Timetable 2018-09-21T05:02:11+00:00

Yoga and Vegan Festival

Date: September 9th, 2018
Time: 9:00–18.00
Venue: 158 Rue Théodore Verhaegen, 1060 Saint-Gilles, Belgium


We would really like you to have a good experience at our festival. We have worked very hard to make this happen but the venue is small and the space is limited. We will sell tickets for some sessions on the day on first come basis. Some sessions will get sold out, so we will not be able to sell tickets for those at the door. If you are coming from very far, then maybe it’s not worth the risk unless you have other interesting things to do in Brussels. We expect quite a few people to buy tickets on the door so if someone buys before you come then that would be very disappointing for you. As the venue is small, we can’t have too many people. It poses a health and safety risk

We will surely organize this fetsival again and at a bigger venue. We will also use a different payment system. Paypal has been creating a lot of problems for us.

I hope you understand that there are always challenges when you do something for the first time 🙂

If you live in brussels then please do come and check the ticket situation on the door

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Programme: Brussels Yoga and Vegan Festival

Full timetable of all classes, talks, workshops and various activities at Brussels Yoga and Vegan Festival

Class Timetable at
Brussels Yoga and Vegan Festival

Yoga and meditation teachers from different countries and a varied Yoga background are coming together to teach at Brussels Yoga and Vegan Festival, and give you an amazing Yogic experience. Please see the class timetable below and book. Each class is 45-minutes-long and costs €4. You are welcome to attend as many classes as you like – you can do this by simply buying tickets of classes of your choice on our online ticketing system.

The 4 euro ticket gives you unlimited access to our stalls area, activity area and talks. You can stay for as long or as little as you like. If you want to attend more than one session, you are welcome to do that – you just need to buy more tickets. Everything can be booked online and you will be guaranteed a space in the class of your choice. Please note that there is no charge to enter the stall area, activity area or to participate in talks. All children below the age of 14 years will get free entry to the festival. Children are welcome to attend the Yoga classes with adults. We request you to not leave your children unattended at any time.


Our teachers have varied linguistic backgrounds – we have a mix of French, Dutch, German and English. However, to make the classes accessible for all, the classes will be in English but there will be volunteer translators who can translate the instructions in French as and when needed.

Room A Class 1 @ 9 am:
Fundamentals of Ashtanga Yoga for All with Gemma

The Ashtanga method of asana practice originated in 1900s in the city of Mysore in India, and was developed by T. Krishnamacharya, who is considered as the father of modern Yoga.In Ashtanga Yoga, the order of asanas is entirely predefined, which distinguishes it from most other types of yoga. A practice consists of four parts: Opening series, a main series, a back-bending sequence and a finishing sequence.

This class is led by an experienced Ashtanga Yoga teacher, Gemma. She is going to teach a dynamic, strong class, going through the fundamental asanas of Primary series. Beginning by connecting with the ujayii breath, students will move through the key asanas of primary series – sun salutations, standing, balances, seated, hip-openers, back bends and finishing. Sweat stretch and feel goooood….

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Room A; Class 2 @ 10 am:
Power Vinyasa for Total Mind-Body Workout with Alva

Power Vinyasa Yoga is a powerful, energetic form of yoga where students fluidly move from one pose to the next while connecting their breathing to their movements. It incorporates strength, flexibility, balance, cardio and physical and mental stamina in one session.

Taught by the experienced Yoga teacher, Alva, who is coming all the way from London to teach at the festival, this class promises to be the perfect total mind-body workout that you need.

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Room A; Class 3 @ 11 am:
Pure Hatha Yoga with Shannon::Sold Out

Hatha yoga is the oldest branch of yoga. The Sanskrit word haṭha literally means “force” and thus alludes to a system of physical techniques. The Hatha Yoga Pradīpikā is a classic fifteenth-century Sanskrit manual on hatha yoga, written by Svāmi Svātmārāma, is among the most influential surviving texts on hatha yoga.

A class on traditional Hatha Yoga, as taught in India, including Pranayama breathing techniques (Pranayama), asana (core Yoga postures) practice and meditation. This yoga class will also have a focus on connecting breath with movement to bring harmony to body and mind. Breathe, stretch, relax… Suitable for all- beginners and intermediate.

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Room A; Class 4 @ 12 pm:
Om & Bass Yoga Rave with Rach Cox

Om & Bass draws upon the discipline of traditional yoga and combines it effortlessly with modern music. It rejuvenates your energy centres (or chakras), starting gently with ambient music and moving through various genres building up to an energetic “Drum & Bass” climax. It’s OM… and BASS.

Less common in yoga and dance workshops, Om and Bass features two teachers. Rach is both qualified in yoga and dance, with a background in freestyle and hip-hop dance. Lewis is a qualified in yoga and martial arts teacher, with a background in hip-hop dance also. Om & Bass encourages the participants to “feel” their way through the experience without feeling exposed or intimidated.

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Room A; Class 5 @ 1 pm:
Slow Flow and Yoga Nidra for Ultimate Relaxation and Stress Relief with Alva::Sold Out

Slow Flow is one of the most relaxing and static style of Yoga that allows you to make a deep connection with your body and release hidden tension. The class will start with very gentle Yoga postures and lead to Yoga Nidra

Yoga nidra (Sanskrit: योग निद्रा) or yogic sleep) is a state of consciousness between waking and sleeping, like the “going-to-sleep” stage. It is a state in which the body is completely relaxed, and the practitioner becomes systematically and increasingly aware of the inner world by following a set of verbal instructions.

You start with sensing the body and breathing in specific ways in order to trigger the relaxation response. The relaxation response balances the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems, and balances the left and right brain. In the process, your brain shifts from beta, an awakened state with lots of brain activity, to alpha, a more relaxed state. In alpha, the mood-regulating hormone serotonin gets released, and this calms you down. Suitable for beginners.

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Room A : Class 6 @ 2 pm:
Five Elements Yoga Flow with Marta

According to Ayurveda, everything in the universe is made up of the five great elementsWe all have them within.Referred to in Sanskrit as the pancha mahabhutas: bhūmi (earth), ap or jala (water), tejas or agni (fire), marut, vayu or pavan (air or wind) and vyom or shunya (space or zero) or akash (aether or void). Each of these elements offers unique qualities to our experience of living, yet together they create connection with everything around us. The system believes one should keep all five elements in balance, otherwise violence, stress, destruction and confusion can take over when the elements are out of balance.
On the mat we can include all of these elements to make our practice deeper and more powerful. When applying the five elements to our yoga practice, we have the ability to not only better connect with nature, but to also engage the meaningful characteristics of each within yourself.  The teacher Marta will guide you through a sequence of Vinyasa flow postures that focus on enhancing the balance of the energy flow of the 5 elements within your body to establish and keep the balance in your life.
The class is suitable for beginners as well as for long term practitioners.
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Room A : Class 7 @ 3 pm:
Yoga for Muladhara Chakra: Opening Tight Hips, Hamstrings and Sliding into Yogic Splits with Tara::Sold Out

According to the Yoga philosophy, the seven chakras or energy centers comprise their model of the energetic or subtle body. Each chakra is located along the spine, starting at the base and running upwards to the crown of the head. Just like Pituitary Gland, Pineal Gland etc make up our physical body, the chakras constitute our subtle body.

The word Muladhara is a combination of two Sanskrit words.: “Mula,” which means “root” and “Adhara,” which means “support” or “base.”The seven chakras are all important and interconnected. However, the root chakra is especially important, as it is the base of our whole chakra system. It is the most instinctual of all chakras, the very basis of our survival center. Our “fight-or-flight” response is initiated here.

On an emotional level, the root chakra is associated with grounding, vitality, and stability. But on a physical level, it regulates the lower part of the body – legs, inner thighs, hips and hamstrings. So, in this class, the Yoga guru, Tara, will help you open the blockages in the Muladhara chakra thus helping you develop flexibility in your legs. Keep following the practice and eventually you will be able to slide into full splits.

This powerful workshop is led by experienced Ashtanga Yoga Teacher, Tara, who is coming all the way from the Netherlands to teach at Brussels Yoga and Vegan Festival. At age 42, she glided into splits for the very first time in her life. She is going to combine a dynamic strong Asthanga based sequence followed by yogic breathing and meditative yin style hip-opening stretches. Be ready to dive deeper inside. Beginners are welcome.

This class is extremely beneficial for runners or if you are into any physical sports.

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Room A : Class 8 @ 4 pm:
Breathe and Flow through Hatha-Vinyasa Yoga with Emma

You can expect to get the best of both worlds. This class will combine the elements of Vinyasa’s flow and Hatha’s stability to give your body and mind a dose of energetic flow and calmness of balance.

An energising, dynamic vinyasa flow yoga class, incorporating breath work for connection with mind, body and soul. This style of yoga is characterized by stringing postures together so that you move from one to another, seamlessly, using breath. In vinyasa yoga, each movement is synchronized to a breath. The breath is given primacy, acting as an anchor as you move from one pose to the next. The variable nature of Vinyasa Yoga helps to develop a more balanced body as well as prevent repetitive motion injuries that can happen if you are always doing the same thing every day.

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Room A : Class 9 @ 5 pm:
Authentic Iyengar Yoga: Learning Perfect Body Alignment with Goran

Iyengar Yoga, named after and developed by B.K.S. Iyengar, is a form of Hatha Yoga that has an emphasis on detail, precision and alignment in the performance of posture (asana) and breath control (pranayama). The development of strength, mobility and stability is gained through the asanas.

What distinguishes Iyengar yoga from other Yoga styles is the very high degree of attention paid to alignment. This helps prevent injury and overuse and makes the practice therapeutic in nature.

This class is led by the experienced Iyengar Yoga teacher, Goran, who has practiced with BKS Iyengar and his family in India.

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Room B : Class 01 @ 09 am:
Lu Jong: Tibetan Tantrayana Buddhist Healing yoga with Ruben

Rooted in Tibetan Medicine, Lu Jong is a practice from the Buddhist Tantrayana tradition developed for self-healing and spiritual development. This series of 21 flowing movements systematically releases blockages physically, energetically and emotionally.

In Tibetan, Lu means body and Jong means transformation or refinement. This particular practice is in the lineage of Tulku Lobsang, founder, and director of the Nangten Menlang International Buddhist Medical organization. From the hundreds of yogic movements in the Buddhist tradition, Tulku Lobsang collated these movements into a clear system and modified them to make them highly effective for our modern needs.

This class taught by Ruben, will give you an opportunity for mental clarity, balanced emotions, invigorated energy and spiritual development.

Lu Jong is a simple practice that can be done by people of all ages and physical abilities. It requires no particular background or beliefs.

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Room B : Class 2 @ 10 am:

Mindfulness Meditation with Jeroen

Mindfulness, a concept derived from Buddhist meditation, means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment, through a gentle, nurturing lens. When you’re mindful, you carefully observe your thoughts and feelings without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to your current experience, rather than dwelling on the past or anticipating the future.

This class will offer you techniques to deal with the difficulties of everyday life in a more helpful way, as well as a set of practical stress-management tools. Through mindfulness you will moreover learn how to efficiently handle day-to-day stress, deal with pressing thoughts and worries, and appreciate and enjoy life.

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Room B : Class 3 @ 11 am:
Awakening the Balariddhi with Reg: Yoga for Enhancing the Strength to make the journey from Crow to Handstand

The Sanskrit word, ‘Bala’ means strength, so Balariddhi refers to “extraordinary strength of mind and body. There is no limit to what your body can achieve, if you put your mind to it. This class will focus on enhancing the core strength (bala).In this workshop, you will learn the right breathing technique, posture and props that are needed to stand on your elbows, head and hand.

This class is led by a vegan Yoga teacher, Reg, who is coming from Ireland to show you how to use the strength in your body and mind to do challenging arm balances. Some level of experience in crow/crane poses or good core strength will be helpful for the class.

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Room B : Class 4 @ 12 pm:
Guided Meditation and Crystal Bowl Sound Healing with Brian

In meditation circles, our minds are regarded as the most important thing. It is said:

“Mind itself alone, is the seed of everything,
Samsara and nirvana manifest from it,
Homage to the mind, which is like a wish-fulfilling jewel,
Fulfilling all desired results.”
– Buddha

The introduction to meditation comprises clear instructions based on a 2,600-year tradition, an unbroken lineage going back to Buddha Shakyamuni. You will first be introduced to the view or understanding of the practice : what problems and challenges do we face in our lives?; how does meditation work to address these issues?; what good results can you expect to achieve through the practice? Then we move on to practical meditation instruction which introduces working with body, breath and thoughts. We practice together for short periods, interspersed with group discussion, which helps to clarify our meditation experience. Finally we discuss how to bring meditation into daily life. The results for those who stick with it is a wonderful change in your life path.

In the second half of our class relax in shavasana as you absorb the pure sounds of the music of alchemy crystal bowls. These rare and beautiful instruments give you the opportunity to direct your healing intentions to whatever sphere you need : emotional, physical, spiritual. Effortlessly mixing this clear resonance with body and intention can produce very deep levels of relaxation and healing. Crystal sound bowl healing is highly recommended for those experience the stress of daily life, and also those who are experiencing the results of serious illness.

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Room B : Class 5 @ 1pm:
Kundalini Yoga and Meditation with Audra

Kundalini Yoga is one of the most comprehensive styles of Yoga. It encompasses Bhakti Yoga (the yogic practice of devotion and chanting), Raja Yoga (the practice of mediation/mental and physical control) and Shakti Yoga, (for the expression of power and energy). The Kundalini energy is a poetic metaphor which describes the potential energy that exists within each of us. The Kundalini energy is considered to be located in the energetic body at the base of the spine. With the practice of Yoga, the Kundalini energy expands upwards awakening our potential to connect with our higher selves

Traditionally, Kundalini Yoga was a secret practice only passed from teacher to the deserving few students. It was brought in its currently practiced avatar by Yogi Bhajan. This class taught by Audra, who is coming from Holland to teach at the fest, will leave you awakened and more conscious of the potential of your body and mind. The class is suitable for everyone

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Room B : Class 6 @ 2 pm:
Mental Stillness with Goran: Pranayama (Yogic Breathing) and Meditation 

Prana means life force/vital or breath sustaining the body; Ayama translates as “to extend or draw out.” Together two mean breath extension or control. The aim of Pranayama is expand the vital force that makes us alive.

Daily stress, tensions and physical habits can create physical and energetic obstacles in our bodies. Without even noticing it our breathing can become gradually more shallow or stilted, we develop unconscious breathing patterns restricting the flow of breath and prana.

In this class, the Yoga Guru, Goran, will teach you the traditional breathing techniques. You will be working on letting the life energy flow through the body. In the latter part of the class, you will be guided into a deep meditation aimed at inculcating mental stillness.

This class is suitable for beginners as the experienced teacher will take all the precautions for your safety.

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Room B : Class 7 @ 3 pm:
Chakra Meditation with Rach Cox

Chakra meditation is a form of meditation that consists of a set of relaxation techniques focused on bringing balance, relaxation and well-being to the chakras. “Chakra” is an ancient Sanskrit word that means vortex or wheel that can be traced back to India.

Chakras are the human body’s seven main energy centers with each one corresponding to individual glands that govern our specific body parts plus various areas of the psyche. They are located next to a hormonal gland along the human spinal column.

In this class, the teacher, Rach, will teach you how to remove blockages of all 7 chakras and how to bring them in perfect harmony.

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Room B : Class 8 @ 4 pm:
Mantra, Mudra and Meditation on the Mat with Josick: A few tools to centre and transcend your practice

Yoga is defined in ancient texts as bringing mind’s fluctuations to a standstill. As our Self is embodied, it makes sense to use our body to reach the mind, and yoga tradition has developed numerous tools to focus the mind by using physical techniques like chanting, poses, hand gestures or energy seals.

Mantra in the Hinduist tradition is a sacred sound, word or phrase, which in Vedanta times used to be chanted in rituals as incantations, magical formulas or divine hymns. Its Sankrit roots ‘manas’ (mind) and ‘tra’ (device or tool) point to the fact that mantras were used as tools to convey prayers or intentions. In yoga tradition, mantras have been used as meditation tools, bringing the mind to a more centred state and making it one with the sound or the meaning of the mantra and with the absolute –thereby reaching a more spiritual dimension of practice.

Hasta Mudra are hand gestures or signs that have been used for centuries both in classical Indian dancing and in yoga, to convey a symbolic meaning. In yoga tradition, mudra are also seals that can channel the flow of vital energy –Prana, especially during seated meditation but also in the practice of asana. They are usually performed with the hands but some more uncommon ones like tongue mudras can be explored!

By centring the mind, gathering the energy and creating a continuous flow of consciousness, mantras and mudras naturally lead to meditation.

Come and discover how to use those tools in practice and to plug into an infinite source of strength and peacefulness within!

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Room B : Class 9 @ 5 pm:
Gong Bath with Fiona::Sold Out

Gong Baths are one of the most soothing, body detoxing holistic rejuvenating vibrational ancient tools. The Gong produces a strong sound wave, almost tangible to the touch, which stimulates the physical body by influencing the surface of the skin and every cell. It feels like a sound massage for the body and mind (great for those of you who like the idea of a massage, but don’t like to be touched).

The gong is a sacred and ancient instrument of healing, rejuvenation and transformation.On a physical level, the gong releases tension and blocks in the body, it stimulates a higher functioning of the glandular and nervous system, it increases prana, our vital life force and improves circulation.

Led by the the Gong master, Fiona, the session will aim to purify and relax the mental, emotional and spiritual bodies

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Room B : @ 6 pm:
Bollywood and Belly Dancing

The dance fever take over Brussel Yoga and Vegan Festival from 6.00pm. As the stalls wrapping up at 5.45pm, we will make space for dancing in the stall area. We’ll begin with Belly Dancing led by Sarah and finish off with some Bollywood moves led by Kriti. You don’t have to be a dancer to participate. We assure you that you will have a lot of fun

Talk Room 1: Capacity: 40

  • Time :: 09.45-10.30
  • Class :: Yoga Class: Prana Vinyasa Flow
  • Teacher :: Céline Delbeauve
  • Time :: 10.40-11.20

  • Class :: Yoga philosophy, nutrition and animal rights progress

  • Teacher :: Peter

  • Time :: 11.30-12.10

  • Class :: Understanding the Concept of Chakras
  • Teacher :: Thabo
  • Time :: 12.20-13.00
  • Class :: The power of yoga: A wellness tool towards healing

  • Teacher :: Marta

  • Time :: 13.10-13.50

  • Class :: Mindful Eating
  • Teacher :: Dominca
  • Time :: 14.00-14.40

  • Class :: Peas v/s Pills: The Role of Diet in Managing Depression
  • Teacher :: Reg
  • Time :: 14.50-15.30
  • Class :: Yama-Niyama: Self empowering tools for cultivating a beautiful mind and a better world.
  • Teacher :: Ada
  • Time :: 15.40-16.20

  • Class :: Developing Awareness of Breath for Mental Health

  • Teacher :: Ramona

  • Time :: 16.30-17.15
  • Class :: Backbending Workshop: Partner Yoga to Open the Back
  • Teacher :: Tara

yogiOpen Space

This space is the terrace of the venue. As this space is outdoors, sessions could be affected if the weather is bad. If it rains and we are not able to find space indoors, we might have to cancel the sessions.

  • Time :: 11.00-11.35
  • Class :: Kirtan
  • Teacher :: Alva
  • Time :: 11.45-12.30
  • Class :: Acro Yoga
  • Teacher ::  Osman – Acro Yoga Maastricht
  • Time :: 12.40-13.20
  • Class :: Family/Children’s Yoga
  • Teacher :: Sabrina
  • Time :: 13.30-14.00
  • Class :: Capoeira
  • Teacher :: Osman

  • Time :: 14.55-15.25
  • Class :: Family/Children’s Yoga
  • Teacher :: Brussels Yoga Family
  • Time :: 14.05 – 14.45

  • Class :: Kirtan

  • Teacher :: Ludo

  • Time :: 15.35-16.20
  • Class :: Acro Yoga
  • Teacher :: Bart and Christina
  • Time :: 16.30-17.15
  • Class :: Acro Yoga Jam
  • Teacher :: Acro Yoga Maastricht, Bart and Christina

Talks and Activities

In addition to the paid Yoga and meditation classes, there will also be a range of free interesting talks and classes. You don’t need to pay or book tickets to attend these. Entry is on first-come basis. You will be given free entry to these areas if you have bought any one paid class.

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