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Hatha Detox Yoga review

13 Apr 2019. by Essi Koskela. Right before noon on Saturday we gathered near the Spoorzone in Tilburg in the hip-looking studio Sooss, which many of us had been hoping to get a reason for to visit. Amazingly, everybody was on time, and after some review of yoga histories, we moved to the cozy classroom on the second floor, just big enough to host the eight of us.
We settled on our own matts, or the ones provided by the venue, and sat down to enjoy the daylight and view coming into the room from the big windows covering one side of the room. The atmosphere was tuned by the relaxing music playing during the class, accompanied by the sounds of the city and the ongoing Roadburn festival outside. Cross-legged, we began with breathing exercises.

The class represented the “hatha” style, which is one of the broadest and most allowing style descriptions for the physical practice of yoga. In our case, it described a gentle flow between stretching positions, with a couple of sun salutations and balancing poses in between. So what is specially “detox” about it? “Detox yoga contains relatively high amount of twists, which massage the liver and kidney”, our teacher Mihaela Anohina explained. We were literally squeezing the toxins out of our bodies, or at least concentrating our minds on it. Folding into, and out of, various asanas may have required more effort for the beginners in the class than for the experienced practitioners, but luckily Mihaela readily offered tips on how to ease up the tasks in hand. The class was enjoyable for all levels and participants, women and men alike (or one man, in this case).

Class ended traditionally with us laying down in the final savasana, dead man’s pose. Lying in the floor may not sound comfortable, but resting after such a yoga class is one of the most relaxing experiences available, perfect after a busy week.

As promised beforehand, we were offered accompanying tea, which turned out to be a special type not readily available in the Netherlands. Although the advertising speech for the tea mentioned mushrooms and aroma of the ground, the feeling of the warm tea was very comforting and the taste was surprisingly subtle. After thanking the teacher and ourselves for the wonderful practice, only one question remained: When should we do this again?

 

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3D printing workshop review

Review by George Oeser

If you read any magazines or websites that feature articles on new technology you have probably seen the term “3D Printing” a few times. If you attended the 3D Printing & Tinkering Workshop that TIC held on October 11 you have a much better understanding of how this new technology, and a few others, works and what it can do.

The workshop was a lot of fun and allowed us to learn more about the technology behind 3D printing and laser cutting. We learned about software that is used to create 3D models that can then be printed (several applications are online and can be accessed through a web browser at no cost). It was quite interesting to see one of these designs being printed, thin threads of melted plastic were laid down layer by layer and a lovely pendant grew in the printer right before our eyes.  We really enjoyed watching as two TIC members were scanned in 3D using an Xbox Kinect and a rotating stool. Their images would then show up in 3D on a computer screen which was quite fascinating but also slightly creepy as the tops of their heads weren’t scanned and this gave the effect of being able to see inside their minds! TIC members were also encouraged to create our own designs on paper with markers that were then scanned and turned into physical objects by a laser cutter.

Our hosts for the day at FabLab 013 were Peter and Vera who did a wonderful job of explaining all of this futuristic technology in a way that allowed us to understand it better as well as better appreciate its many practical applications. Like all TIC events this one was a lot of fun but it had the added benefits of also being informative and giving us a small glimpse what the future may have in store for us as technologies like 3D printing become more and more common.

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3D printing and tinkering workshop

BannerOn October the 11th TIC is organising a 3D printing and tinkering workshop. In a 3 ½ hour session, adults and kids will learn how to work 3D printers, laser cutters and engravers, and to build simple electronic devices (possibly even your own basic robot!). At the end of the day, anything you build becomes your souvenir (photos of some of the things people have created at previous workshops are attached).

For little inventors — children aged 4 to 12 — there will be a special kids program on site.

When:
Saturday, October 11 from 13.00 till 16.30
Where:
FabLab 013 (Stadhuisplein 354, 5038 TH Tilburg)
Cost:
Members: €35 per adult, €15 per child. Non-members: €40 per adult, €20 per child. The cost covers the training and a coffee / tea break. You get to bring home anything you make.
RSVP:
We have spots available for 12 adults and 6 children. The deadline for registration is Friday, October 3. To register, simply email til.int.club@gmail.com

Note:You don’t have to be tech savvy to join the workshop, just interested in learning how things work, curious about arts & crafts and enthralled by gizmos that whirr and spin. If you’re imaginative or creative, that’s just a bonus!

Sushi Making Workshop

Spreading the rice on a nori sheet

Spreading the rice on a nori sheet

21 March 2013

by Yolonda van Riel

pictures contributed by Patricia Gonzalez

We had a really nice turnout for our sushi making workshop. Our instructor and fellow TIC member, Ayumi, provided all the ingredients and expertise to help us make beautiful and delicious sushi rolls. Ayumi learned to make sushi from her father, who learned from (more…)

Cupcake Workshop

Our finished cupcake creations!

Our finished cupcake creations!

23 February 2013

by Mala Raman

The cupcake workshop turned out to a lot of fun and a labor of love.  A workshop that was originally supposed to be 1½ hours of cupcake decorating ended up being 3 hours of creative glory.

We started with an explanation of fondant, its properties, how to properly roll it out for the first layer of the cupcake topping and how to

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TIC Annual Christmas Cookie Workshop

Mint Chocolate Cookies

Mint Wafers

6 December 2013

by Yolonda van Riel

A cold, icy night in December made the perfect backdrop for making Christmas cookies! We had a nice turn out for this, now annual, event. We baked 4 delicious types of cookies with TIC’s very own Anne – The Cookie Master – overseeing the process. We mixed, stirred, rolled, dipped, sliced and baked in between sips of wine, laughing, humming along to Christmas carols and discussing (more…)

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