Recap: Happy & Healthy Masterclass

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Cheers to 2019! On Friday January 11th, our first Happy & Healthy masterclass took place at one of Mindspace’s wonderful locations: The Mindspace House. As TheNextWomen usually focuses on business-related events, we took a leap of faith to organize something different. As our network is expanding, we’ve noticed the expansion of needs among our members as well. We thought: why not kick-off a brand new year with a brand new type of event? The first Happy & Healthy Masterclass was a success! Keep reading for a short recap of the day.

Part 1: A meditation session powered by Workout Amsterdam

To kick the afternoon off in a mindful place, Workout Amsterdam provided a meditation session to “land” in the here and now. A good way to focus, considering the fact that it was the end of a long, first (full) work week of 2019. The session was brought to us by mindcoach Noeska Ariana Pak and there was nothing woolly about it. After the peaceful start of the afternoon, it was time to focus.

Part 2: Masterclass by Mascha Mooy (Bye Bye Burnout)

Mascha Mooy, founder of Bye Bye Burnout and member of TheNextWomen, gave the first masterclass of the day. In our last article you can find more information about Mascha’s business background. In this masterclass Mascha explained how we, as an employer or employee, can recognize a burnout in its early-stage and why it is so important to do so. Closing off, Mascha gave 10 tips on how to prevent a burnout:

  1. Work in 90-minute sessions
  2. Exercise everyday
  3. Leave your work at work
  4. Be creative
  5. Meditate
  6. Breathe
  7. No lunch behind a desk
  8. Enjoy more holidays
  9. Go to bed early

With her direct & no-nonsense mentality, Mascha’s keynote was a good one to start off with.

Part 3: Masterclass by Ingrid Valks (The power of time off)

Ingrid Valks describes herself as “a woman of the world with both feet on the ground”. With her brand new initiative The power of time off she aims to create a better version of yourself, your communities and the world. Her masterclass focused on a sustainable way of dealing with growth, of yourself and the world around us. In her talk, Ingrid stated that “the rising global movement towards more vitality can be achieved with new human skills”.

Human skills are personality-oriented interpersonal skills that require a strong connection between the mind and the heart, such as compassion, mindfulness, ability to create connection, resilience, patience, intuition and reflection. Ingrid discussed three new human skills we would have to adapt in order to be better prepared for this 21st century: a) mindfulness, b) compassion and c) connectedness. Overall, we need to pay attention in the present moment with a calm and focused mind to be prepared for personal and professional challenges in a better way.

Part 4: Masterclass by Nora Coers (Ayurveda4me)

“The age-old science of Ayurveda can provide the answer.” Nora Coers – entrepreneur, ayurvedic consultant and owner of Ayurveda4me – was responsible for the last part of the session. Nora started her masterclass explaining the basis of Ayurveda: the three pillars of lifestyle, diet & herbal medicines.

Moreover, Nora explained that, 8000 years ago in the Indus Valley – present-day Pakistan/Northern India – a trade-based civilization became so wealthy that they had the time and leisure to discuss the wellbeing of mankind. Ill health is an absolute barrier to happiness, so the civilization addressed this topic first, coming up with the three pillars of life to aid us in achieving good health: nutrition; life-style (which includes yoga and meditation) and (mainly herbal) medicine. Ayurveda’s sister science, yoga ­– which includes meditation – is a vital part. With yoga we can strengthen the body, create space in mind and body and learn to relax. It gives us flexibility, again both in mind and body.

From May 2nd, Nora will start a new ayurvedic cleanse, more information can be found here. Furthermore, Nora & Ingrid will join forces and organize an ayurvedic retreat to Sri Lanka in October this year. If you would like to join, you can do so via this link.

Followed by drinks & networking, the first masterclass of 2019 was a wrap. Don’t want to miss out on the next one? Become a member to stay up to date of our upcoming (member) events.