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knowledge from within

Vijnana means knowledge from within in Sanskrit. I love the simplicity and space for individual experience this form of Yoga offers. It is clear and down-to-earth.

Practicing Yoga is a means to better get to know ‘yourself’ and to be able to see more clearly. In turn, you develop a stable mind and a resilient body.

Vijnana yoga is a balanced discipline, Yin and Yang, passive and dynamic, relaxing and powerful. The mind and body are evenly scrutinized. Not just sitting, not just sweating. Finding the middle ground.

The classes start with meditation and con­scious breathing. The emphasis lies on the quiet and attention being built up. Practicing asanas is a chance to tune in mind and body. This dance is the dance of Yoga. You develop an attentive­ness that makes these move­ments precise and healing.

The seven base principles of Vijnana yoga are: relaxing the body, quieting the mind, intention, grounding, connecting, breathing, extending and expanding.

The founder of Vijnana yoga is Orit Sen-Gupta. However, this form of yoga is nothing new - it is based in the classic yoga tradi­tions of North-India. Orit Sen-Gupta herself apprenticed with Krishna­machary's students Patthabi Jois and B.K.S. Iyengar. She also worked together with Dona Holleman for many years.

Marta with one hand on the floor and the other hand reaching towards the ceiling in a Vijnana yoga pose
Marta balances herself on her hands on the floor in a Vijnana yoga pose

“Put a fish on land and he will re­member the ocean until he dies. Put a bird in a cage, yet he will not forget the sky. Each remains homesick for his true home, the place where his nature has decreed that he should be...”

—  Master Han Shan (1546-1623)

yoga classes

Please note: classes are being taught online. Book your classes by going to: Samana Yoga Center.

Online Vijñana Afternoon Practice

In this class we start with meditation and soft pranayama to digest the day and relax the mind. The chosen asanas bring stability and the inversions provide a way to calm the nervous system and improve your sleep.

Suitable for all levels

Every Monday

20:00 - 21:00

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Roll & Release

Roll & Release is a way of self-massaging the con­nective tissue (fascia) by using balls and other props. In this class, we approach alle­viating tensions in the body with soft, round movements.

Suitable for all levels

Last Sunday of the month

17:00 - 18:30

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Restorative Tensegrity

This class is based on the principles of biotensegrity. The body is seen as an inter­connected network of parts.

A series of exercises done lying down to sti­mulate the body to move easier, lighter and steadier from a basis of connectivity. Move­ments are less costly when learning to dis­cover the more subtle powers in your body.

Suitable for all levels

Every Thursday

09:30 - 11:00

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Online Restorative workshop

Various Restorative workshops.

Consult Samana Yoga Center’s online workshops page for the most up-to-date information.

Suitable for all levels

Various Fridays

09:30 - 11:30

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locations

Samana Yoga Center

Droogbak 11, Amsterdam

By car To reach Samana Yoga Center by car, you need to park in the area. Use the address above on the City of Amster­dam’s website (in Dutch) to see where you can do so.

By public transport Samana Yoga Center is located parallel to the Haar­lemmerstraat, an 8-minute walk from Amsterdam Central Station.

Yogaschool Noord (NDSM)

Plotterstraat 24, Amsterdam

By car To reach Yogaschool Noord by car, you need to park in the area. Use the address above on the City of Amster­dam’s website (in Dutch) to see where you can do so.

By public transport Yogaschool Noord is a 5-minute bike ride or a 12-minute walk from the NDSM ferry.