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Yoga workshops offer more time to dive into some of the depths of yoga that there isn`t time to cover in regular classes. I always enjoy teaching the beginners yoga workshops @tula.yogastudios where we cover the fundamentals of the most common yoga poses, breathing and meditation. As well as guiding new yoga practitioners across the different styles of yoga and what will best suit their needs. Thanks to everyone that joined this weekend, and if you or someone you know wants to learn more about the basics of yoga I hope to see you in a future beginners workshop! #beginneryoga #yoga #workshop #learnyoga #findingthebalance #yogaeverywhere #yogaeverydamnday #asana #pranayama #meditation #hatha #vinyasa #ashtanga #yin #restorativeyoga

 
 

Bhekasana (the frog pose) is one of those poses that looks relatively simple until you try it. There`s actually a lot going on with intensely stretching the quadriceps, opening the shoulders, and strengthening the back. If you are just starting out practicing this pose, you can begin doing one side at a time. Whether you try one side at a time, or the full pose - make sure you warm up well first and see if you can stay for five breaths. #bhekasana #asana #yoga #yogaeverydamnday #yogaamsterdam #heartopener #practiceyoga #shoulderopener #yogapose #yogapractice

 
 

#balasana aka #childspose can be done at anytime during your yoga practice. It can be a great way to start your yoga practice, allowing the hips and shoulders to gently open, spine to lengthen and centering your breath. During the practice as a counterpose after intense poses like headstand or backbending. Or right at the end of practice to restore the body before resting on your back in savasana. Since childs pose requires no warming up you can also do the pose in the middle of your day to help center yourself. All you need is to make your way into the pose, stay still watching your breath and stay somewhere between 30 seconds and 5 minutes! #easyyoga #yogaforall #yogaeverydamnday #yogaamsterdam #yogaeverywhere #yoga #asana #mindfulness #yogapractice #yogaforbeginners

 
 

#balance is one of the hardest things to find in life because things around us are always changing. Balance poses focus and concentrate our minds. If you get distracted you are likely to fall out of the pose. Equally in life we are constantly searching for the perfect balance as things around us change. The only thing we know for sure is that life as we know it is going to change. Therefore, one of the most valuable skills in life to have in life is the ability to keep your balance during change. #findingyourbalance #change #yoga #yogabalance #yogaforall #yogaamsterdam #natarajasana #yogaeverywhere #yogaeverydamnday

 
 

Why should you meditate? Pantanjali`s yoga sutras tells that meditation will still the fluctuations of the mind (chitta vritti nirodhah). Meditation isn`t the absence of thoughts and emotions, but the ability to observe them, not identify with them and keep remembering that they will come and go. Through regular meditation practice you will start to observe over time that these thoughts and fluctuations of the mind begin to settle. Try starting with a daily 10 minute sitting practice and observe how regular meditation effects you! #meditation #yoga #stillthemind #practiceandalliscoming #yogaeverydamnday #yogaamsterdam #meditatedaily #observe #mindfulness #mindfullness

 
 

An impression from yesterday`s technique workshop on the king of the asanas, headstand @tula.yogastudios We started with a short meditation and then worked on a series of poses to open and strengthen the parts of the body needed for doing a headstand. Afterwards we worked on the set up and technique required for headstand - exploring what is needed to practice with and without the wall. And finally took a well earnt long relaxation in savasana. Curious to join another technique workshop? Join Irene again at Tula for the next workshop on backbends and the full wheel pose on Sat 28 Sept! #yoga #headstand #sirsasana #yogaworkshop #upsidedown #technique #asana #findingyourbalance #yogaamsterdam #yogaeverydamnday #ashtanga #vinyasa

 
 

"Smile, breathe and go slowly." - Thich Nhat Hanh During today`s beginners workshop @tula.yogastudios we focused on first finding a deep and steady breath using the Ujjai breathing technique. Afterwards we moved through sun salutations and the most common yoga poses, keeping completely focused on the breath. So no matter what your yoga pose looks like, as long as you are breathing you are doing yoga. Thank you to everyone that joined and good luck in your yoga journey! #firsttimeyoga #yogaamsterdam #beginneryoga #yogaworkshop #yoga #breathingexercises #relaxation #ujjai #findingyourbalance

 
 

#tadasana or #samasthiti (also known as mountain pose) is often the starting point for our yoga practice. Whether you are new to yoga or practicing for a long time, it is great place to start setting the foundation in posture and mindset for the rest of our practice. It helps ground us physically build concentration and set our intention for practicing yoga. As well as creating awareness of your muscles and balance, increasing strength and flexibility in the feet, legs and hips. If you want to learn more about tadasana and other fundamental yoga poses join me next Sunday 8th September @tula.yogastudios for a beginners workshop. Check out www.antarayoga.nl events page for more info! #startyoga #yoga #asana #yogaamsterdam #beginneryoga #yogaworkshop #hatha #ashtanga #vinyasa #mindful #mountainpose #yogaeverydamnday #yogaeverywhere #yogaforall

 
 

I`ve heard about how good yoga could be for me - but how do I begin? There are many ways that you can start yoga. The most important thing is that you choose a way that feels comfortable for you. This week I gave a student her first ever yoga class @delight.yoga via a private class. We will be working together over the coming weeks and months in a one-on-one setting. This allows for direct feedback and tailored classes to meet the new yoga practitioner`s needs and goals. Another great way to start yoga can be via a beginners yoga workshop. Why not join a group of new yogi`s to learn the fundamentals together. There are still some spaces at @tula.yogastudios next beginners workshop on Sunday 8th September. Or do you prefer to start yoga in the comfort of your own home? Start then learning the basics via yoga tutorials and videos. Check out yogascreen.com for free video tutorials on the most common yoga poses. #newtoyoga #yogaamsterdam #beginneryoga #yoga #yogastudent #learnyoga #privateyoga #yogaworkshop #yogatutorial #yogascreen #yogaforall #prinseneiland

 
 

Until recently I was terrified of handstand - full of thoughts of face planting or tumbling over. I`ve now started practicing handstand daily against a wall (or old telephone box when out in the English countryside) and am slowly getting more comfortable and enjoying the pose, rather than feeling fearful. It`s likely to take sometime before I can balance in handstand without a wall, but I`m really enjoying the process of learning! #faceyourfears #handstand #yoga #yogaamsterdam #practicepracticepractice #inversions #innerstrength #yogapractice #yogaeverywhere #yogaeverydamnday

 
 

Chaturanga dandasana is a common yet challenging pose that you`ll find in the first sun salutations of any ashtanga or vinyasa practice. In fact you`ll find 60 chaturanga in the ashtanga primary series! After almost a decade of daily practice of chaturanga, I still find challenging to find the correct alignment. And I also think that chaturanga can often be overlooked for an asana that is practiced so frequently. Curious to get some more tips on finding a safe and comfortable chaturanga? Take a look at my free yoga tutorial video at www.yogascreen.com (see link in bio). #chaturanga #yoga #ashtanga #vinyasa #yogaeverydamnday #practicepracticepractice #alignment #yogaamsterdam #challengeyourself #yogapractice #yogascreen #yogatutorial

 
 

Balancing poses, together with a steady breath can help make you focused, calm and grounded. Just what you need to find balance in everyday life. If you`re having a day where you feel off balance, why not try to balance your breath and body - and observe what effect if has on your mind? #balance #yoga #yogaeverydamnday #utthitahastapadangusthasana #standingbalance #breathe #calm #findyourbalance #yogaamsterdam #yogaoffthemat

 
 

A beginners mindset is about being open, curious, eager and without expectations. It was great to experience this with an enthusiastic group new to yoga - in today`s beginners workshop @tula.yogastudios The two hour workshop was a practical guide to breath, yoga pose technique and relaxation. That also gave participants a chance to expore and learn which styles of yoga would suit them best. #yoga #newtoyoga #yogaforall #beginneryoga #yogaamsterdam #learnyoga #findyourbalance #yogastudent #open #noexpectations #yogaworkshop

 
 

Backbends are energising and strengthening. They help us open our shoulders and heart, making them a great counterpose for our common tendency to close off the front of the body. When done correctly, backbends bring many physical benefits to the body, and can help unlock mental or emotional blockages. Curious to learn more about backbends? Stay tuned for more news about a workshop @tulaamsterdam on backbending in September or checkout my free yoga tutorial website yogascreen.com (link in bio). #backbend #yoga #openyourheart #ustrasana #yogaamsterdam #shoulderopener #energize #strengthen #yogaworkshop #alignment #technique #yogaeverydamnday

 
 

Happy international yoga day! What better way to celebrate then teaching an ashtanga led class @delight.yoga Prinseneiland today, as part of a free open day. It was a pleasure to teach and meet so many enthusiastic people - ranging from completely new to more experienced. #happyinternationalyogaday #ashtanga #yoga #delight #yogaeverydamnday #yogaforall #yogaamsterdam #yogateacher #yogastudent #iloveyoga

 
 

Next Friday 21st June, is international yoga day and summer solstice. What better way to celebrate then with an open day and free yoga classes @delight.yoga Prinseneiland. Join me at 14:15 for the ashtanga led yoga class, open for all levels (including beginners). And escape the busy city to experience the beautiful quietness of this studio! #internationalyogaday #yoga #openday #ashtanga #yogaamsterdam #summersolstice #freeyoga #prinseneiland #delightyoga #yogaeverydamnday #yogaforall

 
 

Mindfulness is about being conscious and aware of ourselves, without being overwhelmed by what is happening around us. The beauty of mindfulness is that you can practice it at any time or place throughout the day. Simply by pausing between daily activities, observing your breath or scanning slowly through your body. It`s a great way to integrate your yoga practices off the mat, and into your daily life. Give it a try! #mindfulness #meditation #yoga #beaware #yogaoffthemat #yogaamsterdam #yogaeverydamnday #yogaeverywhere #consciousness #padmasana #yogaforbusydays

 
 

Today marks the end of over a month in Bali, and fantastic yoga course with these great people! We learnt a lot, putting lots of energy into our self practice - and exploring some new ideas and approaches to asana, pranayama and meditation. Thank you Matthew for sharing your knowledge and experience with us - and giving us the opportunity to put the things we learnt immediately into practice. And of course so grateful to this amazing, caring, funny international group that I had the pleasure to share the course with. Now looking forward to returning home with new energy and inspiration!! #yoga #yogastudent #yogateacher #yogaeverydamnday #ashtanga #vinyasa #krama #meditation #pranayama #yogaforlife #practicepracticepractice

 
 

Take a moment to stop, breathe and observe No matter how busy or relaxed our day might be, it can be easy to get into a constant mode of doing - without observing how your body, breath and mind actually feel. Planning even just five extra minutes into your day, between your activities and obligations can be so powerful...creating space for yourself, to just observe and be. #stop #observe #breathe #minimeditation #justbe #metime #yoga #yogaeverywhere #yogaeverydamnday #yogapractice #meditate

 
 

P R A C T I C E I N P A R A D I S E I`m now half way through a month`s yoga practice with Matthew Sweeney in beautiful Bali. Each day starting with meditation, pranayama and asana - and then workshops and playgrounds in the afternoon. Already feeling inspired and learnt so much. And still two more weeks to go! #yogastudent #yoga #asana #meditation #pranayama #yogaeverydamnday #yogaeverywhere #ashtanga #vinyasa #practiceandalliscoming

 
 

Are you (or someone you know) looking for a stagiair in international online marketing, in Amsterdam? And do you have a passion, or want to learn more about yoga? @wildemanmedia and @antara_yoga_nl are really excited about finding someone interested im this online marketing position. There will be lots of responsibility and freedom during the internship, to work on raising the profile of our own international yoga platform @yogascreen . Yogascreen is a platform that offers yoga video tutorials on the most common yoga poses. See full details of the internship via link below (also in bio) - www.wildemanmedia.nl/nieuwsbrief/stagiair_online_marketing #yoga #onlinemarketing #internship #yogaamsterdam #yogascreen #international #onlineyoga #yogatutorial #marketing #yogaforall

 
 

One last week in Amsterdam before I go to study yoga for one month in Bali with ashtanga and vinyasa krama teacher Matthew Sweeney. You can find me teaching still this week... Saturday 20th April 8:00 vinyasa (Delight, PE) 18:15 hatha pranayama (Delight, PE) Tuesday 23rd April 7:00 ashtanga (Delight, PE) 18:30 strong flow (Tula, BoLo) Wednesday 24th April 18:30 vinyasa (Tula, Westerpark) #yogastudent #yogateacher #keeplearning #yogaamsterdam #yoga #yogaeverydamnday #yogabali #yogajourney #yogascreen

 
 

Very proud of these yoga practitioners who completed a four week workshop on the 8 limbs of yoga with @antara_yoga_nl . Four weeks of practicing and diving deep into meditation, pranayama, asana and yoga philosophy, with a lovely and fun group @tulaamsterdam . It was really nice to see the group and their practice develop over the four weeks. #yoga #yogalife #meditation #pranayama #asana #yogaphilosophy #yogaamsterdam #yogaworkshop #practiceandalliscoming #8limbsofyoga

 
 

Yoga was traditionally taught one-on-one, directly from the teacher to the student. Most yoga teaching these days happens in a group setting. Although I like many aspects of teaching a group class, the possibility to completely personalize teaching for a yoga student in a private class is so rewarding. Over the past few months I`ve been really enjoying teaching regularly a private student the ashtanga primary series and seeing their growth in the practice. #yoga #ashtanga #privateyoga #personalpractice #practiceandalliscoming #primaryseries #yogaamsterdam #practiceyoga #yogaeverydamnday

 
 

"Why should I start doing yoga?" is one of my favorite questions to ask people new to yoga. The most common answers are about having goals to become more flexible, strong, healthy, manage stress and thoughts better or relieve pain and injuries they have. All of these reasons are great motivation to start yoga! And will keep you coming back to practice and learn more. I love giving the beginners workshops @tulaamsterdam BoLo to help guide new yoga practitioners with their practice and help them meet their goals. Yesterday`s workshop and group was again very inspiring - thanks for joining and good luck with your yoga journey! #beginneryoga #yoga #yogaforall #yogaamsterdam #yogaworkshop #flexible #strong #healthylifestyle #stressreduction #painrelief #asana #meditation #pranayama

 
 

The 8 limbs of yoga can be seen as steps on a ladder, each deepening your yoga practice. I`m really excited to be giving a four week course (starting this Friday!) to give you the opportunity to practice and learn how the various yoga practices (that make up the 8 limbs of yoga) link together and support each other. We still have some spaces available if you would like to join. Register your spot at www.tula-amsterdam.nl/workshops #8limbsofyoga #yogaworkshop #deepenyourpractice #yogaamsterdam #meditation #pranayama #yoga #asana #practiceyoga #yogaphilosophy #patanjali #yogasutras #findyourbalance

 
 

I love visiting new places. All senses are working overtime, as you open up to the unexpected, and feel completely focused in the present moment. Yet I still find my regular morning yoga practice essential to help me stay in balance. What do you need to keep grounded? #practicepracticepractice #yoga #yogaeverywhere #dhanurasana #ashtanga #yogaeverydamnday #mindful #findyourbalance #iloveyoga

 
 

#yogascreen our free yoga pose tutorial website is live! Come and find us via our website or YouTube channel to find out more about alignment and focus in yoga with our easy tutorials. We are also looking for 1000 YouTube subscribers to help us grow and build yogascreen with more tutorials and yoga related vlogs. So if you like what we are doing and want to see more subscribe to our channel via the link below! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcMWXeDFKSPhYXgT_HM_2YQ #yoga #yogaforall #yogaforbeginners #yogaplayground #yogaeverywhere #yogaeverydamnday #practicepracticepractice #practiceandalliscoming

 
 

What a pleasure to teach a private yoga class @tulaamsterdam during a team building day from the staff working at the NGO Women Win. It was lovely to teach yoga to an all female group that work on a daily basis to empower girls and women through sport. #yogaforall #yogaamsterdam #yogaforwomen #privateyoga #teachingyoga #teambuilding #yoga #keepmoving #yogaeverydamnday #empowerment

 
 

Not your usual Amsterdam bachelorette party! It was really fun today teaching this private yoga class to an enthusiastic group visiting from Sweden for the bride to be`s bachelorette party. #yogafun #yogaamsterdam #bachelorette #vinyasa #flow #yogaeverywhere #yogaeverydamnday #privateyoga #yogaforall #yoga

 
 

Really excited to share a sneak preview from the yoga pose tutorial platform that @antara_yoga_nl and @wildemanmedia have been working hard on. We are really happy with the results. Making yoga available to everyone that wants to get more familiar with the most common yoga poses and alignment in the comfort of their own home. Here you can watch #gomukhasana #cowfacepose - curious to see more? Visit www.yogascreen.com to be guided through the complete tutorials!! #yogaforall #yogaamsterdam #yogascreen #yoga #learnyoga #beginneryoga #advanceyourpractice

 
 

Today was inspiring to guide 15 new yoga practitioners through the fundamentals of yoga, to help them meet their personal goals. Here students are enjoying a well deserved relaxing guided meditation after working hard during the first beginners workshop of 2019 @tulaamsterdam #beginneryoga #yogaforall #yogaamsterdam #yogafundamentals #firsttimeyoga #yogaeverydamnday #yoga #yogaworkshop #settinggoals #meditation