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week 11/15: Follow Your Joy

Hi! My name is Suzanne. I wrote today's blogpost. If you want to come to class you can click the photo for my schedule.

by Suzanne L. Beenackers

For a really long time I had no idea what I wanted in life. And I still seriously doubt if I count as someone who is focused on making her dreams come true. In fact, I m pretty sure that I don’t. And yet; I do know I am living an authentic life, and that I m true to my inner-voice and that I have the luxury of doing something I absolutely adore. Sometimes it’s frustrating – yes- to still be worried about your income when you re 43 (What HAVE you been doing with your life Suzanne!– no idea whose voice that was) but I know teaching yoga and all the time it leaves me to write blog posts like these and engage in other hobbies, is worth more than any pension retirement plan or other financial benefit most of my peers from college will have.
I read Elizabeth Gilbert’s latest book. In two days. And it were working hours.
Try that working at a bank ;)

The reason it took a couple of failed jobs and an academic degree before I found my inner voice (so I could follow it) was because I was expecting my inner voice to be something like:
I want to become an industrial designer!
A photographer!
In other words: I expected my inner voice to direct me how we could make money doing what we love. Inner voices don’t do that. They say things like:
I like doing math.
I like taking pictures.
I like watching movies with Brad Pitt.
But the moment you try to claim, train and focus that, something else takes over. It’s called (and you may want to cover your ears for this)


And because the ego is now colonizing an area that used to be exclusive to your inner voice, it becomes really hard to tell which voice is which. And as soon as you start doing something with your ego, for example as soon as you take professional training or ask money for your services, your inner voice may drop silent. And stop liking it.

In my case my ego liked doing academic work, my inner voice didn’t. My inner voice liked photography, ego didn’t. Inner voice liked yoga, ego liked playing yoga studio. So that’s where we settled to live happily ever after (ego would like more money).

Maybe your inner voice will point you to an area where you can make money, maybe it won’t. But no matter what it says it is worth to listen to it, and take it out and have fun with what it likes to do.

week 3/7 Spiritual Practices: The Yes Board

Until you know what you really want to say yes to, you will continue to say Yes to everything else. 
Louise Hay

For 7 weeks I m teaching from Life Loves You from Louise Hay. In Chapter 3 this book invites you to go find that inner voice.

You can create a YES board, or a YES list, or booklet, to record everything your inner voice says yes to (for reference- so that you don’t forget when the inner-voice is silent again). This board is not about ambition, it’s about purpose. It’s about what you would like to do, or like to experience, or like to possess; but when no one is watching. So not because anybody else is judging if you are a good person (who has “altruism” on your YES list), or if you are successful.
Everything you hear the voice say that doesn’t bring in money or status -> put it straight onto the board.
Everything you hear the voice say that could bring in money or status, ask yourself: would I still want this if I failed? If the result was less than I hoped for? If the answer is yes -> scribble it down. That’s your heart talking.

One of the things in my life that I ve been positive about since my late 20s was: I don’t want children. And what I wondered was; why not? Couldn’t I think of positive moments, and imagine the love for that little baby filling my heart? Yes, I could. But what I couldn’t see is how I could still be happy, instead of desperate, if I went unemployed, had sickness, domestic troubles of any kind, or if I would simply run out of diapers on Christmas morning. My tolerance for trouble was zero.

Whereas with writing? It’s all a mess! I have little to show for; just this blog and one other blog (a secret one- you can ask me if you like), which contains about 7 unpublished books which have been written and blogged but never published on paper. It’s like I don’t even try, even though I know the material is awesome. And writing this blogpost on the inner voice has explained to me why that is:
my inner voice is doing the secret blog. It’s her haven. And she doesn’t want to deal with publicity, or spent time negotiating a deal, or deal with emails or NONE OF THAT. She just wants to write.
So my ego would have to do the publishing.
And after 8 years of failed publishing “attempts” (make those quotation marks bold, multiply them by five, and put a question- and an exclamation mark there) I think it’s safe to say my ego is not into it! ;)

Louise’s Best advice: Morning Mirror
Every morning Louise stands in front of the mirror and asks her inner voice: Tell me what I need to know. And then she listens.

week 10+ 11/15: Yoga with Sadie Nardini 

For 15 weeks I’m teaching based on classes from Sadie Nardini. This week I m using the classes we did in the first two weeks of November (14 and 17 from Sadie’s Rockstar Teacher Training) and the You Tube class 40 MINUTES EVENING SLOW, and created this month’s pdf’s for home practice.
M Yoga # 7: Playground  (standing pose/ solar)
M Yoga # 8: Forbidden Love  (lying and seated/ lunar) 

Music November (vinyasa yoga)      Madonna 90s Yoga Playlist 90s: Secret 

Become a Yoga Rockstar
Would you like to join my classes in Nijmegen?
You can find all info here. 
Or email me directly at s_beenackers@hotmail.com
Or check my You Tube and practice with my videos.

If you like to take the full course from Sadie herself you can buy Sadie’s Rockstar Teacher Training at Udemy or pay by donation to Sadie personally.

Herfstvakantie You Tube, magic en meer

door Suzanne L. Beenackers
Hallooooo!! Leuk om weer eens iets in het Nederlands te schrijven. Het is een weekje vakantie. Dat betekent dat je niets te doen hebt. Althans, geen yoga want ik ben er niet. Daarom heb ik een aantal inspirerende links op een rijtje gezet.

You Tube

Sinds kort post ik yoga video’s op You Tube! Speciaal voor de herfstvakantie heb ik ze geordend:
dit is de playlist hatha yoga, adem oefeningen, dingen om in bed te doen
en dit is vrij pittig
Voor ieder wat wils!

2015 09 20 11049455_10205195154547517_337316528557077157_nSadie

Ik geef 15 weken les met Sadie Nardini. Dit zijn de gratis toegankelijke yoga video’s die ik in september en oktober van haar heb gebruikt:
Self-sabotage busting Power Hour  

Daarnaast staat er een 14 dagen Yoga Shred van haar op You Tube, die bij iedereen die een beetje moet afkicken van fitness, of eigenlijk moet hardlopen van zichzelf, wel in de smaak valt.

Op 8 november organiseer ik de eerste Sadie Nardini studiegroep voor als je haar You Tube video’s doet of haar teacher training. Je kunt t hier vinden op Facebook.

Big Magic

In oktober heeft Elizabeth Gilber haar eerste “self-help” boek gepubliceerd: een ode aan creativiteit en iets van je leven maken. Het is werkelijk bijzonder inspirerend, en ik heb inmiddels ook van anderen uitsluitend enthousiaste reacties gekregen.
Dit 45 minute interview with Elizabeth Gilbert on Marie TV geeft een goed idee
of deze nieuwe die ik niet eerder had gedeeld – uit de Cosmo.

Inmiddels is Big Magic ook in het Nederlands verkrijgbaar

Droomman video serie & boek voor stellen (Engels)

Dit heb ik niet eerder gedeeld in dit blog – en voel je vrij het over te slaan!
Dit is Layla Martin’s channel op You Tube.
Daarnaast geeft ze een (gratis) video cursus voor single vrouwen hoe je je droomman kunt visualiseren. Dit is de link.
En ze is bezig een cursus voor stellen op te zetten en het boek dat erbij hoort is op dit moment nog gratis. Enorme aanrader- er staan 6 verschillende manieren in om t spannend en intiem te houden.

Yogales in Nijmegen 
De lessen beginnen weer maandag 2 november
Je kunt hier alle info vinden. 
Of email naar Suzanne s_beenackers@hotmail.com

week 7+8/15: Express yourself

Espress Yourself 1488047_10152321570279402_2000175591_nby Suzanne L. Beenackers

“What does integrity mean to you? I just want to get a list of your core values.”
Sadie Nardini, Rockstar Teacher Training (lecture 11)

A little while ago, there was an award winning Danish political series (with a murder), and “everybody” was praising it for being genius. Since I like a little suspense, and am one of the two people who depends on tv for drama instead of downloading it, I tried watching it when after long anticipation it finally aired in The Netherlands.
I tried one episode.
And halfway three I gave up and complained with my mother that this series was absolutely boring and that I couldnt t understand what the fuss was about.
“Why did you watch it?” my mother asked. “You re not interested in politics at all.”

Core Values

What I did with Borgen was the same mistake a lot of us make when picking a movie, buying a car, selecting a partner or starting some form of physical exercise for no reason other than that EVERYBODY says that Borgen is the best series of the year; that a car will provide you with a sense of freedom; your partner should be reliable and yoga will get you slim and toned.

From what I know now, and what I could have known beforehand if I had made a list of my core values; I find politics boring. And one murder is not enough to change that; 1,5 ton chunk of steel weighs you down. Even if it does drive; Dogs are reliable. I m not a dog person;
And yoga only works to the extend to which you fall in love with it.
As will any form of exercise, for that matter.

Once somebody is enthusiastic or adamant about something, we think that it is our cue to start doing the same thing. It’s not. Not unless you share the same likes and dislikes as that person, similar talents or characteristics, the same fears or the same ambitions.
And even then you re probably better off investigating inward, before you jump to action.

For 15 weeks I m working with Sadie Nardini’s Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga. Which stresses that you should not jump, just because other yogis have been doing that for decades. That you should not work towards a certain pose because wise men in India say it’s done that way. Not good enough reasons.

Here are the two most important differences between Sadie Nardini’s core strength vinyasa method, and other yoga systems:

Sadie builds the pose from the ground up, using the deep core line.

The deep core line runs from your feet to your tongue, and includes the psoas. The psoas runs from the upper back of your inner thigh bone, wraps forward over the hips, to the back behind the abdominal organs, attached to the low spine, ultimately connecting with the muscles from the diaphragm. If you’re all tensed up the psoas is the muscle that pulls your body into a fetal position. If you’re interested in the anatomy of psoas and the deep core line you can watch this (graphic dissecting body parts) video here, and study the work of Tom Myers.

The deep core line is like the energetic highway of energy through your body, and this line is designed to hold you up. But it can only do so if you activate it from the ground up. If you just pull your navel in, thinking you’re doing something with “your core” you’re probably just using your superficial body = in this case your abdominal muscles. But if you exhale pushing your feet into the floor and from there kind of zip the back of the spine up, that’s core line.

Sadie places little emphasis on expression

The foundation of the pose is your connection to the earth, firing the deep core line, which then builds up (exhaling) energy through the legs into your core and then you express/ extend the arms/ back bend a little (opening your heart). So she uses the exhale whenever you come up. And then the inhale is to kind of “fill the pose”/ extend your arms/ bend a little. The inhale is reserved for that final last bit of your movement or “doing” the pose: expressing. And you just see how far it goes.
Contrary to other lineages of yoga, Sadie is very concerned about you opening your heart (back bending) too much, and especially worried about you doing it without staying connected to your core.

Core comes before expression

So that’s the physical part of doing yoga from the core. On a mental part that Sadie translates her lessons to be weary of expressing/ giving what other people want from you. Stay in your own integrity. Are you firmly rooted, hence are you in any position to give right now? And what is at your core? And how can you ignite your core beliefs, and build up that mental energy, to a place from where you can express in your own unique way?
Instead of reacting?

In yoga and in life:
Always check your foundation first and work from your own unique values.
Don’t sacrifice what’s holding you up, don’t cut corners on what’s making you tick, and never ever mess with what’s keeping you rooted.

week 7+8: Home Practice and class

For 15 weeks I’m teaching based on classes from Sadie Nardini. This week I m using the classes we did in the first two weeks of October, and created this month’s pdf’s for home practice.
M Yoga # 5: Bad Girl  (standing pose/ solar)
M Yoga # 6: Secret    (lying and seated/ lunar) 

Music: Bad Girl

I considered using this month’s (still unused) “Good Girl” Madonna soundtrack, but after this blogpost I suspect it will be all the more powerful if I just stick with what I really want.
What’s at my core ;)
In week 7 and 8 I will work from my core and use my handmade  Madonna Bad Girl Playlist ;)

Think we match? ;)
Would you like to join my classes in Nijmegen?
You can find all info here. 
Or email me directly at s_beenackers@hotmail.com
Or check my You Tube and practice with my videos.

If you like to take the full course from Sadie herself you can buy Sadie’s Rockstar Teacher Training at Udemy or pay by donation to Sadie personally.


week 6/15: Yoga and sex, do it for pleasure not progress

1990 I'm_Breathless_Madonnaby Suzanne L. Beenackers

Count your blessings, one, two, three
I just hate keeping score
Any number is fine with me
As long as it’s more
I m Breathless (1990)

Ever since I started with yoga I ve done two distinctly different types: one that is most commonly referred to as hatha yoga, the type of yoga “anyone can do”, with little to no focus on alignment and where advanced postures are shielded from the sight of beginners, as not to scare them away. The other one is vinyasa yoga, or as it was called then power yoga or ashtanga yoga. This is an athletic and dynamic type of yoga and most likely to have a boot camp flavor to it.
As it turns out, I like the laissez faire attitude of hatha yoga, but with the energy of a vinyasa yoga class. As did more people!
Over the years power yoga lost quite a bit of following to the more friendly style vinyasa yoga. First with Shiva Rea, who was the reigning Queen of vinyasa yoga from let’s say 2000-2010, and after that a whole army of You Tube wannabees who accidentally pushed her from the throne. And everybody was okay with that. Because vinyasa yogis are friendly folk who couldn’t care less who’s on the throne as long as they’re having a good time.

Your mindset and yoga

The difference between yoga styles lies for a good part in the reason you’re doing it in the first place. Are you doing yoga because of a long term goal (could be just “to be better at yoga” or even “to become happier”) and muscling your way through it, or because you like doing yoga? If you would get nothing out of it, other than the time on your mat, would you still do it?
Over the years, I ve come to understand that I want the answer to that question to be:
Yes, I would still do yoga even if it made no difference on my physical body.
But! (there is a but) I never ever want to do yoga if I m not having fun doing it.
And it took me a long time to understand why I believed this lighthearted approach was the right one. Even though it will probably not get me any respect, nor will it make me “better at yoga”.

To illustrate why I believe yoga “should” never be done with a goal driven mindset, I will do two things: refer to the Bhagavad Gita and talk about sex. That way, I m sure either one will appeal to you.

I’m going bananas,
And I feel like my poor little mind is being devoured by piranhas,
For I’m going bananas.
I m Breathless (1990)

Bhagavad Gita: ancient scripture where God Krishna teaches Arjuna a thing or two about karma (to work, to act) and the fruits of his labor. Krishna tells Arjuna to focus on the work, the task that he has to do, and not on the (desired) outcome. Because you know what? A very funny thing happens in your mind the moment you start visualizing the outcome of your actions: you get divided. Immediately and thoroughly, your mind gets split in half: one eye focusing on the now, one on the future. Doing your work, hobby, duty because you’re expecting a pay off other than the experience of doing it, is setting yourself up for going bananas.
There lies no happiness there.
Not even if you reach the goal, or are praised for your results: the effect will be short-lived because either you will have thought of new goals by then, or have new problems that require healing.
Doing yoga because you want to cure your back pain, improve your breathing, get a good night sleep or become You Tube’s newest Shiva Rea wannabee? Even if you reach those goals, you will do so with a split mind, and it is therefor not the road to happiness.

Okay, second half: sex. Sex is the only other thing I can think of that can be practiced for as many different reasons, and by such a variety of people, as yoga. And everyone will have their own interpretation what sex should be like, what is good sex et cetera.
Now, just like yoga, in my opinion sex should never be practiced if you don’t feel like it. And I guess doing something sexual against your will or mood, is not a road anyone would recommend. From the little I know about sex therapies, couples are sometimes encouraged to have more sex by just getting together, taking an interest in each other and setting the mood. And then see what comes from there.
And that is precisely what my advice for yoga would be.

If you aspire to have a yoga practice, I invite you to get onto your yoga mat, and think of something that inspires you. Or put on a yoga video you like to watch. I want you to find your lighthearted, happy self, before you’re doing any physical yoga.
To, in a way, fall in love with your own practice.

And then trust me; the back pain, the good night sleep, and your career on You Tube, will all take care of themselves ;)

orig-21478416week 6 – The Makko-Ho stretches 

For 15 weeks I’m teaching based on classes from Sadie Nardini. This week I m using one class from Sadie’s Rockstar Teacher Training, but also a completely unrelated Japanese series called The Makko-Ho stretches.
You can find there Makko-Ho stretches here on You Tube.
I ve also made a special pdf, with my own creative interpretation of the Makko-Ho adding a lot more movement.

Musical score: Fun with the 50s

I m using an online yoga class from Sadie’s Rockstar Teaching training, and in this one she was playing jazzy music… and I desired to stay in style and use Madonna’s 50’s album;
I m Breathless, the soundtrack from Dick Tracy.

Be your own Yoga Star
Would you like to join my classes in Nijmegen?
You can find all info here. 
Or email me directly at s_beenackers@hotmail.com
Or check my You Tube and practice with my videos.

If you like to take the full course from Sadie herself you can buy Sadie’s Rockstar Teacher Training at Udemy or pay by donation to Sadie personally.

week 5/15: Big Magic

images (1)by Suzanne L. Beenackers

“I flirmly believe that we all need to find something to do in our lives that stops us from eating the couch”
Elizabeth Gilbert in Big Magic p.172

A few years ago, I gave a book called Parenting illustrated with crappy pictures to a friend. It was so appealing yet I couldn’t put my finger on it. Why was I giving this (in all honesty- hilariously funny book) instead of something eh…well, a little more polished. Something that would lift a young mother out of her daily grind.
But now I know why: because those crappy pictures were an authentic expression. And the fact that they were not polished, and that she was obviously clueless how to use a computer to draw, made it all the more endearing. It was her son who had told her they were “pretty crappy”. So this was book written by a woman so desperate to create, that she defied the judgement of her 4 year old. She still did it anyway.

The lost art of finding your magic 

Elizabeth Gilbert published a book last week Big Magic: creative living beyond fear
When we say “creative living” we obviously think of crafting things, writing things, musicianing things and maybe dancing things.
But behold!
This is a narrow definition of creativity. Liz gives two inspiring examples of two women living creative lives.
One is a woman who picked up ice-skating in her forties. Three times a week, before work she would go to the track and skate with a coach, or alone. She was making something of herself, and of her life, through ice skating!
Another woman started studying Mesopotamia (devour books, visit archaeological sites, talk to experts) in her 80’s, and now she’s in her 90’s and people visit her as an expert on Mesopotamia.

And there are a lot of people who find their creativity in doing yoga every morning, in running, in travelling: the possibilities are endless. But the need, Liz says, is universal.  Liz truly believes that we all have this force within us, and describes what will happen if you don’t do anything with it.

Doggy Style

A creative mind (and remember- that is most likely any human mind) is like having a border collie for a pet: you need to keep it busy or else it will cause you an outrageous amount of trouble. Like eating the couch, digging a  hole in the living room floor, or biting the mailman. Unless you spend sufficient time with your border collie mind, creating something, studying something, or taking an AM 10 mile run, your mind will cause havoc. It will turn aggressive and start to destroy things. First of all your own inner-peace.
I m still amazed how easily my mind can find one little tear, one tiny insecurity, only to then grab it, yank it, and keep yanking and pulling it until my  inner-peace, self-worth and general sense of well-being are effectively torn to bits!
Quite an accomplishment really.

But if I see my mind as this highly energetic dog, that just needs to be entertained, I understand why it starts to behave badly. And how to prevent it. If you work on a routine where your creative mind, your inner border collie, gets a good work-out, just see what a lovely pet it will make! 

more on Big Magic:
5 key lessons from Big Magic on Etsy
45 minute interview with Elizabeth Gilbert on Marie TV

week 5 – A New Dawn

For 15 weeks I’m teaching based on classes from Sadie Nardini. This week I m using one class from Sadie’s Rockstar Teacher Training, and two You Tube videos. Last month I taught about creating an bedtime ritual, and therefor this month I m exploring morning rituals. So that’s why I chose two morning yoga sequences.
In the first video Sadie does this yoga pose called happy baby (which I won’t explain, but trust me, the way it looks is key to getting the joke), and then says:
“Some call it happy Sadie.(…) Inappropriate!”
And that made me laugh so hard, it will keep bringing joy from now on, every time I do it.

Bad Girl Music



Which brings me to the music this month! I was creating (yes, in a hobby, happy, creative living way) a Madonna cd from her early 90’s work. However, a lot of really nice songs were way too explicit, or too upbeat, to be used in a yoga class. And even if I took those out, I still had 2,5 hours left. A yoga cd is about 70 minutes….
So what to do?
I decided I would make two 70 minute cd’s: one ligit, and one just for fun: The Bad Girl cd
And guess what?
By the time I was done I realized I was so ready to use the Bad Girl one, I wonder if the other one will ever get used ;)
I recreated both playlists on Spotify:
Madonna 90s Yoga Playlist 90s: Secret 
Madonna 90s Yoga Playlist: Bad Girl (explicit)

Become a Yoga Rockstar
Would you like to join my classes in Nijmegen?
You can find all info here. 
Or email me directly at s_beenackers@hotmail.com
Or check my You Tube and practice with my videos.

If you like to take the full course from Sadie herself you can buy Sadie’s Rockstar Teacher Training at Udemy or pay by donation to Sadie personally.

week 3 + 4 /15: Bedtime Stories

Bedtime Madonna-Bedtime_Stories-Interior_Frontalby Suzanne L. Beenackers

I have a hefty book next to my bed, and every night before sleeping I read the left page, and study the photo at the right. It’s a new practice, just a few weeks old, but I ve grown attached to it. It reminds me of children’s stories, something to feed your mind with, a last thought before you go to sleep.
My book is Madonna – Michelle Morgan (2015)
But maybe you would prefer a meditation book or an affirmation book.

Don’t take the heat to the bedroom

Ever since the bible and evening prayer disappeared (at least in the Netherlands) our bedrooms have been fertile grounds for enough drama and impulses to keep an elephant awake. If (despite this) you do fall sound asleep, then by all means, keep doing what you’re doing.  I remember a few weeks ago I tried to upgrade my nighttime routine with yoga, instead of my usual ritual of doing the dishes. Immediately I lay awake for hours. Stick with what’s working.
But if you suffer from insomnia pay more attention to how you fall asleep/ eliminate anything that stimulates your brain. I know sleeping experts always go pretty hard on the blue light from screens, so if you re sensitive to that you may want to take it easy on using your tv/ smartphone etc. There is another reason why  your smartphone could be a problem: if you re having heated conversations. Whether with your family, or on social media: any form of argument is best prevented all together, but at least set boundaries as to when you engage. One of the reasons I don’t like tv soaps is that people just keep reacting, responding, interacting. If you act like a character from a soap your stress levels will sky rocket you because you’re sucking in all the drama stories of everyone around you.

Good Story telling

A little word on “Stories”. I ve always resisted the demonizing of how “spiritual people” encourage others to stop believing in their “stories”. Maybe you re not familiar with it, but the conversation would go something like this (don’t read this before bedtime, you will get worked up about it):
“I am a yoga teacher.”
“No that is just a story. That is not who you truly are.”
“I am a radiant being of light and love.”
“Yes you are.”
*insert green puking emoticon*
And when doing Sadie’s Rockstar teacher training I realized WHY am I totally anti the demonizing of story telling, and defining ourselves by the roles we play:
Because Sadie explains it is the QUALITY of the story that matters!
If you tell yourself GOOD stories, or as Sadie calls them- empowering stories, if you know a way to think about life as an adventure, and find growth in anything “bad” happening to you, then those are great stories!
I am a patient – is a disempowering story
My illness is my teacher – is an empowering story
I can’t hold a normal job – is a disempowering story
I am a yoga teacher – is an empowering story
I don’t like how I look – is a disempowering story
I honor my body – is an empowering story
Reading something before bed that affirms your own good stories, or watch an inspiring You Tube video for self growth, could be an effective way to keep recreating and rewriting your own life.


Cocoon tent

Your last thoughts before you fall asleep

You turn the light off, snuggle under the blankets. You close your eyes. Now where are you? Do you realize you can visualize sleeping anywhere you want?
In nature near a river, taking away your old thoughts and emotions you no longer need.
You can sleep in the most expensive hotel room.
In a cabin on sticks, hovering over the beach and the sea.

My visualizations for my perfect sleeping spot have been so powerful that I really have the clean white bedroom I’ve always wanted. Without closing my eyes.
That’s probably why I always sleep like a baby.
As long as I don’t do yoga before bedtime anyway ;)

week 3 + 4 – monthly M Yoga pdf’s

For 15 weeks I’m teaching based on classes from Sadie Nardini.
These two weeks I ve processed the first two weeks to September’s M Yoga pdf’s:
M Yoga #3: Ray of Light
M Yoga #4: Bedtime Stories
Or check my You Tube and practice with my videos.

If you like to take the full course(s) you can buy Sadie’s Rockstar Teacher Training and Yoga for Insomnia at Udemy or pay by donation to Sadie personally.

Become a Yoga Rockstar
Would you like to join my classes in Nijmegen?
You can find all info here. 
Or email me directly at s_beenackers@hotmail.com

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