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Finding bliss in Amsterdam

Major changes have taken place in my life as of late. My contract at my job was not extended. I started my thesis research. I finished my last exam and no longer have to go to classes (yay!). And I've started taking yoga classes.

At one point, I was working, studying and doing thesis research at the same time. Needless to say that was ambitious and the stress of trying to keep three major balls in the air made the skin peel off my fingertips. So losing the job was both bad and good news. Finishing the last block of courses was inevitable and so now I get to focus on just one thing (well two, if you count looking for a job). After a couple of gruesome months, of doing too much at the same time, suddenly I found myself able to breathe again. What a relief!

I had been telling myself for ages that I needed to do more excercise. I had done Pilates by myself, and liked it very much, but couldn't find classes at times nor locations that suited me and so I abandoned the thought of excercise (for a few years).

yoga at Yagoy, Amsterdam West, image courtesy of Yagoy

A friend of mine suggested yoga. He was starting classes and invited me to try them together. I loved it, but the location was a bit of a hassle. I'm lazy at heart, so if it takes too much effort to organise going, then I'm very easily inclined not to go! Then I received a flyer (in my own mailbox! No effort involved there), for a place very close to home. Lots of classes to choose from. I had a stern talking to myself and went. And I've been going every week since.

Yoga to your liking
I love that I'm able to pick a class that suits me. I can switch days and instructors to my liking. If I'm feeling under the weather, I'll opt for relax yoga. But mostly I like to challenge myself and choose power yoga. And, having come to yoga out of a lack of something 'better' (strange choice of words maybe, but it simply wasn't my first choice. I hadn't expected it to be something for me). What surprises me is how much I enjoy going. I find that during those 75 minutes I work hard and through focusing on what I'm doing, completely let go of whatever else is going on in my head or body.

The fellow students and the instructors are so incredibly nice. Yesterday our instructor told us to be kind to ourselves. To challenge ourselves, but to be kind at the same time. She invites us to do things that I am not convinced I can do. But I do them and I am completely in awe of what my body can do. I can stand on my head!

A few weeks ago the same instructor told us to forgive ourselves. Now, I'm not into wishy washy spiritual mumbo jumbo. But this place suits me. The atmosphere suits me. And I love the people. I even love myself. Now all I have to do is forgive myself for not trying yoga sooner.

If you're stressed, try one of these:

Peter Hin yoga with Peter Hin at Centrum De Roos, Vondelpark;
or: Relax yoga at Yagoy, on the corner of Postjesweg and Hoofdweg.

And if you want to challenge yourself, try:
Power yoga at Yagoy.

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  1. Hi Annabelle,

    thank you for your lovely blog, awesome stuff here!

    be sure to ask Narges about the new classes that start off 1st of september.
    The power you were used to will become Power&Play
    Relax will become Relax&Restore
    Meditate becomes Meditate&Breathe

    and we add:

    hope you keep feeling home,


  2. Hey!

    Yes, I did see the changed classes in the online schedule. I will ask Narges what the difference between Power & Play and Sweat & Flow is… (bikram?)

    I’m also curious about Energize & Renew!

  3. Is Sweat & Flow a form of hot yoga?

  4. Hi Sasha!

    No, it’s not. I’ve had a few people ask me that question, so I guess the name is confusing.. But it’s not like bikram yoga or anything.

    There used to be only two types to choose fom at Yagoy: relax yoga and power yoga. The power yoga classes are now differentiated into Sweat & Flow, and Power & Play. The latter is more challenging, with focus on strength, but also fun. The former is a little more relaxed, with a more natural flow from exercise to exercise, but still makes you sweat.

    I can recommend any class from Fleur, on Wednesdays. She teaches both in the morning and in the evening on this day: either Relax & Restore or Sweat & Flow. I also recommend the lessons from Janneke, who gives the Power & Play class on Thursday evening.

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