Diary of a Lazy Ashtangi – Week 4.

Diary of a Lazy Ashtangi – Week 4. In 1989, the New York Times describes how the protected Bengal Tigers in the Ganges Delta regularly used to kill people. Someone came up with the idea of wearing a human mask on the back of the head. It was explained that many species use a similar technique to fool predators. Butterflies, beetles and caterpillars have patterns >> Read More …

Diary of a Lazy Ashtangi – Week 3.

Diary of a Lazy Ashtangi – Week 3. “These days we spend more time taking selfies than learning about the self.” – Joseph Rain. I took these selfies last week. Just to make a point, which is that yoga selfies REALLY annoy me. One cannot possibly take selfies while practicing yoga. I had to take at least 10 shots of myself before and after my >> Read More …

Diary of a Lazy Ashtangi – Week 2.

Diary of a Lazy Ashtangi – Week 2. “I swing between procrastination and being really thorough so either way things aren’t getting done quickly.” – Freema Agyeman. Sunday 18 September – 9.00 am Unsure of how my practice is going to unfold after three days of rest, I procrastinate a little by cleaning up the living room first. Stefano observes me in wonder and asks >> Read More …

Diary of a Lazy Ashtangi – Week 1.

Diary of a Lazy Ashtangi – Week 1. Sunday 11 September 2016 – 10.00 am After three months of practically no alcohol, meat nor dairy and lots of local, fresh Asian food, I am back home and have some catching up to do. After a Saturday with meat and cheese galore, a few glasses of wine (more than I had during my entire stay in >> Read More …

Diary of a Lazy Ashtangi – Intro.

Diary of a Lazy Ashtangi – Intro. As I am flowing through the Primary Series in my living room, I suddenly have a brainwave: I need to keep a yoga practice diary and blog it. Recently, I have been worrying about how to keep my daily Ashtanga self-practice going. After a year long struggle with a frozen shoulder (not yoga related!) and hence a long >> Read More …

My First Vipassana.

My First Vipassana. Right foot, left foot, right foot, left foot. My first steps out of the gate were slow, inquisitive, almost like a kitten allowed into the garden for the first time. The words “right foot, left foot” resonated in my head over and over again, like a mantra. After a few hundred meters and reacquainting myself with Asian traffic, the natural spring started >> Read More …

10 Ways to De-Make Up and Feel Good.

10 Ways to De-Make Up and Feel Good. Source: elephantjournal.com, via Mind Body Green, via Daily Mail: I saw this post passing by on elephantjournal.com (an awesome site!) some time ago already, but this time I took a closer look and googled some of the chemicals mentioned on the poster. Shocking! I came to the happy conclusion that I have already taken most of the >> Read More …

Portable slow juicer please!

Portable slow juicer please! I’m turning into a juice freak. It’s not the worse addiction one can suffer from, granted.  But it’s an expensive hobby.  And unfortunately not yet popular enough around the world, so I can’t satisfy my cravings everywhere I go.  Nothing beats a fresh veggie and/or fruit juice.  I can’t get enough of them. Drinking juice or a concentrate from a carton >> Read More …

Told you so, milk is yukkie…

Told you so, milk is yukkie… The thought of milk always brings back this childhood memory.  Or trauma really.  I was eight years old, back in Holland after having lived in France for four years and my new Dutch school had a milk programme.  For an extra yearly fee, the children would get a small, light blue carton of milk during lunch break.  School milk >> Read More …

Yoga Farts (or why Ashtanga is fun).

Yoga Farts (or why Ashtanga is fun) Ashtanga is fun, really. Ashtangis take themselves very seriously.  They are bit like the military branch of the yoga community. Ruthless training six times a week early in the morning, no deviation from the routine, absolutely no practice on Saturdays nor Moon Days and for the ladies, no practice either on their “personal moon days”. Ashtanga is seriously >> Read More …