Aafke studied communications and cultural anthropology at the Free University in Amsterdam and specialised in religion and symbolism. She is a yoga practitioner since 2005 and teaches yoga since 2008. She also intensely practiced buddhism for a while and is embarking on a journey in Taoism.
A former economist and banker, Adela discovered the power of Yoga in 2006 when she was living in New York City. She obtained the 500 hrs (Registered Yoga Teacher) certification by the Yoga Alliance through the Yoga Works Teacher Training program in New York.
Amanda is from Wales in the UK. She worked for many years in sales, then as a purser for two main airlines, experiencing different cultures. After meeting her Dutch husband she moved to Holland and had three children. Over the last 14 years, she has taken on various studies for health. From 2010-2015 she studied at the Academy of Ayurvedic Studies to become an Ayurvedic practitioner.
Anouk started her yoga path in 2008. While working in a highly stressful environment as a fashion buyer, she turned to yoga to find peace of mind. After trying several styles of yoga she was first introduced to Astanga yoga in 2010, while on a yoga retreat in Italy. It was love at first sight.
Antar Khirad ('Inner Wisdom') got his Sanyas in 1996 at the community of 'Osho', enlightened Master in Pune. Born in the northern part of India in a Shatriya family, he was raised with 'Sanatan Dharma' (Eternal Religion). Through the journey of life he has been with different mystics and masters, and lived in several communes and ashrams.
Arianne is fascinated by the healing language of our body/mind. Our ultimate communication source for spatial poetry, and yet the best thermometer of the self. Her classes are best described as luscious, caring yin with a hint of free flow in her more dynamic sessions.
About Avi Avi Adir, a Singer and Multi instrumentalist, internationally acclaimed independent artist and performer, originally from Israel. Avi is traveling the world and sharing a flow of tantric deep meditative music, using his unique and powerful voice and a variety of instruments, like the Indian Bansuri, Armenian Duduk, Greek Bouzouki, Japanese Shakuhachi, Egyptian Ney, Silver Flute and the Native American flute.
Hatha, Vinyasa, Yoga Basics, Restorative, Mindfulness
"Our true home is in the present moment. To live in the present moment is a miracle." – Thich Nhat Hanh. Chantal Soeters is an Anusara-inspired yoga teacher from Amsterdam. Anusara yoga is a vigorous Hatha yoga system developed by John Friend, combining a positive life approach, biomechanical principles and a close community.
Whilst yoga was all around when Chiara was younger, her mum teached and practiced yoga, she wasn’t attracted to it at all. She thought of it like kind of Goofy, while at the same time she loved to turn the pages of her mums’ yoga books and just stare at the exotic postures and people. However, the seeds where planted then. The moment Chiara became a mum herself, her direct go-to was yoga. She started building her own practice using the old books of her mum, mostly to stay in contact to whatever happened in her body at that time. When Chiara's son was born in 2011 she worked at a office in The Hague, and about one year later she decided to quit her job and to deepen herself in the study of yoga and nutrition. She completed her Hatha Teacher Training and nutritional studies one year later and from then everything just fell into place. She was given the change to start teaching right away and from there it just went on. Chiara is inspired by all the students she meets, and by all the teachers with whom she can join classes. Inspiration is quite everywhere, in everyone’s own path and own body. And this is exactly what she loves to spread during classes. Be grateful, inspired, energized, relaxed; all by yourself. Everything is there, and yoga is a (perfect) way to bring it all out.
Claire has been teaching dance and performing since 2004, whilst traveling the world, learning from great teachers and cultures along the way. Her path to yoga evolved around the same time, as she noticed how much yoga helped her - not only on a physical level but also mentally even more so.
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.
Yin, Meditation, Mindfulness
Dana Marshall (Brooklyn, New York 1962) teaches mindfulness and yin yoga. Dana is known for her heartfelt way of teaching and applies it to daily life. She creates an atmosphere of warmth and kindness in her classes which encourages students to relax into their bodies and minds.
Since a young age, Dylan has always been fascinated with life’s great questions. This has led him on an interesting journey of deepening his understanding of human behaviour and spirituality through studying various spiritual texts and seeking out guidance from various teachers.
Ellen Paalman is a certified Ashtanga Yoga instructor and dedicated yogi with a deep interest in yoga postures and their mechanics. As a child and teenager she was fascinated by dance, but finding yoga felt like coming home. She felt she was finally allowed to look within, instead of focussing on picture perfect.
Vinyasa, Hatha Restorative
In 1996 sparked by personal interest and curiosity Eric Weber set off to discover the world of Iyengar yoga. He immersed himself in the yoga philosophy and concentrated specifically on the alignment of asanas. His discovery of yoga started as a passion, to this day it has not let him go and allows him to travel far abroad.
Her first yoga class in 2004 was like coming home. Esther sees yoga as a huge gift in her life, a passion that she loves to pass on. Her classes (vinyasa, astanga and prenatal) are about moving with flow on the natural rhythm of the breath, creating space and freedom for body and mind.
Hatha, Vinyasa, Prenatal Yoga, Hatha Restorative
Gabriella (Gaby) is orginally from Hong Kong, she relocated to Amsterdam in August 2015. She has always been a serious sprinter at a competitive level until she was 17. She continued her passion in sports by choosing sports coaching as her Bachelor degree in Australia, she was hoping to become a physical education teacher after her graduation.
Inge Peters started practicing meditation in her early twenties. While being a filmstudent, she was looking for more peace of mind and for ‘Truth’, which led her to meditation. She studied at Brahma Kumaris, Rigpa (Sogyal Rinpoche) and practiced Vipassana meditation.
For Ingeborg yoga is her life. When she read the yoga sutra's 10 years ago she realized this was the path she had been on for a long time. The asana's, meditation and breathwork showed her a new way to free her body and mind, in a way that keeps opening up her heart every day more and more.
Sinds 2001 heeft Ingrid zich actief bezig gehouden met diverse vormen van bewustzijnsgroei en lichaamswerk. Na trainingen op het gebied van deep tissue massage, ontspanningsmassage en ayurvedische massage ontwikkelde zij een speciale interesse in de oosterse massagetherapieën.
Astanga Led, Mysore Program, Yin, Mindfulness
Irina feels a deep longing for exploring consciousness. She used to sit in silence for hours in the church of her hometown and felt at ease in the surrounding nature with animal life. Later on it was in dance where she experienced the freedom and endless space that is ours to roam.
Katiza Satya is a yogini in heart and soul. She is An experienced Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance (ERYT500-RYT 500) and licensed to certify students at the 200 & 500 hour levels.
Kimberly has been immersed in Buddhist study and practice for the last 20 years and has received intensive personal instruction and training from some of the greatest teachers of our time.
Hatha, Yin, Meditation, Yin Yang, Restorative
‘Wherever you go, there you are’ – Jon Kabat-Zinn. Kristin is the co-director of Delight Yoga. When her yoga journey began, it was like a piece of the puzzle was found. Yoga inspires Kristin in her everyday life, bringing her much joy and perspective.
Astanga Led, Astanga Mysore Beginners
Lindsay her passion for yoga started at the age of 19, soon she discovered Astanga yoga and fell in love with this dynamic type of yoga. This unique yoga style has changed her life and transformed her way of seeing things in a more forgiving and loving way.
Lisanne’s passion for yoga started in a hot and sweaty Bikram Yoga room in 2008. The intense practice, which started as a way to blow off some steam from a stressful live in fashion design, brought her some sincerely spiritual moments that slowly resonated through the rest of her live.
Hatha, Yin, Yoga Basics, Meditation, Yin Yang, Restorative, Mindfulness
After years of practicing yoga next to a busy office job, Lonneke's curiosity for yoga had grown. A couple of things came together, which led her to yoga philosophy, mindfulness and Chinese medicine. It was a process of healing in itself.
Vinyasa, Yin, Yoga Basics, Yin Yang
For as long as she can remember Lotte has been interested in the workings of the body, emotions and mind. So when she encountered yoga during one of her trips to Asia, and discovered the deep healing effect, she immediately realized its invaluable significance.
“Yoga is the state where you are missing nothing.” Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati Since her very first class, Lydia Aytogmus has been mesmerized by the transformative power and therapeutic impact of yoga; that by means of breath and movement on the mat, we can explore the interconnectedness of all off the mat. She sees yoga as a holistic, radical approach to inner peace, simply by means of looking inside. Yoga is for her a daily invitation to an endless deepening of inner peace and joy. Lydia’s teaching style (800 hours certified Vinyasa/Jivamukti teacher) empowers students to explore the path of liberation by creating a safe space, where students find confidence and strength to re-connect with themselves. She loves to share her knowledge of the yogic tools of movement of the body (Asana), breathing (Pranayama), devotion (Bhakti), meditation (Dhyana), deep listening (Nada) and the exploration of the traditional texts of yoga (Shastra). In teaching, she is inspired to share the obvious, so that the unobvious can continue to unfold. Lydia shows deep reverence for the teachings of yoga. She is grateful for her teachers Tamar Samir, David Life and Sharon Gannon, who inspired her to study the science of Yoga, and for all the students and teachers of past, present and future.
Maarten is first and foremost a human being and proud father to Philip and Alexander and dedicated husband to Anna. Despite his diverse career in marketing and advertising, founding a few companies, and an extensive list of chairs on numerous boards and committees, there has always been one thing Maarten’s heart has consistently been trying to tell him..
Movement has always been an integral part of Marije’s life and when she decided to go to university to study psychology instead of continuing with the dance academy she was attending at the time, yoga came into her life and filled the gap that was left behind.
Hatha, Yin, Meditation, Yin Yang, Restorative, Mindfulness, Mindfulness Meditation
Marlene is a non-dogmatic yoga and meditation teacher and coach. For the last 20 years she has been cultivating meditation and yoga practices and spiritual development. She has been teaching for 7 years.
After a period with a lot of lower backpain, wich finaly resulted in a hernia Marsha came in contact with Ashtanga Yoga. She immediately fell in love with the movements of body and breath connection. She noticed that not only physically she was healing, but after a long period of being really shy and insecure she started feeling better in her own body. One day her teacher advised her to become a teacher
Meditation, Pranayama, Restorative
Matsyendra teaches from and to the heart, connecting the outer yoga of posture and breath to the inner yoga of concentration and meditation. Teaching the classical style of Hatha Yoga, it is influenced by his own practice of Kundalini Tantra and Kriya Yoga.
Megan began an Ashtanga practice at the start of her career in higher education after completing her graduate work in creative writing in the U.S.What started as a search for an exercise to reduce stress and connect philosophy to practice, the yoga led her to her first teacher and, eventually, to her first trip to the Krishna Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore, India.
Merel became familiar with yoga early in life; she was born the daughter of a yoga teacher. When she joined lessons with her mother she was inspired by the sense of lightness it brought to her body and mind. Being a curious young adolescent, her mother’s study books helped Merel to better understand the yoga discourse and strengthen her practice.
Astanga Led, Hatha, Vinyasa, Hatha Restorative, Hatha & Pranayama
Miluše started her yoga practice in 2003 and immediately knew that she stepped on a path that would alter her life. Especially when she began to practice astanga yoga it immediately felt like ‘coming home to herself’.
Growing up in South Africa, Nanneke was inspired by African Dance which eluded an interest in physical movement early on. Curious about the deeper essence of life, she found that studying yogic philosophy and Buddhism were the only things that truly made sense to her.
Her hate-love affair with yoga is still there, even after 7 years of practicing. It stays a confrontation, time and time again. To be conscious about the unconscious and becoming an honoring-the-present ‘you’. For her yoga is more and more a beautiful and limitless ‘tool’ to access our true nature.
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.
Hatha, Vinyasa, Yoga Basics, Hatha Restorative
A new level of self enquiry started with spontaneous insights in hot spring in the Himalaya 1998. On returning to UK at the age of 23, Peter was gifted yoga classes that sparked fervent practice of Astanga until he completed Yoga Arts TT under Louisa Sear in 2001. Three more teacher trainings and many workshops since, Peter learned the structure and knowledge of Iyengar Yoga with Glenn Ceresoli.
Gymnastics, dance and music have been part of her life since very early age. Regina's love for yoga started in 2010 in India, and in 2012 she completed her 200hrs Yoga Teacher Training with Dr. Sushil, and deepend her knowledge about Thai Yoga Massage, Reiki and Meditation.
Yin, Meditation, Yin Yang, Restorative, Mindfulness
For over 15 years Rolandjan dived deeply into various Yoga systems, like Anusara, Kundalini, Yin and Iyengar yoga, while also studying and practicing several massage treatments such as ThaiYoga/ assisted Yin massage, Shiatsu on-site massage and Fascia therapy.
During Saskia’s travels through the Himalayas as a tourguide, she learned more about Buddhism and Vipassana meditation. This was a trigger, an invitation to search for the silent place within herself instead of focusing only on the outside world. By practicing yoga she started an endless journey moving from ignorance towards a more conscious being.
After studying Econometrics and working for several start up companies, Shari became aware that the way she lived was too stressful for her and found herself burned out for about a year. During that period she started doing yoga everyday, mostly Yin yoga, and felt that it was exactly what she needed in her life.
Originally from Germany, Sophie came to Amsterdam to pursue a Master degree in Environment & Resource Management.