Today I would like to have a walk with you in a very special city of mine, with also so special person. We are on a visit to a yoga girl who I found on the Internet while searching for more yoga videos for my home yoga practice. Today, we will have a walk in Brussels, Belgium with Tanya Varbanova and I am sure that her interview will encourage you to visit the European capital. Before to give you more details about Tanya maybe you are wondering (or not) why Brussels is so special to me.
Tanya Varbanova is a multi-talented girl from Bulgaria who lives and works in Belgium. She is a contemporary prominent artist and yoga enthusiast. She is developing her youtube yoga channel where she presents her passion for yoga in Bulgarian (which is amazing, because most of the time the videos are in English).
So, once again, the common interests and the sharing the same passions brought me closer to the next participant in the rubric “On a visit to…”. I’ve already started to make a list of interesting places for my future trip to Brussels. I hope that you will do the same because her tips are definitely worth it. If you want to give Tanya’s project closer look click here and here to enjoy her artworks.
How do you imagine the ideal “om trip”?
On the yoga mat in Shavasana. 🙂 If we are talking about real travel, an om trip for me would be travel with no plans or expectations. The plans really stressed me. I love to create adventures while I am traveling, with no rush that I will miss seeing something or I will miss some experience. An “om trip” will involve a loved one, a diary, and many walks in nature, contemplation, tasting local food and talking with local people.
Can we take an “om trip” to Brussels or is it impossible?
You definitely can. Brussels in one of the greenest European cities with lots of green parks with breathtaking views. With a glass of wine or tasty Belgium beer you can enjoy the romantic sunset. For those who are addicted to the chocolate … for sure you will resonate with the sound “om”. Brussels also is the city of art. The art is everywhere and very often is too much. I am amused how many performances, concerts, galleries this city could offer to local or tourists.
Three things which we absolutely have to take with us to Brussels in our luggage?
My om tips don’t include anything obligatory. Just let yourself be surprised.
How to look like the locals?
The locals love to wear beige, gray and comfortable flat shoes. They are wearing raincoats and very rarely they are taking an umbrella. When the weather is sunny is almost impossible to find a place to sit in the park because Brusselians taking sunbaths there. The beers are highly appreciated it and they can be drink everywhere. 🙂 And the famous Belgium waffles and fries are more about tourists, the locals don’t buy them so often.
The place you’d like to share with us.
Forêt de Soignes. A magical place, my personal place for escape from the noise and the buildings. Almost every time this place recharges me with its incredible light and scents of plants and flowers depending which season is. Last week, I saw a roe deer, for example. Every time is so unique.
We can’t visit Brussels without stopping by some museums and galleries. Show us some of your favorites?
Wiels – center for contemporary art. During the vernissage, there is an artist talk and for me, this is the most interesting part because I have the chance to be close to the process of art making not only to the final result. I am a real fan of every each exhibition there.
Xavier Hufkens is one of the prestigious galleries in Brussels and it’s worth visiting if you are in this part of the city. Around the gallery, there are other interesting smaller art places.
For new talents, you could visit Office Baroque, Alice Gallery, and Composite. These galleries are close to each other, maybe just a 10minutes walks and close to the center of the city.
What should we absolutely try when we’re in Brussels?
Belgium beer and dark chocolate.
Where would you take us to have a cup of coffee?
Where would you take us for a yoga practice?
At the Sampoorna Yoga Studio. There is a lot of yoga studios in Brussels but what I love the most is practicing yoga at home. Only then, I am sincere with myself and I am letting my body moves how it wants, more freely than when I am surrounded by other people.
Where can we practice yoga outdoors?
In the parks. Often you can find free yoga practices if the weather is good enough. Just check the calendar YogaBrussels, which I’ve created some time ago, following this idea to promote the outdoor yoga in the parks etc. The yoga instructors are from different yoga studios.
Do you practice yoga while you travel?
Yes. One of my best practices is during travel. Every each place has different energy and through the yoga and the meditation, I can feel it more powerful and clear.
Which book do you think will be most suitable for our trip to Paris?
Every art book.
Where should we head after Paris?
Only one hour away from Brussels is totally different from the city. I love to go to the seas side. It’s pretty windy out there but I am totally ok with that. We love to kite with friends, or making a picnic and watching the sunset. I am also a fan of long winter walks, I just put my boots and my raincoat and I am ready to go outside and to refresh my mind and put my thoughts in order. 🙂
I also can recommend you to visit some of the small towns in Belgium with lots of castles, Dinant for example or the magnificent Bruges. For total relax you can head to some of the spa destinations – Spa (Belgium) or Aachen (Germany). For those who are fans of the beer, you can always make a road trip to the Belgium abbeys. And last but now least, don’t forget that the big capitals as Paris and London are just one-two hours by train.
The photos are kindly provided by Tanya Varbanova. Credit: Tanya Varbanova
Who is Tanya Varbanova?
I am based in Brussels where I do art and yoga. From this year I’ve started a youtube channel where I am uploading my yoga videos on Bulgarian. YouTube Yoga Channel