Class 8: Find your balance.

When we have a lot to do, we can easily feel stressed. But often, it is not the work as such that makes us stressed, but that there is a lot of work and not enough play in our lives. What makes us unhappy and stressed is the fact that things are not in balance. These “things” not in balance can be: work and fun times. Or: socialising and time for yourself. Or: Head and heart. When one area of your life is dominating for a longer period of time, it can be that you feel off balance, incomplete, insecure, tense, stressed.

How can you arrange the different pieces or parts of your life so they are in balance?

In this week’s class we will create balance within ourselves, so we are able to experience the totality of the self. When you sense your total you, you can project it outwards and create more balance in your life.

Looking forward to see you!

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Class 7: Let it flow!

Creativity is essential to most things we do, yet many people often feel “uncreative”. Studying requires a lot of creativity, and often feeling blocked in our creativity is what makes it so hard: sitting in front of that empty page or blank screen and not knowing what to write, reading texts over texts but not knowing how to connect them to your research question. But also in other areas we often feel blocked and feel we lack some creativity: cooking, solving a problem at work, communicating, making music, painting or writing,…

Often we feel too stressed to do these things or we are stressed doing them and struggling. That kind of makes sense, because stress is the Number 1 creativity-killer. This can lead to a dangerous circle: We are stressed because we have/want to do something, this blocks our creativity, we feel more stressed and hence more blocked… Time to get out of that circle of feeling stuck.

In this class we will work on our kidneys and adrenals to release deep stored up tension, to get our energy flowing and to tap into our creative flow again.

Looking forward to see you!

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Class 4: Pluck up your courage

Stress is not caused by something outside, but from within. It’s how we evaluate, judge, and react to what’s happening in the outside. A great deal of stress is caused by our fear – of not being able to do something, or doing it wrong, of losing something on the way, of missing out on a chance, … or simply, of not being good or worth enough. Fear can be paralyzing. If we feed it, it will grow to become a big dragon standing between us and our potential. Instead of feeding that dragon, we can also decide to feed our inner lion or inner warrior. So we can become powerful and strong and confident to slay any dragon that comes along and wants to harm us or stop us from living fully and fulfil our potential.

“Courage is the commitment to begin without any guarantee to success” (Goethe)

In this week’s class, we will strengthen our inner lion and develop our ability to face all challenges with confidence and courage. Stop worrying – become a gentle warrior, and you will win the battle.

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Looking forward to see you!

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Class 3: Get out of the procrastination loop.

One of the biggest causes for stress is procrastination – delaying a task, seeking for distraction, doing everything else but the one thing we should do or actually want to do. Why is that? We fall into the traps of our mind and our habits. Our mind is tricky, he always finds an excuse for doing something else that is easier, more convenient, safer to do. But while we delay the things we really should do, not only these things pile up, also a whole bunch of emotions. We feel guilty, insecure, bad about ourselves. That makes us even less confident to start with the actual work. So we delay it some more… it’s a vicious circle. It’s like sitting in a big wheel with closed eyes, going round and round, not finding the moment to jump out (or at least see what’s happening around you). How to get out of the loop?

Here is an idea: what if you delay the delay? Just for one moment, when you feel the urge to check facebook rather than doing your work – just for one moment don’t do it. Sit with your feelings. Notice your urge, your resistance. Be aware of the games of your mind, taking you on this constant ride in the big wheel. The moment you are aware, you are not caught in the games, and you can jump out. That is the first tiny step you can take to change your habits. In this week’s class we will do some supporting exercises and mediation that help you to make a change in your habits.

Looking forward to see you!

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Class 2: Break through your blocks.

When we have a lot of work to do and feel under pressure to do good work in little time, we easily get into a state of feeling completely stuck. Sometimes, we literally don’t move anymore. We sit in front of that book and don’t read, we get another cup of coffee instead of typing the next sentence, our mind drifts to all and everything but the question we have to deal with. We stand in front of a wall and think we can’t move beyond it. In these moments it’s time to move through our blocks. To drop the doubt and to let go of resistance. It’s time to remember that our disabilities are only imagined.

~ There is a way through every block. ~

This week, we will work through physical and mental blocks and remember: There is a way, always. And we can go on, always.

Let’s break through our walls together on September 28! I am looking forward to see you!

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Class 1: Start, and the pressure will be off.

This Monday (September 21) will be the first and introductory class to my 10-week Stress-Relief course.

The semester has started! You have your new schedule, maybe already new deadlines for exams and presentations, maybe a long reading list or already new books piling up on your desk or in your library locker – and a lot of work ahead of you. Mostly, this starting phase is full of excitement and enthusiasm about all the new things you are going to learn and do. Some of you may start with a secret promise: this semester, everything will be better. Anyway, the start can also be a bit daunting and you might feel the pressure of the workload already. This is a good time to ask yourself how you deal with stress, and how you can avoid feeling overly stressed while still doing the things you have to do.

In this class, we will get started. We will do some basic exercises, which both raise our energy and relax our nervous system. A deep relaxation will allow your body to regenerate. And we will learn how to use our breath as a first-aid-anti-stress-tool.

Everyone is welcome, no matter if you are studying or not, no matter if you did yoga before or not. If you want to make a change in your life, to live with less stress and to recharge your energy, then you are right here. Then all you need to do is to start – and the pressure will be off.

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I am looking forward to get started with you!

Introduction: Stress-Relief Course

Studying can be the most inspiring, joyful and creative thing to do. However, it can also be extremely stressful. In fact, many students struggle a lot and feel constantly stressed by their studies. Symptoms of stress can be, for example: creative blocks, anxiety, panic attacks, procrastination, fatigue and complete exhaustion or a lack of concentration – just to name a few.

How to deal with the stress of tight deadlines, the pressure of wanting to perform well, and with the fear of failure? In this course, I want to show you how yoga and meditation can help you to cope with stress – and to let it go.

By learning to become more aware of your body and physical sensations, of the way your thoughts run around in your mind, by learning to focus on your breath and become still, you will be able to deeply relax. You have the chance to move beyond self-doubt and to connect to your self, to find an inner balance that will help you to meet the challenges of your studies.

We will do both energising and calming exercises, which will help you to relax and to gain new energy for daily life.

Sometimes you can’t change the outside circumstances (for example the workload, the deadline, the difficulty of your subject, …) but you can always change the way you relate to them. Awareness is the first step to do so, and that’s all what Kundalini Yoga is about in the end: becoming more aware.

Experience it for yourself and come to a class. I am looking forward to meet you.

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Come to the first class the 21st of September and decide whether you want to sign up for the whole course and get a small discount!

Ready for studying?

Anyone living in Leiden can’t miss it these days: It’s EL CID-week. The city is brimming with students! It’s amazing to see all those happy faces, to feel the excitement in the air and to know for so many people this is the start of a new phase of their life! And what a phase that is!

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Leiden during EL CID-week at night! So many new friendships in the making!

Having finished my studies here in Leiden last year, after 7 years of studying in total, I get a bit nostalgic. I would be easy to say now that being a student is the best time of your life. But it wouldn’t be honest to say that it was all and only great. Don’t get me wrong, I loved and still love studying, and I miss it a lot. But life at university is not a piece of cake. Beside of all the great stuff – having your mind blown, changing your perspective on society, learning so many things you didn’t even know about, discussing and writing and taking notes, getting lost in papers and books, endless coffee breaks with all your buddies, after-class-drinks, … – beside of all that awesomeness, studying can have some serious side effects.

The schedules are loaded, the deadlines are tight, and the grading is strict. The pressure is immense, expectations are high, and unless you are the most confident, relaxed and genius person in the world, you will sooner or later develop some side-effect-syndromes. You will feel stressed.

So many new things to learn! But the work schedule can be daunting...
So many new things to learn! But the work schedule can be daunting…

Stress has many faces and it’s not always easy to recognise it. I will write more about that soon. But one thing is for sure: too much stress makes you ill. It takes away the joy from what you should and would usually really enjoy. It makes you uncreative, blocked, stuck, cramped, sad.

The good news is: stress is curable. Yes, even if you have tight deadlines and full schedules. Those won’t magically appear, and studying will be a challenge. But it doesn’t necessarily have to stress you out.

“It’s not life that matters, it is the courage that you bring to it.” (Yogi Bhajan)

And it’s not the deadline that matters, it’s having the courage to start.

This is not to make anyone scared of studying – it will be such an incredible and important time of your life and I promise, you will get nostalgic looking back later. But be prepared, not only for the fun you are about to experience, but also for the challenges.

With the start of the new semester, I offer a special yoga course for students to help you to deal with the challenges of being a student. To learn not to feel overwhelmed by the workload, not to run around constantly sleep-deprived and with an aching back, simply: not to get stressed by your studies. Because you shouldn’t be. It’s a time of hard work, tons of fun and it will definitely change your life. And Kundalini Yoga can support you greatly in this process.

Whether you a starting afresh or are already an old hand writing your thesis: get ready for the new semester and sign up for the course! I will also keep you updated about intro-workshops.

If you want to know more or have any questions, follow my blog – I will write more about the upcoming course soon – or write me an email.

Enjoy the rest of your holidays everyone!

Leiden on a sunny morning