Bhumi Yoga

Nurture your body, mind and spirit under personal guidance in a group setting.

You are always home.

Bhumi Yoga welcomes practitioners of all walks of life. Young and old, with or without experience in yoga, everyone can roll out their mat at our school in the heart of Groningen. Bhumi originates from the Sanskrit language and means soil, ground, foundation, earth and mother.

The name Bhumi reflects much of what yoga practice at our yoga school stands for: a place where we attend to nurturing our inner grounds. We plant and nourish the seeds that help us expand in more beneficial ways, both inside and outside.

Next workshops

Self-Care Sundays: Yin & Restorative Yoga:

Dates:

27 September; 13.00-15.00h
25 October; 13.00-15.00h
22 November; 13.00-15.00h

Ashtanga Yoga Weekend with Elise Greenspoon

7 & 8 November

Schedule & Fees

Drop-In Class:€18
10 Classes (valid for 12 weeks): €150

Memberships:
One Month: €139/month
Three Months: €119/month
Twelve Months: €95/month (€90/month for students)

*One Month Trial for Newcomers: €99

Book your first class or trial month with us!

Our team

Maxi

Jacquelien

Peter

The Ashtanga Opening Chant

In the Ashtanga Yoga tradition it is customary to come to samasthiti and chant the opening mantra (sometimes referred to as "invocation") together. In the once a week led class this happens at the beginning of class and during Mysore practice we usually chant at the...

Yoga Sutra 1.1 atha yoganusasanam

The yoga sutras are one of the major texts of the practice and theory of yoga. Compiled by the scholar Patanjali around 500-400 CE, the yoga sutras are comprised by four chapters and 196 sutras ("threads") in Sanskrit. At the time there were no written records...

Bhumi Yoga & Covid Measures

To be able to open our shala and welcome you all for practice some of our means of operation will, for the time being, be different than what we all were used to. This will require a little bit of effort in getting used to for all of us. Some of the measures may come...

What is Progress in Practice?

I wanted to share a few notes on what progress in practice means. I feel it's easy to take an unbeneficial take on what constitutes progress.  In our material and consumerist culture, most of us are conditioned to "perform" and function far beyond the best of our...

Benefits of Yin & Restorative Yoga

Every Wednesday evening I hold a ninety minute practice and about once a month I offer a long session of Yin and Restorative Yoga. Today I want to describe a few of the benefits of this deeply nurturing and healing practice. I call yin & restorative yoga an...

What our students say about Bhumi Yoga:

“When I started practicing Ashtanga in Mysore classes with Maxi a little more than a year and a half ago, I had little experience with yoga classes. Maxi has been a very good guide on my yoga journey and I have built a regular practice since. The individual attention in Mysore classes is a great way to build the practice as is good for you and your body. It helps me focus on my own needs and abilities without constant comparison with others around me. As a teacher Maxi is gentle and patient, but she can also push me a bit when I am too afraid to try something I think I cannot do. I think it is all about finding this balance – between kindness and discipline – both on and off the mat. Practicing Ashtanga helps me to reflect on this daily. Maxi also pays a lot of attention to the balance between our yoga practice and the demands of our fast-paced daily lives. This space for reflection definitely contributes to making me stick with Ashtanga and with Maxi’s school.”  Sanne Hupkes, October 2019; Ashtanga Mysore Practitioner

“Ashtanga Yoga is an empowering practice in the way that it gives you the tools to quiet your mind and take care of your body wherever you go and wherever you are. I love the way it makes me feel and increases my compassion to myself and those around me. Maxi is a very knowledgeable teacher and more importantly she helps you to establish a routine that suits your needs. For me an (almost) daily practice strengthens my body while giving me insight in my behaviour. I’m really glad to have discovered Maxi, this Shala and Ashtanga yoga!” Yvette van de Riet, October 2019; Ashtanga Mysore & Moon Sequence Practitioner

“I have been following Ashtanga at Maxi for half a year now and I like this exceptionally well. It’s like playing the Champions League every day, but with the difference that this is accessible to everyone and without the stress associated with top sport! 

In the past 5 years I have experienced a lot in the field of yoga and I also followed a 3-year training to become a Hatha yoga teacher with one of the better teachers in Europe. The way in which Maxi presents ashtanga and yoga is certainly also among the best and goes much further than just physical postures. 
The mix of one-to-one coaching, “Led classes” and becoming aware of your practice at your own pace is rock-solid. Based on years of experience in teaching and insight into the functioning of the body, energy and mind, Maxi communicates her message in a crystal clear way. Every word and movement has been carefully considered and well thought out, but above all tangible! The energy is overwhelming when you enter the “Bhumi” …. Highly recommended!” 
Ravi Soekhai, owner and teacher at Yoga Nirvana; November 2019, Ashtanga Mysore practitioner

“About a year ago I went to the Ashtanga Yoga school of Maxi Meisner, with some hesitation; After all, 60 years, fairly stiff and almost no experience with Yoga … From the first moment I feel very welcome and step by step I have taken my first steps on the Yoga path. In the meantime it has gained a permanent place in my life. It brings me a lot! Thus is almost entirely due to the warm, professional guidance from Maxi. She can be like no other teacher at all levels. Although we work in groups, I still have the feeling that I get personal guidance.”

Anthonie van Hemmen – joins the Wednesday evening Yin & Restorative class weekly.

“I have practiced with Maxi since 2015 or 2014, I don’t quite remember. Through her, yoga has integrated into my life gradually such that I don’t know where it began. Maxi has shown me how be accepting of myself and my abilities. Each yoga practice is different yet all based on the age old traditions of the method. I was not knowledgeable about yoga or its background when I began. I started yoga to add physical exercise to my life in way that was sustainable for me in order to help in balancing my work life in IT.

My body had clearly not moved a lot of muscles when I began, but Maxi helped me find the adaptations to the asanas (poses) that my body allowed. Since that start, I found more then just moving your body. It is a privilege to find such a attentive, experienced and knowledgeable teacher in Maxi. Not only is she well versed in the yoga practice, tradition and philosophy, she also combines it with extensive knowledge about anatomy and other more academic perspectives.

She says yoga is for everybody and I can confirm that completely. Irrelevant where you come from or what shape you’re in. It’s a physical and mental place to come home to yourself that is both grounded in and elevated from daily life. The best way to understand is to experience it, just to see for yourself. With Maxi you can find a great teacher to help you get started or get you along if you already are more experienced. Plus there is a supportive and lively community around her that is a real bonus.” Casper Bodewitz, October 2019, Ashtanga Mysore practitioner

“By the time I had decided to join Maxi’s yoga school, I had been meaning to learn Ashtanga yoga for a while. I was practicing yoga regularly but was in need of a guiding hand to show me further into my yoga journey. Maxi turned out to be exactly the guidance I needed, and her yoga school is the optimal learning environment. I had never practiced Ashtanga yoga before, and Maxi gently guided me through the sequence of poses, showing me modifications when needed as my body adjusted to the poses. Going into my first classes among a group of people, I was afraid of not being able to keep up, or of an intimidating atmosphere. That was never the case, as  Maxi knows how to adjust the learning process to every student’s needs and learning from her is always a delight. When practicing at the yoga school, everyone is equal and has an individual experience within an open group setting.

Having a regular yoga practice has been a very positive experience for me. As a student, I sometimes struggle with finding the time to cultivate qualities within myself that are outside of the academic domain, but Maxi’s yoga school has greatly helped me with that! It is delightful to start off the day by focusing and cultivating yourself, both body and mind. I find that my daily practice helps me focus throughout the day and offers me a headstart to the day’s activities. Every evening I look forward to the next day’s practice, as I know it will provide me with time to better myself, and by the time practice is over I will be refreshed and ready to focus on the day’s intellectual work. 

I am very glad that I joined Bhumi Yoga and I have the opportunity to practice regularly under the guidance of a great teacher!”
Medeea Anton, October 2019; Ashtanga Mysore practitioner

“When I started practicing Ashtanga in Mysore classes with Maxi a little more than a year and a half ago, I had little experience with yoga classes. Maxi has been a very good guide on my yoga journey and I have built a regular practice since. The individual attention in Mysore classes is a great way to build the practice as is good for you and your body. It helps me focus on my own needs and abilities without constant comparison with others around me. As a teacher Maxi is gentle and patient, but she can also push me a bit when I am too afraid to try something I think I cannot do. I think it is all about finding this balance – between kindness and discipline – both on and off the mat. Practicing Ashtanga helps me to reflect on this daily. Maxi also pays a lot of attention to the balance between our yoga practice and the demands of our fast-paced daily lives. This space for reflection definitely contributes to making me stick with Ashtanga and with Maxi’s school.”  Sanne Hupkes, October 2019; Ashtanga Mysore Practitioner

“Ashtanga Yoga is an empowering practice in the way that it gives you the tools to quiet your mind and take care of your body wherever you go and wherever you are. I love the way it makes me feel and increases my compassion to myself and those around me. Maxi is a very knowledgeable teacher and more importantly she helps you to establish a routine that suits your needs. For me an (almost) daily practice strengthens my body while giving me insight in my behaviour. I’m really glad to have discovered Maxi, this Shala and Ashtanga yoga!” Yvette van de Riet, October 2019; Ashtanga Mysore & Moon Sequence Practitioner

“I have been following Ashtanga at Maxi for half a year now and I like this exceptionally well. It’s like playing the Champions League every day, but with the difference that this is accessible to everyone and without the stress associated with top sport! 

In the past 5 years I have experienced a lot in the field of yoga and I also followed a 3-year training to become a Hatha yoga teacher with one of the better teachers in Europe. The way in which Maxi presents ashtanga and yoga is certainly also among the best and goes much further than just physical postures. 
The mix of one-to-one coaching, “Led classes” and becoming aware of your practice at your own pace is rock-solid. Based on years of experience in teaching and insight into the functioning of the body, energy and mind, Maxi communicates her message in a crystal clear way. Every word and movement has been carefully considered and well thought out, but above all tangible! The energy is overwhelming when you enter the “Bhumi” …. Highly recommended!” 
Ravi Soekhai, owner and teacher at Yoga Nirvana; November 2019, Ashtanga Mysore practitioner

“About a year ago I went to the Ashtanga Yoga school of Maxi Meisner, with some hesitation; After all, 60 years, fairly stiff and almost no experience with Yoga … From the first moment I feel very welcome and step by step I have taken my first steps on the Yoga path. In the meantime it has gained a permanent place in my life. It brings me a lot! Thus is almost entirely due to the warm, professional guidance from Maxi. She can be like no other teacher at all levels. Although we work in groups, I still have the feeling that I get personal guidance.”

Anthonie van Hemmen – joins the Wednesday evening Yin & Restorative class weekly.

“I have practiced with Maxi since 2015 or 2014, I don’t quite remember. Through her, yoga has integrated into my life gradually such that I don’t know where it began. Maxi has shown me how be accepting of myself and my abilities. Each yoga practice is different yet all based on the age old traditions of the method. I was not knowledgeable about yoga or its background when I began. I started yoga to add physical exercise to my life in way that was sustainable for me in order to help in balancing my work life in IT.

My body had clearly not moved a lot of muscles when I began, but Maxi helped me find the adaptations to the asanas (poses) that my body allowed. Since that start, I found more then just moving your body. It is a privilege to find such a attentive, experienced and knowledgeable teacher in Maxi. Not only is she well versed in the yoga practice, tradition and philosophy, she also combines it with extensive knowledge about anatomy and other more academic perspectives.

She says yoga is for everybody and I can confirm that completely. Irrelevant where you come from or what shape you’re in. It’s a physical and mental place to come home to yourself that is both grounded in and elevated from daily life. The best way to understand is to experience it, just to see for yourself. With Maxi you can find a great teacher to help you get started or get you along if you already are more experienced. Plus there is a supportive and lively community around her that is a real bonus.” Casper Bodewitz, October 2019, Ashtanga Mysore practitioner

“By the time I had decided to join Maxi’s yoga school, I had been meaning to learn Ashtanga yoga for a while. I was practicing yoga regularly but was in need of a guiding hand to show me further into my yoga journey. Maxi turned out to be exactly the guidance I needed, and her yoga school is the optimal learning environment. I had never practiced Ashtanga yoga before, and Maxi gently guided me through the sequence of poses, showing me modifications when needed as my body adjusted to the poses. Going into my first classes among a group of people, I was afraid of not being able to keep up, or of an intimidating atmosphere. That was never the case, as  Maxi knows how to adjust the learning process to every student’s needs and learning from her is always a delight. When practicing at the yoga school, everyone is equal and has an individual experience within an open group setting.

Having a regular yoga practice has been a very positive experience for me. As a student, I sometimes struggle with finding the time to cultivate qualities within myself that are outside of the academic domain, but Maxi’s yoga school has greatly helped me with that! It is delightful to start off the day by focusing and cultivating yourself, both body and mind. I find that my daily practice helps me focus throughout the day and offers me a headstart to the day’s activities. Every evening I look forward to the next day’s practice, as I know it will provide me with time to better myself, and by the time practice is over I will be refreshed and ready to focus on the day’s intellectual work. 

I am very glad that I joined Bhumi Yoga and I have the opportunity to practice regularly under the guidance of a great teacher!”
Medeea Anton, October 2019; Ashtanga Mysore practitioner