Archive for 2018

10 quotes about happiness

Quote happiness looking beyond the imperfections

What is happiness? In this blog we aim to come to a definition of happiness. We look at quotes on happiness from both ancient and modern, eastern and western philosophers. Based on the essence of these quotes we try to break down the term happiness into different components that can contribute to our experience of happiness. And finally, the link between happiness and yoga is being explored. 

Pranayama: keeping the prana (life force energy) under control to train the obedience of your mind

Belle Jansen Pranayama

 

Controling and elongating your breath

 

The goal of yoga is to silence the mind. To reach this goal, an important step is to learn how to control and elngate your breath: because when you focus on your breathing, you'll notice you won't be able to be busy with other things at the same time. This is the state of 'eka tattva', where you focus on one thing only. Pranayama is a collective term for different breathing techniques. 'Prana' means life force energy and the meaning of 'ayama' is to control and elongate. By practising pranayama, you use your breath to influence the stream and quality of of prana and you train your mind to be obedient. You'll learn to calm yourself when you notice you're stressed, angry, sad or nervous and how to energize yourself by using specific pranayama techniques. 

Ashtanga Yoga

 

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What is Ashtanga yoga? 

Ashtanga yoga is becoming more and more popular. In this blog Anne explains what Ashtanga yoga is, what you can expect in an Ashtanga yoga class and how you can deepen your practise. 

Ashtanga yoga is a Yang style of yoga. It's practised in a flow, which means that the postured seamlessly flow over to the next, in which the Ujjayi-breathing is leading. Ashtanga is a traditional series of asanas (postures) that are always done in the exact same sequence. A dynamic form of yoga, in which you tighten your muscles instead of relaxing them such as in Yin yoga. After a while, you'll feel that you are also able to relax in a posture, which happens once you've gained more body awareness. You'll notice that the postures become easier, the more you practise.