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    From darkness to light

    asato mā sadgamayatamaso mā jyotirgamayamṛtyor mā’mṛtaṃ gamaya ~ Bṛhadāraṇyaka Upaniṣad, 1.3.28* Those of you who followed my regular yoga classes (back in the day!) will remember this mantra we chanted at the end of each class. It is known as the pavamāna mantra, or (mental) purification mantra, meaning: Lead me from the unreal to the real, from darkness to light,…

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    Worrying is negative goal-setting

    As a species, we humans are unique in our capacity to ignore life. We are singularly, pathologically, capable of destroying the environment that sustains us, of inventing worries and stresses that do not exist, of causing disruption and hatred because of the appearance and customs of other human beings... and then wonder why we are suffering.

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    Bearing Trauma

    It's important for us to keep in mind that the mass murders and abuses like those of the Nazi regime are not only historical events; this delusion of otherness and violent disconnection continues today in various forms and to varying degrees all around us, and each episode in communities around the world leads to individual and collective trauma that wounds…

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    Living according to Dharma

    This past weekend I attended a wonderfully inspiring workshop on the Bhagavad Gita, one of the central source texts of yoga. Its compelling story sets the stage for timeless spiritual guidance on how to fulfil one’s highest life purpose as well as how to determine the right choice to make in tricky circumstances. This is known as dharma, and it’s so…

  • Blog,  Events

    Brussels Yoga Mala

    Since 2010, a a group of Brussels-based yogis have organised the Yoga Mala around the Summer Solstice. All participants donate some money and all the proceeds go to charity: this year we will be supporting the NGO Minor-Ndako – https://www.facebook.com/minorndako/ Please join us on Sunday morning, 17 June 2018, as the Yoga community comes together for the ninth time in…

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    A Full Moon Full of Optimism

    Today’s Full Moon in Sagittarius is a culmination point of the past two weeks, as well as a final phasing out of the challenges we faced while Saturn was in that sign between late 2014 and the end of last year. I’m pretty happy to be done with that period, which brought a number of Saturnian restrictions to my health…

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    Come back home.

    I have arrived, I am home In the here, in the now. I am solid, I am free. In the ultimate, I dwell. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh Lately, unrelated to my work, I’ve been coming across a lot of people who are feeling overwhelmed by social or personal circumstances, and trying to find a way forward. As my teacher says:…

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    This Full Moon celebrates the Buddha

    Today’s full moon is traditionally dedicated to the Buddha’s birthday and is known as Buddha Purnima (the full moon of the Buddha). Historians can’t agree when he was born exactly, but it was certainly over 2500 years ago. His teachings are unparalleled for their understanding of human nature and psychology. If people could get beyond the mistaken notion that Buddhism…