Literally Yoga means union, the union of your body, mind and spirit, but also union with everything around you, with the universe. Yoga is a way of life which you can only really understand and realize by practice and experience. As Swami Sivananda said: ‘An ounce of practice is worth a ton of theory’.
Nowadays with all the different, mostly Asana (physical Yoga postures) focused classes out there, a lot of people feel overwhelmed and often discouraged to start practicing Yoga. It is important to know that Yoga is not just a physical practice. We practice Asana to prepare our bodies and minds to sit still in meditation for longer periods of time. The goal of Yoga is not to stand on your head or get super flexible, it is to get better at living. Yoga incorporates all aspects of life and everything we practice on the mat is aimed to bring balance, peace and happiness into your daily life.
The kind of Yoga that I mostly teach is traditional Hatha Yoga, based on the teachings of Swami Sivananda. I also teach Yin Yoga, a slower style of Yoga in which postures are held for a longer period of time, or a combination of Yin and Hatha Yoga. I also specialized in prenatal Yoga, to be able to teach mommies to be how to connect to themselves and their baby in this beautiful, life changing time. Next to the physical Yoga classes and mainly at my retreats I teach meditation, Pranayama (breathing exercises), Ayurveda, spiritual healing for self-reflection and Yoga philosophy.
I teach different kinds of meditation, because there is not one style that works for everyone, but the kind of meditation I practice most is Vipassana meditation. After being introduced to this during a three-hour walking meditation I was hooked. The next ten-day silent retreat helped me to dive much deeper into my meditation practice.
As you can read in the part about Ayurveda, Yoga and Ayurveda are sister sciences, meaning that one does not work without the other. Ayurveda is always incorporated, which means that my classes are adjusted to the needs of the students, the time of day, the climate and the season.
For weekly group classes you can find me here:
Monday 10.00 – 11.15 – Yin Yang Yoga - at Delight Yoga, Prinseneiland Amsterdam
Monday 18.30 – 19.30 – Prenatal Yoga – at Bluebirds West, Amsterdam
Monday 20.00 – 21.00 – Yin Yoga – at Bluebirds West, Amsterdam
Tuesday 10.00 – 11.15 – Hatha Yoga - at Delight Yoga, Prinseneiland Amsterdam
Wednesday 18.30 – 19.45 – Yin Yoga – at Thrive Yoga Oost, Amsterdam
Wednesday 20.15 – 21.30 – Hatha Yoga – at Thrive Yoga Oost, Amsterdam
Thursday 10.00 – 11.15 – Hatha Yoga - at Delight Yoga, Prinseneiland Amsterdam
If you would like private classes, Ayurvedic consults, or Yoga classes at your company, feel free to contact me for details.