Meet The Yoga Instructor


Yin Teacher Training

Wow, I can’t believe I did it. It has been聽an intensive, emotional and wonderful journey. And now I can officially call myself a Yoga Instructor. Or, as one of my colleagues so accurately put it this morning, I am certified flexible. I can hardly wait to set up my first class. I’m brainstorming themes, experimenting with designs for my website. When I’m in the shower, just before I go to sleep, and even when I am trying to concentrate on my work at the office, ideas keep popping up in my head.

Keep visiting my blog for updates. And expect to read lots of yoga wisdom the upcoming months!

21 Day Meditation Challenge: Creating Abundance


So, I’ve decided to give Deepak Chopra‘s 21 Day Meditation Challenge another go. The theme for November will be Creating Abundance. Since the DJ and I are trying to buy a house in the near future, we could definitely use some abundance! I’m curious to see if that’ll work… 馃槈


Register for the all new 21 Day Meditation Challenge with Deepak Chopra: Creating Abundance


Since last meditation challenge didn’t end very well (after one week of meditating every day it ended with a lot of email updates that I didn’t follow up), I am hereby trying again. I now know what to expect (10 minutes of meditation a day) I hope this time I’ll be more prepared.

Anyone who wants to join me on this one? This challenge will start on Monday November 5th. Let me know if you’ll be joining in the comments below! As always with these meditation challenges, you can register and participate for free.

Foodie Penpals August 2012

The Lean Green Bean

This week I received my very first Foodie Penpals parcel from Julia from Something Missing. The first thing I noticed when I opened the parcel was a strong fishy smell. Auch! I’m not a big fan of fishy smells, so I tried to figure out what could be the culprit. Most of the things Julia send me where sweet snacks, but as it turned out, she also included something called “smoked dulse”. She wrote:

I thought I would include a couple of Irish things. (…) some smoke dulse which is edible seaweed. I live by the sea and this is quite popular locally! You can just eat it as it is althoug it does have quite an overpowering taste, so I like to add just a little bit to a big salad to add a little kick!

I’m all for trying something new, but this one I couldn’t get in an air tight container fast enough. Later on of course I tried it out and as for the overpowering taste, she was definitely right. But I will probably add it to聽a salad sometime soon!

Foodie Penpals Parcel August 2012

The rest of the package contained of all sorts of snacks. As I indicated when Julia asked me if I had any allergies or (dis)likes, I’m always on the lookout for healthy stuff to munch on while I’m in the office. Long days require good fuel. And she sure send me some good fuel!

Dried Fruit and Seed Bars No Sugar Added

I particularly liked the home made fruit and seed bars with no added sugar. I just found out that Julia added the recipe in her latestblog聽post. I’ll definitely will be making these in the near future!

Usually I don’t buy fruity snacks that often, so it was good that she added some dried fruit snack bars for me to try too. And I really liked the fruit, nut & yogurt mix from Nature “with a hint of naughty”. In my book, if you find something with the word “naughty” in the name, you can’t go wrong. I especially loved the yogurt coated dried pineapple bits. Definitely something I will try buy here in Holland (anyone know where I can find those?).

Nature with a hint of naughty

As this was my first Foodie Penpals swap, I was pretty curious at how it would turn out. But I definitely got some nice goodies! My desk drawer is all filled up for the week thanks to Julia!

If you wanna join, please head over to The Lean Green Bean (for US and Canadian residents) or Rock Salt (if you live in the UK or in Europe), where you can sign up as a Foodie Penpal (you don’t need to be a blogger, but it certainly makes things more fun!).

We’ll Always Have Paris: Food


As you may or may not have noticed the DJ and I went to Paris for the weekend. We actually planned to travel to some sunny island for a two-week holiday, but unfortunately the DJ couldn’t get the time off, so instead he surprised me with Paris. I should have known it coming, since he promised me we would go a long time ago. So after some thorough preparatory homework (which included watching The Da Vinci Code and Le Fabuleux Destin d’Am茅lie) we hopped on the Thalys for a few days of cr锚pes, French cuisine and champagne.

The first evening we found this lovely little Italian place (I know, we should have gone for local, French food, and we were planning to!). Just a few weeks ago we started watching The Sopranos, after most of my friends told me we really should. It never came to it, but immediately after the first few episodes both the DJ and I were hooked. So when we walked by this place we couldn’t just walk by and forget.

Restaurant Soprano in Paris

We both love Italian food. There’s also a little Italian restaurant in London which serves the best pizza in the world (or at least the best pizza I ever had). I can’t remember it’s name, it’s on a side road of Oxford Street. I’m sure we’ll go there next time we’re in London, so I’ll fill you in on the name of the restaurant another time.

I guess I’m getting off track. Soprano in Paris is located at聽33 Avenue de Saint Ouen, and has some delicious pasta dishes. We tried the penne arabiata (the DJ’s favorite) and this delicious baby:

Pasta at Soprano in Paris

Unfortunately I can’t remember the name of the dish. I really have to start paying attention to things, if I want to blog about them! 聽But it tasted like I was in Italy. It helped of course that the owner was a real Italian and a big fan of The Sopranos (hence the name of the place and all the Sopranos photos on the walls).

Another lovely place that served great food was Le Trente Huit, near the Eiffel Tower. Besides the wine they served (OMG, if I would live in Paris, I’d probably be an alcoholic with all those delicious ros茅 wines), these were our choices:

Entrec么te for the DJ (with the best tasting roasted potatoes of this planet, I don’t know what they did to them, but it felt like we were in heaven) and Magret de canard au miel et gingembre, et gratin dauphinois (Duck Breast with Honey and Ginger, served with Gratin Dauphinois Potatoes):

Entrec么te at Le Trente Huit in Paris

Canard au miel et gingembre (Duck with Honey and Ginger) at Le Trente Huit in Paris

As this post is getting longer any minute now, I promise you guys some more pics of Paris coming up sometime this week! Let’s just call this Part 1: Food

Miso Salmon or Chicken Spinach Parm?


Usually I’m a creature of habits: Broccoli Potatoes and Veggie Burger on Monday, Hot Curry on Tuesday, Pasta on Wednesday… you get the picture. But this week I decided to try a new recipe everyday. My focus: high in protein and a whole lot of veggies.

The highlights of this week:

Miso Salmon and Broccoli

Miso Salmon and Broccoli

Chicken Spinach Parm with Rice and Snow Peas

Chicken Spinach Parm with Rice and Snow Peas