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Coen van der Kroon & Esther ter Hart


Coen van der Kroon was born in Utrecht, The Netherlands in 1962. He has an academic background in Greek and Latin Languages and Culture. His MA thesis was on ancient Greek gynecology with a comparison between Hippocratic and Ayurvedic Medicine. This was the start of his interest in and study of ayurveda.

Coen van der Kroon has dedicated his life to understanding the Indian health science of ayurveda. It has been his mission to clarify the ancient Eastern advice for disease prevention and day-to-day health and well-being so that the implications can be understood by the modern Western mind. He is making this happen through his writing for magazines and books – including an international bestseller – and his teaching, centered around The Academy of Ayurvedic Studies (AAS) in the Netherlands, which he founded in 2005. 

He himself was privileged to have studied with the most renowned and inspirational teachers in the field of ayurveda and yoga, including Dr. David Frawley, Dr. Sunil Joshi, Dr. Robert Svoboda, Atreya Smith and Dr. Vijith Sasidhar (who are all visiting faculty at the AAS), as well as 3 years at the Ayurvedic Institute with Dr. Vasant Lad, in the USA and hands-on experience in India.


Esther ter Hart has completed the Nutrition Courses at the Academy of Ayurvedic Studies in 2014, which was a very inspiring time for her. Ever since while cooking she had such a feeling of doing right to her body and mind. She practiced what she had learnt about Ayurveda and became creative with combining spices and dishes from various cultures. The passion for Ayurveda and food only grew the more she got into it. At present, she works for various retreat centers, cooks for silent retreats, yoga groups or -festivals. It is always a fulfilling experience for her that when people leave they find that the food had greatly benefitted themselves and their yoga practices. With much joy she teachs with Coen the practical cooking classes of the Nutrition Courses.

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Astanga Yoga Weekend

With David Swenson

Starting on 13 April 2018

We are very happy to welcome internationally renowned Astanga Yoga Teacher David Swenson for a week of very special Morning Mysore Practice and a fun filled weekend of workshops and talks in Amsterdam.