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. Practicing Yoga helped her to feel more at home with herself and her changing circumstances.
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.
Amanda was born and raised in Caracas (Venezuela) and moved to Italy in 2007 to continue and finish her architecture studies. This is how she first encountered Astanga Yoga, as a young and busy student. The practice has kept her company ever since. Her first guide was Elena de Martin and her Yoga Shala, where she practiced throughout her long-6 year-stay in Milan.
Amélie is born in France and originally comes from Burgundy. In 2008 her interest in Yoga starts in Paris, where she practices Hatha and Bikram Yoga until she discovers Astanga Yoga. In 2009, she starts a 200-hour Teacher training at Astanga Yoga Paris with Linda Munro and Gerald Disse, and follows them to Auroville, India, for workshops with them and with Monica Marinoni.
Without being consciously aware of it at the time, Anne’s Yoga journey started with her parents. Her first meditation practice was in front of a teddy bear altar when she was 8 years old. After a little detour in the Amsterdam fashion world, she ended up on her Yoga path.
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.
Carmen was born in The Netherlands in a multicultural family. Due to her upbringing and nomadic life from a young age, she understands like no other what it means to have an open mind, be empathetic and understanding of people regardless of age, nationality or gender.
"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.
Chrisey has always been looking for the essence of things. First she tried to understand people and their behaviour better by studying Acting and Theatre. It was observing in a playful way. In 2009 she visited India for the first time and felt connected to this country instantly.
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.
Joy and lightness are the driving forces behind Daniels yoga practice. His vinyasa classes include elements from various practices. Tibetan joint loosening warmups, an astanga inspired flow and mindful observation of stillness and movement; Together with the use of sound in the form of your own voice reciting mantras, music he creates or songs he selects, Daniel invites you to an inward journey beyond the stories of the mind.
Dennis was born in Koblenz, Germany and started out as an actor for theatre and TV. To find some balance in his busy lifestyle he took his first Yoga class in a gym. He did not yet have any idea about the impact of this first encounter, but from then on, he started to enter the world of yoga.
Ellen Paalman is a Astanga en Vinyasa yoga teacher 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.
Emma’s exploration along the path of self-enquiry started with a journey around the globe in 2011. These travels also guided her to India, a place that became a second home over the years and helped her find a deeper, more meaningful yoga practise that focussed less on just the physical part of yoga.
Physical practice has always been a part of Ergün's life. For years he played soccer and spent many hours at the gym. But in his searched for more meaning he switched to the practice of martial arts (Wing Chun) which gave him the opportunity to combine physical practice with the principles of Eastern philosophy.
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.
Froukje started practicing yoga while working in fashion fulltime. When yoga started connecting her more to her heart she realized she needed to change her path. She quit her job and started deepening her practice, first 50 hours Pre-Teacher training at Delight Yoga, later 200 hours Hatha Teacher training at Tattvaa Yoga Shala in India and then 200 hours Vinyasa Teacher training at Yagoy.
As a teenager, Garmt went to his first Yoga class and had a hard time understanding what he was doing there. At the meditation group that he joined his greatest interest was the time, the clock. "How to bare this for one full hour!” The spiritual lessons didn't fit at all to his adolescent lifestyle.
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.
Irene's yoga classes are a fusion of her passions: Yin and/or Vinyasa Yoga, healing and live music. Everything Irene shares comes straight from her heart and is there to help you drop down from the mind into the heart. To remember your true nature. To embrace yourself as you are and as you feel. Her classes are taught in a safe, simple and clear way, so you can completely focus on your inner experience. And when you lay yourself down for Savasana, Irene shares some live mantra music!
Irene grew up in England and moved to the Netherlands in 2010. From a young age she was introduced to eastern health and movement practices by her parents and since her early 20's yoga has been her biggest passion. After completing her first teacher training at Yogasite with Robert Boustany in 2015, Irene began teaching.
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.
Janneke believes that the outer world is seen through the eyes of the inner world. Yoga and meditation are her favorite ways to connect to that inner world. Sometimes through a powerful flow that fires your body up, sometimes by being still and simply listening to what your body has to say. Always with awareness of the breath.
Jen Orlando moved to Den Haag in 2017 from New York, where she spent the last 9 years learning yoga and using it as a tool for thriving in a fast-paced world. What started off as a physical practice evolved into a practice of self-transformation and self-regulation.
Johanna was born on a cloudy and cold May day in the year of the Ox in Örebro, Sweden. Already in early teenage years, she was interested in Eastern philosophies, continuously searching for the answers to questions that could not be answered by Google. It was in 2006 when she took her first yoga class that things started to fall into place. The body felt like jello, the heart was light as a feather and the mind was still.
Yoga came to Jolijn 10 years ago. She found peace and her true self by practicing asanas and pranayama. She went to India to study as a yoga teacher and there she was also charmed by the beauty of Ayurveda. She then decided to undertake the path to become an Ayurvedic massage therapist and practitioner.
After a turbulent life Jonas felt stuck in the moment. There was no where to go but to surrender and to go inwards. Connecting more and more to a spiritual practice with different kinds of yoga he eventually fell in love with yin yoga. This was coming home for him. Following his heart he signed up for a teacher training with José de Groot.
As an interim manager and coach, Josta has helped many people and organisations through change and transition. She started practising yoga more than ten years ago and immediately felt a connection between her personal development and the yoga practice, and she now helps others with that same connection.
Born in Warsaw, Poland in 1983 Born and raised in Poland, Kasia left her home country at the age of 22. Starting her journey in Ireland, she continued to Belgium, Amsterdam, Singapore, and back to Amsterdam, where she found her new home. It was also here in Amsterdam where her yoga journey began.
Since Lilian was a little girl, Reiki, Healing, Massage and Yoga were part of her life (even though she didn't know it was called that way). This entire unknown yet very familiar world of healing, energy and Yoga in all its forms, felt like home from the moment she discovered that there was indeed; way more than the eyes can see.
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 life in fashion design, brought her some sincerely spiritual moments that slowly resonated with the rest of her life.
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.
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.
Luca, born and raised in Florence, Italy, is a passionate teacher that explores practising through a dynamic vision of the traditional Astanga Vinyasa Yoga method. Trained in Florence by Larry Schultz Rocket movement “It’s Yoga”, he became certified Astanga Vinyasa Yoga teacher in 2015 and, following the path of Larry Schultz method, became a certified Rocket teacher in 2016.
Astanga Led, Vinyasa, Mantra Meditation
“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.
From an early age Marieke enjoyed physical activities as a way to express herself, playing outside and practicing handstands in the grass being her favourite pastime. Out of curiosity, she started taking Iyengar Yoga classes in her early twenties while studying in Amsterdam.
Meditation, Mindfulness, Tibetan Healing Yoga
Tibetan Yoga Lu Jong, 5 Elements & Awareness Meditation, Tsa Lung, Mindfulness, Full Moon Tibetan practice & Meditation In 2007 Mariette met her teacher Tulku Lobsang – a Buddhist master and physician – and his warmness teachings arrived directly in her heart.
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.
In 2012 Max decided to quit his job and move to Manila to travel and work. Just before he left for Manila, he discovered meditation. Amazed by the positive results in his daily life, his first Vinyasa yoga class soon followed. He loved moving the body in a flow and the awareness on the breath.
Megan began an Astanga 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.
For more than 20 years Mirjam is a passionate yogi. After a turbulent life, she completed the 500hrs Sivananda Teacher Training of two years. In the ashram of Swami Nirgunananda Saraswati, she received her spiritual name Mahasiddhi. She has followed numerous additional trainings and workshops. Her philosophy is, even as a teacher you are a student, and learning is a never-ending process.
Travelling by sailing boat across the oceans for over 10 years made Nancy see the effects that external world has on the mind. Being in complete focus, acceptance and calmness when at sea and unrest and distractions when returning to land. This created a awareness that needed further exploring.
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.
Natasa had her first hatha yoga class in Belgrade, Serbia before the year 2000. Yoga practice felt right from the start, with the resonant feeling of joyful presence. On a quest to further explore this feeling the yoga path has brought her to various karma and hatha yoga practices.
Her historical foundation leads back to scholarly training in classical and modern ballet. She worked as a performing artist and still teaches classical ballet and contemporary dance. She discovered and fell in love with B.K.S. Iyengar Yoga technique right after her dancing career.
Triple (!) scorpio. Soulsearcher en truthseeker. Determined to live her life wholeheartedly, doing things she loves and let everything have it’s time. Still ambitious, though softened through her journey. Aspiring minimalist, though spending on quality food is an exception. Chocolate addict.
Ayurveda, Astanga Mysore Beginners
Ombretta encounters Yoga in 2012, shortly after moving to Amsterdam: reluctant at first she comes out of the class feeling slightly high and willing to try again but is only after her first Ashtanga class that she is hooked. Ashtanga and Yin are her “playground” during the first years: she experiences the gift of her body and realizes how disconnected and out of balance she is.
Pascale started practicing yoga following the home birth of her son in 1992, with a Shivananda book in the Philippines where she was living. She felt so empowered that she decided to make it her profession after the homebirth of her daughter in 1994. She certified with yoga and massage at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in the USA, in 1996.
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.
Yoga came to her path in 2008. First the physical part and later the healing aspect of it. After doing more and more yoga she started with a teacher training in vinyasa yoga. She loves to combine the classic asana’s in easy slow flows to come into a moving meditation.
Hatha, Vinyasa, Yoga Basics, 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.
Philine’s first encounter with yoga was as a young girl watching her grandfather going up into headstand every morning. She was intrigued and joyfully started copying these shapes and she discovered that moving, dancing and being upside down created freedom and happiness in her body.
Rania has always had a passion for teaching and children. When she decided to take the path to become a Yoga teacher in 2013, she did so to become a children's and Prenatal Yoga teacher. Her path led her through an Anusara inspired Yoga Teacher Training, led by Julia Schlenkert in Essen, Germany.
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.
Roos’ yogic journey started a couple of years ago when she felt a strong urge to ground herself and to discover different ways to be in the present moment and to find harmony in all her ways of ‘being’. Coming from a high demanding acting world where everything is focused on appearance she felt like it was time for a change and for finding time to open up and get a clearer view of her 'Dharma'.
Who am I? At a young age Royce knew his heart wish was to serve all beings. Struggling with how to implement this in every day life, he found that to truly help others, he first needed to listen to his own heart. Through experience Royce learned how easy it is to outrun yourself and ended up in a burnout in 2010.
I first came in to contact with yoga in a white room with a tree in the middle and Katiza Satya gently guiding how to salute and acknowledge the sun. I was young, tender and touched - a trace of wonder left behind. Years later while studying Art History at the University of Amsterdam, I began discovering Ashtanga Yoga in 2009 here at Delight Yoga. I've been practicing daily since 2012.
Saske started practicing yoga during her (surf)travels in 2008. After practicing yoga around the world for a year, Saske wanted more deepening and in 2010 she went to Kathmandu, Nepal for her first TTC. She was very much inspired by her teacher Chintamani Gautam, but had not found her own practice yet.
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.
Astanga Led, Mysore Program, Yin, Yoga Basics, Restorative
In 2008 out of curiosity Sido found his way to a yoga class above his working place, one of the first classes of Kristin Vikjord in Amsterdam (co-founder of Delight Yoga). This is where he discovered Astanga Vinyasa Yoga. He soon noticed the positive effect of yoga on his physical and mental condition.
Simona takes people on powerful journeys guiding them into a deeper connection with themselves and to live more fully from the heart. She is passionate about sharing yoga as a powerful practice for healing and growth. She loves the richness and expression of Vinyasa Flow and teaches vibrant, soulful classes with creative sequencing. Her teaching is inspired by the elements and cycles of nature.
After flirting with yoga in his twenties, this time (2015) he was naturally and unavoidable drawn into the yogic fire. The sacred Amazone ceremonies gave Sjoerd many glimpses about what it means to be a human being, to live with other beings and how we tend to keep ourselves small and ‘secure’.
Explorative and adventurous by nature, Sterre’s surfy soul has brought her to many exotic places, yet never to India. Delving deeper into yoga and meditation for about a decennium, made a pilgrimage inevitable. In 2018 she took off, roamed around, visited magical and significant places and deepened her practice at retreats.
Growing up in the light of spirituality made Tara ever looking for a deeper purpose in life. Her background in Psychology didn't seem to reach the aspiration she was searching for. Not until she started deepening her Yoga and Meditation practice, this inner search was fulfilled. This made her travel to her fatherland, India, to study Vinyasa, Hatha, Astanga and therapeutical Yoga.
Yin, Restorative, Restorative Yoga
Vera Kaye took her first yoga class in 2002, during her theatre studies, to keep the performers’ body in shape. After taking a fall on stage in 2012 and getting injured, yoga became the healthy way to explore the new physical state. She quickly realised it was working on levels beyond the physical. The intensified practice revealed patterns and habits, some not constructive (anymore) or even destructive.