It’s those immeasurably powerful moments when we stand still and stay close to ourselves that make us see things more clearly, and that give us a better understanding of ourselves and our connectedness with each other. Next to the physical aspect of the practice, this is what yoga has come to mean for me.
Having embarked on yoga as a mainly physical exercise and in search of a better work-life balance, it soon started working its magic on me and continues to do so. The magic for me is the inspiration I find in it – and I love to share it! By now, both yoga and meditation have become an integral part of my life, expanding far beyond the yoga mat.
I trained in the Ashtanga and Power Vinyasa Yoga tradition with Johan Noorloos and Marcel van de Vis Heil (Amsterdam, 2010), which for me was only the beginning of a beautiful journey with infinitely more to explore. To remain inspired and to keep growing as a practitioner as well as teacher, I continue to pursue my yoga studies by taking workshops and immersions in different styles of yoga including Hatha Yoga, Hatha Vinyasa, Iyengar Yoga, and Yoga Therapy. So far, I’ve had the chance to practice with and receive guidance and inspiration from some excellent teachers, such as Surinder Singh, Ashish Sharma, Usha Devi (Rishikesh, 2014 & 2015), Julie Martin (Goa, 2012), David Swenson (Berlin, 2011), Heather Radha & Anthony “Prem” Carlisi (Bali, 2010), Helen Knox-Johnston (Ibiza, 2010), Jax Lysycia (Ibiza, 2009) and James DeMaria (Ibiza, 2008), which I’m very grateful for.
In the past three years, I traveled extensively and, next to Amsterdam, also taught in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Turkey. Traveling and teaching abroad, and meeting wonderful people – yogis and non-yogis alike! – for me is a huge source of inspiration. Currently, I am teaching group and private classes in Kusadasi, Turkey.