True Freedom – Part 2

In my previous blog I wrote about the importance of cultivating Mindfulness. We need to train our mind to not attach to our outer circumstances, in order to find true freedom. Each moment brings us the liberty to choose how we relate to it. However,...

True Freedom – Part 1

On Tuesday we celebrated Independence Day (4th of July) in the Unites States. Today is His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s birthday (July 6). Two reasons to reflect on what freedom really means. For some people freedom means they can say and do exactly what they want....

The Vitalness of Silence

There are two kinds of people: those who like to be quiet and those who like to talk. But even some of the people who like to be quiet look at me glass-eyed when I suggest doing a Day of Silence. “I can’t be silent...

My Wake Up Call

Restlessness, one of the Five Hindrances, is a state of mental agitation that keeps us from being present in the moment. When I am experiencing restlessness I know the best thing to do is to sit and meditate. Yet when my mind seems like a...

Yellow Split Pea and Lentil Soup for Spring

In the early days of spring, when you are tired of heavy winter dishes but it is not warm enough yet to eat light salads as a meal, a nourishing vegetable soup is a great choice. You can have it as dinner one night (adding...

Why Hot Yoga is not always so hot

Hot yoga seems to be ‘hot’. When I look at yoga class schedules I often see hot yoga and warm vinyasa on offer. And then, of course, there is the chain of Bikram Yoga studios in which yoga is practiced in a room heated up...

Yin is In

As the world seems to move faster and faster, fueled by a never ending stream of information that is constantly available through our mobile devices, there is a need to slow down. Even in people's yoga practice - that is intended to relax the body and calm the mind...

How to make the most of the New Year – The Four Mind Changings

The beginning of the New Year inevitably brings up the suggestion we should start with a clean slate. For many people this is the time to resolve to be “better”: eating better, working out more, watching less TV, starting a yoga practice, beginning each day...

Five reasons to take a yoga teacher training, besides the obvious

When I took my first (of many) yoga teacher trainings, I had no intention to become a yoga teacher. My inquisitive mind simply wanted to understand why yoga “makes you feel good” (you can read more about that experience here). Besides finding an answer to...

Inner Peace comes in many ways

A few weeks ago I had the privilege of attending the world’s first Inner Peace Conference. Two days of yoga, meditation and lectures with a focus on creating - and maintaining - inner peace, offered in four churches and the former stock exchange in Amsterdam....