Easy meditation

This is an easy meditation, focusing on the spine, while in- and exhaling on Marcel’s count. After a while we will hold the breath for a short moment. This is what we call Kumbhaka; breath retention. Enjoy!

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Samskara’s: patterns of behavior, can we change or develop them?

We all have samskara’s or patterns of behavior stored in our chakras or we developed them in this lifetime. Samskaras can be bad or good, however they will influence our lives. During meditation you can ‘discover’ certain samskaras and work on changing them. Another thing is to develop a good samskara to change bad ones, […]

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Yin Yoga Classics

This class focuses on aal the muscles groups around the hips and thigh, which can be very effective in harmonising the flow of energy in the whole body. There can be a huge build up of tension in these areas, and these long stretches revive the whole area.

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The Eighth Limb: Samadhi

Samadhi is the culmination of our efforts, when the veil of illusion falls and our consciousness expends and perceives the entire universe. It is a state of bliss, of profound love and wisdom, when yogis become aware of their immortal and perfect Self. In other words: it is indescribable and impossible to fully comprehend with […]

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Limbs Six and Seven: Dharana & Dhyana

As we continue the explorations of the Eight Limbs of Yoga, we come into Dharana and Dhyana, In my own understanding those two work together beautifully: one is the effort that slowly calms the mind, the other is the effortless experience of that calmness. Like when learning to play an instrument, first we need the […]

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The Fifth Limb, Pratyahara: breaking free from the senses

The power of our senses can rule all our lives, enslaving us to everything that gives us pleasure and making us blindly run away from everything that gives us pain. Yogis teach is that learning to withdraw the power of the senses and to conserve that energy leads us to internal – spiritual – experiences […]

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Don’t forget to look behind!

This class is focused on the whole back of our bodies. Especially for those who sit a lot this is a great class, before or after work, it’s easy, not too long and great for your energy!

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Reconnect

This is a shorter yin practice designed to reconnect ourselves to our own inner intelligence and wisdom. Placing the focus on the liver and gall bladder meridians we use the poses to gently irrigate the body with new energy and calmness.

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What are chakras and why should we care?

This is an attempt explore the possibility that chakras may not be as far-fetched as we normally think. Science gives us an entrance, but it cannot – yet – take us all the way, so some open mindedness is definitely required. It is my experience that the reward is definitely worth it, as chakra explorations […]

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The Fourth Limb: Prana is not breath but what makes us breathe

Pranayama is not the same as breathing exercises but they are definitely related. After exercising our nirodha on our outer life – our social behaviour with yamas and niyamas and our physical body with asana – we now fine tune our efforts and direct them to more subtle territory.

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Nyasa meditation 2

In this meditation we let our awareness flow over the ‘energetic’ spine, from the tailbone to the crown of the head. For a lot of us its difficult to ‘feel’ the spine, so sometimes we need to visualise it. We just take a look at the skeleton to see where the spine runs, how it […]

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Yin It

This is not a full on yin session but one you can use to “yin” yourself out a bit; we don’t stay as long in the poses but enough to calm down, connect and relax. In just half an hour we get a delicious yin bath to balance things down when necessary.

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the Meridian clock: afternoon- bladder and kidney meridians

This class is best done somewhere between 3-7 pm, stimulating Bladder (3-5pm) and Kidney (5-7pm) meridian energy. In this class we explain how the Kidney (front) and Bladder (back) meridians run over the body. In the afternoon, round tea time bladder meridian is best stimulated, by slowing down a little, at the end of the […]

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Meditation on Third Chakra

Manipura, the third chakra, is maybe the chakra that is most active collectively in our time and age. It relates to our tendency to worry and its opposite, our capacity to feel contentment; to our attachment to likes and dislikes and our discipline to overcome personal tendencies. This is not a long lecture on the […]

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Power Hour

This is a full vinyasa class, I would say its level 2, however you can always try and do what ever you can do! remember childspose is always an option, not only in a live class but with us at The Fat Yogis too! We will start easy, waking up, and moving the body for […]

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Assisted Yin

This is a routine taught by our teachers Paul and Suzee Grilley designed to offer some of the yin benefits while working with a partner. It can be very relaxing and beneficial, both for experienced yogis who feel they can surrender completely to absolute beginners who can just relax and be worked upon. There are […]

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Evening express: preparing the body for the night

It happens to us all: to much energy right before going to bed, or not being able to sleep, counting sheep doesn’t help, so this evening express can help you to slow down your energy, preparing your body for a good night rest. So a great class to do right before going to bed, or […]

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Short Physical Prep for Meditation

This is not really a class, just a short sequence of movements I enjoy doing before I sit to meditate. It is meant to stimulate some chi flow through the body, which I find it helps me to sit longer. As I say in the introduction, everybody is different; you may find you don’t need […]

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15 minutes 15 poses

This is a short practice for you who don’t have a lot of time, We’ll do about 15 poses (left and right count as 2 poses) in about 15 minutes! Not too intense not too easy. Enjoy!

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The Third Limb: Asana, taking care of your meat suit

We have braced the waters of yamas and niyamas and arrived at what Patanjali calls the third limb of yoga, or the third level where we want to affect our conscious influence. As most of us know, asanas are the physical poses we do in our practice. We need to live as well as we […]

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Meditation 101 an introduction

In this 5 minute meditation beginners lesson we start to concentrate on the breath, to see if we can become silent, you can repeat this class over and over, to get in to the habit of meditation.

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The Basics for beginners

A beginners class for those of you who have never done yoga before and those who just want to practice a little slower! We are moving through some sun salutations and a few standing poses before getting back to the floor again.

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Gentle Healing Practice

Coming back to the mat after feeling sick or for any other reason can be discouraging and difficult. This practice helps us give the body the gentle shower of kindness and regeneration we so need. We take time to let the body find its way slowly and give spine, thorax and lungs renewed chi.

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The fourth niyama: svadhyaya, know thyself

Self-knowledge is indeed the most powerful tool for transformation and for owning our life and choices. It encourages us to look within in full honesty and friendliness and discover what truly motivates us in our actions.

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Meridian Boost: Liver and Gallbladder Meridian

The Liver chi coordinates and regulates the movement of chi everywhere in the body. The Taoist call the liver ‘the General’ of the body, it governs a healthy chi flow within us. The Liver meridian begins on the top of the big toe, runs up to the inside of the leg and enters the torso […]

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Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays from The fat yogis! Everybody celebrates these days in her or his own way, or maybe you don’t celebrate at all? Most studios are closed so where else to do yoga then here with us? In this 60 minutes free class we’ll do a little of everything. We start with couple of minutes […]

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Meridian Boost: kidney and Urinary bladder

In this class we give the Kidney and Urinary bladder meridians a boost! It is nice to combine this class with the Heart and Small intestine class. Although we believe that we can influence the meridians with stretching, we know that it’s impossible to just work on one meridian at the time. You will influence, […]

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Meridian Boost: Heart and Small intestine

The heart and small intestine meridians run through the upper body, not an area that we work on a lot in yin yoga. The heart meridian has 3 branches: One goes down, through the diaphragm to the small intestine, one goes up through the throat, the tongue to the eyes, and one across the chest […]

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Heart Yin

This class focuses on the heart energy and meridian, making it a delicious practice for any time you feel things are a bit stuck and dry. Surround yourself with all your regular yin props, just in case.

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Meridian Boost: Spleen and Stomach

In this class we give a boost to the spleen and stomach meridians. Although we believe that we can influence the meridians with stretching, we know that it’s impossible to just work on one meridian at the time. You will influence, stretch, work on more meridians at the same time. However, the target of this […]

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Sun Salutation / Surya Namaskara B – 101

Surya Namaskara B is mostly seen as a follow up of Surya Namaskara A, you can do this of course in sequence or as a separate sequence. We start this class with the full cycle twice, and brake it down in steps after! Great if you want to practice the sun salutes step by step!

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Sun Salutation / Surya Namaskara A – 101

In this video Marcel will take you step by step through Surya Namaskara A or Sun Salutation A, We start with a ‘modified’ version of this great movement sequence, and we make it more intense through the video. A great idea if you want to learn the Sun salutes and very nice if you just […]

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Supine Delight

Yes, we stay on the floor with this one, but we don’t necessarily rest. We work our hips, abs, back and legs without ever leaving the floor. Really nice for those days when gravity seems stronger than usual but you still want to move some stuff. Also great as a warm-up for other practices. You’ll […]

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Morning Express: Mindful Chi Flow

Gently awakening body and awareness, this class is designed to help us experience that sometimes doing things lightly can be at least just as effective and profound as applying huge effort and strain. As always with Morning Express classes, you won’t need more than 30 min to have that delicious feeling of chi – life […]

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Yin out your legs

In this yin practice we focus on the legs, good for runners and after legday in the gym!

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Slow & Juicy

If you love floor work this class is for you! We spend quite some time working hip joints, spine, legs and abs on the floor before we move slowly into some gentle sun salutations. Great for mornings, but also highly effective when particularly stiff for any reason.

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It’s All Around the Pelvis

We start this session with a nice breath-movement sequence that we call 4PTB of Four Part Taoist Breath, designed by my teacher Suzee Grilley. The rest of the class will develop around the pelvis, from the lower spine to the hamstrings, hip flexors/quads, glutes and groins. Overall a very nice and gentle yin yoga class! […]

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Yin Detox

This class focuses on long held and passive twists, which will increase the blood flow to the fascia surrounding and supporting the organs. This gentle stimulation may help flush out toxins and increase the absorption of oxygen and nutrients, regenerating the whole system. In my experience, this is a great practice to improve our mood […]

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Aparigraha – you can’t always have what you want

You know that feeling: we think we need to keep reaching out to things that will give us pleasure, or a stronger sense of self, or a quick fix for whatever troubles us. The only problem is that it never works for long, and we never seem to find any lasting satisfaction.

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Yin before Yang, a nice wake-up call

I just like to start my day with yin poses, using the morning energy, that ‘I’m still sleepy’ mood to stay longer in to the poses, not moving too much yet. And thats exactly what we are doing in this class: we just start with longer-held poses, targeting the upper body. After about 20 minutes […]

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Myofascial release for the upper body

In this class we use balls for trigger point massage or myofascial release, from the front and back of the upper body. its an easy class for everybody, and very beneficial after a long day behind your computer or if you had a good upper body workout in the gym and you just need to […]

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The ‘almost’ perfect Tadasana

What is the proper way to stand in Tadasana or Samastithi? Is there a ‘right’ way or not? In this slide show and talk we will look at pictures from ‘the Masters’ of yoga and at pictures of bones made by our teacher Paul Grilley. We talk about why we do this pose and what […]

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Chakras Express: Svadhisthana, second chakra

Continuing our light exploration of the chakras, we now concentrate on the second center, Svadhisthana. This chakra, localised between the lower belly and the sacrum, regulates many functions in the body, specifically related to our kidneys, urinary bladder and sexuality. This is a extremely powerful center; as with all the others, the power here can […]

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Yoga nidra, the yogic sleep

Yoga nidra is a great way to relax the body and the mind. Marcel will take you on a journey through your mind. You’ll visualise certain items before we’ll walk along! You can do yoga nidra on your bed if you like, or on a mat on the floor. We’ll suggest that the surface you […]

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Chaturanga Dandasana vs Push-ups, or what is the right way?

If you go on-line, you see a lot of tutorial video’s about how to do a proper or even ‘perfect’ chatturanga dandasana. On the other hand you see a lot of video tutorials about how to do push-ups, and most of them are completely different. In this talk we look at how ‘the Masters’ did […]

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Yin for Hips and Legs

This class is focused on hips and legs, a special request by one of you. A good practice to increase mobility after a heavy workout or just whenever you feel you need it. As for all yin classes, surround yourself with the props you are likely to need: blocks, blankets and cushions can be very […]

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Chakras Express: Muladhara, the first chakra

This is our first instalment of a series of 7 different meditations, meant to help us bring awareness to these very important energy centers that yogis have been exploring for literally thousands of years.  This is a great companion for the articles on chakras I have been writing for Yoga International (Dutch edition) but we […]

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Give your Hammie’s some love!

In this very short class we target the hamstrings, the muscles on the back of the thighs. Hamstrings can be tight for a lot of people, not only men, but women as well. Tight hamstrings occur a lot after a physical workout, like running, biking, playing soccer, tennis or hockey. Sports in which you use your […]

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Taking your dog for a walk

A sweet, short and simple class. We take everything from Adho Mukha Svanasana or Downward Facing Dog. We strengthen and stretch the body, do simple leg stretches, backbends and twist. This class is for those who don’t have a lot of time, or just want to do a short class during the day!

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Ganesha, the Smartest Boy

In this talk we explore a story about Ganesha and his brother Kartikeya, and how the deities wanted to find out which of the brothers was  the ‘better’, ‘smartest’ of ‘fastest’ son.

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Progressive Muscle Relaxation and Pranayama for Stress Release

in this stress release class we use progressive muscle relaxation, contracting muscle groups for a few seconds and then relax them, followed by pranayama – breath exercises. An easy way to release stress and relax. You could do this class at home, however you could do it at work as well, We would suggest if […]

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Heart & Shoulders

This class is dedicated to shoulders and upper back, with bonus lower back strength and flexibility. We build up slowly as usual, but navigate towards all kinds of adventures. And as always there are options for all tastes and inclinations. Enjoy!

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From Yang to Yin and Back

In this class we will alternate Yang poses and Yin poses. We will go from ‘active’ stretches and contraction of the muscles into ‘passive’ and longer held poses wherein we relax. A great and maybe not so traditional combination of Yang and Yin yoga.

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A Balancing Act

This class challenges body and mind to stay calm and focused in all kinds of different situations. The poses themselves are not so difficult, but we work intensely on coordination and balance.  This class helps develop determination and purpose, and leaves you incredibly centred, even when you wobble 🙂

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Ashtavakra, the story behind the pose

We start with the story about Asthavakra. The sage who was born with eight different deformities of the body, and who was so intelligent that he saved his father and grandfather in a philosophical debate. We build this class up to the actual pose: Ashtavakrasana. Know that you never have to preform the pose, however […]

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The Non-Aggression Issue

In this talk we start to explore some of the concepts outlined by Patanjali in his sutras. The most famous of his concepts, the Eight Limbs of Yoga, starts with an incredibly complex issue: non-aggression. We talk about different ways of looking at it, and finish with an invitation to self examination and observation.

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A Gentle Approach

This is a great class for the days when we are especially tired or discouraged; we start with some restorative poses, resetting the nervous system and giving ourselves all the space to just be. We progress slowly through some gentle poses that stimulate the whole body into an open, awakened state. A short meditation at […]

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A healthy spine is a joy forever!

In this class we will target the back. In our time back problems are on of the main health issues in society. We wil target the whole spine. form lower up. We will hold poses longer in a yin way however we will move in between poses on a gentle yang way as well. A very beneficial class for those who want to remain a healthy spine, or for those who have a stiff back of any kind back pain. take note that this is not a therapeutic class!

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Skeletal Variation 102: The Pelvis

Continuing our exploration of anatomy and of how our bones are shaped, we look into the pelvis. The shape and mobility of our pelvis is going to be very determining for how we move, and its position will make a huge difference when we perform a posture. As we have explained before, bones can vary […]

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Morning Express: Salute Everything

A continous flow with simple poses but a bit of tempo, meant to awaken everything in you. We salute the water, the sun, the moon, and everything else we can, the stuff we like and the stuff we don’t!. Some stretches and a short meditation in the end round it up.

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The Golden Seed

The Golden Seed is a classic in the Yin yoga repertoire. Designed by Suzee and Paul Grilley, its all about moving the subtle life energy (chi) in our body. This short sequence has all the  movements like forward bends, twisting, squats and backbends. It’s a perfect Yang component to any Yin class or a very short […]

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Yin and Myofascial Release

In this Yin class we are using tennis balls or any kind of foam roller, to release and stress the Fascia and Muscles before we are going in to our soothing Yin yoga stretches. For this class you’ll need 2 tennis balls and a sock or any kind of foam roller.

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An Introduction to The Eight Limbs of Yoga

The Eight Limbs of Yoga are philosophical concepts that can truly enrich and support our practice and our daily lives. This is an introduction, where we go though all of them in a general way. We are really interested in your view of these concepts and whether you find them helpful! We plan to explore […]

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Talk: The Pose is Not The End Goal

Most of us associate the practice of yoga with the performance of physical postures, but in reality the physical postures were developed to help us in our process of self-examination and development. In this short talk we start to explore these ideas.

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Yin yoga for the Hips(ters)

Had al long day at the office? on your bike or in the car? This is a very nice soothing class to ‘juice up’ the fascia around the hip joint area, the lower back and upper legs. Very nice for those who need a little tension release in that area.

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Morning Express: A Friendly Start

This is my go-to practice for those days when I feel heavy and low, and start to make excuses not to practice. A super friendly, low resistance beginning that gently gets the body moving and the energy flowing, and a short, sweet meditation to wrap things up.

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Chair Yoga

That’s right: we can use chairs to hang into but also to help us move skilfully through postures without over taxing our wrists and backs. This flow is suitable to beginners, but more experienced yogis may also find surprising challenges throughout. And some of these poses are also safe for work, and may help you […]

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Easy Yin with Props

In this class we use props as blocks, blankets, bolsters and belts to ease our way in our practice.

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Chakra meditation

Chakra meditation, we go up along the spine from Muladhara chakra to Sahasrara chakra, and back down to Muladhara again.

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Spine Talk

In this talk we show the physical point of the roots of the chakras.

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Strong and Supple

As we progress through life – or age, as they call it – we tend to loose strength on the upper body and flexibility on the lower body. This practice targets both problems by combining yang and yin poses to strengthen and mobilize the body where needed.

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Yin yoga at work

This is a very beneficial class for those who work in an office or those who sit a lot behind the computer. It’s a whole body workout, which you can do on a mat, if you have the space, or on a chair behind your desk!

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Don’t Carry The World Up On Your Shoulders

A class specifically designed to gently and deeply melt away tensions around the shoulders and upper back areas. Especially nice after long days behind the computer or the wheel. As always with yin-like classes, keep a blanket, block and belt close by, they can come in handy.

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Nyasa Meditation with a Hindu story

In this class Marcel tells a story about Dharmavrata the wife of the sage Marichi, and how she transforms in the most precious gem of all. You can just sit and listen before Marcel guides you in a Nyasa meditation.

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Wake it Up Before You Go-Go

We call this Morning Express: a full practice to mobilize and warm the whole body, and a meditation to set our intention and focus for the day. It’s better to do a shorter practice often than a long one once in a blue moon. This is gentle enough to start the day, while leaving you […]

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Gall Bladder & Liver Session

This is a shorter sequence meant to move around the energies of these meridians, supporting our processes of detoxification on all levels. When these energies are flowing well, we find it much easier to deal with our daily challenges and choices.

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