Author: Nina de Haan

Starting out as a Yoga Teacher

This is to let you know I am officially starting out as a Kundalini Yoga teacher! I am having my own class, in the early morning of Wednesdays. I made posters for it and spread them through town!

At first I was pretty nervous about spreading the posters, because I was afraid people would not like them or me. I felt vulnerable, especially since I drew and wrote the posters by hand. But actually I really love how they turned out, so after hanging some I feel confident again.

And hey, I’m just starting out! I get plenty opportunity to grow as a Teacher and as a person! Every week in my class, for starters. 🙂

More info on those weekly classes (in Wageningen) on Sita-Angad.com.

I promise to come around with non-yoga- or slightly-yoga-related posts some time. I have a new (Fair)phone with a good camera so I can re-start gathering vegan food pictures for the vegan food gallery, for example (insofar it’s still relevant in current vegan-friendly times).

Happy Winter Solstice!

We have arrived at the winter solstice of the Northern Hemisphere! We have successfully navigated through the darkening days, the period in which darkness grows. We have come through Halloween, and the full length of autumn. Autumn was really sweet this year, wasn’t it? Autumn colours prevailed for a long time. And now: Happy solstice! Let’s celebrate this point of maximum darkness, and the turning point after which the tide turns towards more light. What will the light bring? What’s in it for us this upcoming season? For all people who do not particularly value celebrating Christmas, including me, I wish for us to celebrate the solstice instead. After all, isn’t this how Christmas started? Living with the cycles of nature is wonderful. It’s crazy to think that we humans are getting more and more loose from these cycles, because of artificial lighting and what-not. So until quite recently, we were much more in tune with the natural cycles of nature and the Earth. I’d say we are likely even built to be so in …

Life/plans taking form

Sat Nam,

Yes, I am a yogi now, so this is how I greet you. 😉 In all seriousness, I have been incorporating Kundalini Yoga in my routine, in baby steps. This past weekend was the fourth weekend of my L1 Teacher Training and I gave my first yoga class*! This happened during the collective morning practice, the sadhana. I liked it a lot and I wasn’t even nervous about it on the day itself. Maybe I found my thing at last. Or part of it. (*I taught the Kriya for the Lymph Glands, it’s a great one, like most are.)

More serious news is that I am in doubt over whether to renew this domain or not. As you may notice right now: I have not been using this page, and I doubt if anyone has found it useful in the meantime. One reason for all this doubt and non-behaviour is that I am starting a new project and website in the future: sita-angad.com. Sita Angad Kaur is my spiritual name, hence the domain name.


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Music makes all the difference

There are times in which certain kinds of music can cause a great shift in your mood or even consciousness. Sometimes I forget about this possibility, and I get surprised by how powerful music can be. On that note I want to share some of the music I’ve been very thankful for in the last months and year. Ajeet Kaur: My favourite song is the live version Kiss the Earth (live in Amsterdam), it is absolutely beautiful and soothing. My second favourite song from her is Peace: I love the shift that occurs in the middle (this is a spoiler, but it’s good to know for people who don’t like slow music!). And then Suniai. Relevant to note is that Ajeet Kaur is a kundalini yogi! This may explain some of the quality of the music and how easy it is so be carried away by it. (I’ve only listened to her music through YouTube so I don’t know all yet!) Rising Appalachia: This female duo makes very soulful and uplifting songs. I think their music really motivates to be optimistic and …

On my path & the kundalini yoga chapter

After my latest burst of inspiration for my blog in November, I have again found other inspirations elsewhere. I drifted away, again. I came back now because I keep having this need to justify and explain my writing behaviour and patterns. This comes forth of my need to live my soul purpose and to justify to myself why I am not fully doing that yet. These months I am doing a lot of inner work. The purpose is to get clear on my purpose and my very next moves, and to transform some inner blockages. I am full of dreams, but being practical about it, is not one of my strengths yet. Part of my difficulties seems to stem from the fact that my main interests are hard to put in boxes. I cannot even put it in words yet. I am interested in sustainability on a systems level: I love the interactions. I love to see, on the broader scale, what goes wrong and what goes well. I love to relate our personal experiences …

New ‘barefoot’ shoes – an old way of walking

When I walk in the streets with my new shoes, people seem to look at me kinda funny. I happily let them take a good look, for the shoes represent a natural way of moving everyone should know about. Besides, I live in a small city, so soon the funny looks will be replaced by recognition and people will simply go ‘oh it’s the woman with the cool shoes’, hopefully followed by a ‘where can I get those?!’. The shoes I’m talking about are from a company called Wildling. Wildling was born from the observation that kids’ shoes do not allow for a natural movement of the feet and the body, leading to unhealthy feet. That is why Anna and Ran decided to come up with kids’ shoes that do allow for natural movement! Wildling was born. And I am very happy it did! I have been looking for and awaiting pretty barefoot shoes and Wildling shoes make the cut. I’ve already owned a Vibram Five Fingers pair for over four years, but these shoes …

The Goddess at Boom Festival 2018

Boom Festival 2018 was absolutely beautiful. It took place back in the summer, and I have been wanting to share one glorious thing. You’re already seeing her: this gigantic and beautiful artwork of the Goddess. She was situated right next to the main stage. She’s made out of wood, and her heart is filled with nature. And how impressive she already looks like this; in she evening she would transform to an even more magnificent work of art through exquisite light projections, highlighting all different details of her, and changing rapidly so to form this living breathtaking presence. I am gigantically impressed by Boom Festival, by the beautiful location which is prepared with so much care, with artworks situated basically everywhere. The transformation between day and night was very impressive too. I really hope to go back there again, potentially in the summer of 2020. The picture is taken from the official Boom Festival 2018 art gallery, and specifically from the work of esWEB. You can check out the gallery to see more of Boom …

Yes to Nose & no to plastic surgery

Recently I read a blog post in which the author openly described the process of her considering plastic surgery on her nose so to improve her looks. My reaction? A blog post-worthy comment. I was so inspired because I have had my own troubles relating to my nose and to other parts of my body. This post is a further exploration of my thoughts and feelings. I cheer for everyone who chose to not use plastic surgery but to accept themselves as they are instead. Or to at least aim to learn to accept themselves. Getting to self-acceptance takes a lot of practice, I acknowledge that. I cheer for this because the positive effects of plastic surgery are so little. I would almost say that they are insignificant to the unwanted side-effects. The only positive thing about it is the change in looks, really. The other effects include: physical stress or damage, financial costs, negative side-effects that are associated to making the surgery happen (e.g. carbon emissions, involved money flows). Then there’s the psychological effects …

Female Power Friday #03

Evolution! From this edition onward this rubric is about female power instead of female empowerment. The word ’empowerment’ implies that the person ‘to be empowered’ does not already have power (of their own). I personally do think female power sounds more powerful than its predecessor, so there: a change in name.

Read this post to read about a celebrity who stopped wearing make up two years ago, to discover an amazing visionary artist and to check out my newest body-positive textile items! Plus an amazing one I spotted on the go.

Know your value

Dear lovers, I likely need to restructure my work (here) so to make it more accessible and more valuable. I will update you as soon as I know more about how it will happen. 💓 Now I will share something I wrote half a year ago about knowing your value. Since then, I have come to value myself a lot more. I get so caught up in world problems and in feeling responsible for things, including the feelings of people around me, that I forget to just be. I still have this negative belief that I am not good enough or not worthy of love. This belief tells me that I have to meet all kinds of requirements to earn respect and love. Conditional love this is. I also hold the belief that I am ugly. I feel ashamed for having this belief. I feel torn between loving myself and my body and being humble. I long for looks to not matter and for not judging people or bodies based on their looks. On the other hand …