1. LATIN DANCE
Let's get together for some (L.A. style) salsa dancing as well as Zouk, Bachata, Kizomba, and any other latin-style dancing you like. I was looking for a group and could only find a Cuban Salsa meetup which is not my preferred style, so I started this group instead!
Are you going to organise lessons and parties?
I am not a salsa teacher. However, if you are and want to organize something with the group, that would be great. I also do not have a salsa space, but again if you know of one - awesome, let's do our own parties there! For the moment I suggest meeting up to go to regular salsa nights & salsa parties around Amsterdam - luckily there are a lot! And drinks of course :)
What if I don't know how to dance?
I would recommend at least knowing the basic step before joining a salsa evening. The dancers in Amsterdam are extremely kind and patient, but they do expect that you know how to do the salsa step.
There are several fantastic schools in Amsterdam, in particular Extremos (www.extremos.nl, English) and De Kroon's own La Salsa (http://www.lasalsa.nl..., Dutch). Both have try-out classes frequently where you can learn some basics for free, and quite inexpensive classes starting every 6 weeks or so.
See you on the dance floor!
This group is for everyone who would like to make yoga part of their lives but finds the prices of yoga classes in Amsterdam a bit.. pricey.
My goal is to make yoga affordable for all those who wish to try it for the first time, or re-start their practice under the guidance of a fully qualified Yoga Alliance teachers, in the company of likeminded neighbours at a small fraction of the price.
We have some free classes and the extra donations are welcome on a goodwill basis but not required.
Emotionally - Yoga has many benefits for the body and mind (such as increase in overall health, fat loss, stress reduction and improvement of the mood). My classes are directed towards wellbeing and health aspect of yoga practice and I will not impose any spiritual aspects of yoga practice (or anything you are not comfortable with) during my classes, but I will be available to share any of my knowledge and guidance on spiritual sides of yoga only to those who are interested and willing to know more outside of the class hours and be happy to host talks or meditations to smaller groups.
What is yoga: Yoga is a holistic form of exercise that has been practiced for thousands of years. The many benefits of a regular yoga practice stem from its emphasis on connecting the mind and body through performing conscious, focused postures and breath work.
How it works: Yoga is therapeutic. It helps you become more aware of your body's posture, alignment and patterns of movement. It makes the body more flexible and helps you relax even in the midst of a stress stricken environment. This is one of the foremost reasons why people want to start Practicing Yoga - to feel fitter, be more energetic, be happier and peaceful
Yoga for health: Yoga improves your posture - Poor posture can affect not only the way you feel on a physical level, it can also have a negative impact on your overall well-being. An unhealthy posture can result in your muscles having to perform some of the work your bones are supposed to handle, leading to pain and spinal misalignment. Yoga poses help to promote a healthy posture by conscious execution of poses that focus on an awareness of proper spinal alignment. Specific yoga poses also help posture by strengthening the muscles in your back that support your spine.
Yoga reduces stress - Stress is often a contributing factor to health problems and weight gain. With the practice of yoga, you are rewarding yourself by taking time to de-stress and unwind, disconnecting from the outside world. Yoga provides you with a positive, safe, nonjudgmental environment in which you can counteract the effects of your daily life stresses.
Yoga for fat loss and strength gains: Yoga makes you strong and lean - Yoga is known to strengthen, tone and lengthen your muscles. Although muscle mass may appear to contribute to weight, it will actually aid in your overall health and weight loss plan, as having a bigger muscle mass will help you to burn more calories throughout the day. Muscles of those who participate in yoga are lighter than those who just do weightlifting.
Yoga increases mind-body connection - Yoga is more than physical exercise. It is intended to unite the mind and body through the practice of breath work with movement. As your mind and body begin to harmonise, you begin to experience increased self-awareness. This self-awareness can be carried with you off the yoga mat and into your daily life, helping you to make positive dietary and lifestyle choices that can aid in your weight loss goals.