How do I get flexible super fast? I think that is the question I get asked most. The good news is, there is a little trick that can help you. A trick you can do on your own. Although it does work better with a partner. I’ll tell you everything about it in this video: […]
Yoga and tantra both put a lot of emphasis on Sadhana; practice. In the words of the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra: Sadhana is a process of internal refinement, which allows men to move towards perfection. The key to sadhana is abhyasa; uninterrupted practice. If the practice gets interrupted for any reason it has to start from […]
The iliopsoas is an important muscle in your yoga practice, because a ‘short’ iliopsoas restricts you in back bends, whereas a weak iliopsoas restricts you in lifting up your leg and/or trunk.
Most of us have too much stress. It is – sadly enough – part of living in the 21st century. Here are five ways stress affects your health in a negative way.
You can’t lengthen your muscles. I’m sorry for all people who say they have short muscles. They won’t get any longer; no matter how much stretching you do.
Hamstrings play a major part in your yoga practice. Your hamstrings are the muscles located at the back of your thighs and the ones that allow you to bend forwards (or not) from your hip (joint) and bend your lower leg (backwards).
Joints are a place in your body where two (or more) bones come together and movement is possible. That’s why they play an important roll in your yoga practice. Without joints no movement. Although movement is a big word, because some of your joints can’t move at all, but others can move a little and some […]
Let’s talk about yin and yang yoga. If you follow this blog, you see me writing a lot about yin yoga. So what is yin yoga and if there is yin, is there yang yoga and what is the difference between yin and yang yoga? I’ll explain you all in this video. . Yin and Yang You […]
Is it time to update your yoga studio, but you’re not sure where to start? Whether you just became a certified instructor, or have been teaching for years, these tips for any budget will help bring zen and vitality to your space. Start From The Ground Up A solid foundation is always key, so the […]
The first time I saw a picture of Astavakrasana – Eight Angle Pose was – if I remember correctly – on the website of Sampoorna Yoga; the school where I later studied yoga and now teach on the 200 and 300 hours Yoga Teacher Training Course. Deepak Sharma, the founder of the school, was doing […]
(Low) back pain is for a lot of people a reason to start doing yoga. They want to cure their back with yoga. However: wrong alignment can make problems worse. At the same time: a some yogis start without any back problems, but develop them because of doing yoga with incorrect alignment. The biggest cause of […]
Knowledge of the main bones of the skeletal system is necessary to understand why you can or can’t do certain asanas, because your skeletal system plays a main part in how you move. Muscles can be stretched, but bones will be bones. The human body is made up of 206 bones. They are as strong as […]
Anatomy and physiology are often used together or one term is used instead of the other. We use both when we talk about the human body, but there is a difference. In anatomy we look at the structure of body parts. In physiology we look how body parts function. So we either look at how the […]
How to begin as just certified yoga teacher? I think this is one of the most asked questions when a yoga teacher training course (TTC) is slowly coming to an end. The answer depends a little bit on where you live and where you want to work. To get you started, here are 10 tips. […]
Muscle contraction – which muscles are active and which ones are not – is one of the hardest things to understand in yoga. But if you want to be a good yoga teacher who can help his / her students to enhance their practice you do want to know how the human body works and how muscles […]
Do not take anything personally. It’s one of the keys to a happy life, Buddha taught us ages ago. In a world filled with social media, reviews and testimonials Buddha’s lesson might be even more valuable than ages ago. I like to incorporate one of the many stories about Buddha in my classes. For me using a […]
You love yoga? You want to become a yoga teacher? How do you choose a yoga Teacher Training Course (TTC) that is the right one for you? Here are eight tips. Who is teaching? I think this is the most important question. Who is or are your teachers on the yoga Teacher Training Course? Do […]
If you’re designing a yoga sequence, you probably want to make it flow gracefully and beautifully. But what about the warming up? Before you get lost in the beauty, make sure you have a decent warming up in there as well. I do a lot of classes around the world and at the yoga Teacher […]
I believe if something comes on your path over and over again you have to do something with it. Trataka – concentrated gazing has crossed my path a few times lately, so for the last few days I have incorporated it in my daily practice. I visited a Ayurvedic doctor out here in India a […]
When you step into your first yoga class where the teacher is just using Sanskrit term you probably have no clue what he/she is talking about. Sanskrit is a whole different language then you are use to. So here is some Yoga Sanskrit for beginners. Helpful to understand your teacher, but especially helpful when you […]
I love making yoga sequences and I love using themes in my sequences. I find my inspiration in everything. This Kids Yoga sequence is based on a story I read in the Max Havelaar, an old, Dutch novel. My version is about little kid, that think it’s way cooler to be something else then he […]
Using a theme in a yoga class is what makes you a yoga teacher. If you just teach asanas you are a fitness instructor. Totally nothing wrong with that, but there is more to yoga then just physical exercise. If you add the breath to it, you are a good asana instructor, but it is using […]
Teaching yoga (asanas) is all about communication. About getting people in and out of a yoga pose. You probably have been in classes where there was a beautiful flow, but also in classes where the teacher was mixing up left and right all the time or you had no idea where to move to because […]
Making a yoga sequence is one of the most fun things to do. You can get really, really creative, but there are some moments you might get stuck. Here are four yoga poses that make your sequence flow and always will get you out of trouble when you get stuck with your yoga sequence. Tadasana Tadasana […]
Creating your own yoga sequence – for you or for your students – is one of the nicest and most beautiful things to do. But how to create a yoga sequence? Here are ten steps to follow: Follow the breath Power yoga, power flow, hard flow, easy flow, ashtanga; all of them are vinyasa […]