoga practice.
Anat and Marcel asked Suzee Grilley about her view on the chakras and the practice of chakra meditation and discovered that the roots of her practice lay in her early 20’s as a dancer and who are her basketball heros. Suzee Grilley had a long career as a professional dancer, touring the world. She began […]
When Anat asked me to write a piece about Chakra Meditation for The Fat Yogis newsletter, I jumped on the invitation with a YES in all caps. Anat and I have the same teachers: the Grilleys. We have studied with and assisted the Grilleys for many years now: functional anatomy and subtle energy, mantras, philosophy […]
Marcel and Anat interviewed their beloved teacher Paul Grilley about the Bhagavad Gita. Paul talks about the Gita in the context of the Mahabharata, the connection with Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras and much more. Paul Grilley is the founder of Yin Yoga and wrote A Yogi’s Guide to Chakra Meditation (Marcel wrote a little review on […]
“On this path effort never goes to waste, and there is no failure. Even a little effort toward spiritual awareness will protect you from the greatest fear.” A Helpful Reminder It is hard to choose one quote from the Gita, there are so many great ones. They are poetic, beautiful and, to me, more than […]
Anat and Ehud took about half an hour to talk about karma, sharing some of their thoughts, ideas and questions about this system. Anat also wrote a blog about karma and has a talk about it and Marcel interviewed Venerable Steve and recorded a class around the theme.
Marcel had a very nice talk with venerable Stephen Carlier who shares his thoughts about Karma with us.
Venerable Stephen had been a buddhist monk for the last 41 years. He currently resides at The land of the medicine Buddha in Soquel California.
For more than two decades I have been studying and teaching yoga, deepening my philosophy studies progressively as I go. At the center of these teachings is the concept of karma, an incredibly elegant and poignant way to understand suffering, gain, loss, praise, blame, success, failure, all the sometimes maddening ups and downs of our lives.
Marijke Pfeiffer has been an acupuncturist for the last 40 years and is co-founder of CIG Amsterdam and of TCMA, Traditional Chinese Medicine school in Amsterdam. In this interview Marijke talks about the different aspects of Chi, common Chi-related problems like low energy and burnout, and some of the things needed to keep your chi […]
Prana, Chi, Energy. Anat Geiger writes about the stuff we are literally made of but is still often regarded as esoteric.
An interview with Dr. Jaap van der Wal Ph.D. Fascia isn’t just an arbitrary part of the body, fascia is a complex and vast communication network within the body that influences every aspect of our development – physical, emotional and spiritual. Marcel and Anat interview leading fascia expert and embryologist Dr. Jaap van der Wal. […]
Fascia isn’t just an arbitrary part of the body, fascia is a complex and vast communication network within the body that influences every aspect of our development. Anat Geiger dares to scratch the surface in this latest blog post.
An interview with Gil Sol Gil works as a Movement Therapist, Yoga Teacher & Neuroplasticity Coach, helping people develop control over their body and mind. You can find more information about Gils work on mindacademyrotterdam.nl
Has the demonization of stress led to us overlooking the value of stress for survival and good health? Anat Geiger explores this topic through the lens of a yogi.
Anat explores the work of Dr Bruce Lipton to help provide evidence for what yoga philosophy has been saying for centuries: modern science is proving that the stories we tell ourselves ultimately will become our story if we don’t gain control over the mind.
Who is Who: Maj Ingemann-MoldenAge: 38Occupation: full time yoga teacher E-RYT, lead trainer RYS 200 and yoga studio manager Klaas BoomsmaAge: 45Occupation: running trainer, magazine editor Kenneth GrahamAge: 45 Occupation: yoga teacher
Practice makes perfect. That’s what we all heard when learning to ride a bike, to play an instrument or to master a pose. The first time you try it seems hopeless, there are just too many things you have no control over: coordination, balance, rhythm, strength. Yet somehow you keep trying and trying and there is a […]
Anat Geiger explores the first of the Eight Limbs of Patanjali- the yamas- and explains why they’re important for us to live by
Those stories are now everywhere, even on Netflix: yoga teachers whose behavior is questionable, or downright wrong. They are dishonest and greedy, sexually aggressive and inappropriate, selfish and way too much into themselves.
How do you see yourself /identify with your role as yoga teacher? Anat: I honestly don’t feel it much as a role. I think I am pretty much myself when I teach – a mix of humor and seriousness, of strictness and flexibility, warmth and detachment.
Nowadays commitment and discipline are lacking in the yoga world and passed up for convenience and a very different kind of ‘flexibility’. Yes, there are many benefits but at what cost?