Get to know the people of Delight Yoga
Patricia Veltri & Adela Serrano
Yoga has been in Patricia’s life for a long time. She was 9 years old when for the first time she saw someone practicing yoga. That person was her grandmother who, after living 6 months in an Ashram in India, came back and started practicing yoga every morning. From her, Patricia learned how to do the Lion’s breath and her first asanas.
Patricia is from Sao Paulo, Brazil and while living there yoga was one of the things she did to balance her busy life as a journalist. At that time she could never imagine that one day she would become a yoga teacher. It was when she came to Holland and saw her life in a totally different perspective that she felt the need to dive deeper into this path.
After becoming a dedicated practitioner of Iyengar with Charles Hond in Rotterdam, Patricia decided to learn more about yoga and in 2008 she did a Teacher Training in Ashtanga Power Yoga with Tonnie Goes in Montfoort. That’s when she started transitioning from being a practitioner to becoming a yoga teacher. In 2009, already with her diploma in hands, she started to give classes.
Even after finishing her first Teacher Training she could never stop studying and updating herself. Next to her other certificates she did workshops with international well-known teachers like David Williams, Kino Macgregor, Max Strom, Clayton Horton, David Lurey, Govinda Kai, Simon Park, Shiva Rea, and also with great Dutch teachers: José de Groot, Marlene Henny, Anoshe Overington and Nanda Peek. At the end of 2015, she will be finishing her Advanced Teacher Training 350 hrs with Katiza and Sahaj at Delight.
Adela, originally from Spain, has lived in different cities since 2000. Her Yoga journey started in New York while she was facing a major change in her life; motherhood. Practising Yoga helped her to feel more at home with herself and her changing circumstances.
She felt inspired to teach thanks to one of her first teachers in New York, Jenny Aurthur who as she says: "Literally pulled out the best of me and helped me in my journey." Maty Ezraty and Carrie Owerko were great sources of inspiration in her New York years. Once in Amsterdam, she became a certified Iyengar teacher with the help of Barbara Queirolo, Kristien Van Reusel and Rembert Petrus. On top of that, she likes to call her life, her family, relationships and her students her true teachers.
Her classes follow the Iyengar tradition with a safe, compassionate and skilful approach. Extensive anatomy knowledge makes her teaching style very safe but also challenging for all levels. According to the old Yoga teachings, her classes bring attention to the poses and movements/actions as a way to access a more refined body and mind awareness. She also specializes in injury prevention and injury recovery. "I like to demystify complex concepts to make the practice of Yoga applicable to everyday life, I am a devoted student and practitioner and I bring my all in every class I teach. I have been honoured to be able to teach at Delight yoga almost since they started, and you can find me in their studios for classes and workshops in Amsterdam and in Den Haag."
"It is through your body that you realize you are a spark of divinity". B.K.S. Iyengar
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