Marjolein – Parashakti

“Always do good to others. Be selfless. Mentally remove everything and be free. This is divine life. This is the direct way to Moksha or salvation.” – Swami Sivananda


In contact with yoga

The story’s of yoga and the scriptures that come with it, had always been very interesting to me. It’s when I started to travel around Asia when I started to feel comfortable enough to start practicing myself. First time on the mat gave me a strong feeling of deep connection inside me. Only still it didn’t feel good to practice along side so many others in a yogastudio yet. So for a few years I practiced at home with some youtube movies and podcasts. Until a year and a half ago. I was going through a rough personal time and knew I had to do more yoga with someone to guide me in this. It wasn’t just the physical practice I was searching for, but the whole package with the stereotype questions what am I doing here and why etc? First yogastudio that caught my eye was Yoga Maya and the Yoga Vidya Sivananda teacher training. It was one of those moments that no more questions were needed.


Integrate yoga in your life

Since then I’m a dedicated student and my personal growth expanded. I teach Sivananda yoga on Friday and Sunday. I see the physical practice of yoga as a reflection of how you deal with situations in daily life. Through the practice of yoga you become more aware of the events that are happening now, and how to deal with them in that moment instead of hidden them. It gives trust in life to accept that every situation is a given whether good or bad. It showed me that life is a ever changing movie, but the screen behind it all stays unattached. It’s to surrender, letting go more of your ego which results in a great feeling of freedom.


Pass on knowledge

To be able to share this by teaching is a very special gift which I’m very thankful for. The spiritual path can be very confusing and hard in this Western society. By own experience I can relate to those who come across this feeling too. Yoga is the way for me to guide others and pass on the knowledge I’ve gained so far. Further I spend most of my time in Self Inquiry and study in nutrition, meditation, pranayama and Vedanta. Mei 2017 I have started to follow Ayurvedic courses from Dr. Devendra Prasad Mishra from Rishikesh. Vedanta is one of the oldest known teaching systems about the Self. In this I follow the teachings of Swami Dayananda Saraswati, Swamini Atmaprakashananda and James Swartz. I continue to develop this knowledge and pass it on where needed.