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.
The first time Ann set foot on a yoga mat she had the feeling of coming home. Apart from it healing injuries in her body and helping her to calm her mind, the thing she most enjoys is that the practice allows you to move beyond the layers so to become a more fulfilled, kinder person.
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.
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.
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.
Coen van der Kroon & Liese van Dam will be giving this workshop together. About Coen 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.
Hatha, Vinyasa, Meditation, Healing Yoga
Often called a wandering seeker, Deborah came into yoga after immersing herself for years in the study of prana and the subtle body (with the founder of Pranic Healing). She is trained at the 500-hour level, and founded her own studio in Atlanta, GA in 2011, which she sold upon relocating to Europe.
Hatha, Yoga Basics, Meditation, Pranayama, Restorative
Dorothea started with yoga in 2000 and has been a dedicated practitioner ever since. She is now a registered teacher with Vijñāna Yoga International. Vijñāna yoga was developed by Orit Sen–Gupta (Israel) after having studied for many years with B.K.S. Iyengar, Sri Krishnamacharya, Pattabhi Jois and T.K.V. Desikachar.
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.
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, Astanga Mysore, 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.
Johanna started practicing yoga at the age of 16. With time she discovered that yoga was not only a tool to stay healthy in the physical body, but most of all in mind and heart. As she discovered the beauty of practicing yoga she recognised a different truth, free from the ego.
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.
Lilian "Kai'' Vrolijk, born ( 28th november, 1987) and raised by the sea in Scheveningen. So water and it's fluidity play a big part in Lilian's life. Talking about surfing (read; messing around with a big board and mostly investigating the wave from underneath the surface) and traveling everywhere the ocean touches the shore. She got acquinted with yoga, as her mum showed her crazy poses from a young age.
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.
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..
Aside her work as a Studio Manager, Maartje gives training in Mindfulness. During her work in mental healthcare, Maartje has always been looking for tools that empower people in their own development. Because certain patterns (in behavior), are only changeable when you are aware of them yourself.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sandra Carson is a knowledgable and insightful yoga teacher who has been teaching internationally since 2002. She teaches mostly in the Vinyasa style with great care and compassion for her students. Challenging the students in the practice, she carefully guides them from empowered awareness to the space where transformation can take place.
Sandra loves to move and adventure. If she's not on her surfboard, then she stands on her yoga mat. For Sandra, surfing and yoga have a lot in common. Waiting for the right wave is as a meditation. It is a form of 'being', staring at the water, sitting on your board.
Sasha slowly started exploring the path of yoga at a young age, always having been a sensitive dreamer and a seeker of self-knowledge. She trusts the transformative nature of the Ashtanga Yoga tradition which serves as a daily rhythm, a source of nourishment and insight and allows her to connect with the unbounded spark within.
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.
Both in my everyday life and in my work as a filmmaker, I look for stillness. Because – like for most of us – it simply is so hard to find. We don’t usually come across stillness, neither in ourselves nor in the world around us. When I discovered yoga, I realized that in its essence, yoga is exactly that; searching for and connecting to stillness.