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Yoga Outdoors!

Since we are finally allowed to teach live face to face, of course with the 1,5 – 2 metres distance, outdoors there are two weekly outdoors classes at the gorgeous location of Solid Peformance in Cruquius.

We’re on a private terrain, with outdoor space in the grass, underneath the trees, in company of birdsong, horses and the occasional visit by the cats. There is space for 12 people with sufficient space between us, at least 2 metres. There’s also private parking space for both cars and bikes.

I just love teaching in this space and feel so, so blessed to be able to do just that and welcome you dear yogis.

The classes are on Thursday and Sunday mornings. All levels of yogis are welcome, it does not matter if this is your first or 1001st class.

Please, do sign up for every class as we have a limited amount of space. There is also a waiting list for the classes that fill up fast.

Information for the classes follow here:

Thursdays 08.30 – 10.00 

Sundays 9.30 – 11.00

Solid Performance, Spieringweg 700, Cruquius

Sign up via e-mail or What’s App:

Cecilia@studiostark.net

06-46157019

Practicalities:

  • Arrival 5 minutes before the lessons starts, not earlier.
  • We are on a private terrain with enough car and bike parking, take care to keep your 1,5 metres distance when you are walking to and from the parking.
  • The lesson is given in the field behind the “kapschuur”.
  • Only join if you are feeling healthy. If you have any symptoms of sneezing, runny nose, cough, fever etc stay home. I will of course cancel the class if I display any of these symptoms.
  • As we are outdoors make sure to wear enough clothing to not feel cold during meditation and relaxation.
  • Bring a bottle of something to drink, water or tea or whatever you’d like for yourself. If the sun is out you could get really thirsty.
  • Bring your own yoga mat, meditation pillow, blanket or blankets, yoga belt and any other props you would like. See information further down below here in case you need to purchase any of the products.
  • Make sure to keep the 1,5 metre distance when you leave.
  • As soon as the lesson is over, we leave. I can warmly recommend the takeaway coffee and food at both Theehuis Cruquius and the Pannekoekenpavillion in the neighbourhood should you wish to go catch up.
  • We have a limited amount of spaces, 12 people, so do make sure to let me know via What’s App on 06-46157019 that you would like to participate. Email works too – Cecilia@studiostark.net

Below are the prices for the lessons.

Keep in mind that in case you have been hit financially really bad by this corona crisis and would like to join but you cannot afford to, contact me and we will work something out. I am in that category myself, together with so many more, and we always work things out for each other, so no stress, just ask!

2 proeflessen / trial classes                           EUR 22:-

Single class                                                       EUR 18 :-

5 lesson card, valid 2 months                       EUR 85:-

10 lesson card, valid 4 months                   EUR 140:-

Yoga props

 Even though we can hopefully start teaching in the yoga studios and gyms from July 1st   in very small groups, there will be very strict rules on hygiene, which I have to say is all good, meaning you will need to bring not just your own mat but also your own props.

As you can both see and listen to in this clip by scientist Gregg Braden from March 19thhttps://youtu.be/zwiS37SYE6k – this virus, and of course many more, can survive for quite some time on textile, in hair and on metal surfaces. Most yoga props are made of textile.

Owning your own props and mat is no more different that owning your own racket, balls, shoes etc when you play tennis for instance.

As we started the lessons just a few weeks before the corona crisis in Cruquius, we have all new props, which we are now selling at a price where we just get back what we invested. In case you would like to purchase any of these, let me know and I will have it ready for you just before class and send you an invoice after class:

Yoga belt / yoga riem                         EUR 5:50

Meditation pillow / zitkussen         EUR 17:50

Bolster                                                 EUR 27:50

These are all organic cotton.

If you do not have your own yoga mat and need to buy one, I warmly recommend https://www.iloveyoga.nl/en/yoga-lifestyle-wellness/yoga-mats/

Looking forward sooooooo much to seeing you again in class! No matter if it’s Zoom or live!

PS. If it rains we have a space in the “kapschuur” with the doors open which is basically outdoors with three walls and a roof.

Livestream yoga Fri 1/5 – Sun 10/5

Dear online LiveStream Yogis,

thank you so much for your support since we started in the first week of this so called “intelligent lockdown” here in The Netherlands, 47 days ago. I love being able to connect and see you all online until we can all meet again live for real.

It has been 47 crazy days for all of us, for some of us more days than that and for some of us less, depending on where on this globe we are living. I just love seeing you from all the continents of this beautiful earth of ours in the livestream classes, thank you!

During these 47 days there’s been a lot of hard work, learning many new things, adjusting your thinking by the day and sometimes even  by the minute. I am sure many of us are experiencing brain fog due to all of this. Including myself. What continues to amaze me is that one session of Yoga Nidra clears a whole week of brain fog. I do this practice myself every Saturday and I it’s like cleaning my glasses when it comes to perception being so much clearer afterwards.

It is time for me to take some days “off’. Some days for my own practice, own recovery, own study. Only when I take time for my own practice and my own studies can I be there for you dear students. You see, the teacher also always remains a student.

So, from tomorrow Friday May 1st until Sunday May 10th this yogi is going to be doing just that.  Retreat, recover, practice, study.

And Monday May 11th I am back 100 % to continue all our online LiveStream lessons, including som new online LiveStream projects.

I love you guys, I am so grateful for our practice together, I will see you Monday the 11th again!

Love, light, hugs and sparkles,
Cecilia
– and the husky ladies

New! Sunday morning yoga lessons in Cruquius

Dearest yogis and yogis in spe ;-),

I am beyond stoked to announce that I will be teaching a weekly yoga lesson starting Sunday Feb 16th at the gorgeous location of Solid Perfomance’s in Cruquius.

These lessons are “my own”, meaning they will taught in the traditions I am trained in, Classical and Vijnana Yoga – which is from the times before yoga got split up in to a lot of different names, derived from the classical yoga system as taught by Sri Krishamacharya and passed down by him to B.K.S. Iyengar and Patthabi Jois , both of whom my teacher Orit Sen Gupta was a  student of as well as a student and co teacher of and with Mr. Iyengars senior student Donna Holleman.

Anyone of you whom have ever taken a class or a workshop by me will recognize what is taught and how. The classes are 1,5 hours , which is now sometimes considered “old school”, and means that there is sufficient time for every aspect of the yoga practice – breathing, meditation, postures, flow, relaxation – to be integrated in to your body and mind.

There will be workshops and in depth master classes coming up throughout the year at this location as well.

We are kicking this off with a Sunday morning class for all levels of yogis, 9.00 – 10.30, and are building a solid base for more lessons with different levels from here.

Warm welcome to join on Sunday’s! Really looking forward to seeing you in Cruquius!

Address
Solid Performance
Spieringweg 700
2142 ED Cruquius

Day and time
Sundays 09.00 – 10.30
– starting Sunday 16/2

Questions / Sign up etc
Cecilia: 06-46157019
cecilia@studiostark.net

Investment
Trial class / proefles     EUR 22:- for 2 classes, can also be purchased as 1 trial class for 2 people
Single class                  EUR 18:-
5 x lessons card           EUR 85:-, valid for 2 months from date of purchase
10 x lessons card         EUR 140:-, valid for 4 months from date of purchase

Muffins!

Banana, Date and Walnut Muffins, yum!

I made these muffins yesterday for breakfast and filled up the freezer for the week to come. Yet, these are also great next to your coffee, as an office snack, before or after training, anytime actually.

I have chosen to go all plantbased, but that does not mean you have to. If you go for the not plant based version just remove the plantbased milk and chia-eggs from the ingredient list below and use 3 eggs.

My choice to go entirely plant based is health, animal welfare and environmentally related, all in equal portions. If you would like more information on any of this, don’t hesitate to drop me a message through email!

Anyway, let’s bake some muffins!

Ingredients:

2 cups of almond flour

2 tsp baking soda

Pinch of sea salt

1 tbspn cinnamon

1 cup of dates, pitted and chopped

3 ripe bananas

3 chia-eggs ( 3 tbspns chiaseed +7,5 tbspns water )

1 dl plant based milk of your choice. I used soymilk yesterday. Tomorrow might be almond, or oat,or…

2 tbspns coconut oil, melted

2 dl walnuts, chopped

How to?

Start with making your chia-eggs in a small bowl. Leave the chiaseed and water to expand in to a gooey mix.

Heat the oven to 180 C.

Line a muffins baking tray with cupcake liners or baking parchment.

Combine the almond flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a large bowl.

Add your dates, bananas, coconut oil, chia-eggs and plant based milk to your mixer or food processor and mix till smoothish.

Combine the dry and wet ingredients. Add the walnuts and stir them in.

Spoon it all in to the baking tray liners.

Bake in the middle of the oven for 20 minutes.

Enjoy with your favourite coffee or tea, sprinkle some fresh berries, coconut flakes, cacaonibs or some dark chocolate on top if you’d like.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Breakfast or snack smoothie – Banana Almond

Smoothies are some or the easiest and fastest things to make for breakfast and / or snacks. Totally some of my favourites as you can either choose to sit down and enjoy your smoothie while just breathing and just being, as well as when you have one of those mornings or days when you just can’t get to take a longer breakfast or break you can have your smoothie while working.

Just throw the following in the blender and mix!

 

1 frozen banana
1,5 cups vegan 🌱 milk 🥛
1 tbspn almond butter
1 tbspn chia seeds
2 dates
1 tspn wheatgrass powder (optional)
1 tspn rosehip powder (optional)
A few ice cubes

Enjoy!

 

Vegan oven pancakes

“Just trust the process”. “Be open to everything”.

Yes, this morning was one of those mornings that those two expressions made me look wider than what was in front of me and to my eyes in that moment wasn’t working.

I was about to make these totally yummy almond butter bars for breakfast. I had about 30 minutes and a busy day ahead.

Getting the recipe out, starting with adding the chia seeds to the water for the “chia eggs”, then switching on the oven while I was sipping my freshly made matcha oat milk latte I could hardly wait to taste these yummy bars after meditation.

You see, that was the plan – let the almond butter bars bake in the oven as I was in my morning meditation.

The third ingredient on the list was apple puree. And when I make these bars I always make my own homemade, sugarfree apple puree the night before. Not last night I didn’t.

Crap! What am I going to do now? The whole morning starts to fall apart in front of my inner eyes.

Then I remember everything I have and still am learning from the likes of Dr. Joe Dispenza, Gregg Braden, all the ancient texts I have studied up until now. Things like ” see the possiblities” popped up in my mind and I started to look around at what ingredients I could use to quickly make something I could still let bake in the oven during meditation.

I had bananas. I had the “chia-egg”. I had more fruit. I had seeds, dried berries, oats.Spices. And more.

So I made this oven baked banana pancake, and do you know what – it was yummy! And superduperhealthy on top of that. So yummy that I want to have it more often. Which meant I had to write down the recipe for myself. And save it here.

I hope you will like it too!

Preparation time is around 5 minutes, cooking time 25 minutes – but those 25 minutes you can do other stuff. Or just sit ;-).

Ingredients:

Some good old H2O, about 1/2 cup or 1 dl

2 tbspns chiaseed

2 bananas

1 tspn cinnamon

1/2 tspn curcuma/ turmeric powder

1/2 tspn nutmeg

1 tspn baking powder

2 dl oats

2 tspns chiaseed

2 tspns coconutflakes

2 tspns gojiberries

2 tspns sesameseeds

2 tspns hempseeds

2 tspns pumpkinseeds

2 tspns sunflowerseeds

2 tspns dark mulberries

2 tspns light mulberries

 

Start with making the chia-egg by stirring the 2 table spoons of chia seeds in to the 1dl or 1/2 cup of water. Let it sit for about 20 minutes, or until it has become a sort of gel.

Heat the oven to 180 degrees centigrade.

Mush the bananas with a fork in a small bowl. Add the baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and turmeric powder and mix well with the fork.

Stir all the dry ingredients (yes, there is more chia seeds in that part too) together in a bowl. Make sure they are mixed well.

Add the chia-egg to the bananamix and stir it in well.

Add all of it together. Smear it out pretty thin on baking paper in an oven baking tray or pan.

Let it bake in the middle of the oven for about 23 minutes.

Serve with fruit and/or berries.

Enjoy!

Let me know what you think!

 

Anatomy of Peace – Yoga Workshop

Peace, stillness, quiet, rest, suppleness, ease, “rust”….

Sometimes it feels pretty far away, yet it is something you carry within you all the time. You hold the switch and can actually decide when to switch it on – and off.

Once you understand the anatomy of peace, it will be a lot easier to both practice and achieve it.

We will look at the anatomy of peace from the perspective of the physical body, from the perspective of the mental body (aka the brain and nervous system), from the perspective of hormones and hormone production, from the perspective of yoga philosophy and quantum physics. All in a language and movements (and rest J), that anyone and everyone can understand – the point being that you can take the knowledge and practices home to easily be put to use in your life from the moment you leave the studio.

Warm welcome for this first workshop of this kind.

Saturday / Zaterdag 11/5

13.00 – 15.00

EVA’Z Yoga & Pilates, Heemstede

€ 37 :- , incl btw, tea and healthy snacks ( € 60 :- when signing up for two people together)

 

Aanmelden / sign up/ vraagen / questions:

Cecilia@studiostark.net

06-46157019

 

Yummiest and healthiest bread ever

Guest blog by the one and only Stephanie Mazier from Appetitevoyage.com

ALL-IN-ONE VEGAN AND GLUTEN FREE BREAKFAST BREAD

 

 

Gooood Morning! Is there anything better than a sweet and yummy bread to start the day and the weekend? Imagine a carrot cake, banana bread and oven baked oats all-in-one delicious and nutritious bread! 
And it is gluten free and vegan!

This how I deal with crucial choices in the morning!!! I do not like to choose and not be able to enjoy all the tastes I like… This is how I came up with this recipe,… I was not able to choose if I was going to cook my oven baked oats, a banana bread or carrot cake…. so I decided to mix everything together, and….tadaaaammm!

 

I also opted for a large quantity bread loaf in order to be able to freeze and save some for the next days!

Ingredients for 1 large loaf or 2 small loaves:

 

– 1 handful of raisin

– 1 handful of dried apricots

– 1 handful of dried figs

– 200 ml Earl Grey tea

– 2 medium size carrots

– 2 apples

– 2 bananas

– 1 nail size of fresh ginger, grated

– 2 cups of almond flour

– 1 cup of rolled oats (choose gluten free ones if coeliac)

– 1 cup of mixed seeds (1/3 sesame, 1/3 sunflowers seeds and 1/3 pumpkin seeds)

– 1/2 cup of walnuts roughly chopped

– 1 heaped tsp. of ground cinnamon

– 1,5 tsp. of baking soda

– 1 pinch of salt

– 3 tbsp. of flaxseeds soaked 30min at least in with 9 tbsp. of water

 

Turn on the oven to 180C degrees.

1/ First make an Earl Grey tea in a large bowl and soak the raisins, apricots and figs in it. Leave it apart while you proceed with the rest of the recipe!

2/ Grate the carrots and 1 of the 2 apples. Add 1 banana, mashed and the ginger. Mix the veggies in a large bowl.

3/ Add the almond flour, the oats, seeds and walnuts. Feel free to swap the seeds and walnuts for any other nuts you have in hand. I think hazelnuts, pecan and walnuts suits well with the veggies mix, butthe limit is your imagination and what is available for you!

Mix all the ingredients.

4/ Add now the cinnamon and baking soda, mix well again. Then get your flaxseeds in water and crushed it in a blender to get like a thick paste.Add it to the batter.

5/ At that point, your batter is still very dry. Pour the raisin and cut the apricots and figs in small pieces. Pour the whole tea where the fruits were soaking in the batter and you will get a nice smooth texture!

6/ Line some baking paper in a loaf mold and pour the batter in. Then, add the 2nd banana and 2nd apple sliced on top. Press them a bit to be sure they get in to the batter. I added a small table spoon of coconut oil and maple syrup on top to be sure the fruits will not burn during the baking.

Ready for the oven!

7/ This bread is quite thick if you cook it in 1 mold, and it took like 50min in total. I even went a bit up till 200C degrees the last 20min. Then I let it cool in the oven. If you divide the batter or even cook it in muffins mold, then it should be quite shorter to cook.

 

8/ The result is a dense and moist bread, quite sweet and really flavorful and filling. I served it with my raspberries jam and it was a great balance mix actually as the sour of the raspberries counter balance the sweetness of the bread.

Slice the bread in thick slices and freeze what you cannot not eat in the next 5 days. then you can get a slice of heaven out of the freezer any morning you need a good breakfast on the go!

 

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