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In my classes I teach Hatha Yoga, with a specific focus on Yin Yoga.

Hatha refers to the practice of physical yoga postures. Hatha is commonly translated as a combination of the “sun” (ha) and “moon” (tha). A Hatha Yoga class consists of basic yoga poses that are designed to align and calm your body and mind. 

Hatha Yoga aims to connect the movement of the body with the rhythm of the breath and the mind. Energy flows through the body, up and down, in and out. Hatha represents opposing energies such as hot and cold, dark and light, active and passive, female and male – in a similar as the yin-yang concept in Chinese philosophy.  It brings balance to the body and mind by a series of physical postures called asanas. The postures increase balance and strength, and reduce stress.

Hatha yoga generates an awareness of how body parts are connected to the body as a whole. Even more, it generates an awareness of the body’s intrinsic connection to the world.

I strongly believe in embodiment and the body-mind connection, in fact the body is a great listener and often knows more then  the mind does.  It’s a deeply gratifying practice, modest and pure. For me it is a way to attune to the self and to the world around me. 

In my classes I combine Yin Yoga with Hatha Yoga. Yin Yoga is a slow-paced style of  with postures, or asanas, that are held for longer periods of time. Yin Yoga was started by martial arts expert and yoga teacher Paulie Zink, and further developed by Paul Grilley and Sarah Powers.  Yin Yoga is not intended as a stand-alone practice, but it is complementary to other forms of yoga and exercises. 

The body benefits from movement, and the mind benefits from stillness.— Sakyong Mipham

Yin Yoga exercises focus on the connective tissues- the tendons, fascia and ligaments (that are general harder and stiffer) with the aim to stimulate increasing circulation in the joints and to improve flexibility. Yang Yoga exercises focus on muscle tissues (that are more fluid-filled, soft and elastic). 

Yoga begins with listening. When we listen, we are giving space to what is. — Richard FreemanCalms

Yin Yoga:

  • Calms and balances the mind and body
  • Reduces stress and anxiety
  • Increases circulation
  • Improves flexibility
  • Releases fascia and improves joint mobility
  • Balances the internal organs and improves the flow of chi or prana 

Yoga is a dance between control and surrender — between pushing and letting go — and when to push and when to let go becomes part of the creative process, part of the open-ended exploration of your being.— Joel Kramer

Free class: each Monday Morning, 7.30-8.45 AM, WG-Terrein, Amsterdam

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