Get to know the people of Delight Yoga

Esther van der Sande, Katia Verreault & Samantha Shorter

About Esther


Esther is a professional counsellor, somatic psychotherapist, EMDR clinician and a qualified yoga (500+ hrs), mindfulness teacher and practitioner. She draws upon over 10+ years of experience in guiding clients from all age groups and professions.  


Esther is a Trauma Centre Trauma Sensitive Yoga Facilitator (TCTSY-F) and qualified / approved trainer and supervisor in the Netherlands and has completed her certification under the supervision of TCTSY pioneer David Emerson. She is the Co-founder of Trauma Centre Trauma Sensitive Yoga Australia, the Founder of Trauma Sensitive Yoga Nederland and part of the Training Faculty (TCTSY-T) of the Trauma Centre at Justice Resource Institute Boston.


She has had the privilege of being able to help people from all walks of life, through difficult times in their lives and support adults as they struggle to deal with issues such as stress management, confidence and self-esteem, relationship, grief and loss, addiction, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Developmental and Complex Trauma.


There’s no definitive ‘list’ of issues, and no ‘one’ set way of working through them. Everyone is different. Everyone’s experience is different, and I provide an insightful, empathetic and tailored approach to every situation, informed by years of study in a wide variety of clinical techniques. The one commonality however, is that she helps people, help themselves. 


She provides an empowering and inspiring service that guides her clients through their challenges, enabling them to emerge from the other side feeling renewed, strong, and ready to face the world on their own terms once again.


At Delight Yoga, she offers private sessions in the form of counselling, body-oriented psychodynamic psychotherapy, trauma-sensitive yoga, and group trainings in Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (foundational program).


About Katia

Esther works together closely with Katia Verreault who also guides sessions. Katia is originally from Montreal and presently based in Amsterdam after having lived for more than 15 years in Kathmandu, Nepal. Her therapeutic and community-based work of the last years has been dedicated to communities affected by war, loss & conflict across the world.

She is a trauma-sensitive yoga facilitator (TCTSY-F), a Hatha Yoga practitioner and a Dance Movement Therapist (DMT). Dance Movement therapy integrates the body in the context of therapy. It can be defined as the psychotherapeutic use of movement to promote emotional, social, cognitive, and physical integration of the individual, for the purpose of improving health and well-being.  In her clinical work, she supports individuals who wish to integrate the body in their therapeutic journey. In Amsterdam,  she collaborates with Esther van der Sande to offer trauma-sensitive yoga classes (TCTSY) at Delight Yoga.

Her work has taken her to Palestine, Uganda, Kenya, Greece, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and The Netherlands where she offers individual and group therapy sessions, develop Dance Movement Therapy education programmes and workshops on trauma and restoration. She collaborates with various NGOs such as War child Holland, to develop trauma-informed and movement-based psycho-social care for children and adults with a refugee background in various multicultural settings. Her recent research work focuses on Dance Movement Therapy, trauma and resilience building among women refugees and asylum seekers. For more information on individual therapy sessions and trauma-sensitive yoga classes, you are welcome to contact her: Katia Verreault   amovingworldfoundation@gmail.com  // +31(6)19272888


About Samantha

Originally from New Zealand and now based in Amsterdam, Samantha is a Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Facilitator (TCTSY-F) and Vinyasa yoga teacher.

After travelling and working abroad for many years and practising yoga on and off for almost a decade, it was while based in Sydney in 2015 that her curiosity and appreciation for yoga really deepened. Settling in Amsterdam the following year and continuing her dedicated practice here, she began to experience a powerful healing connection to herself and her body through yoga. While navigating a challenging period in her life, she turned to yoga as a source of strength and healing, supporting her mental, emotional and physical wellbeing. Feeling drawn to dive deeper into this ancient practice and share yoga with others, she undertook her first yoga teacher training in 2018 which led her to discover trauma-sensitive yoga.

Passionate about trauma recovery and mental health, Samantha is now facilitating groups and individual TCTSY sessions to help support trauma survivors explore embodiment and nurture a felt sense of connection to themselves, others, and the world around them. Samantha facilitates TCTSY in English. Contact Samantha: samanthamichelleyoga@gmail.com


All workshops

Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TSY) Classes for Women

With Esther van der Sande, Katia Verreault & Samantha Shorter

Starting on 14 July 2021

Evidence-Based Practice, in group settings, meeting every Wednesday afternoon.   Trauma-Sensitive Yoga provides a safe place where people can begin to connect with their bodies, and their breath, in relation to the trauma.


€ 135

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