Writing a blog post about fascia is like writing a blog post about water. Where do you start? There are so many aspects to this tissue: anatomical, physiological, movement-related, energetic, embryological and spiritual . A couple of blog posts will not suffice, so I’m going to share some basics with you and if you’re keen to hear more, there is a lot of really interesting material available online. I will provide a few links for you to explore, and a recommendation of two great documentaries at the end.Continue reading “Fascia – Our True Matrix”
He may be one of the biggest villains of our time. Mean, undesirable and bad in every way. He’s responsible for much of our suffering; be it physical, emotional or mental. Mostly a combination of all three. Science warns about its harmful effects and innumerable therapies, medicines, strategies and products have claimed to fight this villain effectively. Stress: the less we have of it the better.Continue reading “Stress: the Good Villain”
“Biological behaviour can be controlled by invisible forces, including thought, as well as it can be controlled by physical molecules like penicillin.”Bruce Lipton
This quote was not taken from a yoga or alternative medicine book, but from an author with a PhD in Biology, someone who spent most of his adult life within the standard academic circles. His insights into New Biology came later in life, fuelled by his own personal struggle with finding fulfilment, satisfaction and, ultimately, love. Bruce Lipton has written a book called The Biology of Belief, which I am reading right now and highly recommend for the slightly geeky among you and those who don’t want to take my word for it.Continue reading “The Stories We Tell Ourselves”
Who is Who:
Occupation: full time yoga teacher E-RYT, lead trainer RYS 200 and yoga studio manager
Occupation: running trainer, magazine editor
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 day where you stay upright on the bike, you play a song, you do a handstand. It wasn’t there until it was.Continue reading “To Change the World, You Need to Change Yourself”
It is NOT: dusty, dry, intellectual, irrelevant, boring.
It IS: alive, juicy, inspiring and definitely relevant. And difficult. But not difficult because we need to learn difficult concepts, it’s difficult because we cannot study it with the intellect alone. Yoga philosophy is all about the heart and what moves it. So sometimes I write a blog and try to convince you to give it a chance.Continue reading “Yoga Philosophy is Not What You Think”
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.Continue reading “Can A Jerk be a Yogi?”
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.Continue reading “6 Questions: The Traps We Fall Into”
Commitment and discipline are words that most people struggle with. When you read Anat’s Stick To It blog or our 6 Questions: Commitment and Discipline , you get insight in to how people from different disciplines and different parts of the world feel when they hear these words.Continue reading “Have OneFit and ClassPass killed commitment?”
Who is who
Dr. Martijn Groenink Sammels: 54, former life science researcher (PhD), currently a dentist
Pascalle Paerel: 29, former Dutch National Ballet dancer, currently a model agency owner (The Fashion Composers)
Tristan P. Rose: 35, former Australian soldier (Afghanistan veteran), currently a deep sea commercial diver and yoga & meditation facilitator for Australian veterans and first responders
Anna Dukhanina: 35, currently a yoga studio owner & teacherContinue reading “6 Questions: Commitment & Discipline”
“Nothing beautiful comes without some suffering”The Dalai Lama
There is no way around it: to make anything worthwhile happen, including all the great intentions we have set for the new year – some degree of effort will be necessary. When I say effort, I actually mean the two words that tend to make so many of us cringe “discipline” and “commitment”.Continue reading “Stick To It: The Importance of Commitment and Discipline”
As Anat pointed out in Stillness and Meditation: the Most Important Work, it’s not easy to start a meditation practice. You have your mind set that you are going to start, and then after a few times (or sometimes a few minutes) you can’t do it anymore. You are bored, its’ taking too long, your body hurts or you have 101 other things to do that are more important.
This is why we have written a follow up article to give you some tips and tricks that might help you to set up a steady meditation practice. Spoiler alert – it takes work!Continue reading “Meditation 101: Tips and Tricks”
Why is meditation so hard?
It sounds like the simplest thing in the world: sit calmly in a quiet place for a while and observe your internal feelings and thoughts. And yet, it is one of the hardest things to actually do.Continue reading “Stillness and Mediation: The Most Important Work”
Meet our friends:
Nico Kaandorp, 54, retreat center owner and entrepreneur.
Joe Barnett, 48, yin yoga and chakra meditation instructor (fellow assistant to Paul and Suzee Grilley).
Claudia Telkamp, 37, Flight Attendant.
These days meditation can refer to a wide variety of practices and techniques, ranging from mindfulness to vipassana to chakra meditation. The benefits of these practices are becoming more evident as more and more research is being done in this field. The roots of meditation are in ancient spiritual practices, but some modern varieties (such as mindfulness) have been ‘secularized’ to make them accessible to a wider (western) public and are even being used in healthcare and the business world.Continue reading “The Science of Meditation: How to Change Your Brain, Mind and Body – Book Review”
My take on yoga philosophy
I was not immediately drawn to yoga philosophy. When I started my personal yoga path, as a 29-year old performer, I was mainly interested in the physical aspects of yoga practice- which was really weird, as I was interested in philosophy in general.Continue reading “Yoga Philosophy: The Sutras of Patanjali”
Saturday November 16th at 14.00
If you’re considering becoming a teacher, adding more strings to your teaching bow or simply want to educate yourself and deepen your practice then we’d like to invite you to come to a preview of our 2020 Vinyasa and Yin TTs.Continue reading “TFY Teacher Training Introduction Workshop”
Many years ago I was in Milan coming back from a yoga course and saw a Prada shop. It was the very beginning of globalization and I had never been so close to one of those high-end shops, so I went in out of curiosity and awe.Continue reading “Prada Size 12
a personal story on body image and self-acceptance”
To offer you (and ourselves) a broader perspective on the topic of body image, we reached out to friends of TFY: two yogis and two Gym goers/personal trainer and asked them to talk about their relationship with their own bodies and the judgements they make on other people’s bodies.Continue reading “Are you your Body?”
Picture this: a battlefield, where two armies are rallied for battle. This battle has been building for a generation: the leading warriors on both sides grew up together, and have been in conflict since their youth.Continue reading “On the Bhagavad Gita – A Warrior on Existential Crisis”
Not even on the inside.
This is a scientific fact: every bone in every body is different. Some differences are huge, some are minor. But they are big enough to create enormous variations in how our joints are put together, which in turn will determine how much movement each joint can create.Continue reading “We Are One But We Are Not The Same”
For the long time of its existence Chakra meditation was a secret practice of the tantric tradition. Speculations of how old this particular tradition varies between 1500 and 3000 years. As a time bar: Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras were written approximately 2000 years ago.Continue reading “TFY Book Review: “A Yogi’s Guide to Chakra meditation” by Paul Grilley”
It’s one of these things you spend years without knowing and when you get it, you wonder how could you have not seen it before.Continue reading “Your alignment is not my alignment”