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The spiritual growth of our studio in 7 years

We are celebrating our 7th anniversary this year and it feels a bit extra special because of the number 7. The week has 7 days, we have 7 world wonders, 7 continents, our body cells renew every 7 years, there are 7 chakras en the number 7 stands for spirituality and good luck. The luck of this number has to do with oneness, with the feeling that it’s alright and it just fits.
From Yoga Maya to Yoga Vidya in 7 years

* In the first seven years of a persons life the basis is being shaped. It’s Muladhara Chakra (the root) that presents this proces. In this periode much is connected to fear, this because we need to gain knowledge so we can be sure of things.

* The second year our identity and creativity develops. Also we seek pleasure in enjoying the fruits of our actions. This is connected to Swadhisthana Chakra (sacral place).

* The third year is connected to the powerful element fire / Agni and stands for transformation of any kind. You get secured in what you do, an identity is forming and you are aware in what you’re good at and in what less. An important fase where, when it is balanced, a lot of energy get’s released. Manipura Chakra is connected to our Solar Plexus, our energy centre.

* Time to take a moment to bind with yourself and others. This happens in the fourth year which Anahata Chakra our heart stands for. The essence of what you want is showing more by listening very subtle to your heart and feelings. Security (Artha) and succes (Kama) are very important, but of no use when the feeling of compassion and love is missing.

* When balanced, from a place of openness and love evolves honesty and space for clear communication. Connected to this is our throat Vishuddha Chakra and is the fifth year where presentation to the outside get’s more developed. To keep up this balance it’s essential to stay honest, to begin with ourselves.

* In the sixth year the truth to the deeper essence of all opens up. Connected to our third eye is Ajna Chakra which stands for intuition and wisdom. It can still be challenging and stormy, but the stillness is close and knowledge overrules.

* Sahasrara Chakra is bound with the crown of the head, it’s the 7th ‚fase’. Pure consciousness, no personal interest that needs to be fulfilled. Here lays the energy to maintain everything in balance, to make sure everything that has been build up doesn’t collapse. When this is done, there’s nothing else to be done ;)…

Our 2nd cycle get’s dominated by the second Chakra Swadhisthana. We are driven, our place as a traditional yoga studio is established, it’s in balance and rooted. With much gratitude, inspiration and a lot of joy we continue in this way, off to the next 7 years!

Om Trayambakam !


International Yoga day

Wednesday the 21st of June it’s International Yoga Day. This day was first proposed by the prime-minister of India, which was approved by the United Nations in September 2014. This day stands for peace, health and harmony for living beings on this planet.

Minister Narendra Modi spoke that day and quoted this:

Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help in well being. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day.

Also is the 21st of June the longest day of the year. A day that is been celebrated in many cultures with events and rituals.


For who & when ?

– Wednesday 21 June
– If you are a member than bring your partner, friend or family member to a class for free.
– Are you new to the studio than you are also more than welcome to join a class for free this day.
– Check out our schedule to see which class you will attend.
Let us connect, be grateful for all that’s given and spread out positive healing energy out to those in need.
Om Shanti !


New: Summer schedule starting from July 1st!

Let the summer begin! We are ready for it and made some little adjustments. From 1 July we will have a new schedule. With a new summer schedule comes also our Yoga summer special which gives you the opportunity to practice yoga unlimited for a great price. We are also back with Yoga at the Lake.





06.00 – 08.30 Ashtanga yoga Mysore-style
17.00 – 18.15 Yoga for the Back
18.30 – 20.00 Vinyasa Flow yoga
20.15 – 21.45 Sivananda yoga Beginners


06.00 – 08.30 Ashtanga yoga Mysore-style
09.15 – 10.45 Sivananda yoga
17.00 – 18.15 Yin yoga


06.00 – 09.00 Ashtanga yoga Mysore-style
18.30 – 20.00 Ashtanga yoga
20.15 – 21.45 Sivananda yoga & Yoga Nidra


06.00 – 09.00 Ashtanga yoga Mysore-style
18.00 – 19.30 Sivananda yoga Energetic
19.45 – 21.15 Ashtanga yoga Basics


06.30 – 08.00 Ashtanga yoga Primary Led*
09.15 – 10.45 Sivananda yoga
17.00 – 18.15 Sivananda yoga Gentle

* For students with a regular Ashtanga (Mysore) practice

09.30 – 10.45 Yoga at the Lake
11.00 – 12.30 Yin yoga


09.15 – 10.45 Yin yoga
11.00 – 12.30 Sivananda yoga Basics


Moondays July & August :

Sunday 9 & 23 July (no Mysore practice), Monday 7 & 21 august

* Alterations reserved.


With Pentecost 4 & 5 June, we are closed.

Sunday 4 and Monday, June 5th, we are closed in observance of Pentecost. See you again in the studio on Tuesday.


Ayurvedic refreshment


What’s the first thing you reach for on a hot summer day — a cold drink? We instinctively know that cool drinks and cool foods help balance heat in the body and replenish fluid levels in the body.

But if a drink is ice-cold, it will douse your digestive fire and disrupt digestion, so it’s best to avoid iced drinks, especially during meals. Also stay away from carbonated drinks, because they slow down digestion. Freshly-blended fruit juices and nectars drunk at room temperature are nutritious, satisfying and delicious. Grapes, sweet pineapple and watermelon are some refreshing choices.

During Summer we will offer Lemon & Mint water in the studio as well as cooling herbal tea such as Mint-tea to balance the heat that is created during the Yoga practice.

Learn more about clever choices how to stay healthy and balanced and how to get yourself in shape for summer, during the workshop Yoga and nutrition on 17th of June.



We have a new logo !

Some of you may have noticed that we recently use a new logo! After the fresh and new start of the beginning of this year we also felf it was time for a new look.

For almost 7 years now our studio is known as Yoga Maya. Maya is the Sanskrit word for ‘illusion’. This stands for the creative force and duality of life. Everything here on earth comes in opposites. You are big or small, happy or unhappy, it’s day or night and so on. Most of the time our sense of being is influenced by the factores around us. To handle these situations we practice Yoga to learn the essence of this all. This essence is unity (=Yoga) and gives life to everything, shape and purpose. To be able to realize this we need knowledge. The Sanskrit word for knowledge is Vidya. By living, feeling and experience we are learning continuously. From ignorance and not knowing any better we grow in wisdom and knowledge. And so it feels to us. Yoga Maya has grown a lot during the years with it’s usual ups and downs. Yes they are also part of it :). All very important lessons to be learned that are essential for spiritual growth.

This year we also started our 6th Yoga teacher training and have many graduated Yoga teachers spread out from Yoga Vidya Rotterdam. We are so proud on this and very happy to continue with this. From a place of compassion, understanding, love and knowledge we will continue as proud as a peacock under the name Yoga Vidya!

It is also very common here that some teachers have a spiritual name as well. So don’t be confused you can still find or call us Yoga Maya. It’s just that the studio couldn’t stay behind with just one name ;).

Everyone! Students ( old & new ones), Yoga teachers & Karma Yogis (former & current), (ex) colleagues we want to thank you all for your contribution. Yoga Vidya is a beautiful community thanks to all of you and that makes us very happy!



Yoga everyday!

Every day Yoga! That sounds impossible for many of us. Work, kids, appointments and social pressure definitely don’t make it easier. Still it’s possible to practice Yoga every day. So do you step on your mat in the morning or evening and how do you maintain this routine? And what are the benefits of this?

Step 1:

Start with clarifying your activities per day. Keep a diary for one week. Also note all your mobiel moments like scrolling down facebook and/or instagram. Most of us (like myself) may be in shock of much time we’re ‘lost’ to social media. This is anno 2017 city life very normal. But the back problems, digestive problems and chronicle fatigue issues are stapling up too. So that we aren’t becoming more healthy because of this is a fact, so time to change!

Stap 2:

Ask yourself what activity you can reduce or what you can even scrap completely. First start with those that you can do less. Some people will change their whole life in a day and have great succes with that. But for many this works the opposite. So don’t be too hard on yourself but don’t be too easy either. Train Tapas which means discipline from the Niyamas. Fill this new free time with time for yourself.

Stap 3:

Choose whether you would like to practice in the morning, afternoon or evening:

Benefits of a morning practice
It seems that no one wakes up shining and glowing like the sun, let’s be honest. But an early morning practice can make you shine the rest of the day! It takes a bit of willpower in the beginning, but once you’re used to it, there’s isn’t anything as nice as a good morning practice. There are many options in this, but we’ll explain here short two. If you live close and you like a challenging physical practice, but in your own pace? Join for the morning Ashtanga Mysore classes. Also for the beginner this is a beautiful practice. The fire/Agni awakens which makes you feel energized, the digestive system get’s activated and you’re more focussed the rest of your day.
When you have less time, create a space at home where you can roll out your mat. Wake up earlier and reserve like half an hour for your practice. In the Sivananda tradition we always practice Asanas, Pranayama and Meditation. No time for all than meditation should never fall away from your practice. Do 3/4 rounds of Surya Namaskar/Sun Salutations, Anuloma Viloma breathing exercise and close with a short meditation. You will feel the Prana flow through your body and you feel refreshed to start your day! The great benefit of a morning practice is that you don’t have to worry about it anymore for the rest of the day. It’s also very healthy for the digestive system to have done a practice on an empty stomach!

Benefits of an afternoon practice
This is a practice you can do any time, also next to your morning or evening practice. Do you have half an hour lunch break and it’s nice weather? Go outside for a walk and repeat a mantra or a positive affirmation mentally. This helps to get your mind of work and to calm down. Repeat Om on the inhalation and Om on the exhalation (or a personal mantra). You can also connect your steps with the breath. This way you calm down the breath, helping it to regulate. You also create more awareness and concentration which results in calmness. You’re literally breathing away the stress. Bad weather? One of my friends used to do some stretch and warrior poses in the stairway area of the company she worked. No one that could see here and she was still away from her work spot. Also today you can find many poses to do behind your desk on the internet. Yes no more excuses ;) !

Benefits of an evening practice
Did you had a long and exhausting day? Than of course there isn’t anything as nice to stretch the stress away with Yoga. If you practice Ashtanga make sure you don’t do it too late because you don’t want to stay awake. To calm down the whole nervous system start with Savasana and do some soothing and gentle poses. Yin can be a very nice option and if you really want to surrender yourself to a deep relaxation, try out Yoga Nidra. It’s can be compared with deep sleep only you are not. With the right guidance you can relax body & mind completely. Very helpful to create a healthy and regular night rest and they say that half an hour of Yoga Nidra is equal to 3 hours of sleep!


Basically there is no better than or bad moment to do Yoga. Yoga can be done any time of the day and you don’t always need to roll out your mat.
An unsteady practice is better than none. A steady practice does help you to maintain the practice. Your body & mind adjust to the practice so it becomes more natural and easier. Early morning and the moment before going to bed are the best moments for Meditation. But if you are able to sit for 10/15 minutes in the afternoon, than that is the best time for you. Let ‘no time’ not be your excuse anymore when it concerns your health and whole state of happiness. And do you find it difficult to build up your own practice come to the studio! Get yourself over it and get guidance of a professional teacher. If you have questions ask them and believe in your own strength and willpower! Good luck and enjoy your Yoga journey!


Grounding yourself and the benefits of sitting on the floor

It hasn’t been unnoticed to our regular students that the big comfy couch is gone! As a replacement we’ve put some cushions on the floor which gives more of a basic look to the Samadhi lounge. Besides this new look it also has a beneficial effect on our health.

Sitting more on the floor helps you to connect and ground. Today we sit a lot and basically everywhere, but not enough on the ground itself. A lot of time is spend in our minds with work, not enough walks in nature as we would like and we sit mainly ‘high’ of the ground. This could cause that our “Root Chakra” Muladhara get’s out of balance. This energy point of our body stands for stability, security and acceptation. Important aspects that we all need in life.

In a workshop of  Yogesh Patel two years ago he also mentioned this aspect. To life fully and energetic we like to have all our Chakras in balance. Also in spiritual development, ‘Artha’ (succes & security) stays an important point. A tip from Yogesh was to sit more on the ground. Make sure you sit on something, like a clean carpet, sit when possible in meditation posture (like lotus/Padmasana). In this way you maintain the energy into the body and doesn’t it flow away. Keep your spine straight, free from the wall and relax the shoulders.

The best thing of this balancing practice is that you don’t need anything special or fancy for it! Especially now spring has started, new energy is flowing through your body. instinctively you want to get into action, maybe plan to many things and an urge to develop more spiritually. Use this energy wisely and stay conscious in this to also take your rest. Walk bare feet and sit down more directly on the ground. Connect with Mother nature who especially now gives even more fresh new Prana. And whenever you can come to our studio to practice yoga where you can explore all these aspects ;) !

In the beginning of May Yogesh Patel will be visiting Yoga Maya for a Chakra Balancing & Healing weekend. This is a special opportunity to deepen the knowledge of the Chakra’s as well as experiencing the healing effect of Chakra work.

Spring schedule starting from April!

Spring has started and that goes together with a lot of changes! Because this time of the year is already exciting enough we like to keep the schedule simple and steady. We have a few small changes here and there to keep it closer to the traditions of the studio. The content of some classes are refined and we’ve made it more clear on the schedule. The times have stayed the same and we wish everyone a lot of yoga fun!
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New 50% discount with the Rotterdam card!

We have a new discount promotion starting the 1st of March! If you have a Rotterdam card you will get 50% discount on a beginnerscourse. This special will already be of use for the 8 week Sivananda course starting this friday 3 March! But also for the Asthanga course that will start on Saturday 15 April till Sunday 22 April.
So if you have one and you had doubts before, there is no excuse anymore ;)! Take this beautiful opportunity to start your Yoga practice! Or enrich your practice by learning the right and grounded basics of Yoga.