Online Conference


Ashtanga Yoga Eindhoven Conference

5th of April, 11:00am

Thanks to all participants that joined the conference on the 22nd and the 29th of March!

If you have any remarks on those conferences that you would like to share please contact us via the contact page.


Next conference will be on the 5th of April, 11:00 am.

Meeting ID: 832 686 813


Maximum capacity is 100 participants.
The host will start the meeting approximately ten minutes prior to the starting time.
Uncertainty on the Conference Topic

We had some questions on what a conference is, and if there should be ‘a topic’. We would like to share our thoughts on that.

A Conference is ashtanga community support, lecture and discussion with regard to the method. An opportunity to discuss doubts and obstacles and to clarify the traditional methodology in a question and answer setting.

There will not be ‘a topic’, it’s not a lecture in the traditional sense, it’s ‘satsang’ or a spiritual gathering where the subjects are intuited and the objective is peace of mind.

An important part of the conference is the room for questions. How to ask question can be read below.

Getting Zoom
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Entering the meeting
When you are entering the meeting your microphone is initially muted.
When you enter before 11:00 it is ok to unmute for a short while and say “Hi!”.
When you enter after 11:00 please keep your microphone on mute.
There will be time for questions
When you have a question you can use the “raise hand” option of Zoom (On phones: it is available in the “more” section of the menu). Our moderator Richard will invite you to ask your question when Nick is ready to take questions (He wil use the name you provided to Zoom for this).
When you are invited for your question, the moderator will unmute you and invite you verbally.
The moderator will lower your hand.
Alternatively, you can ask your question via chat, either directly to ‘everyone’ so everybody can see the question, or you can ask the moderator Richard to ask the question for you.
Contact the moderator
When you want to contact the moderator (Richard) you can use the chat option (on phones: it is available in the “more” section of the menu).
If you have trouble getting into the meeting, you can contact the host via email:


On some phones the Zoom app does not show camera when you are in “Save Driving Mode”. You have to disable the “Save Driving Mode”.

The app will ask if you allow it to use the camera and the microphone. Please allow. If you did not allow and you want to change that, you have to go to your phone settings and allow the Zoom App to use your microphone and video.

More support can be found on the Zoom website:

Online videos

 If you see this website on a mobile device you might want to put your phone in landscape mode for the best experience. 

Online videos

This first video is about a few thoughts on how to adapt to the current Corona virus situation with regards to maintaining a home practice. I have also given an introduction to nadi shodhana (alternate nostril breathing) which our teacher Sharath Jois teaches in Mysore. Below the video I clarify the instruction, in case my explanations were not clear enough in the video.

When external guidance is needed we invite you to go to the source of our practice (SONIMA website by R. Sharath Jois).

Nadi Shodana
Position right hand as shown in the video.
Block right nostril with thumb
Inhale through left (3 second)
Block left nostril with left fingers
Exhale through right nostril (3 seconds)

Repeat 5 times

Then start again starting with the left nostril.
Repeat 5 times

You can do 3 to 5 rounds for mental balance and a sense of peace and calm.


In our daily Mysore classes Katia and I chant the Mantras and Shlokas we learned with our teacher Prof. MV Varadarajan, Mysore. Vedic recitation forms a large part of our daily practice and the benefits of chanting (or even simply listening) are considerable. Once the student has largely committed the passages to memory it is possible to get the feeling that the text is chanting you. Vedic recitation is powerful meditation, great for improving concentration and effective mind medicine.

We have recorded some essential mantras.

Opening Ashtanga Mantra: Invocation to Patanjali

Firstly the Opening Ashtanga invocation to Patanjali. I have left spaces so you can repeat the way we do in class.

Closing Ashtanga Mantra: Mangala Mantra

Then the Closing Ashtanga Mangala Mantra. Also here I have left spaces so you can repeat the way we do in class.

Ganesha Stotram

Then there is this very popular mantra to the Elephant headed Hindu deity Ganesh who is the lord of obstacles. We chant to Ganesh to clear blocked energy and make our journey smooth and fruitful.

Shanti Mantra

From the Taitirya Upanishad, a mantra to sanctify the relationship between teacher and student.

Sri Rudram / Chamakam

Finally I have managed to record all of Sri Rudram and Chamakam in one sitting. These are the principal prayers to Lord Shiva the Hindu God of destruction. Singing Rudram and Chamakam is praying for benevolence and blessings from the creator and destroyer, Shiva who is essentially pure consciousness.