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Monthly 2.5hr mini-workshop in WILRIJK
10:00-12:30 on Tuesdays

Dates:
7/5 . 4/6 . 2/7 . 6/8  3/9 . 1/10

Price: €35

Practice Anahata Yoga with a small group in an idyllic location in Antwerp.

For those who want to  immerse in the Anahata Yoga path (of realizing Samadhi through awakening Anahata, the multidimensional energetic heart.) This series will cover the physical, psychological, energetic, psychic and spiritual dimensions of the practice. It will embrace both shadow work and light work.
Bring your journal 🙂

Each immersion covers different topics of practice. Some aspects will overlap because the practices are holistically interconnected.  Immersions will follow a  sequence of, inner intention and self inquiry, floor warm ups, philosophy, breath and sound, asana, yin-stretch, 30+min deep meditation (nidra) and optional ‘homework’. Lessons will be informed by contemporary science but not limited by it.
Yoga mats are available, you may also bring your own.
The class meditation ends at 12:30, but you are welcome to continue your meditation till 13:30.

*Individual immersions will be canceled if the minimum number of participants is not reached. You will receive a full refund.

Location: Populierenlaan 32, 2020 Antwerp
Price: single immersion €35
Payment in cash or bank transfer

Class topics:

4 June
, Shiva-Shakti : Commander- Observer.
philosophy:
Sushumna Nhadi, nadi (energy meridian) network, Anahata hands, 5 prana vayus (flows of energy) 5 sheaths, chakras. Kundalini. Body-energy-mind-astral-spirit system.
practice: chant the koshas, spinal stretches, snake and dragon dances, kundalini+ vayus nidra
homework: love your sushumna nhadi practice

2 July
. Shiva-Shakti : Heaven-Earth. Sun and moon.
philosophy: Gait, rhythm, numbers (numerology) structural integrity, feet, leg bhandas. Connection to nature, earth. The innner bhandas (internal locks) and the granthis (internal/psychic blocks) 
practice: earth kundalini connection in standing poses, deeply stretch feet legs, japa mala meditation.
homework: find and practice barefoot in your nature spot

6 August . Anahata Yoga-the dance of Shiva Shakti : Purification-Creation. philosophy: Conscious-subconscious mind. Yoga Sutras of Pathanjali. Yoganga the 8 limb path. Kleshas mental impurities.
practice: chant the 8 limbs, warrior dances, space nidra
homework: question your kleshas/connect anahata.

3 September  Shiva Shakti – the lovers dance and being the breath musician.
philosophy:
Yogic breath, pranayama.
Polyvagal theory(heart coherence) and the 3 gunas.
practice : Breath stretches and types of breathing for accessing types of states. Anahata breath with bhandas. Flying warrior dances. breath nidra
homework : Always breathe through your nose if you can.

1 October – Shiva – Shakti : Ida – pingala spiral
philosphy: fascia meridians, spirals, geometry, yantra. water’s anomalies. lymph massages . energetic cleansing and protection. blood.
practice: floor twists, leg bhandas, waterwheel dances.
homework: water intention, trataka candle gazing



Weekly class in Antwerp city center
10:00-11:15 on Thursdays

Dates:
mar. 7/3 , 14/3 , 21/3, 28/3
apr. 25/4
may. 2/5 . 23/5 . 30/5
june. 6/6 . 13/6 . 20/6 . 27/6

Price: (pay through Studio Lijf) €10-€14

Weekly practice together with a small group.

We practice an Anahata affirmation or attendees choose a theme woven into standing Anahata asana (physical movements).

In a nutshell: Inside-out yoga. Moving meditations for inner processing with heart alignment. Breath work, vibration toning, affirmations. Accessing trance, the deep psyche and the subtle bodies. Yoga psychology. Upholding the oral tradition of story-telling.

Location: Studio Lijf, Dambruggestraat 11, 2060 Antwerp
Price + payment: via Studio Lijf

Biweekly 2.5hr class in WILRIJK

 

Time: 10:00-12:30 on Tuesdays
Dates:

oct. 5/10 , 12/10 , 19/10 , 26/10
nov. 9/11 , 16/11 , 30/11
dec. 7/12 , 14/12 , 21/12

Weekly practice together with a small group. Attendees choose a theme or we practice what arises. In a nutshell: Inside-out yoga. Moving meditations for inner processing with heart alignment. Breath work, vibration toning, affirmations. Accessing trance, the deep psyche and the subtle bodies. Philosophy and yoga psychology. Upholding the oral tradition of story-telling.

All levels, Anahata moving meditations and affirmations
Location: Studio Lijf, Dambruggestraat 11, 2060 Antwerp
Time: 10:00-11:15 on Thursdays
Dates:
oct. 5/10 , 12/10 , 19/10 , 26/10
nov. 9/11 , 16/11 , 30/11
dec. 7/12 , 14/12 , 21/12

Weekly practice together with a small group. Attendees choose a theme or we practice what arises. In a nutshell: Inside-out yoga. Moving meditations for inner processing with heart alignment. Breath work, vibration toning, affirmations. Accessing trance, the deep psyche and the subtle bodies. Philosophy and yoga psychology. Upholding the oral tradition of story-telling.

All levels, Anahata moving meditations and affirmations
Location: Studio Lijf, Dambruggestraat 11, 2060 Antwerp
Time: 10:00-11:15 on Thursdays
Dates:
oct. 5/10 , 12/10 , 19/10 , 26/10
nov. 9/11 , 16/11 , 30/11
dec. 7/12 , 14/12 , 21/12

Weekly practice together with a small group. Attendees choose a theme or we practice what arises. In a nutshell: Inside-out yoga. Moving meditations for inner processing with heart alignment. Breath work, vibration toning, affirmations. Accessing trance, the deep psyche and the subtle bodies. Philosophy and yoga psychology. Upholding the oral tradition of story-telling.

about open anahata

Open Anahata is a dedication to the Anahata Tradition and lineage, past and future. The Anahata system of practices offers a holistic foundation to self-care and soul-evolution grounded in yoga ethics and trialed through many generations.

Our hope is to maintain an open, oral tradition connected to nature and to grow trauma-informed methods of practice, self-inquiry and community on the paths of radical self understanding, cosmic awakening and kundalini rising.

Teachings, philosophies and inspired stories are shared through journal posts on this website. Sign up for the newsletter to receive updates. See the calendar for classes, courses and events.

We explore mindful ways of connecting through digital technology and prefer to share posts via this website, newsletter and telegram.

5 elements

Like many ancient philosophical traditions Anahata yogis observed primal elements. Earth, fire, air, water and akasha (aether) are the five used in the Anahata Five Element Philosophy. They inform a nonverbal language that connects to nature and the subtle energies of reality, setting the foundation to grow and ground psychic perception.

In yoga experience is knowledge, so philosophy is practiced. It is not just an intellectual activity.

The Five Element Purification Practice or Tattwa Shuddhi Saddhana is a system of holistic moving and detoxifying meditations for shifting and balancing physical, energetic, conscious and unconscious mental patterns.  It is an integral part of the Anahata tradition. The movements and philosophy are woven into the classes and daily life. Tattwa Shuddhi Saddhana is often taught as a system on its own as it is suitable for all levels and all shapes of human. See the calendar for upcoming workshops or classes.

Anahata tradition

In the ancient Himalayan foothills of northern India, a lineage of yogis lovingly developed a holistic self care practice inspired by life immersed in mountain-scapes and nature.

Rocky crevices where one misstep meant death, formed ergonomic asanas to improve stamina, agility and stability. High altitudes shaped breath work for optimizing oxygen retention and reinvigorating energy. Night skies illuminated by stars and campfires invoked dream exploration and methods for navigating states of consciousness in trance. Living self-sufficiently nurtured healing techniques that harness the body’s regenerative processes. But above all, the yogis observed that by tuning into their heart intelligence ALL of their life sustaining qualities improved. They became more connected with their environment as well as with themselves. They called their system of practice, Anahata Yoga. Anahata, named after the energetic heart.

Without books or libraries, knowledge was shared through an oral tradition of experiential learning and body memory. Emphasis was placed on inner awareness and meditation filled movements referred to as the dances of Shiva and Shakti. The dances of duality. 

Unlike most hatha yoga traditions popular in the west, Anahata yoga evolved through a lineage outside of the higher priestly castes. Maintaining a tradition devoted to our unique Human Path and journey of individuation.

Your subconscious

You have a deeper mind, called the subconscious. It is like a hard-drive that stores and connects all your experiences, associations, projections, emotional triggers and unquestioned beliefs. This information influences your behavior, how you think and what you feel. True inner change takes place at this deep and fundamental level of the psyche. Accessing it consciously requires openness to self-inquiry, body connection and a shift in awareness through practices such as meditation, trance, or self hypnosis.

The inner-processing and hypnotherapy private sessions facilitate inner transformation and growth through accessing the subconscious mind.

Anahata practices based in yoga psychology offer a holistic system for processing and releasing subconscious patterns through meditation and movement. Meditation is more than mindfulness, it is a creative process of releasing deep mental imprints and consciously growing new perception.

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the sky, as it is

2000 years ago the constellations in the sky matched the seasons. The Sun rose in Aries (the first sign of the zodiac) during the first day of spring. But since then, the stars have changed position due to something known as the ‘precession of the equinoxes’. Today when you look at the sky on the first day of spring, the Sun rises in a different zodiac sign : Pisces.

Most western astrology uses ‘tropical astrology’ which was developed 2000 years ago and is based on the seasons and sun (spring starting with Aries) and NOT what is really happening in the stars and sky now (spring starting in Pisces). There is now a growing difference of one to two zodiac signs between tropical western astrology and the real, visible sky.

Sidereal astrology observes and uses the visible sky and the location of the planets in the stars (zodiac) as they really are NOW. Connecting with the luminaries in the sky for guidance the way the ancients did more than 2000 years ago.

This means that a Sidereal Astrology reading can include the energetic influences of stars such as Sirius, the Pleiades and the powerful 13th zodiac, Ophiacus. In ancient times, these star energies have guided our connection to cosmic consciousness and awakening.

Sidereal means ‘determined by the stars’ or ‘star time’.

~ Your birth chart is calculated using the 13 zodiacs (including the Ophiucus star sign), the true variation in sizes of the zodiac constellations (visible sky) and the placidus house system (12 equal houses which represent earth time).

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