Lay in the Arms of Restorative Yoga

Ying Pan

Ying Pan

Although came from an eastern country, I knew little about Yoga.The only thing impressed my mind was a graceful posture,which was difficult to make. However, the afternoon spend with Lisa and other Git members changed my comprehension of Yoga.

Our coach Lisa is an expert psychologist, not only professional, but also very melting. She said, Restorative Yoga is a tool to help people become more body and mind aware and relaxed, we don’t need to do greatest physical shapes,because it is about working the inside.

In Lisa’s Yoga course, breathing was a significant part, it throughout the whole procedure. First, we should place ourselves in a comfortable position, close our eyes and calm our heart. Breath start with a slow an deep inhale, until the air full of our belly, keep for a second, then breath out from mouth slowly and softy. As other member said, after a few times of peace breath, I felt relax and comfortable, the world became quiet,only thing I can heard was my heart rate, even and regular, like a step voice came from deep soul.

Ready for Yoga :)

Ready for Yoga 🙂

Different poses may give people various experiences and imaginations.Three easy but useful Yoga positions were introduced by Lisa, which can reduce anxiety and depression effectively. The first one we call it child pose.We sat on our ankles, placed a pillow in front of knees, then slowly lay down on the pillow, rest forearms on the mat with our elbows under the shoulders. After that, rest head to a comfortable side, begin breathing deeply through nose. Lisa said, this pose just like a baby curl in his/her mother’s body, which provide warm and safety. So, when be in this posture, we may feel safe and relax. During I making a deep breath I also found another dramatic image in my mind—-I was a planet floating in the endless universe, absorb light and heat from the sun, a small seed was sprouting from my heart, which will grow up to be a big tree.

Tea time

Tea time

The other two poses were helping us to extend freely.To make a inversion pose, we lay down with arms at a 45 degree angle and palms open to the sky, start with knee bent and open wilder than blanket, then let knees fall together and relax legs. I like this pose,even it looks normal. When I doing this with closing eyes, a glow of soft light touch my face, like moon light spread on sea surface, kind and gentle.

Happy time always go fast. Thanks for Lisa’s guidance, we experience a massage for heart and soul. I appreciate a word form Lisa—-live in currently. Maybe tension made me missed a lot of beautiful moment of the daily life, but I will try to catch them in the future, start with Restorative Yoga.I also appreciate that I found a sweet secret box—-our get in touch family, which always bring me surprise,warm and help. I want to say far more than thank you to you!

You can Choose to Enjoy!

Fereshteh Nikzad

Fereshteh Nikzad

On November 2012, when I moved to Eindhoven, that was the first time I had nothing to do as a job, but an ocean of free time to spend (I am a psychologist and since my master graduation I used to work during the weekdays when I was in my own country). That was a strange situation for me because for a long time I used to do something like studying or working except the holidays and summer vacations.

On the third day of being in Eindhoven, I joined Get In Touch group. I can remember that I had conflictive feeling in the morning before going to the Get In Touch group. Despite the fact that I was happy for meeting international ladies, I was a little worried due to my English level.

My First Day

My First Day

When I arrived there everybody spoke so warmly with me. I tried to understand all the words, but unfortunately, I missed some of their sentences. As the first experience that was great. I thought “Yes! I need short time to adapt myself to this new atmosphere”.

I had studied English in past, but except in university, rarely used it. So I needed much more time to reactivate my English information.  In the first months, I experienced some lovely new things in Eindhoven such as finding new international friends and their cultural stories.

But after a while, I missed my job so much and I started to find a university position or job (in my field). The only answer was “you have to know Dutch as a psychologist or psychology student”.

Lekker :)

Lekker 🙂

As you know Dutch classes are a little expensive. Thanks to dear Carola (the leader of Get In Touch Group), she referred me to Municipal department in Eindhoven where I met a kind lady, Willemien Schwan. She received my CV and offered me a free Dutch class. I had really good feeling in that time. I started my Dutch class and after 6 month she called me for a voluntary job in a refugee center. Despite it was a part time voluntary job that was great news for me. Next time I will update you with the rest of story.

                                                               Fereshteh Nikzad

                                                                                                                                  To be continued…

A Road of Ups and Downs

Silke Georgi

Silke Georgi

When I first came to the Netherlands 12 years ago because of my husband’s job, I arrived with optimism, energy and motivation to spare. I was thrilled to be starting a new life in a new country with my husband and our two children, aged 5 and 1. We found a quaint little house in a very Dutch and family-friendly neighborhood, a neighborhood plucked straight from a picture book. During our relocation interview we had been very strongly advised that we should invite the neighbors over as soon as possible, as this was customary and expected in the Netherlands. So, we invited the entire street for a house-warming party within two weeks of moving in. Everyone, really everyone, whom we had invited came. It was a wonderful party with our neighbors sitting in a circle, eagerly and competently speaking English to us. Everyone, children and adults alike, thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Future plans were made and much advice was given.

A trip with Get in Touch

A trip with Get in Touch

We were off to a perfect start. Visions of friendships, carpools and neighborhood parties danced in my head. And that fabulous start was also the end of it. During the year that followed there were none of the informal neighborly visits that I had envisioned, no invitations arrived to the parties that were being celebrated in the houses around us. As a result we were completely out of touch with our neighbors. Something had gone terribly wrong, and I still have no idea what it was. A year later we bought a house in another neighborhood on the outskirts of Eindhoven and there we were blessed with next-door-neighbors who quickly made us feel welcome. This time around we refrained from repeating the obligatory welcoming reception and we were decidedly more successful in coming into contact with the neighborhood.

Happy with GiT Ladies :)

Happy with GiT Ladies 🙂

One of the major factors, and I truly believe this, was that another wonderful neighbor sent her 5 year old son to our house to ask my son to come out and play shortly after we had moved in. I will never forget my feelings at the sight of that little boy with his head of curly blond hair and the courage to ring a stranger’s doorbell. The boys became instant friends as did their younger sisters. The whole family opened their hearts and helped us to get in touch with the neighborhood and Eindhoven.

Silke Georgi

To be continued…