- The classes on Sunday 14th and 21st of December are combined into an all level vinyasa yoga class 11:00 am – 12:15 pm.
- Register is neccesary for the class on Monday 22nd of December, the sooner the better at least 24 hours in advance. The class will go through with a minimum of 4 participants.
- The last class on 23rd of December will be a special yoga class about contemplation. Time 6:30-7:45 pm. There are a few places left!
- After that there is a documentary “The Dhamma Brothers” 8:00-9:00 pm. (approximately). It’s possible to register for the documentary only. Contribution € 5,- (or more) goes completely to the goal of 3FM Serious Request: girls and women who are victims of sexual violence in conflict zones. From Sunday, december 14th, you can allready donate money in the Serious Request box at Studio Souljoy. email@example.com
Theme week 50: Dharma is your true nature.
In the Bhagavat Gita you can read how to get closer to your true nature by learning to control your senses.
The Bhagavad Gita is a story about war, but actually it is about the fight whitin yourself. Our enemies are born out of greed. Arjuna, the warrior, is our conscience and Sri Krishna, the driver, is the divine in us. The vehicle is our body that is headed by 5 horses, our senses. When Arjuna manages to give the reins to Krishna, his consciousness of the senses is clear and he can find the path to enlightenment and dharma is restored.
The different ways or laws to find your dharma (your true nature), you can summarize in the word yuj which means merge or connect. It is the stem of the word yoga.
Mahatma Gandhi about happiness: “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”
Yoga teachers Sasja Logtenberg and Tineke Buursema are organizing the yoga workshop Better2gether! at Studio Souljoy on Sunday December 14th. In this workshop you will learn to perform yoga poses with a partner. You will discover when doing yoga poses together, this leads to other insights than practicing yoga by yourself. You learn to rely on each other and you will notice that with help of the other you will get just a little further in an asana then you would alone.
You can come alone or bring a friend/girlfriend, brother/sister, neighbor.
Beginners are welcome to join!
Date: Sunday 14th of December
Time: 4.30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Costs: €25,- p.p. (including herb tea and a healthy snack)
Location: Studio Souljoy Kraneweg 32 Groningen
Theme week 45: Communication
The throat chakra, Vissudha, has to do with communication, self-esteem and creativity. When you have an open throat chakra you can express yourself well. Your communication is clear and honest and you can listen to others. Lying, drug abuse, gossip and a lack of personal integrity can close the throat chakra. A closed throat chakra also creates timidity in speaking; You can be shy or not seem to be clear. People who talk too much without listening have an overactive throat chakra.
“Above all, don’t lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love.”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov
Week 44: Contentment santosa, the second niyama.
Santosa manifests as disinterest in accumulating more than one’s immediate needs of life. Desire is the real enemy of the embodied soul, since it is never satisfied. True happiness comes from contentment with whatever one has, not with thinking that one will be happy when one gets all that one desires.
(from: Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, by Edwin F. Bryant)
Socrates (Griekse philosopher 469 -399 BCE):
“Contentment is natural wealth, luxury is artificial poverty.”
Theme week 43: Ahimsa (non-violence)
“Overcome anger with love, overcome evil with the good.
Overcome the miser with generosity, overcome the liar with truth.”
The power of thoughts
“The thought manifests as the word; The word manifests as the deed;
The deed develops into habit; And habit hardens into character.
So watch the thought and its ways with care,
And let it spring from love born out of concern for all beings.”
Buddha (623 – 543 v.C.)