• Sao Martinho do Porto Portugal

    How to suffer less: acceptance

    10th May 2021

    Acceptance can be a tricky concept. It doesn't mean leaning back and losing all motivation to change and grow. On the contrary, it is through contentment that we can change. This is why contentment comes before self-discipline in the 10 principles of Yoga, described by Patanjali (the Yamas and more

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    What is the link between Yoga and Meditation?

    1st April 2021

    Why do we talk about Yoga in meditation? What is the link between the two? We’re not doing asana postures when meditating so why do some teachers mention Yoga when teaching meditation? The meaning of Yoga It all depends on your definition of Yoga. The definition of Yoga according to Patanjali, an Indian more

  • Blog Rachel Bonkink Sao Martinho bay

    How to quiet the voices inside your head

    29th March 2021

    If you’re an aspiring writer, a yoga teacher ready for more students. If you have an online business or you are an employee ready for a promotion; the struggle is real. You know that you ‘should’ do certain things to show the world that you are good at what you do, more

  • Sao Martinho do Porto

    Finding my Zen in Portugal

    23rd March 2021

    A while ago, I was a guest on the popular 'Portugal, the simple life-podcast'. If you're even slightly thinking of moving to Portugal, take a look at this website! It has loads of valuable and practical information. Dylan, who's hosting the podcast was interested in my why of moving and more

  • Beach view meditation

    Relief and Comfort through Yoga Philosophy

    23rd March 2021

    These pandemic times keep challenging many of us. Fear, denial, dishonesty, anger, frustration, greed and dissatisfaction seem to be all around us and, within us. Old scriptures like the Yoga Sutras have a wealth of knowledge in them. Knowledge that we can apply to our busy modern-day lives. Especially now, more than more

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    Just be You or, better not?

    4th March 2021

    Just be you or, better not? What an odd question you might think. Shouldn't we always be ourselves and thus our authentic self? From one question to another as now the question arises: who am I? In my case, I am a daughter, a lover, a soul sister, a meditation teacher, a partner, more

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    Sandpipers and squirrels, observe and learn

    26th January 2021

    Wandering through the world. Roaming. Nowhere to go, nowhere to be, just be. Anything can happen, nothing might happen. No expectations and full trust that something fun will eventually happen. Being completely open to new encounters, to meeting new people and to visiting new places. New New was the word in a more

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    ‘Just breathe’, how difficult can it be?

    6th October 2020

    'Just breathe, just follow your breath, allow the body to breathe', you've probably heard these words before at some point in a yoga or meditation class. Resulting in a sweet roll of the eyes perhaps. An understandable roll of the eyes as it can be seriously boring to observe your breath. I more

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    2021: How love and kindness might just be our way out

    22nd September 2020

    In our daily newsfeed, love and kindness don't seem to exist. Most people are completely fed up with all the Corona talk, the news, the negativity, the fear, all the opinions and the expert views? Plans getting cancelled, urgh… over and over again. Corona has catapulted us into a completely different world. I often more

  • Cultivate more Peace of Mind with the So Hum Meditation

    30th May 2020

    After years of practice, reciting So Hum is still one of my favourite meditation techniques to teach. It is a very powerful and yet, a very simple technique. The mantra, so hum is like a tool for the mind. Something to hold on to, and something to go back to when the more