For the first time I participate in yoga class when I was 23 years old.
At that time just by a chance I had see a little advert for Satyananda yoga classes given in some small place in meeting/workshop room, fitting not more than 12 yoga mats.
It happened in the south of France in La Seyne sur mer, near Toulon. It wasn’t like a fancy yoga Shala with all the decoration and bling bling that goes with it J, only a simple room where we used to put some chairs on the side of the room to have more free space for the mats.
So I have met this yoga teacher - K.S. Prabhu Bhakti - British gentleman from the north of London (originally), living in the south of France over 30 years and still keeping this sweet English accentJ.
And my yoga journey started that day, after the first test class, when I have realized that I had totally different opinion about yoga and I was surprised how match it was physical, mental, spiritual, challenging, recharging, relaxing, reconnecting, …
I found a new drug - Yoga - the link between you and You, connection with yourself through yourself, finding, discovering your world and maybe Universe within you,
After several month of weekly group practice and few workshops, I was looking for more knowledge and then I took twice and 3 times a week yoga guided practice routine. Wow, then I remember I had opened my eyes wider so quickly. I’m still thankful to him, for all his passion and willingness to share what he knew and for all his encouraging words for me to go extra step further, to take Yoga Teacher Training. Just hope one day he would accept my invitation to visit Brussels and share his knowledge.
After few years of intensive yoga practice and many workshops I have decide to quit my maitre d’hôtel job in the luxury hotel and moved to Thailand, Bangkok, to undertake a Yoga Teacher Training program. 2006 I went to Yoga Elements Studio in Bangkok – at that time voted 11thbest yoga studio in the world, where I had a chance to meet and practice with beautiful souls as: Adrian Philip Cox, James Boag, Cerissa Nyen, Tulay Konca, Daniel Strausser, Dylan Bernstein, Paddy McGrath, Danny Paradise, …
Unfortunately for the family reasons I had to move back to Europe, this time to one other kingdom - UK, London. Working for English Government City of London Corporation and giving yoga classes during the free time and few years later to Breda, Netherlands (the 3rdkingdom). Here I did work for Yoga Site, Dorinda Farver.
2011 was the year I arrived to Brussels, lived in Uccle where my son was born…Oh Bruxelles ma belle, quelle histoire. I divorced after 13 years of marriage and soon after got involved in a relationShit where I almost give up yoga teaching. Because of the toxic partner jealousy and her lacks of trust and self-confidence, I was off the yoga radar for about 3 years, until I realized it was slowly ending me and my passion. I just knew that the toxic relationship had to end and fortunately Universe guided me here where I am now - DariusYoga. It’s going to be 3 years now that I’m finally doing what I love - sharing Yoga.
I teach yoga at Let’s yoga and Shiatsu Brussels with a lovely bunch of teachers, where I have opportunity to learn more and deepen my yoga practice and the support .It’s such a blessing. Here I found John Scott community, thanks to Ramona.
I hope to See you around or on the yoga mat some time.
I just came back from an amazing trip to the South of India and still feel somehow changed and different regarding my life back home…
I spend two weeks practicing Ashtanga Yoga with John and Julia Scott and afterward I was travelling for another couple of days through Goa and Karnataka, from Hampi to mythical Mysore.
The practice of Ashtanga on the Mother India Land has just another dimension and it is something very special. The high temperature, the humidity of the air, the landscape, the people and even the time and the space are so different from what we might know in Europe that your body and mind need to switch from one level to another in order to get used to this new situation.
While practicing with a small group of yogis and amazing teachers, you can fell that with the morning adjustments from your Mysore practice, there is not only your body that you are working on, but your mind keeps adjusting as well a whole day long.
(I call it an Internal Adjustment, from inside on…).
And this is where the magic happens, you can really feel the presence of Mother India with all the spirituality surrounding you, shaking your body and awaken your soul, on and on… And somehow you become it, you breathe it, you absorb it and it becomes a part of you for now and forever.
Yoga means ‘The Union’ and for me this India trip was everything about ‘The Connection’.
Connection to the people, to myself, to my body and mind, to the past, to the future and of course to the present moment, while breaking and undoing every believes that I could have until now.
The generosity of all the human being that crossed my Indian path opened also my heart. Once you are surrounded by so much kindness, humility and love you cannot stay the same anymore and you start to see your life like an enormous gift that you have been lucky enough to receive from the Universe…
Yeah, this is what Mother India does to you.. once you let it go….
I have now passed decades in my life and if there is one sentence I often found my self repeating was that "I want peace" ! Ever since my childhood I found the experiences in my life everything but peaceful! Stalked by war as a 9 year old with my family and the journey escaping Iran to Sweden follow by many traumas into my teenage years. It was far from anything peaceful. The images of war and the separation from loved ones has been carved in my memories for ever! After many years of studies, a scholarship grant brought me to Brussels were I felt very much welcomed and decided to come back and stay. I met the father of my daughter and with a great position in a pharmaceutic company I began to repeatedly asking if I was happy?? if I had found the peace I was searching for? I wanted peace in my mind , in my body and in my heart !! soon, I came to realisation that you can not have one without the other and my journey of pursuing peace and happiness began in 2007, when I embarked on teaching from big spiritual zen masters and great yoga teachers ! The more I was feeling and experiencing these teachings the more I was yearning to understand and apply it into my daily life . Yoga and shiatsu came to change my life.
What was most important in this process of learning was that I stayed patient, humble and open to what ever life had to offer, accepting each experience and past history as an essential growth for my spiritual path!
In my teaching I don’t preach nor postulate , I simply pass on what was thought to me and if I can change one persons mind toward the peace that I have come to residence, than my work has been of value and my legacy has been cemented.
The birth of Lets-yoga & shiatsu shala in 2016 is one of the many beautiful project I have come to encounter ! Creation of a place for likeminded people coming together, openly supporting and learning from each others experiences.
I’m humbly grateful for Johns Scott’s community teachers and Lucy Crawford, passing on their valuable teachings in lets-yoga Brussels. I continue pursuing my call which is also my passion and I thank all beautiful souls supporting my project.
Dear friends in yoga,
In our coming newsletters we would like to share with you our stories. Our mind, bodies , passion, our dreams , the depth to our souls and our journeys are each unique in itself.
Each month one of our team teachers will share their journey into yoga!
This Month Olivia Moiny, dedicated Student and Passionated teacher will write us her story.
I also want to share with you the hauntingly beautiful
aliens Crew- world of dance. I can watch it On and on and listen to the words beautifully describing human condition!
With Love & gratitude
My yoga journey started five years ago when I discovered Bikram Yoga.
If you don't know that style, you practice for 90 minutes a pre-defined sequence of asanas in a heated room. I loved it but I started it for the wrong reasons: I did not like my body and I had read that you could burn up to 800 kcal in one session.Of course, turns out it was not true :)
Then I fell in love with running. I was so into that because I could find peace of mind, concentration, determination. When I was running, I couldn't think about anything else that the fact I was running. I literally was into the present moment. And I was amazed by each km I was able to run ! I even did the 20km of Brussels and a half marathon. But then my knee got injured, really injured. And I needed to find something that could bring me peace again. I tried spinning, weight lifting/training, stretching etc. It was nice, but it never brought me that little extra sparkle. Until I stepped into an intermediate vinyasa yoga class... damn that was so hard! And I the end of the class, I realized that for the pas 75 minutes, I couldn't think about anything else other than practicing yoga. There it was: my peace of mind, my way to consciousness. Quickly, I started practicing every single morning at Darius' shala. I started to love my body, seeing the crazy sh*** it can do !
After a few months, he introduced me to Ramona's teaching: ashtanga. I remember I started to practice with Ramona, and fell completely in love (with her, of course ^^) with the ashtanga practice. And it hasn't left my side ever since. I did a teacher training in Vinyasa Yoga in Aruba with Rachel Brathen (@yoga_girl).
I recently left my corporate job to become a full time yoga teacher, leading vinyasa, ashtanga, hatha and yin yoga in various places. And I have forever grateful for every single person who ever joined my classes - you changed my life. Thank you.
We are in the month of Love, yes February is here already!!
This month we have extra Love and passion to share with you .
Join any class you'd like. We guaranty that our team will make you feel the vibes that comes purely from the heart.
Give a gift of ayurveda massage or simply pamper yourself.
Take quality time with yourself through your practice.
Join us Sunday 24th of February for introduction of doTTERRA essential oils, blends that carefully have been selected for you to rediscover the flame that lights up your life.
Find the passion for your work, for those who surround you and specially for your self.
This month we challenge you to dare to do something you've never done before, to go somewhere new and to do things you truly love, all with passion.
With Love & gratitude
Set the intention to continually work on your wellness, dreams & soul purpose
Happy New Year dear friends.
Thank you for another wonderful year together. Thank you for your beautiful emails and comments. I appreciate them so very much. It is my sincere honor to bring you inspiring and life-changing practice each day.
The beginning of the year is an auspicious time to reset our energy, cleanse our body and mind from the inside out, and this is the time where new years resolutions kicks in;-)
Personally, I do not make New Year's resolutions, but I do set the intention to continually work on my wellness: body, mind, and spirit. I have dreams & desire to go as deep as I can in my healing process to help not only myself but my family , friends and the world as a whole. I know many of us feel the same. So if you havn't done this yet, Today pause and look consciously at you, your life, at this coming year. Set out intention for the year to come. No doubt there are several things you want to work on, change, improve or let go of.
This is where the power of a regular yoga and meditative practicecomes in and helps you to tackle that day to day life challenges. If you take your time and take practice seriously it helps you to embrace your destiny and align with your soul mission.
Perhaps you are already aligned or doing what your soul is yearning to do in order to serve the world. Perhaps you're in search for that inner voice, or you are already in that regular daily practice mode but it has got old and in geared into a autopilot, which is why the genuine teacher can help awaken understanding so it is fresh, everyday. Don’t just follow, ask questions. Don’t just do it, connect to it and feel it. In such a way that the practice you engage in, takes on its own life and opens up possibilities for you previously not seen or considered . For that you'll have to take the commitment and discipline to create your own set of rules, to make your goals and dreams happen ..
Are you ready to embark this year with your set of rules and discipline to recharge and transform you ?
Than you are in the right place to come home, to listen to that inner voice , to meet the infinite potential You and
unconditional love that you are ...
With Love &gratitude
The season of giving & sharing
Time of giving, kindness, family and joyfulness, peace and harmony
Giving and Kindness are simple choices we can make everyday! Weather giving way to someone in traffic or letting someone go ahead of us in line,
sharing our home on crisis or donating money we actively create a universe of kindness and giving with every choice we make not to mention choosing to do affirmative activities with friends/ yoga community that leave us feeling joyous, appreciative, loving and peaceful...
With December and christmas time around the corner , we @L.Y.S continue sharing and spreading our love and passion for Yoga.
Please mark the Karma yoga ( Yoga for greater cause) and get together eventon The 9th of December to celebrate and raise the the festive vibrations together.
Stay tuned for the schedule of next year where more work, practice and sets of workshops awaiting you, meanwhile you can have a sneak peak below:-)
With Love, gratitude and warm regards,
Imagine what a great world we woud live in if we all worked for a greater cause.
"If You Want To Change The World, First Change Yourself"
Take the first Steps to make a Positive Impact and towards a greater Cause! This allows us to live from the space of our greatness. When we know that what we do can serve a greater cause, we are aware of our power and ability to influence and create change in this world. Our choices matters ! For example; Choosing and Saying yes to our dream job dose not only fulfils us but
also serves the people that will benefit from our enthusiasm and productivity. Yoga is our passion and dream job @Lets yoga and shiatsu studio. Our team is so proud to announce the karma yoga projectone sunday a month! our first one this Sunday was a great success with Olivia Moiny
The Karma Yoga project is yoga on free donation based, but your contribution will go to a greater cause. This project is very close to our hearts and our intentions is to give a helping hand to those in need. This years contributions will go to ASBL Oxygen plus (Mons) helping to create job for handicapped people and shelter homeless ones. We thank you helping us to make this possible... Talking about intentions we also have new" intention board" on the wall. If you already have put your intentions on the board , It's a good reminder each time you come for practice;-)
Meanwhile I will be away to explore the beautiful and vibrant Telavive this week, the studio is up and running with it's dedicated teachers and we have loads of other great projects around the corner!
Take a quick peek for the automne workshops:-)
Hello Yogis & welcome back
September is around the corner and evenings are getting cooler. This mean it’s time to get back to a routine and back to yoga. And while the evenings are cooler, the days are still warm with the heat of the summer sun. Take these next few weeks to soak in the last moments of summer. Take one more afternoon reading on the dock or the deck., one more evening bbq with friends and family. Take time to do something that makes you feel joy.
We have an awesome month coming up for yoga events. Open air yoga for Teens with Lowkeyradio and yoga and conference at Vegan and yoga festival Yoga at Nature science Museum, and many more classes with your wonderful favourite teachers! Stay in the loop :-)
1 day Mini yoga retreat 26/08
Join us for this 1 day reconnect with yourself through, meditation yoga self massage, yoga nidra
Yoga@Nature science Museum 29th of August
In collaboration with Wer'ejust4girls, Let's yoga will give a 90' Yoga class on Wednesday 29th of August at 10-11.30. Join us for this amazing experience.
Vegan and yoga festival for the first time in Brussels on Sunday 9th of September
Let's yoga is present with morning ashtanga @9h with Gemma & @16h health talk with Ramona!
Teen & Open air yoga event On Saturday 1/09 with Benjamin
Yoga improve Teenagers emotional wellbeing, health & so much more..
With Collaboration with Low-key Radio, Benjamin will give a free Class @16h Au Parc Cinquantenaire Saturday 1/09. Join Us;-)
Ashtanga Beginners Class as of Monday 10th September
Beginners Class of Ashtanga - starting as of September 10th, Limited space so please register via Link above
Pranayama Class 30/09
Sunday Pranayama class, every last Sunday of the month.
Ayurveda massage with Prasanth Sassi 1-2/10
Prasanth Sasi will honor us to be in Brussels in let's yoga studio for herbal ayurveda treatments 1st & 2end Of October 2018.
Discover Shiatsu massage Touch of peace, Sunday 21/10
Second edition to our afternoon initiating essential Shiatsu will be on Sunday 21st of October .
Transformationa breathing 14/10
Discovery Workshop -Transformational breathing
Ashtanga Weekend with Dorothy Loh 16-18/11
200€ / 3 days Ashtanga / Morning self practice Mysore classes and afternoon workshop, (Early bird 180€ until September 30)
Welcome to the beautiful month of May and happy May Day! I wish I could send each of you a basket of daffodils and tulips in honor of the return of spring.
like every month here in our yoga nest, there are variety of classes and events ongoing, the last Sunday of every month, we get together, we meditate , Restore, Relax and learn a new breathing technique.
Dont miss your chance this month 27th of May for Pranayama .
And if you'd like to dive deeper in your way to a more peaceful life , coaches, healers and teachers in our community are here to help you further in your spiritual journey!
Prasanth is back with Ayurveda massage this month me and Stephan Cuypers, my old friend from Sense Kawada's Shiatsu school, have designed a new serie of Shiatsu initiation programs . To teach the basic of meridian therapy and 5 elements so you can understand and apply the touch of peace to your close friends and families!
We also have an afternoon exclusive Ladies Only, in collaboration with Brussels for her to spoil you with Yoga & Werejust4girls sport wear, tea and snack and loads of new workshops coming in near future.
Thank you, friends, for taking the time to read about this month's news letter. I hope you find a yoga class that appeals to you, and if you already practice meditation and yoga I hope you find a course that can help deepen your practice. Enjoy this lovely and sweet time of year, and I'll see you back in this space with another personal note in June.
6 days intensive Ashtanga Yoga 7-12/06
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