Gerry Black

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“Yoga stops my traffic. It gives my noisy mind a quiet break from its own persistent chattering; it helps me be bendy, stretchy, happy and balanced. Before class, even if my brain feels like a heavy truck blasting down a motorway, afterwards my mind can be at peace and undistracted, a warm kitten curled in a blanket.
For most of my adult life, I have been looking for everything that yoga brings me now, with no idea it was called yoga or what it was or where to find it. Instead, I spent a long time in the wrong places with the wrong things, being self-contained, introspective and self-destructive. I lived in a mania of second chances, always hoping that things would somehow change or magically improve, and it wasn’t until I found sobriety that I could finally start to look at my own wreckage. I began piecing things together in July 2015, letting go of a lot of things from my old way of life so that I could start a new journey—this Bonus Life I lead today—and I eventually landed at Yoga Kumar with a complaining body, a weak spirit and a teachable mind.
I had no idea what to expect, but Master Ankan is a gifted teacher, a gateway to knowledge and someone who challenges enough, encourages enough, and expects us only to look for a little more reward in ourselves, to look deeper, and to relish the wonderful phrase “you are expanding… allow to expand”.
When I am here, I always learn a little more, about yoga, about myself, and about myself through yoga. I will always try to reach a certain posture, and maybe I will get a little nearer each time, or maybe I will find my limit and know that this is enough for now. I have learned that being enough means comparing myself only to who I was the last time I was on the mat. Because practice makes progress, and that’s an important joy of yoga for me: the benchmark is progress, not perfection.
Through yoga, I understand calm, have access to joy, and am healthier in body and spirit than I have ever been. It comes with me now, outside class, at home, away, in a Bonus Life increasingly untroubled by traffic.”

Loredana Stroe

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“I was hooked on yoga from the first lesson I had. It felt natural, like something I’ve done before and it gave me an unprecedented sense of calm. For as long as I can remember my health was never at its best and my mind has been hyperactive. I believed that’s just how I am, that I’m sensitive and a busy mind is in my nature. Yoga has allowed me to understand that with practice, I can have power over my body and my mind and make that sense of calm my everyday state of mind. This has open the door to a new way of seeing myself and the world around me.
During practice, I experience and accept all the sensations that happen in my body – what feels good and what feels difficult – and I embrace them both all the same, without judgement and expectations. It’s like a continuous process of honest discovery that enables me to acknowledge and break through my physical and mental blockages. The best part is that, in time, this has extended to my everyday life and has enabled me to let go of preconceptions I didn’t even know I had, grow as a person and quiet my busy mind. 
Yoga is now a part of my life and I am grateful to Ankan for the guidance and knowledge I’ve gained. Since I practice yoga my body is stronger and more open; I am more focused, grounded and at ease with myself. I’ve discovered that there’s a whole world inside of myself; that the journey inwards is filled with benefits and happiness and it will lead me all the way to my soul. To try and get there is why I will continue to practice for the rest of my life.”

Svetlin Ivanov

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Everyone is searching for a place to feel at peace and let go of any bothersome.

When I am in the yoga studio, all conflicts and worries in my mind disappear and I let Ankan take me on a journey.

Yoga for me is a connection between my body and mind – awareness for every movement. There are a large variety of exercises and unlimited options to improve. Improvement happens naturally without any desired reason. Suddenly you realize what seemed impossible yesterday is easy today, and in that moment there is a lot of happiness.

Thanks to yoga and pranayama, I learned how to breath correctly and what the benefits are for the body and all together – preparing me for a meditation.

Yoga is also an ancient source of wisdom and philosophy that gives meaning to me and a better understanding of life.

Zana Pravdic

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Yoga gives me a piece of mind, it brings me back inwards and lets me see things from an different angle in a world where things are constantly moving, changing and appear chaotic it somehow keeps me real. It lowers the noise from the outside world and focuses more on the inside. It acts like a filter to me, allowing positive things to thrive and trivial to let go. Ever since the first practice, I felt a certain connection. That certain heat that warmed my bones was an unique experience, I was not sure why this happened all I knew was that I wanted to explore more. This was over nine years ago … and I am still experiencing to this date. I am not sure if life was better before yoga, certainly with yoga is more complete and fulfilling. Needless to say that yoga made me strong and flexible, not only on a physical level but also mentally. The best thing is it does not matter where you are in your practice one thing is guaranteed, after the lesson you will feel much better than before. All the struggle and effort you put in pay off generously. The lightness, space sudden energy arising from apparently nowhere… like magic.!

Very thankful to Master Ankan and team for support and spreading the true spirit of Yoga and also to all fellow students with whom I share the journey throughout the week

Namaste

Peter Hendrikx

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Yoga is a nice and pleasant way to get control over your body and I always look forward to the next lesson. The exercises are pretty tough and hard work, but Hatha yoga suits me, because focus is on flexibility/strength and less on condition.

I have been practicing yoga for almost 10 years and started with it when I got physical complaints. I turned out to have leukemia CLL and the fact there is no cure was something hard to accept and let go in my thoughts. I tried to find distraction even by looking at alternative healing methods, which I never paid attention to before. I discovered yoga during holidays, where I joined yoga classes, which often were offered as part of animation program. Always felt less tired and full of energy after being physically active for an hour and the asana’s were really challeging for me. I started exploring the internet to get more information and also began practicing the various yoga poses and sequences. After a few years I needed more inspiration and took classes at Omkara, where I met Ankan. Later when he started his own studio I followed him.

Yoga and also pranayama lessons brought me peace and balance and gave me better control over my body, however standing on 1 leg is still difficult 😉 In the beginning I was very competitive and performance oriented, but after some time my concentration got better and  doing postures correctly improved, so I did no longer suffer from injuries. I feel much better now than 10 years ago, physically as well as mentally. I hope to retire next year from work,  but I hope to continu with yoga for many years to come with my dear fellow students 😉

Groetjes

Peter

Marieke Schut & Lars

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I was so lucky my first yoga experience was with Ankan, a couple of years ago. When Ankan announced he’d open his own studio I was excited and of course I followed him. But, yoga for me wasn’t always easy, especially in the beginning. The physical flexibility was there from the start, but the mental flexibility I was still struggling with. As a person dealing with anxiety problems it was hard sometimes to connect with myself when all I wanted to do was run away from what I was feeling inside. But doing yoga and coming to class regularly a.o. helped me overcome this mental issue for the biggest part. I now see connecting with my body as the way to connect with my soul. I am no longer anxious for what my body has to tell me. So sometimes a pose makes me emotional. I feel the blockage in my body and when I relax and stay present the tension is not only released on a physical level but also on a mental/emotional one. I accept this process (and the tears that sometimes join I no longer need to hide) as it helps me to release the negative and let in the positive. Ankan’s meditations and comments during class were very helpful in this process. And it is not only about connecting with my body and being present but also the joy of experiencing my body while it does things I couldn’t imagine. I am expanding, I am lifting up parts of my body while smiling and I feel strong! I feel so much more confident about my body than a couple of years ago. 

Coming to class is like my pieces being put together after life happened to me during the week. All kinds of things can make me disconnect from this moment/my body, and at the end of the week I am longing for that feeling of being complete, being whole, body, mind and soul. It is like a good massage but then from the inside. It is fantastic.

So, when I became pregnant I wanted to continue yoga practise. With some adjustments, I did until 31 weeks of pregnancy. It helped me staying flexible and calm and connect with my baby. I tried a couple of special pregnancy yoga classes in other studios but I was not satisfied and I could still keep up with gentle yoga (I know, I cheated a bit as a little baby boy was helping me haha) so I stayed with Ankan and the other students. My son responded very well to yoga as he was in the womb, he was kicking all the time, it was fun and for me a sign he enjoyed it too. When I came to the studio to have my picture taken my son joined me because nobody could babysit. While I was doing my very best on these poses, Lars enjoyed himself by playing and walking around and coming to me every couple of minutes, standing and sittting with me. This picture Ankan made in a very spontaneous moment and turned out to be the best one. In fact, I think it captures the most natural moment of being able to flex and expand and also being relaxed and smile.

Thank you Ankan for your guidance so far! I am very grateful!

{:nl}Martijn Sanders{:}{:en}Martijn Sander{:}

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There was a period in my life when things were off road for me because of addiction problems. Physically, mentally and spiritually I was at my bottom. I was lucky I got a chance to work on those problems in a clinic abroad. Part of the program was Yoga practice. It helped me a lot to get back on the right track again.

Nowadays I work as a nurse and take care of people in need. I feel blessed to be able to serve others, but it can be difficult as well. In Yoga practice I can serve my inner self. No distracting thoughts or worries. A moment just for me. I allow myself to take time to expand and improve my physical and mental condition. Or just be satisfied with the moment as it is. After Yoga practice I always feel more positive than before. During the week the moments of Yoga practice are real energy suppliers for me.

After practicing yoga for about ten years (with some intervals) a friend told me about Yoga Kumar. After some hesitations I decided a year ago to take the chance. And I’m glad I did. I now experience what yoga is really about. It’s not only about doing the postures, but it’s a continuously physical and mental process.

The benefits for me so far: I feel more confidence in my body and in whom I am. There is more space in my back, shoulders and hips. I feel more balanced. 

The atmosphere at Yoga Kumar is always positive. Thanks in part of Suhyun and Ankan, who’s relativating, humourous, and motivates with the right attitude. He is not patronizing but treats every student with respect, whether they are experienced or new in class. I feel welcome every time I visit. 

Namaste!{:}{:en}

 

There was a period in my life when things were off road for me because of addiction problems. Physically, mentally and spiritually I was at my bottom. I was lucky I got a chance to work on those problems in a clinic abroad. Part of the program was Yoga practice. It helped me a lot to get back on the right track again.

Nowadays I work as a nurse and take care of people in need. I feel blessed to be able to serve others, but it can be difficult as well. In Yoga practice I can serve my inner self. No distracting thoughts or worries. A moment just for me. I allow myself to take time to expand and improve my physical and mental condition. Or just be satisfied with the moment as it is. After Yoga practice I always feel more positive than before. During the week the moments of Yoga practice are real energy suppliers for me.

After practicing yoga for about ten years (with some intervals) a friend told me about Yoga Kumar. After some hesitations I decided a year ago to take the chance. And I’m glad I did. I now experience what yoga is really about. It’s not only about doing the postures, but it’s a continuously physical and mental process.

The benefits for me so far: I feel more confidence in my body and in whom I am. There is more space in my back, shoulders and hips. I feel more balanced. 

The atmosphere at Yoga Kumar is always positive. Thanks in part of Suhyun and Ankan, who’s relativating, humourous, and motivates with the right attitude. He is not patronizing but treats every student with respect, whether they are experienced or new in class. I feel welcome every time I visit. 

Namaste!{:}

{:nl}Bianca Popa{:}{:en}Bianca Popa{:}

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Yoga for me? The bridge that connects my islands. As an active person, an extrovert, I love energy…I have many passions, many islands. Yoga helps me reach a deeper stage of connectivity with my subconscious mind, which is in fact my body. It is the secret, the emotions that the body keeps that is holding the key to life’s puzzle.

I am now learning its language, the language of expansion the mind and the body. Each class I listen, I feel, I expand, I am communicating.

My mind is steering, but my body is doing, and I am fascinated by its expansion and its capability. I am learning, I am curious to reach a higher level of consciousness. Yoga makes me feel like a snowflake, light and unburden. And in fact, is how you feel inside is what you will attract outside.

Yoga is my bridge in a journey to the best version of myself and maybe who knows, towards the universe. Namaste!

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Yoga for me? The bridge that connects my islands. As an active person, an extrovert, I love energy…I have many passions, many islands. Yoga helps me reach a deeper stage of connectivity with my subconscious mind, which is in fact my body. It is the secret, the emotions that the body keeps that is holding the key to life’s puzzle. 

I am now learning its language, the language of expansion the mind and the body. Each class I listen, I feel, I expand, I am communicating.

My mind is steering, but my body is doing, and I am fascinated by its expansion and its capability. I am learning, I am curious to reach a higher level of consciousness. Yoga makes me feel like a snowflake, light and unburden. And in fact, is how you feel inside is what you will attract outside.

Yoga is my bridge in a journey to the best version of myself and maybe who knows, towards the universe. Namaste!{:}

{:nl}Mila Khamaeva{:}{:en}Mila Khamaeva{:}

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I came to a yoga studio a year and a half ago. Then my idea of ​​yoga was very superficial. I thought that this is something very boring and not interesting and I doubted that it would suit me. The colleague of mine bought me a subscription for 4 classes as a gift and asked from a promise that I would definitely visit them. After the second lesson, I felt a sense of inner calm, that was very surprising. I began to practice more and more. I was very pleased with the positive changes that occurred in my body. I stopped getting tired back and neck after an 8 hour working day at the computer, I became more hardy and mobile. But apart from changes in my body, I began to feel changes in the way of thinking, rather in the way I perceived reality around me. At this point, I decided to start attending meditation classes. Now I practice meditation every morning for half an hour. My life has changed beyond recognition. Problems and mistakes did not become less, but I somehow changed my attitude towards them. Now the behavior of people around, my feelings and reactions have become clearer and more understandable. As if the fog had cleared. I cannot say that I suddenly realized why do I live and what I’m doing here, but I’m unambiguously approaching the answer. And most importantly, I’m no longer afraid to live and make mistakes and every day I feel an unknown force that moves me forward. Thanks to everyone who helped me to find this new way of living.{:}{:en}

 

I came to a yoga studio a year and a half ago. Then my idea of ​​yoga was very superficial. I thought that this is something very boring and not interesting and I doubted that it would suit me. The colleague of mine bought me a subscription for 4 classes as a gift and asked from a promise that I would definitely visit them. After the second lesson, I felt a sense of inner calm, that was very surprising. I began to practice more and more. I was very pleased with the positive changes that occurred in my body. I stopped getting tired back and neck after an 8 hour working day at the computer, I became more hardy and mobile. But apart from changes in my body, I began to feel changes in the way of thinking, rather in the way I perceived reality around me. At this point, I decided to start attending meditation classes. Now I practice meditation every morning for half an hour. My life has changed beyond recognition. Problems and mistakes did not become less, but I somehow changed my attitude towards them. Now the behavior of people around, my feelings and reactions have become clearer and more understandable. As if the fog had cleared. I cannot say that I suddenly realized why do I live and what I’m doing here, but I’m unambiguously approaching the answer. And most importantly, I’m no longer afraid to live and make mistakes and every day I feel an unknown force that moves me forward. Thanks to everyone who helped me to find this new way of living.{:}