passed away peacefully
and without pain
on Friday, 21 December 2018
“Healthy breathing is pure necessity. Healthy breathing is our birthright and the
basis for our well-being!”
– Marilou Hermens
Marilou Hermens was a kalyana mitra, teacher, and mentor to many within the
AHYMSIN family. She taught for more than 30 years, and since 1998 received
training from Swami Veda Bharati and Swami Ritavan Bharati. In addition to
having a center in Bilthoven, Netherlands, she was a senior teacher and mentor
within the Himalayan Yoga Tradition – Teacher Training Program (HYT-TP) ,
lectured, gave workshops, and also guided annual Science of Breath seminars at
“Marilou passed away peacefully and without pain on Friday, 21 December, at 9
PM our time. Her last weeks were difficult, losing her sight and having epileptic
insults due to brain tumors. She kept wanting to teach almost till the very end…,”
— wrote Beatrix Dekkers-Heezius.
“…She had informed us a few months ago about this departure due to an
irreversible illness. Marilou accepted the physical reality and consciously went into
the process that her Guru, Swami Veda Bharati, called the 'Art of Dying'. Not the
sadness that many create around that process, but she chose to celebrate her
life…Marilou embraced the process of dying as a process of living…Our gratitude
for her contributions to the Sangha…” Atem Ramsundersingh informed
the AHYMSIN Facebook group. To read Atem’s writing and to see the responses
from within the group, please click here.
“It is my greatest wish to help as many people as possible to learn to breathe
healthily. The effects of a healthy diaphragmatic breathing are unprecedented.
Breath is affected by physical exertion and by emotions. The special thing is that
the breath always continues. The trick is to learn to guide the breathing itself: the
right spot with the diaphragm, slower, calmer, without fits and starts, silently,
through the nose…Breathing is always central to all my classes of yoga and
meditation as I have learned from real yogis of the age-old Himalayan Yoga
Meditation Tradition. No difficult postures but bring profoundness in yoga through
simplicity and very good observing and learning to observe, mindfulness at the top!
It is important to apply it in daily operations. That is real yoga.” Marilou wrote on
Some videos with Marilou can be seen on YouTube at Himalaya Adem Yoga
Meditatie Marilou Hermens.