Category Archives: Health

Kids Yoga & English in Piesberg

Kids Yoga & English is coming to the Piesberger Gesellschaftshaus this spring.

Starting Tuesday 21 March at 5 pm. Don’t miss out. kidsyogaboat

Why don’t you come along and try it out?

When the weather gets warmer we will also practice outside!

Please text or phone me on 0162 437 4604 if you are interested.

Namaste (meaning the light in me greets the light in you),








Yoga 4 U, free try-out this Sunday

Dear yogis, course participants and anyone interested in yoga,

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This Sunday 29 January 2017,  I’m offering a free try-out Yoga & English class to anyone who has done a course with me before, be it English or Dutch. It is in the Piesberger Gesellschaftshaus from 9 -10.30 am.

It is for both men and women, you don’t need to be flexible or speak English particularly well. You don’t need to bring a mat, just wear comfortable clothes that allow you to move freely.

Please give me a ring or send me a text message (SMS) before Saturday evening 28 January on 0162 437 4604  You can bring a friend for a small contribution at your discretion.

I look forward to seeing you soon 🙂






Yoga & English on Thursdays

Haven’t found a day or location that fits your schedule yet?pbeme


There’s a new class starting Thursdays at 17:30 in Haste, Bramstraße 40 Osnabrück after the autumn break (20 October).

You can reach me on 0162 437 4604 or on if you’re interested in joining.

I look forward to meeting you  🙂


(Grand-)parent & kids yoga

kinderouderyogapicNEW at the Lagerhalle  Osnabrück

ab  26. 8. 2016 Freitags 16:30

einsteigen ist aber jederzeit möglich

Wir machen seriös Yoga, aber der Spaß soll sicher nicht zu kurz kommen!

Es ist nicht wichtig wie flexibel Sie sind oder wie gut Ihr Englisch ist, gerade da arbeiten wir nähmlich daran auf natürliche Art und Weise. Yoga ist für Jeden und macht fit, fröhlich und gesund.

Christina Niese, Cambridge certified English teacher,  certified yoga teacher

Weitere Infos unter  0162 437 4604 oder

Preis pro Erwachsene:  5 ticket card €50, oder 10 ticket card €90 in Kombination mit Preis pro Kind : 5 ticket card €25, oder 10 ticket card €40*

Wenn möglich bringen Sie bitte eine Yogamatte mit, danke 🙂

(adult ticket price is  a combo with kids price )

In today’s hectic times this course offers you and your (grand-) child a wonderful opportunity to do something for your health both physically and mentally and to bond as a family in a relaxing but enjoyable manner.

Teenagers over 12 years of age can come on their own. They can also come to the ‘adult’ session at 17:45. Bring a friend if you like 🙂

Summer is here!

sunsalutesolstice16We had the most wonderful summer solstice evening last night in Osnabrück, celebrated with sun saluations during the outdoor event in honor of International Yoga Day. The Piesberger Gesellschaftshaus offered the perfect venue at the old coal station at the foot of the Piesberg. It was a very special evening because we were doing yoga together with millions of people all over the globe as it was the second year since the United Nations had declared  21 June to World Yoga Day. On top of that we were having a full moon on this summer’s longest day, which only happens once every 70 years. We were fortunate enough to have a dry spell for the 1.5 hours this session took. Even though the full moon was hidden by the clouds, we could feel the good vibes through nature’s wonderful expressions both in sound (bird song  abound) and sights (trees overhead and a natural stone wall to feel secure).20160621_194425

The goal of this free event on this summer solstice evening was to give people the chance to get familiar with YOGA or to celebrate YOGA and its benefits for health and the balancing of body and mind. The session was given in a mix of German and English to underline its international character.

The thought for the night was to be mindful of how we can practice non-violence towards others and ourselves, one of the underpinning principles of yoga. Non-violence can begin with wishing other people what you would want for yourself, and in the sense that you aren’t too critical of well-intended attempts of doing well. This also goes for your attitude towards yourself, you can only try your best and have as positive an outlook on life as you can.

With special thanks to the Osnabrücker Dampflockfreunde and the Piesberger Gesellschaftshaus for their cooperation in Osnabück’s first celebration of International YOGA Day.

Namaste 🙂

PS If you want to join the regular yoga sessions from Yoga & English by Christina, you are very welcome to join on Tuesdays at 6 pm or Saturdays at 10 am. Give us a shout at Tel. 0541 120 8888 or 0162 437 4604, or email or


an English course with a twist!

The English  language workout

Take a break from office stress.river

Improve your English language skills the natural way. Moving your body and concentrating on something completely different (gentle exercise and yoga breathing) while learning a different language can help to relieve that pressure and develop yourself at the same time.

At Google in the US they have been applying this philosophy for years and it has resulted in higher employee productivity and creativity, or as they call it ‘letting employees play hard in order to work hard’.

Are you:

  • sitting in an office in front of a computer,
  • working towards deadlines while being interrupted by phone calls?

Then taking a deep breath in this English workout class may reduce your stress levels and help to recharge your batteries, so to speak.

  •  gentlestretchesimprove your English by using your body and mind
    • ‘work it out with the English workout’ in a holistic way
    • a 1 hour class to reintroduce a better work-life balance 

 The aim is to finish each session with a smile on your face and a spring in your step, ready to tackle your projects at work.

Christina Niese of Natural Language Learning
For more details you can contact me in Osnabrück on:

Sweeteners? Stick to an apple a day if you have a sweet tooth or end up neurologically damaged.

Hello my friends,

I’m a bit of a stickler for healthy living and eating (the latter especially being my favourite pastime) and therefore I want to share my concerns about what I think is damaging us in the long run. My daughter and I went to sample the organic cafe menu at a castle half an hour up the road. They have their own cattle mooing away behind the garden wall. It turned out that it’s still difficult to find something gluten- and dairy-free even there, but the surroundings made up for all of that, it was sweet, as in pleasing to the senses, pity that motorway runs right past it…that was less sweet. 

Talking of sweet, you can have too much of a sweet thing as you will find out if you read on …

Especially for my wonderful friend Heather from Scotland (thanks for your message, my dear), here are some excerpts from an article on my favourite website, called Natural News, the alternative to the mainstream news channels, which are all in the pocket of big business.

Mayor Bloomberg’s soda ban will cause New Yorkers to poison themselves with more aspartame
September 14, 2012 , by Mike Adams
“(NaturalNews) Ah, the hilarity of the nanny state knows no bounds, it seems. Especially not in New York City, where Mayor Bloomberg oversaw a large-sized soda ban that just became law. The really hilarious part of the law? It does not apply to aspartame-laced “diet sodas” which, by any honest measure, are far more toxic to your health than regular sodas made with HFCS. (HFCS=high fructose corn syrup). HFCS may cause diabetes and obesity, but aspartame causes neurological damage and early-onset Alzheimer’s. But that’s just what New York needs, it seems: A wave of crabby soda-drinking senior citizens who are half blind and can’t remember where their apartment building is located. (Or has that already happened?)That the New York city health board actually thinks diet soda is healthier than regular soda is a sad, sad commentary on the state of nutritional ignorance in NYC. So under this nanny state plan, citizens will be pushed to consume more neurotoxic aspartame — gee, what a brilliant plan! Why not ban vitamins, too, and just force everybody to take a daily chemotherapy pill and call it a “public health initiative?”

Look, society is SICK. Disease is rampant. The food supply is toxic. People are eating themselves to death with GMO, HFCS, MSG, aspartame and more. But that’s mostly because huge food corporations dominate the legislation process and the poisons they put into the foods never get questioned.


nanny state = a government that makes decisions for people that they might otherwise make for themselves, esp those relating to private and personal behaviour.

obesity = being morbidly (deadly) overweight (too heavy)

crabby = bad-tempered, grumpy, being in a bad mood

soda = soft drink, non-alcoholic, usually carbonated beverage, fizzy drink, pop (like cola etc.)

ban = prohibition, something that is forbidden

laced = added, mixed with 

rampant = widespread, epidemic

toxic = poisonous

GMO =genetically modified organism

MSG = monosodium glutamate, a taste enhancer (improves the taste of food)

If you want to hear about the dangers of aspartame in drinks, sweets etc, you can listen to a radio show about it on:

And here’s some research done by the UCLA on how sweeteners make you daft- not in the sense of ‘frolicsome’ as the Scots seem to use it, well that’s what my dictionary says anyway, I actually like frolicsome, we don’t do enough frolicing if you ask me- but think more along the lines of turning into a simpleton 😉 

This is your brain on sugar: UCLA study shows high-fructose diet sabotages learning, memory
Eating more omega-3 fatty acids can offset damage, researchers say
By Elaine Schmidt May 15, 2012
“Attention, college students cramming between midterms and finals: Binging on soda and sweets for as little as six weeks may make you stupid. 
A new UCLA rat study is the first to show how a diet steadily high in fructose slows the brain, hampering memory and learning — and how omega-3 fatty acids can counteract the disruption. The peer-reviewed Journal of Physiology publishes the findings in its May 15 edition.
“Our findings illustrate that what you eat affects how you think,” said Fernando Gomez-Pinilla, a professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and a professor of integrative biology and physiology in the UCLA College of Letters and Science. “Eating a high-fructose diet over the long term alters your brain’s ability to learn and remember information. But adding omega-3 fatty acids to your meals can help minimize the damage.”
While earlier research has revealed how fructose harms the body through its role in diabetes, obesity and fatty liver, this study is the first to uncover how the sweetener influences the brain. 
Sources of fructose in the Western diet include cane sugar (sucrose) and high-fructose corn syrup, an inexpensive liquid sweetener. The syrup is widely added to processed foods, including soft drinks, condiments, applesauce and baby food. The average American consumes roughly 47 pounds of cane sugar and 35 pounds of high-fructose corn syrup per year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
“We’re less concerned about naturally occurring fructose in fruits, which also contain important antioxidants,” explained Gomez-Pinilla, who is also a member of UCLA’s Brain Research Institute and Brain Injury Research Center. “We’re more concerned about the fructose in high-fructose corn syrup, which is added to manufactured food products as a sweetener and preservative.”

No sweet is worth that, is it now? I can let you in on another secret, if you are craving something sweet, you might enjoy the Chinese naturally sweet tasting  tea, Jiaogulan. It is healthy as well, good against high blood pressure. It is also called immortality tea because the people in the region where it’s grown drink it every day and grow amazingly old while looking young. Available over the internet, find out more here for instance:

or here:

Let’s enjoy the sweetness of the fruits of the Earth instead, you won’t appreciate how sweet your everyday orange or apple are until you forego all that processed junk. And cooking or baking it yourself is actually a lot of fun and so satisfying, as you get to eat it, too 🙂
So stay alert and keep healthy, the longer we can enjoy each other here on this planet.
I wish the air fares to Scotland weren’t so expensive, otherwise I would have gone there this summer to visit my dear friends, we could have froliced in the sea like Puff, the magic dragon!
Instead I had to content with a day out to the bifurcation near the above mentioned castle of Gesmold. This is where the river Hase splits itself in two, (hence the word bi=2 and furcation as in ‘fork’) only the result is two tiny streams instead of a full blown river…see me searching for it below 😉
 If you also would like to listen to the song about Puff, the magic dragon Harry Chapin
click on the youtube link:
happy frolicing, folks 🙂