Welcome to your space of peace for body, mind and soul located in the heart of Brussels. At Santidas Yoga, we teach and practice all aspects of Yoga according to its sources. By our teachings of Yoga, we seek to create peace and harmony with our students, and through that contribute together to global peace. Santi means peace, Das means Servant.
Our eight rules
- Respect your teachers and gurusAs they respect you as their students and disciples.
- Love your SelfBe gentle and kind to your-Self
- In practice you connect with your SelfIn the Studio -there is no place for your ego, mobile phones, socks, chewing gum, water-bottles, or evil thoughts.
- You are here to recognise your own inner peaceKeep other karma outside. In the Studio, your boots and coats as well.
- Practice Yoga Asanas for the sake of the body itself You might look and feel better as a result of practice. If you practice yoga because of selfish reasons, you have missed the point.
- Be disciplined; Practice, practice and practice everywhereAt all times. Give, serve, focus, study, devote yourself, exercise, breathe, meditate, reflect, with no expectations.
- Spread your light to othersTranscend your darkness alone.
- Your highest goal is your own peace and happiness We are here to assist, guide and advise, on your own path.
Life has been my Guru. Peace is my goal. Yoga is my path. (more…)
Sash, a native of Iran has been a truth seeker and Yogi since his early childhood. (more…)
As a professional musician, Ramdas discovered yoga through music without even knowing it, just by being touched by the soothing presence of his then music teacher. Due to regular yoga practice, so many changes occurred in his personal and professional life.
Day by day, Ramdas discovered another possible world: peaceful, sincere, full of life, colors and love. He then decided to go deeper and to take part in the Sampoorna Yoga Teacher Training (200h) with Shri Yogi Hari during the summer of 2013. More involved in his practice than ever, he’s very much looking forward to share this growing yoga passion with everyone who crosses his path.
Sinziana, who has been an avid practitioner also at Santidas Yoga, accomplished the Ashtanga Teacher Training at the Yoga Loft Brussels in 2014 and she’s been practicing and teaching on a regular basis since.
She also explored Yin Yoga and Acro Yoga, which she thinks complement and balance her practice. She is committed to her journey with yoga, having explored the practice with Damien de Bastier or Luke Jordan (direct students of Patthabi Jois). She hopes to share with others the richness of the practice, helping people to get to know their bodies and befriend their minds. She teaches our Ashtanga Modified Primary Series Classes and Yin Yang Yoga.
Angelica, RYT 200 Asthanga Vinyasa(2014) and RYT 50 Yin Yoga with Joe Barnet (2016), teaches classes in Brussels and Sardinia.
She discovered the mental and physical benefit of a regular yoga practice in 2009 as a cure for RSI (repeated strength injury) Since the beginning of the journey, Angelica combines her passion for yoga with the study of the human body from the holistic and scientific point of view. She regularly practices Asthanga and Vinyasa in Brussels and follows yoga and mindfulness workshops around Europe.
Maya Devi Georg (ERYT-500, RPYT, RCYT) is full blood yoga teacher and writer. Practicing since 1999 and teaching since 2002, she was lucky to have studied extensively with Swami Bua, Swami Jnanand, and Dharma Mittra, as well as having been initiated into many practices by Yogi Gupta (Swami Kailashananda).
Taking the many lessons she received from her teachers she developed her own practice a deliberate form of yoga asana where each movement and posture is unpackaged in a sequential manner to help prepare students for the next level of practice, rapidly developing the body and mind to go beyond preconceived limitations. Teaching with compassion and humor, she continues to travel and share the fruits of her studies with other practitioners all over Europe and the United States.
After having completed various fitness based courses and qualifications, I have been searching for a more complete way to express myself. Having danced all my life and dance being a means to express my emotions and feelings, yoga has shown me a new path. During years of yoga practice, I have followed this path until it led me to the Santidas TTC course and I instinctively knew I wish to take this journey. I immersed myself into study and intense practice and the experience has been rejuvenating and enriching to a point when I feel I would like to share it with the world. Due to my fitness background, my class is suitable for all levels and I offer a varied and personalised approach to the yoga participants.
Lucia practices yoga since she was a kid and she has been teaching in Italy, Germany and Brussels. She holds a 500 hours Hatha Yoga (Sivananda inspired) teacher certification from Yoga Lila in Italy and is a certified Hormone Yoga Therapy teacher with Dinah Rodrigues and Restorative Yoga Teacher with Adelene Cheong (Assistant to Judith Hanson Lasater).
Lucia’s interest in Yoga brought her to explore and practice different styles and her belief that health comes from a holistic approach, brought her to get further trainings as macrobiotics cook and food therapist at La Sana Gola in Milan and Ayurveda cook with Leela Mata at Yoga Vidya in Germany.
She is also a fond spiritual researcher and you will find spiritual elements in her classes like for example mantra chanting and short meditations.
Cloudy fell in love with aerial hammock immediately when she tried her first aerial yoga class at Santidas Yoga in Brussels. Since then, she started to take aerial classes everywhere whenever she travels: Paris, London, Geneva, Stockholm, Taipei, Mallorca and New York. She started her flying journey and found her free soul in the aerial world as a cloud, as she’s named “like a cloud” when she’s born.
She loves dancing despite having and has been chosen to represent her country-Taiwan for diplomatic missions at her young age. She’s been trained doing professional performance in Japan, Korea, Thailand, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa. Because of her passion of dance and aerial, she relishes teaching a wide variety of people with different strengths and abilities. She shapes her class around aerial comfort and fun, with safety priority.
Cloudy is a graduate of 50-Hour Aerial Yoga Teacher Training at the Om Factory New York and 25-Hour Fly Yoga Teacher Training in Fly Yoga Paris and is ready to saturate her aerial classes with fun.
Après quelques années de pratique du Yoga Kundalini, du Vinyasa, de la méditation et plus récemment du Tantra et le massage tantrique, je suis est certifié auprès Santidas en Hatha Yoga (260h) (Yoga Alliance).
Le yoga aussi bien que la musique, pour moi, sont l’harmonie de l’âme, le seul passage qui soit entre l’abstrait et le manifesté. La musique doit peindre la vie d’innombrables nuances de couleurs sinon cela devient juste du bruit. La musique maintient un équilibre, une harmonie dans la nature, essentielle pour tout le monde. J’ai également trouvé cet équilibre dans la pratique du yoga qui me donne les clés pour être plus conscient de moi-même.
Je veux donc partager mes sons, ma vision de la vie et mes expériences personnelles avec les autres, en espérant que cela puisse aider quelqu’un à être plus conscient de soi. Nous sommes tout ce dont nous avons besoin pour être heureux, nous avons juste oublié comment.
Pour moi, tout commence par la musique comme un désir inexprimé de bien-être basé sur des mélodies lentes et profondes qui me donnent un sentiment de paix et de tranquillité jusqu’à les fusionner avec le chemin du yoga qui devient mon style de vie.
L’inspiration? Chaque instant de ma vie. Les sentiments, les émotions, les situations, les personnes, les odeurs, les couleurs, les environnements, tout ce qui m’entoure et qui fait partie de mon être ici et maintenant. J’enseigne mes cours en Francais, mais comprends bien l’Anglais avec ma langue maternelle, Italien.
I started yoga in 2011 when I noticed that I was breathing from my upper chest and I knew that yoga could help me.
I remember my first class, I felt uncomfortable with the spirituality but it was a slap, I hadn’t realized how stiff I was.
My first approach of yoga was therefore the physical part, it gave me the awareness of my body. As I was practicing, I was enjoying the meditation part in each posture, having a quiet mind and a smooth breath.
I couldn’t explain it but I couldn’t stay too long time without practicing, something was missing within me. From that moment I definitely knew that yoga was much more than a physical thing.
It became a passion, a way of life and teaching is my way to share all these beautiful experiences.
Natasha’s first life journey started in Athens, Greece and life brought her to the US for her University studies and then to Brussels, a quarter of century ago !Her second life journey started in the Santidas Yoga Studio, 3 years ago when she started practising yoga with Sash and Santidas, during a challenging time in her life.
What started as a simple inquiry turned into a life passion and lifelong journey of self-discovery and path to inner peace.Natasha completed the Santidas 250 hours Teacher Training Course in May 2018 and is looking forward to building her practice and furthering her studies and teaching of yoga in the years to come.
Mon nom yogique est Ahamta (signifiant « Je suis »). Neuropsychologue de profession et passionnée par le domaine de « la conscience », j’ai abordé le yoga à titre professionnel et personnel. En pratiquant la neuropsychologie clinique, j’ai réalisé que les fonctions cognitives telles que l’attention et la mémoire, ne pouvaient être prises en charge efficacement tant que le patient n’est pas « présent », avec toute sa conscience physique et mentale. La voie du corps nous permet de retrouver un véritable ancrage, de se libérer de l’agitation superflue, d’entretenir un vrai rapport au présent et d’évoluer avec authenticité. (more…)
I discovered yoga in 2009 while changing career path and it gave me the confidence to open up to new possibilities. It was fascinating to observe the apparent slowness of Yoga which forces one to bring attention to the body in an awareness process reminding me of psychotherapeutic practice. At one moment, I began to feel the effects of Yoga on the mind and the perception that we have of ourselves and the world around us. More recently Yoga, is the practice that allowed me to survive the daily stress at work as the only moment during the day where I could focus and calm the mind, releasing from an exhausting multitasking mind set. The Teacher Training at Santidas Yoga allowed me to discover a discipline which is so vast and rich that it does not cease to surprise me. As a teacher, I like to give tips and hints to increase body awareness and get closer to one Self.
I discovered Yoga after a serious back problem that almost paralysed me. Until then, I had ignored my body. The practice healed me by opening me to new perspectives of life. I became a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher, trained by Willy Bok in Brussels and continue to train with Abhijata Iyengar (BKS Iyengar’s granddaughter) David Meloni, Christain Pisano, Rita Keller, Zubin (and others). At the same time, I continue to work as a professional cameraman, which helps me to have a detachment, which, as a teacher, helps me to be an attentive observer of student practice. The Iyengar method is for Yoga the same as what is classical dance for dance in general. It is a method that gives the practitioner a precise and solid foundation. This precision in the postures as well as the use of the accessories is to facilitate alignments and protects from possible injuries. Being a yoga teacher is a commitment to oneself and others. It is to become a “sadhaka” one who pursues a path of inner development. To transmit one’s knowledge and practice is also to continue to teach students with compassion. Other activities include the creation of a group that actively promote dialogue and exchange between yoga teachers in order to deepen ties with the Belgian Yoga community. I also enjoy filmed portraits of Yogi.ni.s for Belgian television and expand the knowledge and understanding of Yoga.
Making Yoga part or essence of your life offers a wonderful opportunity for self-growth and enables you to recognise and remember your inner PEACE regardless of what is going on around externally.
Everyone is born with and within Yoga, so everybody can practice it.
In our studio we teach you to perform asana, and breathe, and connect to the spirit within yourself. With full dedication, patience and concentration, of you Yoga practice you be able to form a strengthened and flexible body, with increased energy levels. The increased supply of oxygen and blood circulating through your body, and your reconnection of body, mind and soul can heal your pain; give you more power, joy and true self-knowledge.
Relaxation is an essential part of approach. Instead of producing lactic acid and cortisol in your body, which fatigues the body and mind, our method is to create the effect of increased energy and inner peace after the practice.
Through becoming One through the practice of Yoga, we are able to experience inner harmony. This felt Peace is the light that will guide us in also in our professional, personal life.
The physical effect of Yoga Asanas (Postures)
All yoga postures without any exception have therapeutic effects. That is why this ancient discipline existe since the first civilisation of human history.
Yoga is like a health-guard. It guides you to find your true Health (not illusory). By regular practice the body finds its own original source of energy and it starts to flow in a very natural way. Your body will be stronger and full of Prana (life energy). Your metabolism, hormonal balance, blood circulation and generation of cells are optimized.
Your practice must be devotional, sincerely, earnestly and without Ego. If you practice for a selfish reasons, you will miss the target. Yoga is an attitude a life philosophy which can make our life happy, harmonious and peaceful. It is not a once off solution to make you look pretty. You need to practice regularly and with full dedication, not only in the studio but everywhere.
A few minutes of practice and you will feel the change. The more you practice, the more you feel the physical, mental and spiritual improvement. It is as if you practice your own, deep, psychotherapy. The formerly clinging disappointments, pain, anger, fear and unsolved conflicts, are being made conscious, detached and resolved through a healing processes that comes through your practice.
Instead of focusing on negative thoughts, disciples of Yoga are being instructed to reconnect to their own divine being.
This is how we practice Yoga. Based on the ancient scriptures and wisdom and truth from the seekers, and what we have and are experiencing in our search, we offer our guidance to those who seek the key to a fulfilled and peaceful life.