In memoriam of our beloved Clé Souren

cle-souren-in-memoriam-2013Dear students,

It is with great sadness that I inform you about the passing of our beloved friend, teacher, husband and father, Clé.
He was very peaceful in his last moments and we will miss his “larger than life” presence on this earth.

We thank each and every one of you for your support, friendship, and belief in Clé and in his teachings.
May he rest in peace.

Details of a memorial service will be forthcoming.

with love,
Delilah King & Storm Souren

Amsterdam, 3 July 2013

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013 blog, newsletter, workshops

221 Comments to In memoriam of our beloved Clé Souren

  1. Na bij Charles de hond lessen te hebben gevolgd kwam ik bij Cle terecht. Ik heb enorm genoten van je uitdagende, technische lessen.

    een nieuwe reis,

    rip

  2. krullie on July 3rd, 2013
  3. I’m deeply sorry to hear Clé passed away. He will be missed by all of us. I wish Delilah and Storm strenght in these sad days.

  4. Melanie Tillema on July 3rd, 2013
  5. Rest in peace my dear Clé - missing you greatly

    in deep appreciation of all I have learnt from you.

    love, Daniela

  6. Daniela Gfeller on July 3rd, 2013
  7. Dear Cle Souren. Thanks for that what you have teached me. You where my first contact with yoga and my first yogateacher when i was still a young student on the University and ex danser suffering from a backinjuiry. Your classes and presence where for a long long time my home and source off life! Have a good journey home! Wish you a big Welcom home. Give a big hug to Charles! I will always remember you! And when it is not me than it will be my body! My stamina! I wish all the luck and strength in the proces of letting go for his familiy, Storm, Dililah, all the people who are close to him and wish the best in filling this huge empty gap he leaves behind for Iyengar Yoga in Amsterdam and worldwide. The best wishes for the iyengar yoga institute in Amsterdam. See you one day! With Love Lara ( en Ronald) New York City.

  8. Lara Sala on July 3rd, 2013
  9. Dearest Clé

    So very sad to learn that you are gone now - you will always be close by in our hearts and minds.

    Thank you so much for your friendship and hours of great teaching.

    Dear Delilah and Storm our condolences - Jette and I wish you strength and courage in the difficult time ahead and rest assured that Clé touched many of us deeply with his and Gurujis sharp compassion in the art of yoga.

    Dear friends and colleagues our condolences for your loss of a fine and inspirational man -

    Om Shanti Shanti Shanti

    Claus Bendson Wittig and Jette Berring

    BKS Iyengar Yoga Center Copenhagen

  10. Claus Wittig on July 3rd, 2013
  11. Thank you for being a great teacher and for guiding me on the path of yoga Clé. You will be missed by many.

    My thoughts go out to Delilah, Storm and the rest of the family. I wish you all the strength to get trough this sadness.

    Love, Carlijn

  12. Carlijn on July 3rd, 2013
  13. The word teacher cannot completely explain the bond formed with Clé. He was my compassionate guide on the greatest journey of my life: the discovery of myself. When Clé was teaching, the main hall at the Institute became one of the safest spaces I have ever known. His boundless knowledge and precision of speech would guide me into the deepest corners of my being, even through two pregnancies and a broken leg, and he always knew exactly when I needed that extra bit of encouragement, which he gave freely. His passing leaves me at once empty, yet also filled. With love, respect and gratitude. Rest in peace, dear Clé.

  14. Simone McKenzie on July 3rd, 2013
  15. I remember Cle’s speech a few years ago about all his students being like children to him, his children. Well, I am sure we share now a similar feeling of having become orphans.

    Lots of love to Delilah and Storm and all those who suffer this loss.

  16. Barbara Queirolo on July 3rd, 2013
  17. It is such a sad and grey day and my deepest condolences go out to Delilah and Storm.
    Cle’s inspiration and knowledge about yoga was very powerful and bright and he has left a deep in-print in so many of us . I feel very thankful to have been one of his students .
    may he rest in peace
    Ralph

  18. Ralph Pilleri on July 3rd, 2013
  19. OH! He will be missed - even from those of us who have not visited for a while - his gift was great and we all benefited.

    May you all find your way without him.

    I am sure we can all hear his voice speaking to us, inside of our practice for a long time…
    blessings to the family and the yoga community

    with love, Hilary

  20. Hilary Brown on July 3rd, 2013
  21. Rest in peace Cle,sending Delilah and Storm all my love and strength x

  22. Ashling Hendrick on July 3rd, 2013
  23. Thankyou Clé - I am so very grateful for your teaching, for your presence and determination. Your imprint runs deep.

  24. Linda on July 3rd, 2013
  25. Thank you for all the great teachings, you will always be close. I wish Delilah and Storm much strenght in these sad days. Rest in peace, dear Clé

    Ruud

  26. Ruud Boone on July 3rd, 2013
  27. I am touched by the sad news that our beloved Clé has passed away. Remembering his words on the last Christmas workshop “yoga is not a guarantee for you”, with a big smile on his face – so honest and pure. His teachings and presence will be deeply missed.
    My heart goes out to Delilah and Storm, his family and friends, as well the students from the Iyengar Institute in Amsterdam.
    Love, Antje

  28. Antje Schöne on July 3rd, 2013
  29. With gratitude I will always remember Cle as a most inspiring teacher. He was able to guide on the path of yoga in a direct link with Guruji.
    Thank you Cle.

    My condolances for Delilah and Storm.

    Marianne Defesche

  30. Marianne Defesche on July 3rd, 2013
  31. My dearest teacher Clé

    I will miss you , we will miss you .

    You’ve inspired me , teached me , encouraged me for 14 years .
    A wonderfull guidance and devotion. I am so gratefull for all you have given.
    You were , are and will be every day in my practice.

    Rest in peace dear Clé

    All love and strength towards Delilah and Storm , family and friends .

    Gwen

  32. Gwen Langenberg on July 3rd, 2013
  33. Thankyou Clé for establishing the Institute which has been so formative for Iyengar practice both here in NL and across Europe. I am deeply grateful to have been a part of the school and to have had my life transformed through your teaching, your presence and determination. Your imprint runs deep.

  34. Linda Wallace on July 3rd, 2013
  35. Dear Clé,

    We don’t know what comes ‘after’, but now you are ‘there’…
    you jumped into the vastness of the Universe!

    I wish you are feeling all the Love from your wife, daughter, friends, students, from all the people who are missing you right now.

    I wish also you enjoy the new journey of your Soul, like you enjoyed Yoga, and teaching.. like we enjoyed your teachings..

    Thank you so much for helping us on our way.. one day we’ll meet again.. :)

    With Love and Strength to you and all your beloved ones *
    AUM

  36. Beatriz on July 3rd, 2013
  37. Cle was de laatste 25 jaar een baken in mijn leven. Ik heb veel aan hem te danken. Hij gaf mij les en alles wat hij verder kon geven om mij te ontwikkelen in de yoga. Hij was een sterke man die zichzelf en de Iyengaryoga altijd trouw bleef. Ik zal hem ontzettend missen. Mijn gedachten gaan vooral uit naar Delilah, Storm en alle anderen die het gemis ook voelen.

  38. Rembert Petrus on July 3rd, 2013
  39. Dear Clé,

    Thanks for all you have given to us. Your teachings are in our hearts. May you rest in peace!
    Much love and strength for Delilah, Storm, your family and all the friends you have gotten on this passage.
    With much gratitude,

    Joelma and Roland

  40. Joelma Matos and Roland Ikelaar on July 3rd, 2013
  41. What a big loss Cle is not with us anymore! With his life dedicated to the Art of Yoga he shared so much knowledge and life-force. He will be missed tremendously.
    Dear Delilah and Storm,
    I wish you much love and strenght in these difficult days!
    With love and gratitude, Arjan

  42. Arjan Kindermans on July 3rd, 2013
  43. Dear Clé,

    Thank you for your teachings, guidance, inspiration and fire. May you find peace and love wherever you are. You left living impressions in us so you are always here. Condolences to Delilah, Storm, family and loved ones.

    With gratitude,
    Asaf

  44. Asaf Hacmon on July 3rd, 2013
  45. Dear Cle,

    You were the root of Iyengar Yoga in the Netherlands. Almost every teacher was trained by you. I will always remember your deep dedication to yoga and to us, your pupils.

    The peace of God, which goes beyond our understanding, is with you.

    My thoughts go to Delilah and Storm.

  46. Ria Brandon on July 3rd, 2013
  47. A great loss first of all for his family and friends, and also for his students and the Dutch Iyengar yoga community.

    My condolences to Delilah and Storm.

    It is hard to describe the relationship one has with their yoga teacher, but as it also shows in all these reactions, it is a profoundly personal one. I will remember Clé in my practice and hopefully honor him in my teaching. His voice will resonate in my body.

    with love and gratitude,

    Hiske

  48. Hiske on July 3rd, 2013
  49. Dear Delilah and Storm, dear colleague teachers, students, family and friends, the first words which came up in my mind when I heard about Cle has passed over the threshold were the mantric words by Sri Aurobindo, Life, death, - death, life; the words have led for ages, our thought and consciousness and firmly seemed two opposites; but now long-hidden pages are opened, liberating truths undreamed. Life only is, or death is life disguised, - Life a short death until by Life we are surprised.
    Thank you Cle for all your teachings and fatherly support. FransJozef van Nispen.

  50. Frans-Jozef van Nispen tot Pannerden on July 3rd, 2013
  51. Cle was my first teacher. My gratitude to him is beyond. May his soul rest in peace, beautiful peace. Sending love to his family. lucienne

  52. lucienne vidah on July 3rd, 2013
  53. Lieve Clé,
    Zolang er over je wordt gesproken, maak je altijd deel uit van deze wereld. Mijn herinnering aan jou zal blijvend verbonden zijn aan de lessen die je mij gaf. Daardoor zal je altijd een onderdeel zijn van de lessen,die ik weer doorgeef. Voor mij zal je altijd aanwezig zijn.
    Lieve Clé, REST IN PEACE.
    Veel sterkte voor Delilah, je kinderen, je familie en vrienden
    Carla Koopman

  54. Carla Koopman on July 3rd, 2013
  55. It is with great sadness that i have learned of Cle,s death. he was a teacher and friend, and although I have not seen him much in the past few years he has always remained a friend in my heart, and now my heart is heavy. I wish Delila and Storm great strength in dealing with this great loss, as well as the many many students whose lives he has touched over the years who will now miss their teacher. May he rest in peace and may his continued journey be one of joy. RIP dear Cle and travel well

    Colin

  56. Colin Lee-Warden on July 3rd, 2013
  57. Dear Cle, THANK YOU VERY MUCH for all this great moments of: ADHO MUKHA VRKSASANA,PINCHA MAYURASANA and drop back and the Unfogottable’s URDHVA DHANURASANA’S.
    GOD open the door’s for you to come in.
    REST IN PEACE.
    You will be always in our heart.

    Mi sentido Pesamo para DELILAH and STORM

    Margarita Gomez

  58. Margarita Gomez on July 3rd, 2013
  59. Cle I know you rest in peace now but I am going to miss you! my teacher whom I always sending thank you notes to every time I practice my Sirsasana and Dhanurasana. With my back and neck problems you made me believe it was possible and taught me how. I am greatful for having been your student.

    My condolences to Delilah and Storm sending my thoughts and strengh on these difficult days.

    Love Annett

  60. Annett Mottlau on July 3rd, 2013
  61. I hearby send out my condolences to delilah and storm. I wish you much love, strength and peace in the times that lie ahead.

    Aniel

  62. Aniel Ramnarain on July 3rd, 2013
  63. Dear Cle, Thanks for all the years i lived close to you. You are a part of me already, you form me as a teacher, your words, your moods, your attitude are still alieve in my teachings. With Love and Respect rest in peace Dear Clé till the next incarnation.

    My condolences to Delilah and Storm sending you strength and courage to go through this moments.

    Fernando

  64. Fernando R. Sanchez Lynn on July 3rd, 2013
  65. Dear Cle,

    At that time a young family, in search for mental and
    physical strength, we found it in your classes and studio.

    The little boy is now fifteen years old and also following yoga-lessons, the first thing he said was:

    “What a pity i did not get the chance to meet him”.

    Dearest Delilah and Storm wishing you a lot of love and light.

    With Deep respect,
    Chi, Fleur, Keanu, Zen Ti

  66. fleur van Hemert-Lee on July 3rd, 2013
  67. May you rest in deepest peace Cle. You have shared your strong presence with so many of us and your wisdom, strenght and persistance will keep resonating in all of us and in our practice. It is a shock to suddenly have you gone, but also a drive to pass on what you have taught all your life. May we follow your footsteps honorably…
    My biggest condolences to Deliah and Storm and all his beloved ones.

  68. Angie Lau on July 3rd, 2013
  69. After my first lesson from you at the B.K.S Iyengar Yoga Insitute I was hooked for life on yoga. You have been my teacher for many, many years. Your relentless passion for Iyengar yoga has been an example for me. You were my teacher at the Iyengar Yoga Teacher Training and offered me a class at the Instute. You personally introduced me to Mr. Iyengar and you supported me when I had the chance to interview Mr. Iyengar in Paris, 1997. Thank you Clé, you and Yoga will be together forever. May you rest in peace. My condolences to Delilah and Storm.

  70. Maarten Toussaint on July 3rd, 2013
  71. Lieve Delilah en Storm ik wens jullie heel veel sterkte en kracht.

  72. Marjemme on July 3rd, 2013
  73. What a sad day today.
    Dear Delilah and Storm my deep condolences.
    Cle, thank you very much for all of your teachings, your lessons were always a big, big pleasure.
    Rest in peace.

  74. Annabel on July 3rd, 2013
  75. Dearest Cle

    Thank you for your guidance on my path of yoga. Thank you for bringing light.

    I have been so fortunate and privileged to know you and to learn from you. You will always. be in my heart, in my practice and in my teaching. Always.

    My thoughts go to Delilah and Storm, wish you strength in this sad time.

    Love
    Mette

  76. Mette Vulpius on July 3rd, 2013
  77. I would like to express my hearth-felt condolence to Delilah and Storm, following the passing of Clé.

    As a foreign student, I feel blessed that I was able to travel so many times to Amsterdam to Study with Clé. His voice will remain with me and I feel eternally grateful to him. I will always remember his kindness and teachings.

  78. Marco Martins on July 3rd, 2013
  79. cle, in mijn herinnering zal je altijd de leraar blijven die in mij de passie voor iyengar yoga heeft wakker gemaakt. Ik ben er van overtuigd dat er zonder Cle geen Iyengar Yoga Nederland zou zijn. Cle bedankt voor die tomeloze inzet…..

    voor alle familie en vrienden sterkte

    om shanti shanti shanti om

  80. miriam imming-defesche on July 3rd, 2013
  81. Lieve mensen,
    Woorden schieten echt te kort lieve Delillah en Storm. Wat een verlies en wat voelt het onwerkelijk.
    Cle was voor mij een oude vriend die ik wel 30 jaar ken . Hij zal altijd in onze harten blijven.
    Cle had me vorige week nog gebeld om te komen en toen kon ik die dag niet. Het voelt heel raar.
    Lieve mensen ik wens jullie sterkte, liefde en vooral zelfcompassie in rouw die gaat komen.
    Cle blijft voor vele een super teacher en een oprechte eerlijke , en humor.
    Liefs ben bij jullie Nancy Stroo- Vendeville

  82. Nancy stroo vendeville on July 3rd, 2013
  83. It is very difficult to find the words to describe the deep sadness I feel hearing the loss of dear Cle.
    Delilah and Storm I send all my love and support.
    I am so grateful for all Cle brought to my life. He guided, motivated, inspired, encouraged so much growth and transformation in me. Literally bringing the light of awareness and opening my mind and heart to a deeper level of understanding and connection Thank you Cle. You changed my whole life and path. Your teachings will always live in my heart and all my cells.

  84. Sarah-jane Rawkins on July 3rd, 2013
  85. You were a great friend and teacher, a mensch. Perhaps you will start another Iyengar center ?

  86. Shura Reininger on July 3rd, 2013
  87. Dear Delilah,
    .
    I find it hard to accept, that Cle Souren the remarkable, strong and devoted Yoga teacher of our country has passed away. It gives me some comfort to read that Cle was very peaceful in his last moments.
    I remember so clearly, how Cle was reading the “Song of the Soul” for his friend Charles Hond on his funeral, only three years ago:

    “…Consciousness and joy am I, and Bliss is where I am found. ”

    I will always remember Cle as the teacher who had a strong influence on me, when he started the Teacher Training in Amsterdam and during these years, that he encouraged me to go deeper and further in the practice.
    I wish Cle eternal peace and bliss.
    I hope that the love that you feel from all the students from all over the world gives you the strength you need.

    Berber Schönholzer

  88. Berber Schönholzer on July 4th, 2013
  89. Dear Delilah and Storm,

    It is with a great shock that I heard from Bobby Clenell (through face book) that Cle died. I had no idea that he was sick, or something was going on with him (??) and I yelled out loud to the computer What?! That can’t be!

    I have enjoyed studying with him every time I visited Holland from NY. He truly was the heart of Iyengar yoga in Holland. I will always remember his calm demeanor while teaching, his tremendous control of and love for the subject of yoga and his passionate outbursts when something was wrong in his eyes.

    I wish you all the strength you’ll need to live with this terrible ‘never again’ that we have to face when a loved one dies.

    I hope and expect the Iyengar community to be there for you and I’m sure the yoga community will be able to keep his dreams and teachings alive.

    Love and light,
    Mimi

  90. Mimi Visser on July 4th, 2013
  91. Dear Delilah & Storm,
    Very shocked and sad to hear of Cle’s passing. My thoughts go with you at this time. Cle was a friend and colleague to me and across the globe with only a passing time together we sustained a deep understanding, a free and open friendship for over 30 years. I valued this enormously. But what a life he led!
    much love at this time,
    Peter

  92. Peter Thomson on July 4th, 2013
  93. I remember Cle so fondly, especially from the wonderful intensive we all had with Guruji in Panchgani so many years ago. He was a warm and wonderful person, so dedicated to yoga. Mat he rest in peace.

  94. Donna Hood Pointer on July 4th, 2013
  95. Querido Clé, aunque sólo estudié contigo una vez hace muchos años, fuiste mi primer maestro de Yoga Iyengar y desde entonces no he dejado de practicarla. Siempre estaré agradecida por tu inspiración y por haber abierto la puerta a un mundo maravilloso.
    GRACIAS!!!!
    My most sincere condolences to your family.

  96. Chantal Gómez Jauffred on July 4th, 2013
  97. I am very sad to hear the unexpected news. Cle, ever since attending the first classes with you 15 years ago, you have been present in my life, in my daily practice, in all my yoga poses. And you will still be present going forward. You were an inspiring teacher and mentor!

    My condolences for Delilah and Storm.

  98. Ivan Herger on July 4th, 2013
  99. Lieve Clé,
    Dank voor je onbetaalbare bijdrage aan mijn en veler yogawereld. In mijn hart.
    Sterkte en kracht voor Delilah en Storm.

  100. dineke on July 4th, 2013
  101. Your classes were masterful, your style old-school, your fire, passion and knowledge about the subject of yoga inspired so many of us. You were my first teacher of yoga in the Iyengar method, you lit the flame. Forever grateful. May you rest in peace. Heartfelt condolences to Delilah and Storm.

  102. Sara Sainthill on July 4th, 2013
  103. Dear Clè, I was really looking forward to spending a day with you very soon, to be inspired again from your great teachings as it had happened many times in the past. I will have to wait a little longer to meet again a great person like you. Thank you Clè for all you have done for me and many others, I am sure your teachings will keep inspiring all of us even from far away.
    My condolences to Delilah and Storm.
    Paolo

  104. Paolo Rava on July 4th, 2013
  105. It’s a tremendous loss that Cle is no longer here. When I started the teacher training three years ago I had my first lessons with Cle. His lessons were very inspiring and helped me to go beyond my own limits. May he rest in peace.

    My condolences to his family, Delilah and Storm.
    Ilonka Lei

  106. Ilonka Lei on July 4th, 2013
  107. Thank you Dear Cle, you have changed my life forever, I m grateful to you.

    Still fresh on my ears our last talk about your passion for teaching and bringing yoga to the most people possible, you did it you still do it.

    Go and be in peace, I love you

    All my love and support to Delilah, Storm, and beloved ones

    Paula

  108. Paula on July 4th, 2013
  109. Dear Delilah,

    Allthough I have never met Clé, I always felt his presence in the school. I am very grateful for his heritage. My heart goes out to you and your daughter.

    Nathalie

  110. Nathalie Rasing on July 4th, 2013
  111. Don’t think of him as gone away
    His journey’s just begun
    Life holds so many facets
    Just think of him as resting
    In a place of warmth and comfort
    lets think of him as living
    In the hearts of those he touched
    For nothing loved is ever lost -
    And he was loved so much
    all my love and support to delilah and storm
    and all my gratitude to my teacher and friend

    Om Shanti
    Namaste ludmilla

  112. ludmilla on July 4th, 2013
  113. To my dearest teacher Clé Souren:
    You were undoubtedly one of the most inspiring and engaging teachers I have ever encountered. You have been an inspiration and a source of knowledge for so many people, including myself. For your openness, honesty, sincerity, welcoming and amazingly sharp compassion, I will always cherish your wonderful classes and teachings. You dedicated your life to Iyengar Yoga, to us, your students, with your teachings going beyond yoga. And that’s why you touched so many of us.

    Dear Delilah and Storm, my deepest condolences go to you; I wish you strength and courage to go through this moments. As Delilah wrote “we will miss his “larger than life” presence on this earth”!

    Clé touched many of us so deeply. He will live on in our hearts whenever we practice, whenever we teach, whenever we think of him.

    May you rest in peace, dear Clé.

  114. MariaCristina Majo on July 4th, 2013
  115. every day i go to my mat your spirit teaching and heart is with me
    you pass away but you did pass us so much away it is a sad day for the iyengar world thanks you to give us this gift and now it is our responsability to practice
    thank you to being such a light
    i bow down to you with greatest gratitude
    much blessing to you and your famillie

  116. ludmilla on July 4th, 2013
  117. I am speachless, facing this event with grief, wondering how you must have felt in your passage moment. I wish that at least you knew in that very moment how many lives you have enlightened, how many individual souls you have connected, how much influence you have had on our lives dearest Cle’.
    I wasn’t exactly a very “obedient” student the whole time, we have had discussions, conflicts, arguments through which I grew more mature and ready to take over responsibilities. You taught me not to blame outside for my failures but to look deeper inside for change to take place. You did it all in silence, through your actions not using words. You taught soooo much Cle’ but especially you thought me to work for my independence for my freedom and you were definitely my role model for that. If I am on this path today it is thanks to your passage in this world. If I have found my nest, learned to root before flying it is because of your teaching. I just want to share now what I have learned from you, with joy as I know that it will grow more and more. We all are your branches reaching out to connect to the rest of the world, you are and will always be our roots and trunk.
    May Storm always be proud of such a lovely & caring father, may Delilah find in us, your students, the support & love she needs now and later on in her life. I just want to return what I have received from you dear Cle’.
    See you some time in some other form, I am sure we will recognize each other and we will then take it from there.
    With all my love to my yoga guru in transit to the next phase.

  118. Cristina Libanori on July 4th, 2013
  119. Dear Clé,

    I wish that you can find a peaceful alighting in your current realm. Hopefully, after some rest, you will return to this planet as that same beautiful and inspiring embodied spirit. By sharing and teaching your healing yoga and bringing love to so many. I’m very grateful for the enormous change that you brought to this world. I’m also very grateful for your call to bring Paula to Amsterdam. Without this call, I wouldn’t have met her on that perfect moment.

    Wishing all the love to Delilah and Storm, hope to meet you again.
    Diederick.

  120. Diederick on July 4th, 2013
  121. “I consider myself lucky to not have wasted time on other kinds of yoga…” Well, Cle, I consider myself incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to be taught by you for so many years. I could completely let go of myself and my body in your classes…my trust in your knowledge was complete. You changed my life.

  122. Kerry Reinking on July 4th, 2013
  123. Dear Delilah and dear Storm,
    With a lump in my throat I am writing this message. Please accept my condolences. I wish you strength in order to bear this loss.
    Thanks to Clé I persevered in yoga. The way he put me at ease in the beginning when I was panicked to the point of hyperventilating, the way he cracked up laughing when I mentioned body-parts falling in my face during chair-halasana, the way he just laughed when I complained loudly and compared yoga to a circus… It all helped me along in becoming an experienced yoga-pupil for which I am very grateful.
    I will remember Clé very fondly.
    My thoughts are with you both.
    With all my love and with a very big HUG, Ingrid

  124. Ingrid Visser on July 4th, 2013
  125. Dear Delilah and Storm,

    My sincere condolences on the passing away of Clė. He was, as you say, a bigger then live presence, I wish both of you strength to deal with the hole. Hopefully our love for him and you are able to help you in this time.

    I am grateful every day for him bringing yoga and my fascination with it in my live.

    Love and a warm embrace,

    Mirjam

  126. Mirjam Visser on July 4th, 2013
  127. Dear Delilah and Storm,

    My deepest condolences to you.
    I wish you lots of strenght in this period and the future.

    Dirck (old student but still in Iyengar yoga action)

  128. Dirck van Gent on July 4th, 2013
  129. Oh,wie traurig,

    Eine Stimme, die uns vertraut war,
    schweigt.
    Ein Mensch, der uns lieb war,
    ging.
    Was uns bleibt, sind Liebe, Dank
    und die Erinnerung.

    My heartfelt sympathy!
    my thoughts are with you.
    LOVE and LIGHT

    Elisabeth aus Hannover

  130. Elisabeth Dakhli on July 4th, 2013
  131. Clé was a great man and a great, true teacher. It has been an honour to be one of his students. I will miss him very much. My deepest condolences to Delilah and Storm, my thoughts are with you.

  132. Jamila Assilbekova on July 4th, 2013
  133. Dear Delilah, dear Storm,
    dear colleagues and friends of yoga,

    So sad!
    Clé was my main teacher, as he was for so many of us. I cannot believe that the chance to meet him again is over now.
    He was pure tapas, fire, who could inspire and encourage us “to the maximum”. You could hardly find another man being so devoted to Guruji, and to the yoga.
    I always admired his teaching. He gave all his knowledge freely and generously, neither held back nor hided it, never made compromises. Clé really wanted to share it all with us. I feel very happy and somehow privileged that I had met him.
    But not only that: he was a man with more skills and talents, incredible creative, aware, cultivated, elegant in speech and appearance.
    For me it feels like I have lost my father in yoga. He is definitely the one who had the most impact on my life.
    Dear Delilah and Storm, please accept my condolences.
    I cry with you.

    Love
    Melanie Tholen geb. Brüggemann, Germany
    with Franjo and Uma

  134. Melanie Tholen on July 4th, 2013
  135. Cle was mijn eerste Yoga leraar en een zeer goede.Altijd krachtig aanwezig. Mentaal en verbaal glashelder en met tomeloze energie.technisch perfect in het lesgeven.
    Ik was de eerste student die zich in 1984 inschreef voor zijn toen nieuwe Iyengar Yoga Teacher Training. Hij gooide me in de toenmalige Kosmos in 1985 al in het diepe door me in de grote zaal voor 40 man Yoga les te laten geven. Die positieve gedecideerde bekrachtigende duw in mijn rug van hem heeft mij het vertrouwen gegeven om door te gaan op mijn Yogapad. Vechten kon hij ook als de beste en hij dwong me vaak tot zelfstandige keuzes die mijn individuele ontwikkeling uiteindelijk ten goede kwam. Dank je wel,dhanyavad Cle! Toevallig liep ik vorige week nog langs de oude Yoga studio van Cle (en toen nog Nanda) in de Karhuizerdwarsstraat om Eva mijn dochter die plek te laten zien.Good old memories. Lieve Cle je houdt en plek in mijn hart,rust in vrede.

  136. els van driel on July 4th, 2013
  137. My dearest Master teacher, Sir. Clé Souren,

    It’s with great respect and gratitude I will always remember you.

    Dear Delilah, Storm,family students, and friends, my condolences.

    I wish you all courage and strangth to face this dficult time.

    Namaste

    Davi Lages

  138. Davi Lages on July 4th, 2013
  139. Wat een groot verlies voor onze Iyengar Yoga gemeenschap. Dankzij Clé heeft Iyengar Yoga hier kunnen wortelen en vleugels gekregen. Het is nu eens te meer aan ons, beoefenaars en leraren, om wat hij ons geleerd heeft door te geven.
    Onze innige deelneming voor Delilah en Storm, en voor allen die hem moeten missen.

    Marga Rotink en Karina van Lieshout, Utrecht

  140. Karina van Lieshout en Marga Rotink on July 4th, 2013
  141. Dear Delilah, dear Storm,

    Clé is the very special entitiy who guided us in connecting what will always stay alive. I feel with you and i cry tears of sadness but also strong tears of memory on learning to live up in the loving truth of existence.

    Clé is whom I owe to live in dignity for he taught me how. May he bathe in light of love now.

    Miriam

  142. Miriam Burgauner on July 4th, 2013
  143. Dear Delilah,

    So sad to hear about the passing away of Cle. I wish you and your daughter strength and I hope lots and lots of beautiful memories will help you through this time.

    Nicolette

  144. Nicolette Loeber on July 4th, 2013
  145. I am so so sad to learn that Cle passed away yesterday. He was a dear friend and colleague since 1976. Whenever we saw each other either at the institute, in Switzerland, in Philadelphia or elsewhere we always had rich and wonderful conversations that I treasure.
    He was an inspiring teacher, a good writer and a very special friend. He was also a trend setter with his silk yoga shorts that has inspired generations of yogis to follow in his footsteps.
    I didn’t know that he was ill so this comes as a complete shock. I extend heartfelt condolences to his family and I send love and sympathy to all.

    Joan White
    Philadelphia, Pa. USA

  146. Joan White on July 4th, 2013
  147. To Delilah and Storm,

    The rich heritage Clé left with us is of a rare beauty and quality, the warmth of a family man, partner for life, father, inspirational teacher, dedicated person, a true friend, Clé will remain amongst us on our journey passing on the qualities he instilled on us, my gratitude is endless. My sincere condolences, and may we all support you both during these difficult and tragic moments of his loss, which we can hopefully overcome with love and care for you both.

    Wishing you all the strength and wisdom.

  148. Jan Toussaint on July 4th, 2013
  149. Verbal way is through the mind. I have nothing to say, nothing to write about. I am just being here with all my heart, in silence. I cannot play so easily with words, because now everything is meaningful. One thinks something must be said, otherwise what? But whenever you grow close and there is love or pain, silence comes and there is nothing to say.

  150. Vesna on July 4th, 2013
  151. I’m deeply saddened - a very special man has passed.
    His talents - many, his energy - bigger than life, his words - powerful, his knowledge - immense and his heart - massive.
    I owe him so much - he showed me a better life than the one I knew. He taught me more than I knew I could learn. He was my first and foremost Iyengar Yoga teacher, it only took one class with him to convert me into Iyengar Yoga.
    My deepest condolences to Delilah and Storm, all of Cle’s close students and anyone who knew what a legend he is.
    Thank you Cle for everything you’ve given me. I will miss you so so very much!!!

  152. Zoe on July 4th, 2013
  153. Beste Cle,

    Toen mijn yoga leven begon, in 1978,was jij een van de leraren die me in mijn lichaam bracht. De Karthuiserdwarsstraat was jarenlang een plek waar ik bijna iedere dag te vinden was en een ontmoetigsplek waar diepe vriendschappen voor het leven zijn gesmeed. Van de dertig jaar dat ik nu yogales geef is de basis door jou en Nanda gelegd. Dankbaar hiervoor en dankbaar dat ik je een paar jaar geleden nog heb mogen ontmoeten,zie ik je nu, terugkijkend op een vruchtbaar leven, opstijgen in je Anadamaya Kosha.
    Voor Delila en Storm veel sterkte.

    Texel,

    Arien van Erkelens.

  154. Arien van Erkelens on July 4th, 2013
  155. Cle taught us to connect the mind to the heart and the heart to the soul.
    During 10 years I was one of his students. He shaped my awareness and led to real transformation. Keywords of his classes are: courage, discipline, strength, humor, calmness and trust. I will never forget his teachings, which I consider as a wonderful gift and great luck in my life.

    Delilah and Storm, I wish you love

  156. Esther Krop on July 4th, 2013
  157. Dear Delilah en Storm

    Be strong, for his sake.

    Cle was a true great yoga-master, who served every student who was really willing to learn.

    To learn yoga from Cle really meant something. You could only become his student if you were mentally prepared to surrender to his critical eye and demanding presence.

    He was not an easy teacher. Thank God.
    He was a firm, devoted teaching rock.

    He did not go into discussion with our ego’s.
    He did not negotiate about Iyengar yoga.
    He studied it. He taught it. He loved it. He lived it.

    I remember a very special advanced class on foreward-bendings. In this class he mentioned the name of the asana. Five sanskriet words. That was all. He left us to ourselves to work our way through these asana’s in total silence. Not one technical remark, not one word. His presence was enough.

    After class I spoke to another student. He expressed exactly what I had experienced: .”I heard him teach me in silence. It was so good”

    I think -in this way- he will go on teaching us now, after his death. He is still with us as our teacher.

    His classes, critical, strong and confronting as they were, were fundamentally classes of love and understanding through the art of yoga.

    Thank you so much Cle, from the bottom of my heart, for these classes. And please, keep on teaching us through this yogic silence.

    With love. Anita Hendricx

  158. Anita Hendricx on July 4th, 2013
  159. CLE !!!

    ANJA

  160. ANJA REUFFEL on July 4th, 2013
  161. LieveCle,

    Door jou heb ik Iyengar yoga mogen ervaren en tot op de dag van vandaag hebben je lessen een enorme invloed op me. dank je wel. Anne

  162. Anne Verhoijsen on July 4th, 2013
  163. I have lost a beloved teacher, friend and colleague
    Gideon

  164. Gideon Dreyer on July 5th, 2013
  165. Dear Cle

    I don’t know how to say this. But you are my greatest inspiration not just in yoga but in life. May you rest in peace, and your helping hand who saved lots lots of people, bring you more peace in the other world. Rest in peace my dearest teacher

  166. Erykar Lebang on July 5th, 2013
  167. Cle was one of those guys that Guruji seemed to like very much. Guruji came to Amsterdam when Light on Yoga was published in Dutch. Probably 1984. Guruji was giving us Teacher Training at the Amsterdam Institute. Cle was one of the first to go up and teach in front of Guruji. After a few minutes Guruji stopped him and turned to the rest of us. He asked, ‘Do you know what his name is?’ Then he said, ‘Clay.’ using the English word for dense earth. Of course Guruji was going to correct something as he always does with us, but he used that humor, ‘Clay’ with much affection. Cle was left to protest, ‘But Guruji, it means KEY’. Guruji won the debate. He always does I guess, but with great good will to his student who he obviously appreciated.
    My sincere condolences to Delilah and Storm. I’ll be thinking of you during the service.

    Lee Sverkerson
    Minneapolis

  168. Lee Sverkerson on July 5th, 2013
  169. Dearest Cle Souren,

    I have lost my beloved and great teacher, but memory of you and your teaching will always be in my heart, in my practice and in my teaching. Thank you very much.
    Rest In Peace…

    Dear Delilah and Storm, my deep condolences. Wish you strength in this sad time.

    With Love,

    Amalina TH

  170. Amalina TH on July 5th, 2013
  171. Two days before Clé passed away, I visited him. I remember him sitting very straight at the edge of the hospital bed, altough he was sick and in pain. His mind was sharp and clear, as always. He was talkative, giving me wise lessons about yoga and life like he always did, and then with a smile apologized for that: “You know how much I love to talk.” Before I left, I jokingly commanded him to get better. We hugged and I then realized this could be the last time I saw him.

    I’ve lost my teacher……

    Clé was a teacher in the true sense of the word. He was not easy, demanding, pushing you to the limit and shouting “no, no, no! Be attentive! Be precise!” He would tell us that we should not look for comfort in an asana, but that we should do the right thing. And then he would laugh a bit, as to calm us down again. His way of teaching was profound and with the use of simpel words he could reach both our mind and body. He once told me that “being a teacher is one of the most beautiful things there is, because you can bring people to a higher level. Education is the biggest pillar in a healthy society.You can make a big difference in people’s life.”

    And that is exactly what Clé has done.

    I salute you, my teacher.

    Love for ever,

    Mumtaz

  172. Mumtaz Khadje on July 5th, 2013
  173. Lieve Cle, bedankt voor je wijze lessen . Het spijt me te lezen dat je niet meer bent. Ik wens Delilah en Storm veel sterkte in deze veranderde tijd.
    liefs

  174. berith danse on July 5th, 2013
  175. Dear Delilah and Storm,

    My deep condolences to you both. Wishing you lots of strength.
    Teacher Clé, thank you.
    Lada

  176. Lada on July 5th, 2013
  177. We have had three main hatha yoga teachers. Cle is on of our true Gurus and his teachings about the technique of yoga asana, his physical example……will always be present in our teachings. He is a greatly meaningful for changing the yoga scene in Amsterdam, and an inspiration for everyone in regard to discipline,abhyasa, one of the main pillars of yoga.
    we bow humbly for the true Yogi of the Year.
    May you rest in peace Cle
    Om Shantih

    Patrick & Gösta

    Guru Bhiyo Namah

  178. PAtrick & Gösta (SvahaYoga) on July 5th, 2013
  179. I only had a couple of lessons from Cle, but now I am so gratefull that I’ve had them. He was a presence and made a big impression on me.

    My condolences to Delilah and Storm. Wishing you strenght and love in this time..

    Jon.

  180. Jon on July 5th, 2013
  181. Lieve Cle,
    Bedankt voor de fijne lessen die ik bij je heb mogen volgen. Niets gaat ooit verloren. Sander

  182. Sander on July 5th, 2013
  183. Dear Clé,

    you were my first yoga teacher many, many years ago. I remember you walking around in shiny, red shorts, explosive, proud, at times aggressive. 25 years later you became my teacher again. I enjoyed so much to see the wisdom you’d gained over the years and that rare touch of genius, sparkling through the subtle twinkle in your eyes. May you go with God and continue your practice up there in the heavenly realms.

    Dear Delilah and Storm, I wish you courage and send you love,

    Janica

  184. Janica Draisma on July 5th, 2013
  185. beste Clé,

    Je hebt mij in mijn eerste yoga jaren en op de lerarenopleiding geweldige inzichten gegeven, uitzicht geboden op het fantastische rijk van yoga. Veel respect voor je enorme gedrevenheid en je eruditie. Vaarwel beste Clé.
    Condolences and lots of strength for you, Delilah & Storm.

  186. Jacco on July 5th, 2013
  187. Heel veel leden van de Iyengar Yoga Vereniging Nederland hebben les gehad van Clé. Zijn lessen blijven een levenslange bron van inspiratie.

    Clé, bedankt daarvoor.

    Wij leven mee met Delilah en Storm en wensen hun heel veel sterkte met dit grote verlies.

    Leden en bestuur van de Iyengar Yoga Vereniging Nederland.

  188. Iyengar Yoga Vereniging Nederland on July 5th, 2013
  189. Dear Delilah and Storm,
    I wish you both all the support, love and warmth to be able to deal with the loss of your husband and father.

    It is good to read he passed away peacefully. I will remember Cle as a challenging teacher who pushed me to the borders of my physical and therefore mental limitations. I admire him for his courage to bring Iyengar Yoga to Amsterdam, and to teach such a strong and powerful practice.
    I hope he may have peace. Elin

    .

  190. Elin on July 5th, 2013
  191. To : Delilah & Storm,

    I have no words to say!! Everyone has given all the reason we will miss him and I agree with
    Everyone. To my dear friend we are there when needed. Love Donald

    May he rest in Peace!! Goodbye Cle…

  192. Donald Streeter on July 5th, 2013
  193. Clé is dood.
    Een groot gemis.
    Ik wens Delilah en Storm veel sterkte.
    Toke

  194. Toke Krimp on July 5th, 2013
  195. My heartfelt condolences go out to Delilah, Storm,his family, friends and students.
    We will miss you dear Clé! Wonderful teacher!
    Peace.

  196. Marina Crnomarkovic on July 5th, 2013
  197. It is with profound sadness that the Iyengar community, the world over, has lost a great teacher. I was fortunate to have been to Cle’s workshops in Hong Kong and am very grateful to him, a very Senior Iyengar Teacher, for travelling all the way here to inspire many practitioners,like myself, to embrace the teaching of Guruji, BKS Iyengar.

    I will miss him and may he rest in peace.

    My deepest condolences to Delilah and Storm.

    Aishah
    Hong Kong

  198. Aishah on July 5th, 2013
  199. Messages from Manila students via Carol Dominguez who sponsored Cle to come to Manila many years ago and helped to spread the word of Cle’s passing.

    Michelle Magsaysay -Oh such sad news. He was a great teacher. Will offer prayers for Cle.
    Maity - Have fond memories of him.
    Sam - I feel sad. Will pray for him.
    Cora Castaneda - Saddened to hear about Cle. Pls extend our condolences to his family thru Ming. Our prayers for his eternal rest. From Cora & Angelique

    Carol also says “sorry o hear the news” and sends her condolences to Cle and his family.

  200. Ming Lee on July 5th, 2013
  201. From Carin Lim, Indonesia..
    Please send Delilah and Storm our condolences and all our strength to move on.

  202. Ming Lee on July 5th, 2013
  203. I was lucky enough to count Cle as a teacher and a friend. I am also blessed to be part of his family.

    i was honored to have been his student, to have studied with him, to have shared some of his knowledge and wisdom through my own teachings, and to have had the honor to bring him to Asia. What fun and what experiences he had in HK, Manila, Jakarta, Taiwan, Singapore and in China. Always a voyager, Cle was ready for new challenges, new markets and new experiences. He was a pioneer in his own right.

    Cle’s formidable strength was an inspiration. His integrity, his loyalty, his sense of principle, his honesty and his sense of humor never failed him regardless of the situation. And, his HEART - bigger than life and so quick to forgive!

    I will miss him every day and honor his life as in the past, in the present and in the future. The same as he taught us in the asanas….

    Let us all celebrate his presence in our lives. He would not want it differently. And, I know Delilah and his students will carry his torch and share his wisdom of Guruji’s teachings for many, many years to come. He will live on within each and everyone of us, especially through Storm who, next to his yoga practice, was his great love.

    With great love, affection and respect to my dear Friend and Teacher.

    Ming

  204. Ming Lee on July 5th, 2013
  205. Cle, may you rest in Peace

    Daniel & Revital

  206. Daniel Bras & Revital Prisler on July 5th, 2013
  207. Dag Cle,
    i wish you all the best and am very happy to read that your last moments were peaceful.

    a lot of strength and love for Delilah and Storm,

    berber

  208. berber geerts on July 5th, 2013
  209. I am very sad to hear that Cle is no longer with us. He was my most inspiring teacher. My deepest condolences and sympathy for you Delilah and Storm.
    From Spain,
    Eugenie Baken

  210. Eugenie Baken on July 5th, 2013
  211. Delilah en Storm,

    heel veel sterkte!
    Clé is ook voor mij een groots voorbeeld geweest als mens en als leraar.

    liefs, Tineke

  212. tineke veenhof on July 5th, 2013
  213. My gratitude to Cle is beyond words as is my sadness in his passing.

    May the love and support from all Cle’s students and friends be the props to support Delilah and Storm through this difficult time.

    Rest in peace dear Cle, forever your student,
    Elaine

  214. Elaine on July 5th, 2013
  215. Dank je Cle voor de goede en wijze yoga lessen.Toen ik op mijn 20ste met yoga begon kreeg ik les van Boris, een leerling van jou die over jou vertelde; zolang ben je dus al in mijn leven .
    Toen ik je ontmoettte, 20 jaar later, was het of ik je al lang kende. Dat gevoel is altijd gebleven. Een heel vertrouwd gevoel.Dank voor alles. My Condolences to Delilah and Storm

  216. rob birza on July 5th, 2013
  217. Dear Cle
    You were a great yoga teacher and great human being — you will be missed by us all. I’m very grateful for the time I spent studying yoga with you in Amsterdam. It’s been many years now but I still hear your voice when I practice. You were a great role model for all of us who practice yoga.
    My deepest condolences to Delilah and Storm and all of Cle’s students and friends.
    With much Love
    Thomas

  218. Thomas Gregory on July 5th, 2013
  219. Dear Clé,
    Thank you for being here on this earthly planet, teaching your knowledge to such a great amount of people.
    Thank you for your string spirit, continuously patient and passionate in your teachings.
    Wishing you a great new travel to the new place.
    My deepest condolences to Delilah and Storm.
    With love,
    Janine

  220. Janine Dijkmeijer on July 5th, 2013
  221. what to say,
    one of the rare authentic teacher left his body,
    i m grateful to had the opportunity to met Cle
    and to have his teaching in printed in my cells,
    for some reason he is needed somewhere else
    and it reminds us again, we are only guests…
    with love and adoration

  222. stephan on July 5th, 2013
  223. We are very sad to hear that Clé left his body and is no longer teaching and inspiring people with his beautiful insisting and precise way of expressing the art of Iyengar Yoga. At one moment in the depth of the inner body, where he was leading many of us to, without any fear exploring our innermost spaces, in the other moment listening to stories admiring his deep knowledge of live, laughing away with his humurous way of talking about his own experiences.
    We joined in with the yoga community, taught a class in Freiburg and Emmendingen, in the south of Germany, chanting Om and the invocation to Patanjali with all of the rest of the worlwide yoga community, thinking about him, saying goodbye to him with tears full of sadness and deep gratidude in our hearts for all he taught us. He will be always there!
    Our deep condolences to Delilah and Storm!
    With great love
    Nici and Conni

    Om shanti, shanti, shanti

  224. Nici and Conni on July 5th, 2013
  225. Such very very sad news.

    The Achtergracht will be so empty without you, dear Clé.

    Thank you for being my teacher.

    Love and strength for you Delilah and for Storm.

    Mia

  226. mia de wild on July 5th, 2013
  227. Every time I do Yoga I am gratefull for the things I learned in the School of The Iyengar - Yoga institute.
    It is such a fantastic base!

    Thank you Cle.

    My condolences & big support-hug for Delilah & Storm Students & collegues in the Insitute; I wish you strenght as well

    Miguel

  228. Miguel Goldschmidt on July 5th, 2013
  229. May you rest in peace Clé. Thank you for the trust and wisdom you gave. I wish everyone a lot of strenght giving it a place. Specially my heart goes out to Delilah and Storm. My thoughts are with you.

  230. Marc Dahlhaus on July 5th, 2013
  231. Heel veel sterkte voor Delilah en Storm en voor iedereen die Clé moet missen.

    Germaine

  232. Germaine on July 5th, 2013
  233. Dear Clé,

    it is with great sadness that I read the news of your passing. You will be certainly missed by some many people whose lives you changed…

    I still remember that day when I met you for the first time at the Institute, almost 12 years ago. I have just moved to Holland, it was my first time living on my own and also in the foreign country! I came to your school because I wanted to become an Iyengar yoga teacher and your reputation was well known. Thanks to you I was able to sustain in my quest for adventure in the years to follow, thanks to you I was able to find home away from home. You taught me how to connect to my own home, ‘a home’ of my own mind and soul.

    Three years later I had the teacher’s certificate, but I also had so much more. I had faith in myself and in my own strength. You taught me how to open my chest. You taught me how to focus in Sirsasana. And if one can do that in the yoga room, challenges of the life outside the yoga room became so much easier to overcome.

    Thank you for giving me such a wonderful gift. The gift of being able to go through life with open chest and open heart and yet with all assertiveness of a Headstand.

    May you rest in piece dear Clé and hopefully we will meet again.

    with great love

    Ivana

  234. Ivana Siriski on July 5th, 2013
  235. Dear Delilah,
    How sad to hear Clé has passed away. He was the one laid the basis of my yoga praxis which is giving me the ability of change and development until today. I am thankful about this.
    I am at a loss for more words during this sorrowful time.
    Please know that I am thinking of you and Storm
    Love
    Marlene

  236. Marlene Dirks on July 5th, 2013
  237. Er war meine Inspiration, mein Körper , er war mein Lehrer, in allergrößtem Respekt und mit tiefster Trauer nehme ich am Tod von Cle’ teil, ich wünsche seiner Familie trotz der Trauer Kraft!
    Es gibt kaum Worte etwas Besonderes zu beschreiben, man kann sich nur in Demut davor verneigen, ich verneige Mich vor Dir!
    With my Heart and my soul Barbara

  238. Barbara Dittmann on July 5th, 2013
  239. In the heart and mind Clé is present.
    May his soul rest in light.

    love and strength to all who miss him.

  240. Nathalie H0-Kang-You on July 6th, 2013
  241. We gedenken je met warmte en zijn je nog steeds dankbaar voor de rol die je hebt gespeeld
    bij het bezoek van guruji aan Moskou. Wij wensen Storm en Delila veel sterkte.
    ellen verbeek en derk sauer

  242. Derk Sauer en Ellen Verbeek on July 6th, 2013
  243. Dear Clé,

    Thank you for being my teacher.

    Julio.

  244. Júlio Rêgo on July 6th, 2013
  245. De eerste keer dat ik Cle ontmoette was op een yogales van Margriet Post in de Rustenburgerstraat.
    Cle stond kaarsrecht op zijn hoofd en rondom zijn hoofd vormde zich een geleidelijk groter wordende plas zweet.
    Het was meteen duidelijk,
    dit was iemand die yoga serieus nam
    en die niet snel zou opgeven.
    Iyengar Yoga werd zijn levensdoel
    en het leven van Cle
    werd een bron van inspiratie voor velen.

  246. Fred den Ouden on July 6th, 2013
  247. Delilah and Storm,

    May the Love of people close and dear to you help you, and we wish you a lot of strength for the time to come.

    May Clé’s soul rest in peace.

    Irma en Pascal.

  248. Irma Menssink on July 6th, 2013
  249. I am deeply sorry that Clé passed away; may he rest in peace.
    My condolences to Delilah and Storm. I wish you a lot of strength.
    With love and respect,
    Luminita

  250. Luminita Colpacci on July 6th, 2013
  251. Beste Delilah en Storm,

    Ik wens iedereen die hem zal missen, maar vooral jullie, heel veel sterkte toe.

    Ik heb Clé slechts één keer ontmoet. Dat was toen hij zijn vriend Charles zo prachtig toesprak. Zijn stem en zijn ohm blijven in mij aanwezig.

    Merijn

  252. Merijn van Mourik on July 6th, 2013
  253. Cle, with deep apreciation for very special years of yoga study, may your journey will be peaceful and lightful.
    My condolences to the family, to friends and the comunity of Iyengar yoga center A’dam.
    Ofra Cohen, Israel

  254. Ofra Cohen on July 6th, 2013
  255. Delilah and Storm,

    My condolences to both of you and your family…

    Cle, my beloved teacher

    You will always be remembered…

    RIP…..

    Mu …Thailand

  256. Mu on July 6th, 2013
  257. Delilah, Storm, please accept my condolences and I’m very sorry for your loss. He will be missed by all. May the love of those around you help you through the times ahead.
    Love. Tanya.

  258. Tanya Zanina on July 6th, 2013
  259. Alle dank Cle, om Iyengar Yoga in mijn leven te brengen. Jou inzet blijft verder leven.
    Zeer veel sterkte aan iedereen die je zal missen, Delilah, Storm, familie, vrienden en leerlingen.

    Eva

  260. Eva Kamala Rodenburg on July 6th, 2013
  261. Dear Cle, I shall never forget the four and a half days you taught in Amsterdam last summer. It was my first and only time as your student. Your health was frail and you struggled to walk but you taught like a true maestro. For four and a half days I drank the ambrosial honey that poured forth from your teaching, and I shall always be grateful for your presence in this world.

    My deepest condolences to Delilha and Storm.

  262. Joanna Brelstaff (UK) on July 6th, 2013
  263. What a teacher.

  264. Marius Rietdijk on July 7th, 2013
  265. You would have done Trikonasana thousands of times, in any possible way; there would come Clé in a workshop and teach you a Trikonasana you hadn’t done before, as if you did it for the first time.
    You would think in a pose to have reached and understand it and its deep meanings; there would come Clé with just few words touching the point as an arrow, cutting all arrogance and fakeness of your mind off.
    If you would go without formalities and conventionalities, sincerely, there was a friend, Clé Souren, on who you could truly count.
    Missing you as a friend, and missing your inestimable knowledge and experience, I wish you will remain with all of us, in our heart and in our deeds.
    Arita.

  266. Arita Bianchi on July 7th, 2013
  267. dear Delilah and Storm,

    Please accept my condolences. I wish you both strength.
    Clé inspired us all, and will continue doing that. I feel grateful for the classes I took with him.

    Love,
    Wineke

  268. Wineke on July 7th, 2013
  269. Dearest Cle,

    Just before I had to fly into the sky back home to the NL, I read the sad news. No matter where I was at or where you are right now, your soul has remained here with me with us.

    How grateful I am for your and Charles’s belief in me. I made the decision to temporarily stop the teacher training and considered in rejoining your teachings. Your body is not there but your words, teachings and soul will always continue to play an important role in my practice. Thank you for sharing.

    Namaste

    Dearest Delilah, Storm and all,

    My deepest condolences to you.

    I was told that we were born to leave this world one day again. What would remain is not the body but one’s soul.

    I am not able to imagine your loss for Cle, but I hope we altogether can carry Cle’s soul in our heart and practices.
    May you stay strong.

    With greatest love,

  270. Joelle Sie Man Tang on July 7th, 2013
  271. Almost every class I teach, I realize how much I lean on the knowledge of my teacher, Cle.
    I feel privileged to have been his student.

  272. Claas Hille on July 7th, 2013
  273. Cle was my first Iyengar yoga teacher in the Kosmos in 1984. I am truely greatful to him for showing me this path.

    My heartfelt condolences to Delilah and Storm

    Deborah

  274. Deborah on July 7th, 2013
  275. Met veel respect denk ik terug aan alles waar Cle voor gewerkt en gevochten heeft voor het goede doel: de iyengar yoga.
    Ik herinner me hem als een groot yogi.

    Deliala en Storm zeer veel sterkte en kracht.

    Agatha den Hartog

  276. Agatha den Hartog on July 7th, 2013
  277. Dear Cle,
    Het bericht van je overlijden kwam onverwachts tot mij. Je bent nu vrij van pijn en de ongemakken die het leven kunnen voortbrengen. Nu tellen de vooral positieve herinneringen. Ik denk aan de periode toen jij in A/dam de opleiding startte, we hebben veel jaren in harmonie samen gewerkt, je was goed in het organiseren zoals de start van de Yoga opleiding, het bezoek van Guruji in Nederland enz.
    Ik wens Delilah en Storm veel sterkte met dit verlies.
    Warme groet, Annemieke

  278. annemieke post on July 7th, 2013
  279. My sincere condolences to Delilah and Storm for the loss of such a great person and maestro. I do wish you much strength.

    With love and the deepest respect,
    Maria Teresa

  280. Maria Teresa de Matos Matilde on July 7th, 2013
  281. We love you Cle,
    The world is missing now a world class teacher as you.
    You have changed my life and all you have touched.
    May the devine hold you in there arms, forever.
    Love Deborah

  282. Deborah Garrett on July 7th, 2013
  283. Lieve Delilah en Storm,
    Ik wens jullie veel kracht en sterkte.

  284. Toos on July 7th, 2013
  285. Sincerely I condole Delilah and Storm with their loss of their beloved one and father. Let he be carried on by love by all who have him in his heart. May he rest in peace. Best wishes to everybody concerned.

  286. Thamar Paanen on July 8th, 2013
  287. Dear Cle and Delilah:
    Lin and I was sad to hear this bad information about the passing of my teacher Cle .
    cle bringed Iyengar yoga to China students on 2011 , cle is very great yoga teacher , like my father .
    every chinese students learn from cle will always remember him and love him , cle will be always life in my heart!

    Lin and I wish our dear teacher Delilah much strenght in these sad days , lin and I love you ,
    with love
    lin and li from Beijing China

  288. Li xiaozhong on July 8th, 2013
  289. Cle, may you be happy, peacefull, free. With respect and greatfulness to a wonderfull teacher

  290. Lucie on July 8th, 2013
  291. an artist leaves his music or works of art to enjoy

    may we enjoy the heritage of yoga teaching that Cle left behind in all his students

    my condolences to Delilah and Storm with the great loss of their father, partner and teacher

    Lea

  292. Lea Nieuwhof on July 8th, 2013
  293. In 1982, after a long journey in India, where I discovered Iyengar Yoga (’a revelation’), I came to Cle’s yoga-lessons, (at that time there were only 3 or 4 Iyengar Yoga teachers in Holland), and never stopped coming ever since.
    Cle’s spirit was, is and will always be felt in all the rooms of the Iyengar center at the Nieuwe Achtergracht.
    Goede Reis, Cle, where-ever you are.
    Much strength for Delilah and Storm. Hermi Ruijvekamp.

  294. Hermi Ruijvekamp on July 8th, 2013
  295. Dear Delilah,
    I’m really sad to hear that Clé left us. A los for us all - and especially for you and Storm. I send you my heart felt wishes for strength and love to both of you.
    To you Clé - thank you for everything!
    Lya

  296. Lya Saaek on July 8th, 2013
  297. We bow deeply before our first and most touching teacher in Yoga. The clearness of your speech and the firmness of your voice are and will always stay vivid to us. Farewell, dear Clé.

    Our condolences to Delilah and Storm

    Irene and Stefan / Munich

  298. Irene Glanzer + Stefan Dreher on July 8th, 2013
  299. Dear Delilah,
    Its a beauty how much have been given to a lot of people, by bringing the Yoga Institute to Amsterdam. Although I didn t know Clé, I experienced the gift of the yogateaching in the teacherprogram and the classes. As I read the messages and experience the method I m really touched by how many people you and Clé reached and touched in their lives.
    I feel compassion for you and wish you love to life through this proces.
    My condeleances for you and Storm.

  300. Michèle on July 8th, 2013
  301. Dear Clé,

    Thank you for the impact you made on many many people when it comes to practicing & teaching Iyengar yoga.

    I feel privileged to have you as a teacher & i can hear your voice & directions right now…

    1008 times thank you for this legacy!

    May you be blissful & in peace ~ Michel

  302. Michel Bodok on July 9th, 2013
  303. Dear Clé. I cannot imagine that you are gone! I am so sad.

    I was one of the lucky bastards that had lessons from you since 1988. I loved you with all my hart and you passed your love for yoga into me. Real deep. After the first try out lesson, the lesson was not even finished and I knew for sure that your way was my way: yoga.

    You were direct, you had a lot of knowledge and you gave it, you were caring and loving and you did not like people who were not clever. You were even worse with people who thought they were cleverer than you! Than you became a lion!
    You were a strong pillar to many of us. I love you and I will always keep you in my hart. I am happy we had a chance to embrace and kiss and talk open-heartedly with each other not such a long time ago. That was, and still is, very important for me. Thank you for having given me the chance to be so near to you for a long time.
    Teresa

  304. Teresa Caldas on July 9th, 2013
  305. My dearest Cle,

    It took me while to digest my deep sadness and to write my post to this blog. I just wanna say loud that I owe you a lot for everything you have given to me. I will always have you in my heart and in my thoughts because you have been one of the most important people in my life…..man whose wisdom and talent for teaching have been outstanding and influenced my life strongly. You have given me a gift in your teachings and I promise that I am going to spread it among my students for the rest of my life, same as you did….missing you a lot. May you rest in peace! <3

    Delilah&Storm, hard to express how I feel for you.Stay strong in this difficult situation both of you are going through now. xxx

    Helena, your dedicated student from Prague

  306. Helena Kubrychtova Bartova on July 9th, 2013
  307. Cle was my first Iyengar yoga teacher whom I met when he came to HK to teach a workshop all those years ago. I had the pleasure of meeting Delilah and Storm then who was a baby! Thanks to him I continued to practice only Iyengar yoga and became a teacher. His guidance is still there when I am on my mat and I am very grateful for his advice and compassion. Blessings and condolences to you Delilah and Storm, to your family and students.

    Krissie Hodge

  308. Krissie Hodge on July 10th, 2013
  309. Clé Souren

    A true teacher transforms love into deed

    A true teacher creates a safe condition for learners to develop courage to confront their presumed inabilities

    A true teacher never gives up.

    Such a teacher was Clé.

    From my very first encounter with Clé in the Karthuizerdwarsstraat, now so many years ago, I was astounded with his capacity to day after day, month after month, year after year, for decades, pour love transformed into the deed of teaching the diversified groups in front of him. He never faltered. What a great privilege it was to experience such dedicated love.

    After the first few weeks of diligently going to beginners classes I simply turned up at one of his advanced classes. Clé looked bemused and asked me if I realized that it was an advanced class. I said yes but did not turn to leave. He gave me a very special smile and commenced the class. Of course I was completely out of my depth, but Clé took endless trouble to accommodate me. I will never forget the solid students all trying to lift my rather huge body from the floor into my first back-bend!. What a laugh we all had. There was no question about it, I was allowed and encouraged to come to the advanced class. Eventually I became a dedicated student and could ultimately do a reasonable back bend.

    On a very special trip to Portugal where Clé was running a workshop, we became friends. During a break we all went for a swim in the river on the property and there all relaxed in the shade of a tree and under the warmth of the Southern sun, we truly saw and recognized each other. There is something so immensely beautiful in the platonic love between two friends.

    A pivotal point in one’s personal biography is often called a karmic one. My meeting with Clé and our ensuing and enduring friendship can be called just that. Destiny.

    The Kosmos, that extraordinary place in Amsterdam of which Clé was a forming member and where he also worked as yoga teacher and program manager, was in need of an extra board member. Clé more or less instructed me to be that person. I eventually became the director of the place and for a couple of years while the foundation slowly grounded to a halt, we worked together as colleagues. His tireless and loyal support of me during those harrowing years will never be forgotten.

    Then there was Delilah, the fabulous wedding, the joy in his life. Storm arrived and Clé was overjoyed. The yoga school expanded and internationally he received great acclaim. Everything was just right

    I left Amsterdam for a couple of years to do a task that took me to another continent. On my return I met up with Clé and his family again and was confronted with him struggling with the aftermath of an accident. He never fully recovered from that. The struggle was indescribable. He bore it as befits an enlightened man. Right to the very end.

    He never gave up.

    Your loss my dear Delilah and Storm is immeasurable

    The loss the learners have is immense

    I have lost a teacher, colleague and a friend

    To all of us he was an example of devotion, commitment and perseverance.

    Gideon Dreyer Alonissos Greece 4th July 2013

  310. Gideon Dreyer on July 10th, 2013
  311. Blessings and condolences to you Delilah and Storm!

  312. frances on July 10th, 2013
  313. Dear Deliah,

    I’m so sad to hear that Cle has left us.He’s my first Iyengar Yoga teacher, and has teached me so much from Oct. 2011. he’ll be always living in my heart.
    My deepest condolences to Deliah, and I love you.

    Liao from China

  314. Yuhua Liao on July 10th, 2013
  315. It’s just two summers ago that I came to the Institute for the first time. I’m grateful for having been in Clé’s class once that first summer. I remember him teaching Parsvottanasana. Although this Parsvottanasana was much longer then I was used to, I did not feel like ‘escaping’ from it. For me at that moment a freeing experience and for now a precious memory of a great teacher.

    At the institute one can feel it’s breathing Clé , his rich inherentance present in teachers, the rooms, the building.

    Dear Delilah, Storm and all those who are close to you, I wish you all a lot of strength, courage and love.

    Evelien

  316. Evelien van der Ploeg on July 10th, 2013
  317. Beste Cle ,je hebt me uit de put gehaald. BEDANKT DAARVOOR OUWE JONGENw;;;

  318. Jan Kievits on July 10th, 2013
  319. Dear Clé,

    Your lessons will never be forgotten.
    I wish all his loved ones family and friends, much strength in this period of sadness.

    Namaste

  320. Hans on July 11th, 2013
  321. Dear Delilah &Storm,

    We are so very very sad to hear Cle left us. We hope you have the strength and courage to live with the empty space he left you. We are so sorry we will miss the memorial service.
    In our thoughts we will be with you.
    We remember the wonderfull X-mas workshops, where Cle would sit on the stage and teach for hours, keeping his eyes and spine absolutely alert. Where it would feel that he was standing right next to you and correcting the pose, wherever in the room.
    Our sincerest condoleances to both of you.

  322. Saskia & Andre Hugers on July 11th, 2013
  323. Greece, Mystras July 11.: This morning July 11th I was ’skyped’ by Anne Verhoysen with the sad news that Cle had passed away. She asked me if I had photos because I worked for 5 years in the Kosmos till the closure in 1992. I made lots of photos and the ones I had of Cle and Iyengar yoga I’ve been sending by mail. Cle has been teaching Iyengar yoga for many years in the Kosmos, where he also started the Iyengar yoga teacher school.With Nanda together also the medical yoga classes. It was during only 1! of these classes he helped me perfectly with the healing of fysical problem…I was so greatful…Cle was a pleasent, serious and non compromising colleague concerning authenticity.He was one of the staff members who made the Kosmos to an outstanding spiritual institute.

  324. Ina van Delden on July 11th, 2013
  325. I’m shocked and deeply sorry to learn that Clé has gone. My heartfelt condolences to family and loved ones. Namaste

  326. Daniel Smeets on July 11th, 2013
  327. Lieve Clé,
    Onderweg naar de auto, na de begrafenis van Charles- je liep toen al moeizaam- vertrouwde je me toe dat het verlies van Charles voor jou voelde alsof er een tram over je heen gedenderd was. De kracht waarmee je je eigen pijn overwon en een baken vormde voor alle “verwonde mensen” was kenmerkend voor je. Ook ik heb me geborgen gevoeld op dat moment en kon het overlijden van Charles lichter dragen.

    Nadat ik van Rotterdam naar Amsterdam verhuisde ben ik direct naar een open middag aan de Nieuwe Achtergracht gegaan. (Charles wilde al lang dat ik de lerarenopleiding zou doen, maar mijn Rotterdamse leven was nog te onregelmatig. Charles plantte het “Iyengar yoga-zaadje” en liet het ontkiemen, Clé heeft het kiempje met Charles en nog drie lerarenopleiders volop aan het bloeien gekregen, zoiets.) Ik herinner me dat we met Clé in een kring zaten en vragen konden stellen. Net als Charles vond ik Clé op ‘t eerste gezicht een vreemde snuiter. Toch, hun betrokkenheid met tegelijkertijd een groot gevoel voor onafhankelijkheid boeiden me.

    Ten tijde van de opleiding heb ik je kennis opgeslurpt, Clé. Het boeide me mateloos dat je op sommige vragen geen antwoord had en in plaats daarvan een grenzeloos vertrouwen in je leraar BKS Iyengar ten toon spreidde. Je gebruikte metaforen om ons de asana’s beter te doen begrijpen. Je hebt ooit een onvergetelijke verhandeling gegeven over het mengen van soorten koffie, waardoor de smaak en de kwaliteit onovertroffen wordt. Niet dat ik toen koffie dronk, maar de oefenpraktijk had weer een (diepbruin) laagje erbij gekregen.
    Humor. Hoewel er tijdens de lessen enorm hard gewerkt diende te worden, kwam er altijd die droge opmerking, of een kwinkslag. Wat heb ik me “gezien” gevoeld in je les. Belgische wortels misschien een klein beetje verward met Nederlands Limburgse wortels?

    Zo betrokken was je dat je amper een week na de geboorte van mijn oudste zoon een bezoek bracht met het excuus dat je niet al eerder was langs geweest. Ik koester het beeld van jou wanneer je het kleine manneke van me overnam, maar even vergat dat zo’n baby-hoofdje nogal los op het lijfje zit… het viel -voor mijn prille moedergevoel- zorgwekkend achterover en jij liet het maar een beetje zo.

    Later, toen ik zelf docent was, kon ik in de enkele les die ik van je had altijd een lijntje tekenen van jouw naar mijn hart, zonder daarbij het idee te krijgen dat dit exclusief was. In feite zat de hele zaal vol hart-lijntjes.

    Jouw vertrek van het tastbare bestaan voelt voor mij of alsnog het gewicht van Charles’ overlijden op me neervalt. Twee trams… Eén groot geluk: het lijntje is niet geknapt. Zo te zien hierboven, zijn alle lijntjes niet geknapt.
    Clé, rust zacht, de groeten aan Charles en John ook.

    Kristien Van Reusel on July 11th, 2013

  328. Kristien Van Reusel on July 11th, 2013
  329. Thinking of you and the community you’ve inspired with gratitude and love, Rebecca

  330. Rebecca Benarroch on July 11th, 2013
  331. My sincerest condolences to Delilah and all of the family and friends.

    I did not met Clé personally, but from the first time I stepped in for yoga classes I have experienced the Iyengar Yoga Institute as a very beneficial and inspirational place to be. That does say something about Clé I always felt.

    Namasté

  332. Anna Bakker on July 11th, 2013
  333. Dag lieve Cle

    Ik zal je missen, je passie voor de yoga, je helderheid in het lesgeven, de kennis voor het vak maar ook de waardering voor een ieder die het omarmt. De warmte voor mij, als medereiziger op het yoga pad-in welke vorm dan ook.

    Allen die je missen zullen moeten zoeken aleer ze een zo duidelijk en inspirerend voorbeeld weer bij zich kunnen koesteren.

    Bedankt voor alles, rust zacht.

    Gert-Jan van Doodewaard

  334. Gert-Jan van Doodewaard on July 11th, 2013
  335. Words escape me as I very slowly begin to digest the very sad news of Cle’s passing.I remember my first class with him over 12 years ago - him in a white vest and black shorts, with more muscles flickering beneath the skin on his legs or arms than I was even aware existed. I was intimidated and impressed in that first meeting where he accepted me into the teacher training program and then began a journey into his teaching that joyfully continued and deepened in the years that followed.Cle combined a passion and seriousness in practice with a playful, humor-ful spirit. I learned more from him than I even know - his expressions and silence as powerful as words or commentary. Cle’s kindness and compassion in difficult periods are something I am deeply grateful for - he has helped me ground in even the most windy and uncertain periods. I will keep on praticing his teachings. Practice is what he would want us all to focus on. Cle has been and remains, a pillar for the Dutch and international Iyengar yoga community who has moulded and nourished Iyengar yoga in the Netherlands - he is the teacher to most of us teachers…… I am deeply grateful for having had his attention and to have learned from him over so many years. He both pushed and let us grow. He yelled and laughed - at himself and at the absurdity around us. Cle - thank-you. In each backbend and headstand my cells and muscles acknowledge you.

    Delilah, Storm. A heartbreaking loss that cannot be made less painful by my words. I am so sorry. Know Cle was loved by so many of his students - he was both admired and held with warm affection. I will miss him veryvery much. My tears and thoughts are with you both now. With much love from a distant Gambia, wishing I were closer to mourn his loss with others whose hearts are equally heavy.

    -Rhiannon xx

  336. Rhiannon Pyburn on July 12th, 2013
  337. Dearest Clé,
    I still remember the very first class that I was lucky enough to have had from you. That was over 25 years ago now and it feels like it was yesterday.
    It was one of those experiences when time and space dissolve and you know that something extraordinary has just happened.
    Meeting you changed my life forever.
    I am so grateful for your love, friendship, guidance and beautiful teachings.
    Your kindness, depth, intelligence and compassion I will carry in my heart,
    I love you Clé,
    Always,
    Lisa

  338. Lisa Patroni on July 12th, 2013
  339. I only met Clé the week before he passed. I am so grateful for the time and personal attention he gave in his last moments. That will stay with me always.

    Rest now, and know your teachings carry on.

    My thoughts are with you and your family, Delilah.

  340. Susan Pulley on July 12th, 2013
  341. Lieve Cle sinds 1983 was jij mijn heel bijzondere leerraar. Het was zeker in het begin dat ik van jou les kreeg niet altijd even makkelijk,maar ik dank je voor alles wat ik van je mocht leren . Zowel in de kosmos en ook in de Karthuizerstraat dank voor je zijn
    Lieve groetvan Corrie Elswijk

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  349. Dearest Cle,

    I am still very sad about your leaving, however, I really miss the time in your class—-either the hard working class, or the very hard working class. :) I appreciate all my yoga knowlegeI that l larned from you. Miss the time in class, listening you explain all the details, and miss the time when you are in Beijing, I took you out for dinner, and listened to your stories about your yoga experiences and funny stories. You are the mentor and the guide light of me, and I will miss you deeply in my heart.

    Rest in peace!

    Alexis

  350. Alexis on July 14th, 2013
  351. Thank a teacher to teach us, you taught me the dignity of life. I will remember you forever。

  352. 吴霖 on July 14th, 2013
  353. i miss you

  354. liuqin on July 14th, 2013
  355. Teacher cle I love you for your guidance makes me fall in love with yoga I will be more efforts to go all the way

  356. 王洋洋 on July 14th, 2013
  357. Teacher Cle thank you for your careful guidance I love you you live in my heart forever

  358. 王洋洋 on July 14th, 2013
  359. Dear Cle I am your Chinese students I’m deeply sorry to learn that Clé has gone. I will always remember you taught me and will be good practice. Because you are a very wise teacher. we will always love you, miss you . I hope you rest in another world.
    Deliala condolences

  360. Lilian on July 14th, 2013
  361. Thanks to the teacher to teach us, taught me the dignity of life, thank you teacher, I will remember you forever.

  362. 吴霖 on July 14th, 2013
  363. Dearest Clé,
    听到您去逝的消息,我内心十分悲痛。您的音容笑貌总在我脑子里浮现,我多么期待今年十月份与您中国成都见,我多么渴望继续聆听您的教诲……如今这一切,将化着我练习瑜伽的动力,我将用一生努力去理解去体会您对我的瑜伽教导。
    感谢尊敬的上师,愿尊敬的上师一路走好!
    I love you Clé,
    Always,
    中国西安吴鸿洁。

  364. Hongjie Wu on July 14th, 2013
  365. The teacher I love you, thank you taught me how to learn how to better life you all the way

  366. 王洋洋 on July 14th, 2013
  367. My favorite teacher, miss you forever

  368. 金赟 on July 14th, 2013
  369. Dear Delilah and storm,recieve please from us and all the students of our yoga Studio our condolances.Cle was many time in our Studio in bad Schwalbach ( Germany )bringing new Inspiration and love.
    Pierre and Cornelia

  370. Pierre et Cornelia drumeaux on July 14th, 2013
  371. 尊敬的Cle老师:

    您传授我们瑜伽之道,教授我们维护健康的方法,帮助我们点

    燃心中的智慧之光,能做您的学生我深感荣幸。

    听到您离开的消息,我内心十分沉痛。为失去您这样一位被大

    家尊敬的瑜伽导师,为失去您这样一位瑜伽的先行者感到痛心!多

    想再聆听您智慧的教导!祝福您在另一个世界快乐地永生!您的慈

    悲、善良和高深的瑜伽境界将永留在我的心里,激励我在瑜伽修行

    的道路上勇敢前行。

    尊敬的Cle老师,我深深地感谢您让我理解到瑜伽修习的真

    谛,永久地怀念您!

    您的学生:崔继刚

    2013年7月14日

  372. 崔继刚 on July 14th, 2013
  373. Demanding, precise, warm and compassionate, Cle was an inspiring teacher. His deep knowledge of yoga, his energy, his kindness have guided me on the yoga path for 20 years. And yes, if we were like children to him, I do feel like an orphan today. The loss is harsh. However as he once said to me about some explanation about a pose I did not fully grasp, “it stays with you and eventually becomes clear at some point”. His teaching will stay with me, will stay with us and guide us further along the path. He was a great yogi!

    Delilah, Storm, my deepest condolences!

  374. Claire Gardent on July 14th, 2013
  375. Dear cle,thank you for your teaching and help of Iyengaryoga,Now you rest your life and will live in my heart everlasting.your Chinese student,YouGuiYun

  376. youguiyun on July 15th, 2013
  377. Beste Cle

    Veel dank voor je immense en aanstekelijke enthousiasme voor de Iyengar yoga.

    Titia Vietor

  378. Titia Vietor on July 15th, 2013
  379. Met vakantie in Spanje vernam ik gisteren per mail van Mia de Wild het overlijden van Cle.
    Ik heb de beste herinneringen aan de vele jaren dat ik bii hem lessen volgde.
    De laatste jaren veranderde mijn yoga beoefening, maar zonder de aanmoedigingen en aanwijzingen van Cle en van de mensen van het Instituut had ik er aanvankelijk niet in volhard.
    Het persoonlijk vertrouwen in Cle was wederzijds en dat waardeer ik zeer - daarvoor ben ik hem diep dankbaar.
    Jammer dat ik zaterdag de memorial niet kan bijwonen: veel sterkte voor Delilah en voor Storm, en voor iedereen op het Instituut.

  380. Wim De Vos on July 15th, 2013
  381. 尊敬的Delilah老师:
    我是您的中国学生王升文。知道CLE老师过世的消息,万分悲痛,不能自已。
    本来那天跟我的朋友们说到CLE老师,想他了,便打开老师的网站看一下他的照片,由于自己英文不好,看了老师的页面后还随意翻了一些其他页面,但最终停留在了HOME页上,细细一看才看明白原来是老师过世的消息。但是仍然不能相信这是真的,便在微信上向ALEXIS确认。但是仍然不能接受这个消息。
    非常荣幸得到过老师的教诲。他传授给我们的早已超越瑜伽的专业知识“术”的层面。上升到了“理”的层次。所以一直把老师当成自己的亲人,当成自己的长辈,自己的爷爷。但现在我们却永远的失去了他。但是他的音容笑貌和他对我们的教诲会一直存在我们心间。我们要化悲痛为学习的动力,循着老师的步伐勇敢的前进。将正念和正能量传播。
    Delilah老师请节哀!相信老师在天国一定能够重生。
    I MISS YOU!Clé

    您的学生:王升文
    2013年7月15号

  382. 王升文 on July 15th, 2013
  383. Dear Delilah and Storm,
    I am very sorry to hear about Clé’s passing and I would like to offer my condoleances to you both.
    I would also like to tell you my story of how I got into yoga, because Clé was the key to it (no pun intended).
    Clé was my first yoga teacher: I came to the center in 1998 and followed a tryout medical class for neck/shoulder problems. During and after the class, Clé looked at me and commented ‘three months a weekly medical class and your problems will be over’. I considered it a mixture of smart marketing and good advice, and because I felt slightly better after one class, I decided to follow his advice. Clé was right: 3,5 months after the first lesson my injuries were healed, I was stronger than ever and in good shape. What a remarkable experience this Iyengar yoga! I moved to the regular classes and the rest is history. (I now follow classes at the center in The Hague).
    I am very grateful that Clé was so passionate and attentive about his profession and the yoga center. I feel very lucky to have been his student, both in medical classes and regular classes.
    And I am very sorry you will have to miss him.
    I wish you all the best.

    Silvia

  384. Silvia on July 15th, 2013
  385. Dear cle: can not use language to describe the sadness, when I was a baby when we have yoga, lost his father, you come to China this year gave us life precious gift, each individual has you traces of polish, working memory, Miss teacher, I have hardly wished to live., hope the next life can have the fate of teachers and students. Wishing you peace! I will pray for you every time reciting scriptures.
    Think of your Chinese students; Mila

  386. Mila on July 15th, 2013
  387. Dear Delilah and Storm,

    I heard today about Clè passing, and I would like to express my regret for the loss of a great teacher. I still remember my first lesson in Amsterdam, the simple atmosphere and the great teaching you were sharing with us.
    I wish you all the best!

    Fabiola

  388. Fabiola on July 15th, 2013
  389. Remembering Charles´ start into the bright part of the world, I wrote a letter to Clé, beginning with “Dear Clé, “. And now I´m just starting the same way:

    Dear Clé,

    the first time I met you I was impressed, the last time I saw you no less. Whatever happened, you didn´t lose your charisma. Whatever you did, you did it with energy. Whatever you said, you said it with certainty. Sometimes your words were smooth, sometimes assertive. And all of it was strict and clear carried by a deep comprehension. I will miss you. Not only teaching yoga, I will miss you as a honest and straight man, as a friend during my ups and downs of the TTC and at times as a demanding but affectionate father with all his characteristics.

    You are leaving a gap now. A wide gap. For all of us.
    And if we think about it, looking at this gap, our memories are coming up. Memories of different situations, rare occurrences and regular processes. In all these memories you are still present. Present with all your characteristics, your behaviours and your colours. Some memories are funny, some are astonishing, but most of them are carried by your brightness and your clearness. In this way this gap you left isn´t empty or dark,- rather it is fulfilled with coloured light coming out of this space to guide us a little bit on our way through our yoga practice, through our life. It is bright enough for all of us: for your students, for your friends and especially for your family. And I have to say thank you for this light you left in our hearts, for still being with us.

    Let us carry this light our whole life, take what we have learned from you and give this radiance to our yoga students, our friends and all who are with us on our way. Maybe this world is becoming a little bit brighter then.

    Thank you.

    The letter I wrote to Clé in August 2010 after Charles´ passing on ended with the prospect, that we will see each other on Saturday. Now I end this letter in a similar way:

    We will see each other. Sometime. Somewhere.

    Ingo

  390. Ingo F.G.T. Schumacher on July 16th, 2013
  391. 尊敬的CLE老师:
    听到您辞世的消息让我感到无比心痛和悲伤。感谢您在瑜伽道路上的带领与指引。让我们对Iyengar瑜伽有了个更为深入的了解。当下,唯有努力的习练才会让您传授于我们的知识更好的传播。
    永远爱您!怀念您!

  392. 麻洁 on July 16th, 2013
  393. juliu老师:
    我很想念您!I mis you !
    学生刘军

  394. 刘军Liu jun on July 16th, 2013
  395. Dear teacher:
    I miss you. I hope I can make a cap of cafe for you angin.

    Dear Deliah:
    I hope see you at next time in CHINA…….

    Eva in CHINA

  396. EVA HU on July 16th, 2013
  397. Was shocked when I heard about cle teacher had died. I remember the last time I saw him, he was so energetic. CLE teacher is the first teacher I Iyengar yoga road. He gave me a lot of. I’m looking forward to the teacher to come to china. Now the teacher is not there, but he gave me something that will be forever in my life. I will miss you, thank you, teacher!

  398. zong zhiheng on July 16th, 2013
  399. Lieve Clé,

    Wat verdrietig dat je er niet meer bent, Clé dat we elkaar hier niet meer tegenkomen…….
    Je hebt zo veel mensen weten te inspireren om de weg van de yoga te gaan en zelfs leraar te worden.
    Dank zij jou, je geweldige inzet,liefde en toewijding voor de Iyengar yoga en je organisatie talent kwam de Iyengar Yoga Vereniging en opleiding in Nederland van de grond.
    We deelden de “beginjaren”, volgden samen les in Amsterdam bij Margriet Post en in Ulvenhout bij Victor van Kooten.

    Dank je wel Clé voor je vriendschap, voor alles wat je hebt gedaan en betekend en voor wat we deelden.
    Dat je mag rusten in vrede en liefde.

    Delilah en Storm,
    Heel veel sterkte met het verwerken van dit grote verlies.

    lieve groeten van Maria

  400. Maria Floris on July 16th, 2013
  401. Thank you for leading me to the world of Iyengar yoga. It is your instruction which has made me love Iyengar yoga more than ever and it is your instruction which has helped me to adjust my practicing methods. Cle teacher , I will miss you forever.

  402. 饶吉Mona on July 16th, 2013
  403. CLÉ - MY TEACHER - how to express my deep sadness?

    You are my teacher. You have been my first, you are my last teacher. You are and will ever be.

    It has been YOU who made the glimpse shine in me. And it is that glimpse of wisdom, that glimpse of the spirit of yoga which helps me now to overcome sadness and despair.

    You’re living forth in my practise, present in my classes, sitting smiling at my side.

    CLÉ - you are my teacher. With you I found truth and clarity in my yoga and that is the truth of life.

    CLÉ - GREAT TEACHER - good luck on your way, my dear friend - whereever you are, whereever you go.

    in deep gratitude with love
    Reinhard

  404. Reinhard Kobbeloer on July 16th, 2013
  405. Thank you Cle for teaching me and for leading me to Iyanger yoga.You helped me understand the value of Iyanger yoga and to love it by heart.I will never forget your encouraging smiles, kindness and sincerity in teaching me which reminds me of a loving father.
    You taught a lot of wise knowledge and I will always keep them in my heart to follow the teaching according to Iyanger yoga’s way.
    I also hope that Delilah can live happily despite the loss of a wonderful man in her life. May cle be her inspiration in life.
    May Cle rest in peace.

    Lovingly,
    Sophia(芷瑜)

  406. Sophia(芷瑜) on July 17th, 2013
  407. “Now that the rose has faded
    and the garden is ravaged.
    Where shall the fragrance of the rose be found?
    In rosewater.” Rumi

    May we, your students, find the strength and courage to honour you by spread your immense knowledge and passion for teaching all over the world.

    No words can describe the loss and emptyness your departure has left in me. Till we meet again.

    Tania

  408. Tania on July 17th, 2013
  409. Dear Clé,
    Thank you for your teachings.
    May you rest in peace.

    My sincere condolences to Delilah and Storm.

  410. Isabel Yague on July 17th, 2013
  411. “Mogen leven en dood goed voor u zijn, Voorbij, voorbij, voorbij…..” ( S. Vinkenoog)
    lieve Clé, je was mijn grote inspiratie om de lerarenopleiding te gaan doen…..
    Ik zal je zeker missen
    Veel sterkte voor Delilah en Storm

  412. Ilona Janssen on July 17th, 2013
  413. Dear Deliliah, I offer my sincere condolences to you and to Storm for the loss of your loved one; and to all the teachers and students at the Iyengar Yoga Institute in Amsterdam who feel the loss of their teacher. Cle was such a huge character he will be sorely missed by so many. When a great teacher passes many will feel bereft but the teachings that they have received will carry them and support them in their own practice and teaching.
    I hope the strength that you have all received through yoga will help you through this most difficult time.
    With love and best wishes
    Sheila x

  414. Sheila Haswell on July 18th, 2013
  415. I still remember the days when you taught me, encouraging me to keep practising. Thank God let me meet you

  416. Jennifer(彦霖) on July 18th, 2013
  417. Dear Clé,

    I will never forget, how you encouraged me to come to Amsterdam to your place nearly 15 years ago. I was lucky to know you, meet interesting people and I miss that time a bit. I will miss you too. All my best wishes for a lucky future appearence in our world.
    I wish you, Delilah and Storm, strength to get through that mourny times and a happy future at all.

    Andreas

  418. Andreas Vogel (Yoga-Props) on July 18th, 2013
  419. Dear Delilah, Storm and all others,

    All my best wished for you in these sad times.
    I’m sure he will be missed, but think he will be all around us with everything he brought into so many lives.

    Daphne Schaffers

  420. Daphne Schaffers on July 21st, 2013
  421. May Cle rest in peace and all the seeds he planted in so many of us grow.

    Dear Delilah and Storm,

    My deepest condolences to you both. I wish you lots of strength for the coming period and may it pass quickly so that the thought of Cle will bring a smile on your faces.

    Cecile

  422. Cecile Russi-Groenveld on July 22nd, 2013
  423. Dear Clé, you were one of my first Iyengar yoga teachers and with you I build a strong foundation. Thank you for your inspirational teachings and guidance. Rest in peace.

  424. Jackie van Dorresteijn on July 24th, 2013
  425. We will keep you in our hearts, Cle.
    Your Russian students

  426. Konstantin Kovalev on July 26th, 2013
  427. Beste Clé,
    Dank voor alles! Ik zal je blijven herinneren als diegene die sterke fundamenten legde voor mijn verdere leven in de yoga.
    Ik hield van je lessen en je toewijding. Ik hield van je kracht maar ook van je zachtheid, van je strenge blik maar ook van je glimlach. Ik hield van je veeleisendheid maar ook van de ruimte die je gaf om te groeien. Ik hield van de gesprekken achteraf bij een tas koffie of een tas thee.
    Dank voor je aanmoedigingen, je steun, je vertrouwen,…
    Dank voor alles!

    Aan Storm en Delilah wens ik veel sterkte.

    Allerliefst,
    Ann Brosens

  428. Ann Brosens on July 27th, 2013
  429. Dear Cle,

    thank you for all inspiring words and works from you. I will always remember the first day why i decided to take a brave step into your teacher training.
    Thank you Delilah for always supporting Cle and little us here in Jakarta.

    My deep sympathy and Namaste,

    Willy

  430. Willy Vijayaputra on July 28th, 2013
  431. Dear Delilah and Iyengar Amsterdam,

    I’m shocked and saddened to hear of Cle’s passing. I practiced quite a bit with him and his colleagues, including you - and I was greatly impressed by the level of commitment to excellence and passion all of you displayed, starting with Cle himself. Like many other beginners, I struggled to understand sometimes what exactly he wanted from me - and I have also had the not so rare privilege of having him ‘exhort’ me to work harder and do better. I have always smiled at these memories of Cle. Now they bring tears. I wish all of you the very best in carrying on the excellent tradition of yoga practice that is Iyengar Yoga Amsterdam.

    With much love and sadness,
    Suresh M. Nair
    Co-founder, India Wing Chun Academy

  432. Suresh Nair on August 10th, 2013
  433. Cle, you are always there in my practice. Thank you for your inspiration and knowledge. Great respect! Rest in peace.

    Special condolences to Storm and Delilah.

    With love, Kim Niekerk

  434. Kim Niekerk on August 18th, 2013
  435. I just hear. There is a great sadness in my heart. Like I mentioned in my website “I have so much to be grateful for , especially my master Cle Souren. He had so much faith in me to become a good teacher and I became a teacher in this very popular school of Europe.” Yes he did , he had faith in me before I had faith in myself !Its his enthusiasm,his strong will his determination I have in my flesh, bones & blood but most of all …as I teach tonight (& always)…he is in my heart …
    In honor & deep gratitude to you Dear Cle x

    Delilah , Storm I send you much much love x
    Teresa

  436. Teresa Berg on August 26th, 2013
  437. I thank Clé for his teachings, he has been of significant importance (and help) to me during my journey of yoga. Thank you so much. We will miss him all. My sincerest condolences to both Delilah and Storm

  438. Phaedra on September 21st, 2013
  439. I still hear your voice and teachings when I practice. Thank you Cle.
    With much love,
    Thonas

  440. Thomas on July 4th, 2014
  441. Dear Cle, you were my first Yoga teacher 28 years ago,and I will never forget you,
    You taught me the love for this practice that made my life better.
    And it is a very important gift to give to someone.
    Although I haven’t seen you for two decades because I moved away from Amsterdam to Argentina, my home country , I had to search on internet somewhere to find you.
    They have told me that you passed away some years ago, but last night I had a dream so vivid that I had the need to search you and share the beauty of a dream that brought you back .
    I was just looking at your face and smiling and woke up in tears for someone that I haven’t seen for so long..
    That is the power of a good teacher.
    When you leave a trail on people for ever.
    Love and gratitude.
    Carola.

  442. CAROLA BESASSO on March 16th, 2017

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