Category archives: Blog

  • Radiant Living magazine

  • We are delighted to announce the launch of our new online magazine, Radiant Living!  The Radiant Light Yoga community are contributing to bring you a new source of inspiration for yoga on and off the mat. Save Save
  • Relax and Restore Teacher Training

  • Relax and Restore Level 1 Immersion Dates : 1 – 5 March 2017 To ‘rest’, to ‘relax’ and to ‘restore’ is a natural vital process in our lives. Rest supports optimal physiological functioning, and promotes healing and growth. During rest, one’s autonomic nervous system switches from sympathetic-dominance to parasympathetic-dominance, regeneration and restoration is accelerated. Research has shown that relaxation and rest is essential to everyone of all ages and culture, size and shape. Come and learn the science and art of Restorative Yoga, the skills to practice active relaxation. This immersion supports ample space and time for learning, reflection and integration. Whether your intention is to deepen personal understanding of restorative practices, or to offer it to family / friends, or to teach and share this healing practice, there will be comprehensive coverage of both the theoretical and practical application of restorative yoga. This comprehensive immersion offers 30 ho[...]
  • 8 Week Yoga Therapy Course

  • The Yoga Therapy 8-week course is a comprehensive and evidence-based program for anyone looking to reduce stress or suffering from anxiety and/or depression.  All sessions will be held at Radiant Light Yoga in Brussels.  The course combines specific yoga therapy techniques to: Enhance the functioning of the nervous system to improve well-being Improve self-awareness Promote the support of others by recognising habitual patterns of thought and behaviour. Both awareness and therapeutic yoga are well known to help improve anxiety and depression, this 8 week yoga therapy course will help you access these profound healing properties. Each session will be 2 hours long and will include education on mind-body functioning, a 70 minute yoga practice, breath work, additional mind-body activities and group discussion. Research reveals that faster and more long-term healing occurs through the intelligent integration of mind and body techniques. No previous yoga expirience is[...]
  • Yoga as Medicine + Science of Yoga

  • Timothy McCall, M.D. is a specialist in internal medicine, the medical editor of Yoga Journal and the author of the bestselling Yoga as Medicine: The Yogic Prescription for Health and Healing (Bantam). He is one of the co-editors of the just-released medical textbook on yoga therapy, The Principles and Practice of Yoga in Health Care (Handspring Publishing). He teaches Yoga As Medicine Seminars and Teacher Trainings in the U.S. and worldwide. 15-16 October 2016 (8:30-17:00 each day) The Science of Yoga A Weekend Immersion with Timothy McCall, MD at RLY Brussels Yoga practitioners don’t need to be convinced of the health benefits of this ancient Indian mind-body discipline. They can feel it, and that evidence can seem pretty persuasive. Yet to make the case for yoga to skeptical scientists, governmental agencies, as well as doctors and other health care professionals, one needs to explain how yoga works using the language of science. Join physician, yogi and bestselling auth[...]
  • #stretchypants

  • In the land of my birth (good old USA), over the last 10 years there has been a boom in the number of shops dedicated to outfitting those who are practicing yoga, or who just love wearing yoga 'stretchy pants'.  On nearly every visit to the States, I wander around these shops and think to myself 'why don't we have something like this in Belgium?'.  Good quality clothing that is designed for the practice of yoga.  Trousers with a waistband that do not roll down when sitting for meditation.  Tops that cover your belly when you move into Downward Dog.  Clothes that allow for movement but also look nice, wash well and last for years.  Well, the waiting is over: our wonderful friends at Manduka who have been making fantastic yoga gear have now launched a clothing line!  I am thrilled to be stocking some of this line at our shop in Antwerp... stretchy pants here we come :-)  
  • 4 Year Anniversary

  • On the 1st of May we are celebrating 4 years of Radiant Light Yoga!   We have a special offer from Monday 2 May - Saturday 7 May (inclusive): bring a friend (or family member) who is new to RLY and if she/he purchases an Intro Pass, you both receive a free class!
  • Open Door Day

  • With the busy-ness of getting all of the last-minute details sorted out, this blog about opening our new yoga space in Brussels has been slightly neglected :-) Now we have started to offer classes in RLY Bxl, welcoming new students and re-uniting with students that have been in my classes for years (yay!), and generally getting things rolling. Sitting in RLY Bxl one evening and savouring a feeling of contentedness, I had a sense that the space is really starting to feel like home. I really didn’t set out to become a yoga teacher and to have yoga centres… My background is in academia and was working in research for a university when we moved to Brussels. After several years of attending yoga classes, one particularly encouraging teacher (now a wonderful friend) suggested that I might want to do the teacher training programme in order to deepen my own practice. It wasn’t until I began teaching yoga as a trainee that I realised that this was actually something I loved doing. [...]
  • 22nd November!

  • We have a date! We have a date! We have a date! It is official: Radiant Light Yoga Brussels will celebrate its grand opening on Sunday 22nd November. Yaaaayyyyyy! The plan is to have a day of yoga classes and then a party to officially launch the space. Once the details are finalised, I’ll be putting up the schedule for the day - including a registration for the classes. Everyone is welcome to join us for the party! There is such a difference in the space now - it looks so very nearly ready. The first coat of paint is on the walls, the ceiling has been painted, the wall panels are ready to be installed, the sub-floor is laid, the steps have been put in place… It looks so much larger now! The back wall will be painted a beautiful blue, which gives a lovely focus to the room and looks fabulous with the oak floors. Check out the sample book :-)
  • Yep…still in progress

  • With so much happening all the time, I’m always surprised when people ask me ‘Is the Brussels RLY up and running yet?’ and they aren’t totally amazed when I say ‘Not yet, looks like it’ll be sometime mid-November. But we DO have a boiler now!’. I might be a tad effusive about my enthusiasm about the daily progress. Okay, yes, the workers always look a bit taken aback when I appear in the doorway and start to exclaim ‘OH WOW! Look at the _______!’ (fill in with any of the following: ceiling; new wall; smooth new windowsill; cable for lights; prep for the stairs). But seriously, look at what happens from visit to visit: When the light technician comes in with a sample of the LED lights to demonstrate their effect, it is like the turning on of lights on a Christmas tree! The lighting changes everything making it softer and more inviting. We will have indirect lights so no one is laying in savasana with a light shining in their eyes - how lovely is that? The front wind[...]
  • RLY Bxl: before it gets better

  • The phrase ‘it gets worse before it gets better’ definitely applies to the building trade.  Piles of rubble grow, dust continues to gather, and wires appear… We have big movable scaffolding for the guys who are plastering the ceiling, trenches dug into the floor for the cables, and stacks of building supplies piled up in the corner.   This messy chaos brings change.  For example, to my delight, walking into the space I discovered that the entrance now includes a step rather than a ramp (the space used to be a show-room for cars, so presumably this is where they drove them in at one point).  We will gain so much additional floor space for yoga by levelling the floor.  Here is a photo of the ‘before’ and the ‘during’ - eagerly awaiting the ‘after’ :-) I walk in and visualise what people will see as they step into the space: a reception area to welcome them, a long kitchen with a tray of cups and flasks of hot tea, a table and chairs for sitting after class to enjoy the post-yoga bli[...]