Your own Parachute

Imagine doing something that you enjoy and the more you do it the more you get better at it, and it helps you reach heights that you never thought possible? (And no, it’s not parachuting!).

Cultivating a regular yoga and meditation practice can prepare you for anything. That sounds like quite a claim but it’s true. If you can achieve a natural resting state of equanimity and emotional resilience then you are pretty much prepared for whatever comes your way.

I know because I speak from experience. A recent example is from early 2019 where I had to have an operation and undergo surgery. It is without doubt that my yoga and meditation practice helped me physically and mentally, pre and post surgery. The many years of yoga and mindfulness helped create the resilience necessary to face difficult times. Since my operation I feel that there has been a radical shift in my nervous system and consciousness, and my body has an unprecedented degree of suppleness and energy.  This is thanks to the operation itself but also to my regular practice of meditation and breathing work, all part of yoga.

Mindfulness research is showing how meditation can benefit physical health as well as mental well being and the best way to know this is to experience it for yourself.

Yoga unites the mind and the body through the breath, and that is an almost literal translation of the word. It also helps us in times of difficulty. When I did the 8 week MBCT course some years ago, the trainer said that sustained meditation practice was like weaving your own parachute, so that when the time comes when you need all the help you can muster, your parachute is ready. As Mark Williams and Danny Penman wrote in ‘Mindfulness: Finding Peace in a Frantic World’, “there’s no point in doing this when we’re falling headlong towards destruction. We have to weave our parachute every day so that it’s always there to hold us in an emergency.”

Here are two videos, one is a short guided meditation, the other one is a body scan. Both can help you in your journey to weave your own parachute:

We are what we repeatedly do

We all have our positive and negative habit energies, cultivated over the course of our lives, a result of conditions and circumstances over time.

If we are aware of our negative habit energies or behaviours, then we might choose to do something about them, especially if we start to become aware of the detrimental impact on ourselves and those we interact with. The start of the process is befriending the self and becoming aware of how we act in the world, getting to know who we are from the inside out, stepping back and viewing this world of I, Me and Mine.

One way to begin is by bringing attention to the breath, even for a moment, this will set the stage for facing that moment, and the next one with greater clarity. It creates a small window to tune into the body and the mind, sensing what’s going on.

It takes practice to catch our reactions as they are emerging. Through ongoing meditation and mindfulness practice we start to lessen the hold that repetitive thought patterns can have on the mind and the body. Over time, through self observation, reflection, and self understanding, we can affect change, bit by bit, until the grip of the negative habit energy starts to loosen itself. Using the breath as an anchor in difficult moments we can create space so that instead of amplifying our reaction we can pause and choose how to respond.

The negative habit energy will not disappear completely, but overtime will reduce in volume.

As Aristotle said, we are what we repeatedly do, so let’s make the time and the effort to become the better version of ourselves.

Reviews

I became more in touch with my feelings

After some years of postponing the decision to take yoga classes I finally decided to go for weekly private classes with Satty. My initial thought was to improve my flexibility for running, but because of the meditation part I also gradually became better in touch with my feelings, stimulating me to follow a path of personal growth. Satty is very mindful of my needs, her tea is delicious and we also have a lot of fun and good conversations (in English). I would really recommend Satty as a yoga teacher and she’s a wonderful person as well.

Luc

Het is een moment in de week die mij op de been houdt in de hectiek van de rest van die week

Al jaren yogalessen uitgesteld, af en toe wat uitgeprobeerd, maar dat bleek iedere keer niks. Ondanks de ontmoediging toch weer geprobeerd en contact gelegd met Satty. Een wereld ging voor me open! Yogalessen kunnen dus toch fijn en bemoedigend zijn. Zelfs gezellig, haha.

Het verwondert me iedere keer weer hoe goed Satty weet aan te voelen wat ik nodig heb en soepel weet haar programma aan te passen. Het is heel makkelijk open te zijn bij haar, maar ze is zeker niet soft! Ze laat je gewoon ploeteren, maar altijd op een leuke en ongedwongen manier en met veel humor! Van begin tot eind zet ze alles in voor jou. Dat is een gave. Het is een moment in de week die mij op de been houdt in de hectiek van de rest van die week.

Jet

It’s been life changing for me

Fab vinyasa flow sessions with SattyYoga. Satty’s zoom classes are in English so if any UK or US, or bilingual friends or family want to join, I would highly recommend Satty for yoga, it’s been life changing for me. Years of dodgy knees and multiple operations meant I was sore, stiff and in pain, now I can sit cross legged, kneel, stand on 1 leg and basically am fitter than I was in my 30s. Yoga for life now 🙂

Clare

Satty has made me connect with myself physically and mentally

I had the opportunity to introduce myself to yoga thanks to Satty yoga/meditation/stretching classes that she offered through the lockdown. Satty has made me connect with myself physically and mentally. She makes this amazing connection with people and transports you into a peaceful and quiet time with yourself but also she can take you through exercises to work parts of your body that need stretch and care. Also Satty makes me smile and when an instructor makes you smile in a relaxing way for me is that is a sign of joy.

Maria

I seriously love working out with Satty!

Satty designs workouts for every level. In my case I really like to be challenged at an advanced level. In a regular class she stills knows how to personalise exercises and focus on what is needed. For me she designs total mind-body classes which combine strengthening and stretching poses.

Satty challenges me to vigorously wring out my body and restore its balance with deep breathing and meditation. Feeling great and grounded afterwards. It’s not only the workout why I joined yoga with Satty. It’s also her style of teaching and the small classes.

The combination of a qualified professional with lots of humor and really easy going, who can explain the mechanics of the poses and what they entail is really valuable to me. And sometimes I do bring my kids (primary school age) along for a private class. They love it … Already looking forward to my next class:)

Maaike

Satty has a really good sense to feel what I need during the class

Last year I was looking for a yoga class. After studying Satty’s website I felt I needed to join a class.

After about a half year taking classes on and off I was looking for more regularity in my practice. And I prefer them doing 1 to 1 so I started with private sessions.

Due to the regularity and the private sessions soon I felt the benefits of yoga. The combination of meditation awareness and building strength was what I was looking for and something I really needed. Satty has a really good sense to feel what I need during the class.

Through her experience of yoga, she knows how to manage her classes and how to adjust them last minute according to needs / requirements during the class. Her adjustments of the yoga poses are always clear and make you aware of your body and how to improve your poses.

I really enjoy the classes with Satty and I feel so much more grounded.

Lisa

Satty has helped in providing new techniques to address and work through certain emotions and thought patterns

I’ve been attending Satty’s yoga classes regularly since October 2017 and have joined 2 workshops since.

In my experience, the workshops offer a warm, safe place to explore certain emotions and thought patterns that are triggered in our minds and our bodies.  Satty has helped in providing new techniques to address and work through those patterns – for example through journaling, meditating and certain breathing techniques.  This has helped me in embracing the positive and learning to better respond rather than react to the negative, so thank you Satty for helping me find peace in the chaos.

Ruba

Satty bouwt haar lessen zorgvuldig op en doet dat op een heel plezierige manier

De drempel om naar yoga te gaan was hoog voor mij. Ik had eerder al wat ervaring opgedaan in yoga klasjes waar ik mij als man altijd wat verloren en houterig voelde. Daarom ben ik blij dat ik nu samen met mijn echtgenote privéles krijg van Satty. Zij past haar lessen aan aan jouw niveau en gaandeweg ervaar ik, naast steeds meer plezier in yoga, ook de progressie. Satty bouwt haar lessen zorgvuldig op en doet dat op een heel plezierige manier. Ik voel mij tijdens haar lessen helemaal comfortabel, ondanks dat mijn lichaam behoorlijk uitgedaagd wordt. Satty heeft daarnaast ook een goed gevoel voor humor, gewoon een fijn mens. Aanbevolen!

Leo

Satty’s training in mindfulness, alongside yoga, makes her sessions particularly valuable in these busy and stressful times

I have just completed 6 months of one-to-one yoga practice with Satty, with the aim of strengthening my core muscles in preparation for the London Marathon. I was keen to learn the basics of yoga in a one-to-one setting, rather than a class, and to understand its benefits from a mind and body perspective.
I would highly recommend Satty’s teaching to everyone. I found her sessions both relaxing and energising, giving me clear space and time in my head to relax, while my body felt stretched, strengthened and energised. It was extremely useful for my running, giving me stronger muscles and greater flexibility; and extremely beneficial mentally, to slow me down and give me much needed me-time. Satty’s training in mindfulness, alongside yoga, makes her sessions particularly valuable in these busy and stressful times.
Jo

Satty’s yoga sessions were varied and interesting and I never felt bored

When I started my Yoga with Satty I was quite specific that I wanted to do some stretching exercises to keep me supple, I also wanted to include some mindfulness and relaxation in our sessions to combat stress and anxiety.

It was gratifying to find Satty listened to what I wanted, and at each session she presented a variety of exercises to meet my needs and experience. She was enthusiastic at my progress, whilst always being encouraging to push myself a little bit further.

Because our sessions were varied and interesting I never felt bored, and always felt Satty had given our session some thought, and followed my exact requirements at all times.

She loved my cats too, so that was a bonus, as one day one of them joined in our session! I have no hesitation in recommending Satty’s yoga sessions.

Carmel

I arrive every week with my mind racing from the day’s events and within 15 minutes I can feel a calmness and clarity that wasn’t there before

If I’m honest I was sceptical as to whether yoga was for me but thought I’d give it a go 5 months ago. It has been a fantastic experience. What works for me is the combination of yoga and mindfulness as I get the benefit of not just feeling physically stronger from the yoga training but mentally calmer after every lesson. I arrive every week with my mind racing from the day’s events and within 15 minutes I can feel a calmness and clarity that wasn’t there before. Satty has a fantastic gift in teaching both aspects, is great fun and the classes never get stale as she introduces new ideas and new challenges to keep my body and mind “softly smiling”!
Kevin

Satty is patient, very knowledgeable and hugely respectful of my abilities; she’s also great fun!

I have been taking yoga lessons with Satty since the start of 2016 and I can wholeheartedly recommend her 1:1 classes.
I was a complete yoga novice and took it up to help with shoulder pain and all round fitness. I can honestly say that I have noticed a marked improvement in both areas.
Satty is patient, very knowledgeable and hugely respectful of my abilities; she’s also great fun!
Ana

Satty is incredibly supportive going at a pace that is just right for me

“Over the last few months Satty has been helping me develop my yoga practice, so that I am able to further develop my skill within the class and practice at home. Satty is incredibly supportive going at a pace that is just right for me. I’m not let off the hook either as each time we meet Satty tactfully enables me to extend my stretches and poses.
Already I am feeling the benefits. My feet feel more connected to the ground that I walk on. I find that although the stresses and strains of a busy modern life don’t disappear at work or home, I am now better placed to respond in a calmer and more mindful way.”
Melanie

Satty’s enthusiasm and passion for yoga really shows through in her classes

I have thoroughly enjoyed learning and developing my yoga practise with Satty. She is a very knowledgeable teacher and is great at gauging ability and adapting to suit. Satty’s enthusiasm and passion for yoga really shows through in her classes and I always come away after a class feeling invigorated, energised and satisfied. Thanks Satty!

Mez

Timetable and Costs

Private lessons for individuals and couples take place throughout the week from Monday to Friday at Satty Yoga premises in Vathorst, Amersfoort. Depending on your needs and whereabouts private lessons are also available online via zoom.

To enquire or sign up, email satty.verbart@gmail.com or

WhatsApp +31 (0)623598162

Cost

One private lesson: 50 euros.
A class card for 6 private lessons: 240 euros.

A six class card for couples is 260 euros.

All one to one classes are given in person, in confidence at Satty Yoga premises or on zoom. Tea is served and yoga mats and props provided. The total contact time is 75 minutes.

Payment to be made online: NL38ABNA0254230377 (bank transfer, tikkie or paypal).

Satty VerbArt is a registered teacher with Yoga Alliance Professionals. This accreditation demonstrates excellent standards as set by Yoga Alliance Professionals.

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