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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Spine Talk

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

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