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week 4/7: Shiva Rea to the Rescue

041_diapers_V2by Suzanne L. Beenackers

If you take my classes you know what I do when I have a cold: I teach with the cd Yoga Sanctuary from Shiva Rea. If you know me better you even know why I have a cold: because I ve gone too vigorously on the oil pulling, usually in an attempt to cure some gum issues.
A recent (as in after I got sick…) Google search found that although oil pulling, swishing the mouth with coconut oil, can prevent gum disease it’s actually advised against if you are already suffering from it. And you run the risk of getting sick, like I do about twice a year. So then you have gum issues AND you re sick.
That’s when as a yoga teacher, Shiva Rea comes to the rescue.

When to call in sick?

First of all I don’t advocate a keep-going-till-you-drop policy in anyone’s work. Using medicine to repress signs of the flu in order to go to work is asking for trouble. There is a saying: if you don’t make time for your heath, you will have to make time for your illness. So just imagine what will happen if you don’t make time for your small illnesses… So no. If you’re sick you should stay home.

Then there’s the mental stuff. When are you unfit to do your work? This would depend on your work I guess, and as a yoga teacher I don’t feel comfortable teaching if I have too much other stuff going on in my life. Like when I had to say goodbye to my cat, I took the week off. There are teachers who can use, what they call “raw” energy” in their teachings, but I m not like that.

But what about a common cold? What if you feel alright, but you’re just snotty or your throat aches? That’s when (like most people) I’m usually perfectly fine going to work (in the best of spirits) but I do need some help with the teaching itself. So I use Shiva Rea.

Pink elephants

With 12 years of teaching experience I thought I had the sickness issue nailed. Until yesterday. I was going to teach using the cd, but contrary to previous colds, the coughing phase was exceptionally violent and unpredictable this time. When my second group came in, I was still mentally recovering from having disturbed the previous class several times.
“I feel totally insecure about this!”
Then one student said that I should not focus on not wanting to cough because it was like with the pink elephants; if you don’t want to think about it, you think about it.
And your body is painfully open to suggestion. She told me she used to inspect children for lice, and every time she found them she would get itchy herself.
So I took her advice to heart. Every time I felt a cough coming up I thought of lice. Pink lice. And my student inspecting the kids if they had caught any pink elephants.
That helped.

Yoga Sanctuaryweek 4 – Yoga with Shiva

For seven weeks I m teaching from Shiva Rea. This is the fourth week, and I’m using the audio cd Yoga Sanctuary instead of teaching a series inspired by a dvd.

Yesterday I had to teach both classes with the cd, but I m gradually getting better, and learning more about how I can teach, so my plan for the rest of this week is:
Tuesday 19.00 + Thursday 19.00 : teach with cd
Tuesday 20.30 + Thursday 20.30 : may teach live if earlier class went okay.
Friday 10.30: still to be decided

Click here for the home yoga pdf for Yoga Sanctuary

week 3/7: Birthday twenty-four seven


Cover for my ’15-’16 calendar, from the gift wrapping paper and a birthday card.

by Suzanne L. Beenackers 

I used to regret having my birthday in summer. School was closed and I never had a party on the actual date since everybody was away on holiday. I did spend several anniversaries abroad, resulting in exotic gifts from my family such as a shirt with a Spanish speaking Snoopy.

After decades of working around the fact that my Birthday was in a social Bermuda Triangle I finally nailed it this year! Living in Nijmegen, my birthday is always somewhere around the Vierdaagse week: a four day walking march and week long party in the city with 1.5 million visitors. It peaks at Friday which was my birthday.

I love going out, but I don’t do cramped up squares with bands giving gigs. I don’t do singing along with Dutch music on beer drenched pavements. I don’t do dancing, standing, puking, or other levels of getting drunk. I like things civilized and in good company, and with a chair under my 43 year old butt. Which basically meant I had little to do in the Vierdaagse week.
20150724_111221 outtakeUntil this year: I had seven birthday nights out, one-on-one, seeing seven dear friends. And on Friday my family threw me a private party with presents in pink. I brought cake. We went to the Vierdaagse finish and I bought and gave out 40 gladiolus to 40 hikers on their last 5 kilometers, who looked like they needed it, deserved it, or like they were lost in a social Bermuda Triangle.

It was the best birthday of my life and I already look forward to next year. Just 51 weeks more to go.


week 3 – Yoga with Shiva

For seven weeks I m teaching from Shiva Rea. This is the third week, where I have made two flows: Backbends & Armbalances
Solar Flow page 1 & page 2
Lunar Flow
These pdf’s are a stand alone tool – since not everybody will have the dvd, and because the practices on You Tube are often taken down.
In June someone uploaded the dvd to You Tube, so at the risk of the videos/ links having been taken down again, here’s the whole playlist I used: DVD Yoga Shakti by Shiva Rea
Circle the Heart
Dancing Warrior 2
Dancing Warrior 3
Core abs incl 4 arm balances.
Standing Pose Flow 2 only voice over, no music. Includes several highly advanced arm balances
Lunge Backbend Preparation
Backbend Flow 1
Backbend Flow 2 Upward bow and Wheel
Long relaxation 

I’m using music Shakti Rhythms the soundtrack from the dvd.

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week 2/7: The solution to any problem.

51bUxfPAGhL._UY250_by Suzanne L. Beenackers

Last week I was sharing a wine (well, we both had our own glass) and a brownie (after I promised the brownies there are so big, even I don’t get food aggressive) with one of my students, Hilke, who I strongly support of becoming a yoga teacher.
She’s starting out as a therapist and has this sweet earthy energy.
“I want people to fall in love with yoga,” Hilke said. “That’s my strongest motivation to teach.”
I nearly choked on my butter sugar combo known as brownie, when I heard that.
For a blink of a second I identified with that role. With the idea of having newbies come over for class who still resist the idea of yoga, and me being the good fairy godmother to convert them to the right path. I’m always polite and respectful to new students, but it’s like a first date: we’re really just getting acquainted. Hilke doesn’t have such reservations.
“I know you want to win their hearts,” I said. “I ll send them to you.”

“When any of us tempt to operate outside of our own natural movement, our lives go out of balance and things start to go wrong.”
It’s just my Nature, Carol Tuttle page 171

If you would study yoga teachers and other humans, but it works great on pets, flowers, houses, anything, you can recognize four different types, depending on their dominant energies (we all have all four).
Types 1’s are light, funny, childlike, erratic, and switch between connection and disconnection.
Types 2 are loving, peaceful, detailed, connected.
Types 3 are dynamic, swift, entrepreneurial.
Types 4 are still, bold and methodical.

Carol Tuttle gives a great example: Imagine 40 people having to move to the West Coast. The Type 1’s would be all excited about the adventure at hand, and they would be in the best of spirits all along the way. Change and insecurity is where they can feel right at home. Type 2 would start planning what they’d need on the road, what to pack, what is required the first week you’re there. Type 3 would start with when they arrive and then plan their timeline backwards, focusing on the broad picture and figuring out details along the way. Type 4 would rethink the whole move, and would then decide they’re not going. Unless you put a knife to their throat; then they’ll consider it.

How we fight

If your family is experiencing conflict lately, don’t go to the root of the problem. Go to the root of the energy. Whose nature is not being honored?
It’s just my Nature, Carol Tuttle page 174

All my life I have had this aversion to fighting, quarrels and even heated discussions. If people are forced to work with each other, or if you’re a minor dependent on your parents, I can forgive you. But if you are voluntarily in a relationship (with me) then I will not allow for any disturbance of the peace. From my perspective you’re in or you’re out, and once you’re in fighting becomes as mentally disturbed as saying negative things to your mirror image.

Now I could clearly see that roughly everybody else disagrees with me on that. Especially my parents. I remember one incident where we had to go on a long, hot road trip, and I knew they would quarrel about the road and reading the map, so I did it for them. I read the map, and listened to the radio for traffic jams, and for the first time we reached this destination effortlessly. Yet when we arrived, they started to fight about on which side of the street we should be walking! That must have been the day when I gave up on solving other people’s problems.

Now that I know about Carol’s energy profiling system it all makes sense now: I’m a Type 4, and therefor value stillness above all else. Type 4’s will polarize, and not to argue about what is black or white, but to create order and draw a very clear line that will prevent people from coming too close. When I was halfway in my twenties, on a city trip with my parents and sister, my father was being absolutely impossible again. Ironically, I can now see that he only behaved this way when my Type 2 mother was around. When him and me were alone on holidays we had the best of times! Anyway, I didn’t know that then, I just knew that after 25 years of dealing with his moods I was done being a victim, and being powerless in these kinds of family situations. I said to him (POLARIZING the situation): “We are now going to walk to the museum. And if you are not in better spirits when we get there, I m taking a train home today.”
My father walked in silence, and when we got there any sign of his moodiness had vanished completely!
My behavior was a textbook example of how a Type 4 deals with conflict: they will not negotiate and instead be very clear in their demands, the time frame and the consequences.
So that stillness can return.


Type 1 Marilyn Monroe

A type 1 is also not very likely to fight you. First of all, a type 1 is the most adaptable of all types! If you change plans, or want to reschedule, or anything like that: expect zero problems with a type 1. If you do bug them (for example because you want them to commit to something!) they’ll most likely snap, and DISCONNECT. But they’ll come back….. unlike the Type 4- if they leave, they leave- a Type 1 will be able to forget soon and come back and may even apologize for responding so rude and being difficult.
Type 1’s are unsuitable for arguments because the heaviness of the drama will burden them. Type 1’s have the highest adaptability. Type 1’s adaptable carefree spirit may actually survive something as traumatic as a series of foster homes, but pressing a Type 1 for a stern opinion, a straight line, or a clear statement is like asking a butterfly to lift a roadblock.

A type 2 will not fight you either. Which, initially, only makes things worse…. because they will not speak! Just worry and be offended in silence. Type 2’s are very attached to their planning, to details, to being connected, and to how everybody is doing. And yet, if they are provoked their passive aggressive silence will be force to be reckoned with!
So like I said: they’re not the ones initiating conflict, but because they can’t respond spontaneously, they will worsen the conflict because 1. the other party will feel uneasy with the silence and the victim role the Type 2 plays and 2. because the other party will be angry at the type 2 for not expressing what they want!
That’s because they really, really can’t….
But then there is the good news: a Type 2 will be more motivated then anyone else to restore the peace. Once you get them out of their shell, they will gladly talk with you in detail about everything! Their emotions, what it was like to be angry, what they thought of certain things. Once the danger is gone, the gateways to their hearts are open again, love pours out, and they’ll connect, connect, connect. Fighting with a two is a guaranteed slamming doors-free experience!

The type 3, like Obama and Oprah, they’re about transformation and creation! My father was a type 3 *) We fully acknowledge the creative force he was, and the tremendous impact he had; not just on our lives but on students and his work field around the world. Yet at the same time we realize how harmonious our remaining family has lived since then. Type 3’s are the only ones who do not naturally shy away from the chaotic energy conflict creates. And not only can they stand the heat, but they will throw logs in the fire as well….making things (from the perspective of the other types) worse. Yet disagreement and working with opposition is inherent to the nature of a type 3. As is the power to save the planet and everybody on it. And they certainly never, ever give up on solving other people’s problems.
*) I’m still working on analyzing the relationship I had with him, with this system. I think this post may have been premature on this point, and that he may have been a 4. For the story about my role in the family this makes no difference, but for those who knew my father, it may be confusing if I indeed typed him wrong. 

Why I endorse this system 

“I feel I was let out of a prision, a prison I didn’t know I was in all those years.”
testimony on the liberating effect of knowing your type, page 175

Type 2 Russel Crowe

Type 2 Russell Crowe

As a solitary writer/ yoga teacher mostly minding my own business, and always trying very hard not to care too much about saving other people, I didn’t have the intention to write this post. Just in case you missed it, I already wrote about energy profiling one week ago, so I figured I had done my share:
If this was something you were interested in, you now had a starting point.
And if you dismissed it or resisted, then just keep doing that.

But as I kept developing myself through this system, I just got more enthusiastic every day! And then, in addition to the free online course, and her you tube channel I clicked the crap out of, and Carol’s blog that is even better than those other two tools combined, finally my book arrived!
Carol Tuttle – It’s Just My Nature
Her online presence is currently focused on Dressing Your Truth, about how to make your clothes an affirmation of who you truly are, but this book focuses on the broader picture. Because if you GET energy profiling, you can solve anything with it.
That’s not clickable, that’s me yelling at you ;)
Once you know your own dominant energy you know what you crave for, what your strength is, how to appreciate your parents and solve all your problems.
You ll even know what to wear! I ll include the wardrobe guidelines, even though I find it a bit cheesy. But the connection to Dressing Your Truth is also what makes energy profiling more fun (and more effective!) than deadly serious personal development tools.

Here are the four types; their talent, what they need, “prescribed” choice of wardrobe, and if/ why I think you will benefit from this system, based on certain problems you might experience:

Type 1 The Brightest Star of All
Brings lightness, but needs freedom.
Wardrobe: Bright coloring with at least one item that would also look great on a 6 year old.
Type 1’s can benefit from knowing their type because they have a precious childlike, funny quality, that can easily be judged as immature. In relationships Type 1’s will experience two major problems: 1. They will have a natural tendency to alternate between disconnect/ connect. This will drive all other types absolutely insane, and not knowing their own nature, it may even drive themselves crazy. 2. Their lighthearted nature makes them easily dominated by the other types, who will think of themselves as more serious and reliable. A parent-child like relationship.
The most famous Type 1 celebrity is no doubt Marilyn Monroe, and almost all male and female comedy actors are also Type 1’s. Especially for a Type 1, knowing who you truly are, and what your dominant energy is, can be the difference between the asylum and a spirit so bright the whole world will love you.

Type 2 Angelina Jolie and The Dalai Lama
Brings peace, but needs connection and detail.
Wardrobe: Subdued colors, flowing lines, comfortable texture
So from the robe of the Dalai Lama, only the color is a bit off ;)
For Type 2’s I ‘m going to make a distinct difference between men and women.
Type 2 women: They can read all this, and maybe they like it, but in general, women who are soft, kind, with a keen eye for detail and able to plan for their household home cooked meals, sweet putting-to-bed rituals, have a smile for everybody, and connect with the whole neighborhood? In general? They’re good to go!
Type 2 women are not in conflict with anyone, and especially not with what’s praised in Western society. So I don’t think I would recommend that they HAVE TO read this book. You don’t.
There are however a lot of female Type 2 wanna be’s, recognizable by being internally torn apart and thoroughly unhappy with their role. They should read anything they can about energy profiling.
Type 2 men? Different story. Because unless you’re the Dalai Lama (or Richard Gere, but that’s kind of the same thing) your Type 2 maleness is going to “collide” (as far as such a subtle flowing energy can clash anyway) with what is expected of you.
So if you are reading this, and this might be about you: do the work. Start doing energy profiling to understand your true nature. And labeling it male or female is a cultural thing. Nature doesn’t think that way. Richard Gere, Hugh Grant, Russell Crowe (!!), Ryan Reynolds. That’s how diverse Type 2 males can be. And I ll let you in on a secret: your type 2 maleness makes you highly attractive to Type 3 and Type 4 women, because we think you’re sweet and want to go to bed with you. Well I do anyway.

Type 3 Madonna

Type 3 Madonna

Type 3 Madonna and Obama
brings transformation, but needs direction and LOTS OF space to move.
Wardrobe: Layered, textured, all animal prints other than zebra
If you’re Type 3 and you’re still reading this, you’re probably waiting (in vain) for bullet points, the 2 A4 sheets of HOW TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE IN 5 EASY STEPS or other shortcuts that will allow you to squeeze in energy profiling with training for your triathlon, watching over your 9 children, your Masters study, and management of your own company.
Again this is a Type where I ll distinguish between men and women.
For Type 3 men (Brad Pitt and Obama can stop reading) energy profiling may have little to add. If you re a male living an expression of this energy you fit right into Western society.
For a woman, it might depend on the generation or your upbringing. Carol Tuttle herself had a religious upbringing where Type 2 and 1 energy of women were favored. This meant she felt her rougher, richer beauty, and her powerful energy were always out of place. Energy profiling is her redeeming herself, and all other Type 3 women, who have no idea what to do with so much energy.
If you recognize yourself in the idea of being too much, overbearing, and even unattractive, then energy profiling is just what the doctor ordered.

Meanwhile, I (bold and striking Type 4) was told by Carol in several videos, I should stop analyzing so much! lol Okay, so this is my last blogpost on the subject. And I admit it: yes Carol. I read the entire blog, book, and did the course. But now I GET it ;)
So Type 4:

Type 4: Bold and Striking
Brings stability but needs stillness or structure.
Wardrobe: Bold colors, straight lines, high contrast, smooth structure
This is a no-brainer: If you’re a Type 4 then YES read energy profiling. You’re the most reflective and analytical of the four types, you can’t stand not understanding something about yourself or a situation, and you (even you) might be unaware of some very peculiar yet dominant features in your personality. Like why you never drive with rock music on. Like why you hate being in groups slash not choosing your own company, when everybody else seems to be fine with this.
There was a time when companies would have group trainings for teambuilding. Do they still do that? I left corporate life 14 years back. Either way; Type 4’s will find the idea of forced and prescribed interaction absolutely revolting. Energy profiling will explain why this is. And why you’re so terribly picky. And bold. And opinionated. And private.
And sexy as hell.
Didn’t say that.

Energy Therapy as solution to anything

I hope that Carol Tuttle will develop Energy Profiling in the direction of training therapists and life coaches. I visited a Louise Hay therapist in the 90’s and agreeing on the system you want your professional to use, agreeing on your view of the world, is so powerful! I m no therapist, but I can imagine you can skip the first 10 sessions if you only accept clients who agree with you on the system, or even if your clients know what to expect. Type 4 clients anyway ;)
Professionals reading this post, especially the ones in the areas of coaching, color coding, personal development and maybe psychology, may already be interested in energy profiling and in particular the theoretical background. Carol explains the framework in the final chapter of her book It’s Just My Nature. So yes, it’s linked to tons of other stuff and theories, that you may have encountered during your work or studies.

Type 4 Johnny Depp

Type 4 Johnny Depp

My Encore: Sex and Profiling

This is my personal contribution to profiling. Carol Tuttle and her team are Christians and maybe that is why I have not been able to find any reference to sex (if any) in other settings than marriage, let alone next to your marriage! Oh dear…. ;)
But I think I can make a pretty good guess how the four different types would function in those areas! And this might be where you recognize yourself, right?

Sex Type 1: The Butterfly

OH there we go! What do you think?! Here’s the Type that has developed the easy switch between connection and disconnection into an art form! So if you’re talking one night stands and casual encounters, here’s the person who’ll be able to tell you all about it (they’ll kill me for saying this but okay). They’re not all like this: some may be too easily distracted, to ever let it come to sex. Type 1’s have a tendency to not take responsibility for their actions, and rationalize WHY they were right, when in fact their behavior was irresponsible. This is not me, this is the book, page 57-58. This will express for example as saying: “I don’t want you to get hurt.” When in fact this means: “I m not taking responsibility when things don’t work out.”
When it comes to sex, Type 1 is really anything goes, as long as it’s playful and light.

Sex Type 2: Everybody’s dream (well mine anyway)
Ooooohhh this is equally good right? We have a soft sweet emotional creature making soft sweet emotional love to you. Men just LOVE that in women (although they could see it as too clingy….) and Type 3 and 4 women will absolutely go for this in their guy. There’s a chance Type 2’s will have multiple partners or an adventurous period, but still: count on breakfasts in bed, sweet text messages, and every encounter to be the potential beginning of a relationship. If they don’t feel a connection, a Type 2 will not be going all the way with you.

Sex Type 3: The Action Hero
Oh dear! The heat is now definitely ON! Anything adventurous, anyone that can be conquered, any scenario with lots of action, and here’s the person to see. They have tons of energy, so expect to stay up all night. Out of all the types I would say this Type, along with Type 1’s, are the ones most likely to stray from the path and to cheat….. we all can of course. But Type 1 and Type 3 are the two types that can deal with movement, energy flowing, and disconnection/ switching between “situations”.
They’re the least likely to get bored with sex. I think they’d say: “Even if the sex is bad, it’s still pretty good.”
Which brings us to the type who will never say that….

Sex Type 4: 50 Shades of Black and White
Here it’s all or nothing! These are people who can go a year without sex for reasons such as: it doesn’t fit their agenda, which they like orderly and compartmentalized. Sex would be categorized as “leisure”, and spontaneous encounters are absolutely out of the question. If a four would have random sex, they would box that in their head as a cut-off series of experiences and never want to talk to those people again.
A sexual relationship like power play from 50 Shades is more the type of adventure a Type 4 would enjoy! It has boundaries, rules and a clear structure. At the risk of scaring you away: Also paid sex could appeal to them simply because of the clarity of the agreement. Type 4’s are deeply emotional, and that is precisely the reason any sex outside of a setting where those emotions are appropriate (or invited in…) needs to be a controlled experience.
I m totally going overboard with what I m telling you now: but from all the types, type 4 will have the hardest time keeping their sex life exciting. They are so still, and structured, things die out pretty soon. Anyone who has seen 50 Shades of Grey: a playroom that big, and so well stocked, and fantasies so profoundly over the top, that’s pretty much how much it will take to get a four interested in sex again. So best to prevent they drop the ball, and be sure to keep your Type 4 partner moving. If you give him or her the upper hand, they ll stop having sex.
In which case you may have to buy them a playroom.

If you would like to know more you can check these links:
Carol’s Blog including a pop up link to the free course and posts with all her videos
– the free beauty profiling course LINK TO SIGN UP
– check out her you tube channel
– buy her book

week 2 – Yoga with Shiva

For seven weeks I m teaching from two dvd’s of Shiva Rea. This is second first week, where I have made two flows:
Solar Flow – Arm Balances
Lunar Flow – Lunar Flow & Pranayama 
These pdf’s are a stand alone tool – since not everybody will have the dvd, and because the practices on You Tube are often taken down.
In June someone uploaded the dvd to You Tube, so at the risk of the videos/ links having been taken down again, here’s the whole playlist I used: DVD Yoga Shakti by Shiva Rea
Solar Meditation and Pranayama (Om 3)
Prana Yoga (Om 4) sound of this video doesn’t work properly
Surya Namaskar A & B 
Dancing Warrior 4 
Ha Kriya
Standing Pose Flow
Shoulder Openers
So Ham meditation

I’m using music from Abel Korzeniowski from W.E. and A Single Man.
You can check this month’s Playlist on Spotify 

Would you like to join my yoga classes in Nijmegen? Email me for your first class:
You can find all info here.  

week 21/21: Closing week of Yoga with Adriene. Energy Type 1!!


Bleached straight hair – Early 2014

by Suzanne L. Beenackers

Last week someone noticed I was wearing red lipstick. It’s fire alarm red, so it would be hard not to notice, but the thing is: I never wore that before.
Not recently anyway.
In my teens a lot, in my twenties less, and in my thirties just occasionally and with a feeling of guilt because it fit right into the list of Most Common Mistakes Women Over 30 Make.
Along with bleaching my hair.
No woman looks good in the same things as when she was 19! Bad woman!
And I saw the evidence around me as well… so many women who looked not good at all wearing red lips or blond hair!
If I didn’t want to end up a total clown I had to start dressing my age. So I stopped dyeing it for as long as I could bare the dreadful ashy tone, and always pulled it back tight, in a bun. It felt weird never letting my hair down, but I just hated all that movement going on around my head.

When I could bare no more I started dyeing it again. But I would choose richer shades of blond. Early 2014 I went full-on blonde, for a photo-shoot, and although it felt like I just lost 20 years, I knew I was WRONG! BAD WOMAN!
And then fate struck: my hairdresser cut my bob line a little too short leading to….CURLS.
Oh my God. I felt horrible.
The platinum blonde jaw long bob line from earlier that year had faded into autumn colored curls.
Again: I didn’t necessarily look bad, but I felt bad.

And now, one year later, thanks to Carol Tuttle’s beauty profiling system I have a complete understanding of everything that went wrong. And that there is a reason you feel horrible in certain clothes, or with certain hair:
because it conflicts with your energy.
Knowing your beauty profiling type will explain what your strengths are, and how dressing a certain way can enhance those. And dressing like one of the other types can fight you, or drain 4 types jolieyour energy.

Study the two pictures of Angelina Jolie: she’s a type 2. If she wears soft colors her beauty is enhanced. If she wears bright red lipstick, it conflicts with her energy.
Angelina also always wears her hair down, flowing and soft: something only a type 2 will feel comfortable with.

In Carol’s system I m a type 4: Bold. Outspoken. Reflective. Still.
My h4 typesair needs to be pulled back or straight, because I get sick of all that movement going around my head. It needs to be STILL.
And I need to bleach it (or dye it much darker) to create contrast because I think in black and white. That’s how I keep order in my head.
All clothes and hair-dos that are rich in texture, asymmetrical, or come in natural tones, will be able to drive me crazy…. Suddenly it made sense why I never wore those bulky knitted sweaters that were supposed to keep me warm on winter days. I would probably rather freeze to death. In my smooth silky pajamas that give no warmth whatsoever but so much more peace of mind.

The four types

The past 21 weeks we’ve been doing Yoga with Adriene, and she is an example of a Type 1 woman: Bright and Animated.
A movie star with type 1 is Marilyn Monroe: her face is childlike, and she is (keyword for type 1) CUTE
Just like Tara Stiles and Adriene!
If you’ve watched her/ their videos, you know type 1’s  are always making fun and keeping things light. They’re like a ray of sunshine on your yoga mat.
I’m often quite opinionated on teachers who make physical adjustments- it’s when they come onto your mat and start pulling on your limbs (Oh! That didn’t come out judgmental at all)
I think I would refine my opinion to that it depends on the type of teacher:
A type 1 teacher, like Tara Stiles or Adriene, coming onto your yoga mat is like a fairy tiptoeing there. And she/he is just bound to make you laugh!
A type 1 teacher doesn’t have the seriousness to make their presence feel invasive.
Type 2 people, are sensitive and connected to the people around them. They’re gentle and peaceful, and will often have children and then they’re the kind of parent that is home for tea and cookies and makes all the treats herself (or himself).
They will love taking pictures, and cherish the memories for their whole family.
They’re very beautiful, because of this peaceful, gentle energy. And you will want to cuddle with them, or maybe that’s just me… because I absolutely adore them.
A Type 2 Yoga Teacher would be Meghan Currie: she has a flowing energy, and is very compassionate and sweet in her teachings, but also extremely detailed in her instructions.
An example of a type 2 movie star is Angelina Jolie.
Type 3 people, for example Oprah Winfrey, are at first sight the opposite of Type 2’s:
They will take on 5 projects at a time (of which one could be “conquer the world”) , and find a way to make it work. Now naturally if you have a type 3 parent, this can easily be overbearing. Just think of a parent with the talent to rule a nation, and instead it’s a stay at home mom with 2 children.
That’s not going to work.
Type 3 people need to be challenged, so they can transform, create, and get things done. And then there really is no limit as to what they can do.
The similarity between type 2 and type 3 is: bound to earthly duties.
Type 2 is making home a castle, and type 3 is bound to a career, an orphanage, or otherwise saving the world.
Type 1, light and animated, would be thoroughly unhappy if life was so “heavy”. Think of Monroe again: she had a horrific childhood. Of all the types, Type 1 is the one that suffers the most in the absence of lightness.
The coping mechanism for a Type 1 is fantasy and imagination.
Which leads us to the other Type with a rich inner life:
Type 4.
When I go through the Type 4 list of famous people (Liv Tyler, Elizabeth Taylor, Twiggy, Tom Cruise and Johnny Depp though ;) I have the feeling the other types have “a better team”. Like Brad Pitt is a 3. The absolute biggest stars appear to be other types….
But I think this is no coincidence!
Type 4 people are focused on themselves. Únless you are one of their closest of kin, you will always feel that they are holding out on you. They’re not exposing themselves, nor committing themselves, to a task or to someone else, to the extend that it would cost them all their time or energy. They’re orderly people, who like stillness, control and solitude.
They like to self-reflect and analyse, and will think about something until they have brought it down into what is black and and what is white.
And they look great with red lipstick. Just look at Johnny Depp ;)

Carol’s Beauty Profiling System

If you would like to know more you can check these links:
– the free beauty profiling course LINK TO SIGN UP
– check out her you tube channel
– buy her book

I hope you had a great time doing Yoga with Adriene-
Last week we did the final 3 videos from Yoga with Adriene
Day 21 Joyful Home Practice 32 minutes pdf
Day 29 Sweet Surrender 17 minutes  pdf
Day 30 Find What Feels Good 21 minutes pdf 1 & pdf 2

I’ve updated the schedule to ALL 30 Yoga with Adriene videos, and accompanying pdf’s.

I’m starting my summer schedule with Yoga with Shiva Rea (type 3, rich and dynamic, not on the picture here)
Other teachers I will work from are:
Meghan Currie (Type 2, soft and subtle): plan to teach that early 2016.
Check out Meghan’s You Tube.
Sadie Nardinie (Type 3, rich and dynamic): this will be our program for fall 2015.
Check out Sadie TV on You Tube 
or true to her type 3 nature of always doing more, her second channel 

So Shiva Rea in summer, and Sadie in autumn.
Just don’t expect me to ever be dyeing my hair again in any color resembling falling leaves ;)

week 17 and 18/ 21: Your garden of thoughts


Wondering about the white pan? That is a snail feeding plateau, and they could hide underneath. Together with the worms.

by Suzanne L. Beenackers

“Don’t water your weeds.”

I’ll be honest! When I still had a garden, which was less than a month ago, I gave the thing back to nature. In the four years I lived there it grew into a modest urban jungle and a walk-in kitty litter box. I had the most luscious garden of the street, although I suppose some people would think it was a waste that I let all the tiles get covered in mos (around the corner, this part is not on the picture), and even took out some of them when a baby plant was forcing its way through. I created an entire new biosphere on top of what once had been a civilized garden.

In 2005 I had moved to a house where I was the first inhabitant and the garden was empty. So I went to the garden center and planted some trees and bushes. Some survived, some didn’t. I just cycled past there and was content to see it was still there! The new tenants kept it the same.

Both gardens had the same concept: they were designed to “survive” on their own, without much intervention. But I also know people who turn their garden into an open air living, build a she shed, or grow vegetables and fruit. And I have a British colleague, and her garden is indeed a cottage garden with differences in height, vegetation and rich in flowers and with a fish pool.

Garden of Thoughts

Although only some of us have a garden, we all have a mind. And this mind does not have the option to never go there, you can’t abandon it, and if you have stuff in there that you don’t like you have a BIG problem. Image your entire garden being a garbage dump or a toxic pond where nothing will live. Imagine your garden containing a huge monster so that you wouldn’t dare going in there.
That is scary stuff!!
I even scared myself there a bit…this was not what I had intended this post to be about! LOL Instead of talking about weeds we now have a whole monster to deal with. Okay, let’s break this down. First how to deal with unwelcome inhabitants of your garden, then I ll talk more about how you can create the garden/ mind you want.

2015 how to handle your fearsBefriend your monsters

In my old garden I had a snail feeding plateau. I fed them cucumber peel and melon peel and left over vegetables. It was fascinating because I learned they were night creatures and that there were different kinds of slugs. One was a mammoth tiger snail that I only saw on very busy nights. I called him The Beast. According to Google the Tiger Snail ate other snails too….
I also had a stone-marten that lived (or occasionally visited) between the ground floor and the first floor. I could hear him toy around with a ball for dolls (or an acorn…). When I heard the scratching I was never certain if it was the stone-marten or the rats: my cat had once caught a rat in the garden, so it was very likely they too were living/ hanging out/shopping under my roof.

When it comes to monsters befriending them is the easiest and often also the most effective strategy. And it is certainly the most interesting strategy. So if you have monsters in your mind: you re not required to build them a feeding plateau, but you can learn about their ways and accept their presence.

e0beca6fcaa3a944cfa9f389a1418bebFrom plain to paradise

When it comes to attending to your inner garden or your mind, you have two options. One: to accept and observe everything in there and to learn how to be neutral. Like I suggested with the monsters: some things are best accepted. I call that the Zen approach, or the Mindfulness approach. The other is to transform your mind into the garden of your dreams! Go to the garden center, buy some new plants. And new thoughts are completely free! Even an entire new view on things, is available at no cost.
What kind of inner garden would you like?
What kind of plants? What would you consider weeds? Would you like a nice fountain of happiness there?
And give attention to the people that you love, to your hobbies, to things you like to do.
In your inner garden everything that you attend to, that you give attention to, all those things will expand and blossom.

The past weeks I ve been working with Louise Hay cards and these are great examples of new happy thoughts, that can turn any bare garden, or even a downright war zone, into paradise.

18 Yoga with Adriene


Home and Class Practice: week 17 and 18

I’m teaching from Yoga with Adriene for 21 weeks & provide her videos for home practice. This is week 18. Our week starts on Monday and you ll receive new blogposts every week if you sign up in the right column.

In week 17 we did
Day 17 Happiness Boost Yoga 34 minutes  pdf
This week I m teaching Day 18 + 26
Day 18 Wonder Yoga 21 minutes  pdf
Day 26 Earth Practice Total body Yoga 23 minutes  pdf

Our soundtrack is very Rockstar Yoga!
Listen the My Blue Van Yoga Play List on Spotify

Click here for the overview of all Yoga with Adriene pdf’s 

week 16/21: Why yoga does not always feel good. Kind of like sex.

i-really-regret-that-yoga-class-today-said-no-one-ever-811e8by Suzanne L. Beenackers

There is this ecard, or facebook quote, that I ve seen several times in different forms:
I really regret doing yoga.
Said no one ever.
And everytime I think: bugger off! Yoga does NOT feel good at all times. Sometimes yoga makes you more aggitated, increases the pain and is simply another negative experience that day. Usually a day you were not feeling well in the first place, and now you have a failed yoga experience to add up to your misery.
Definitely something to regret.

And I have a good explanation for that. Although I also understand why I, and other people with me, have mistakenly seen yoga as something that will make us feel better. Because yoga is like dolphins right? Only good things come from it, right?
And even dolphins can be highly aggressive animals, so yes: yoga is like dolphins.
A magical experience that you should nonetheless approach with caution if you don’t want to get bitten in the ass. And here’s why.

As good as sex

If you feel at ease with yourself, balanced and happy, yoga will be a profoundly positive experience. A borderline religious experience even, making your heart dance, your mind sing, and effortlessly moving your body into new and exciting postures. The only comparison to do it justice is sex: you love it so much, you want to do it every day and you are convinced you’ll never grow tired of it.

Now think of the other side of the spectrum…think about when you are in pain. Your body is hurting, or you re suffering from panick attacks. You just had a terrifying diagnoses at the hospital or your husband left you. You re traumatized, still in shock, and you re in a place where no one can help you, or understand what you re going through.
You have nowhere to turn to, but inward.
Your suffering is so high that the doubt you will face in yoga (or meditation), the confrontation with your scared ego or your injured body, that is all worth it. You can “only go up”, since you have little to lose.

Third option. Think of somewhere in the middle. Your back is hurting a bit, but only in the morning. You’re unhappy at your job, yet it pays the bills. Or you re unhappy with your husband yet he pays the bills. These are stable situations in which there is no immediate need for change. In this case self-reflection and/or a confrontation with your body will make you aware of physical limitations and your real feelings. Since this was something you were previously in denial about, you have now actually created a problem.
And that’s when yoga does not feel good.

Clean your home

I just illustrated what yoga can do in three situations: when you re feeling really good, feeling really bad, and being somewhere in the middle (where yoga may have little to add). Naturally, you have to find out for yourself when yoga will feel good, and when you’re better off where you are right now. It’s something personal too – I don’t know if you ve heard of things like the 365 sex challenge? Where couples have sex every day? They usually end up loving the intimacy of that, it always brings them closer together, even when they’re not in the mood when they start. Yoga can be like that. Some yogis swear by always showing up on the mat regardless.

For me there is something else that always works, that always makes me feel better, and that when in doubt I now always chose over doing yoga: cleaning my house. It never fails to leave me happy and satisfied. Which is why I do yoga when the mood strikes, sex when Cupid does but I show up for housekeeping 365 days a year.
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Home and Class Practice: week 16

I’m teaching from Yoga with Adriene for 21 weeks & provide her videos for home practice. This is week 16. Our week starts on Monday and you ll receive new blogposts every week if you sign up in the right column.

Day 14 Mindful Hatha Yoga Workout  16 minutes pdf 
Day 15 Half Hour Half Moon Practice  29 minutes pdf
Day 16 Easy Breezy Beautiful Yoga 14 minutes pdf

In addition to Adriene’s forward fold on the photo day 16 – here’s a link to an article about a daily forward fold and squad.
The only two poses you need for mental and physical balance

Click here for the overview of all Yoga with Adriene pdf’s 

week 14/21: Yoga for the holidays and other messy times

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I ve been working on my new apartment and this morning I discovered I actually had paint on my belly! I already knew I am far from presentable these days, but that I had gotten to the level where I am no longer aware of what happens to my naked body? That was a new low.
Last week I realized the upcoming move and the stress of organizing moving house, was taking its toll. Every day it became harder to teach; the sticky men schedule didn’t have any meaning to me. It was like I had planned a certain meal in advance, but on the day itself didn’t fancy it at all… So I threw it out the window.
Not for good of course. Just for now!

When you don’t feel like having a certain meal, don’t eat it. When you don’t feel like doing a certain practice, don’t do it either. If you don’t believe me, just try. It will only leave you angry and dissatisfied.

The alternative is to tap into your desires and needs at that moment, and go from there.

So I ll be freestyle teaching, and we have a few holidays coming up, making this our schedule:

Monday April 27
Koningsdag – no classes

Tuesday 28- Friday May 1
regular classes, freestyle teaching.
The home practice video is:
week 14  Yoga with Adriene Mindful Hatha yoga Workout 16 minutes

Monday May 4- Friday May 8
Holiday, no classes

Monday May 11
New blog, providing my internet is up in my new house.

Monday May 11- Friday May 15
Current planning is to have my comfortably regulated life back and teach from 14 and 15 from Yoga with Adriene.