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.
Alixe always knew she wanted to change the world. Starting in corporate life she discovered that the real change can only be made when the change is made within. After a PTSD Alixe went on her own healing journey, when reconnecting with her True Self and coming back home (within) she could not, not start to guide other people back to their own Inner Being.
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.
Anne initially began practicing yoga to relieve stress and balance her hectic professional life back home in Montreal, Canada. Yoga has since become her journey that would impact every facet of her life, inspiring her to learn presence, patience, compassion, self-love and much more.
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.
"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.
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.
How did yoga cross your path? “Probably a long time ago…before this lifetime ;-). Like all of us - when we are babies, toddlers, children - we (know how to) connect to that what we really are and some of us see the unseen.
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.
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.
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.
Gabriele Karpf is a healing practitioner who has set up her own clinic in Munich in 1999. Her clinical emphasis lies on Ayurvedic Medicine and Psychotherapy. She also shares her wisdom and teachings through retreats, workshops and lectures.
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.
Vinyasa, Yoga Basics, Healing Yoga
For Ingeborg yoga is her life. Expect her to help you connect to who you really are. Being free in all your bodies. Mentally, energetically and physically. Ingeborg uses different movements derived from various teachings, such as Hatha Yoga, Tai Chi, Qigong, Tibetan Buddhist Practices.
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.
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. She loves learning and has continued to deepen her studies through an Advanced Teacher Training at Delight that will be completed at the end of 2018.
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.
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.
Astanga Led, Hatha, Vinyasa, Yoga Basics, Meditation, Pranayama, Healing Yoga, Restorative
Kevin Sahaj is a dedicated yoga practitioner who has been studying and practicing yoga for 30 years. His approach to teaching is eclectic and draws from many different methods and teachings to help students align their lives towards awakening.
An international meditation teacher, Kimberly leads courses, workshops & retreats and has been doing so worldwide for over 12 years. Deeply respected for her clarity and warmth, Kimberly was immersed in Buddhist study and practice for 20 years with some of the greatest Tibetan teachers of our time who personally trained her to teach.
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.
Lauranza (1982, UK, Aquarius) started practicing yoga whilst at university studying for a Fine Art degree over 15 years ago. After her studies came to an end she travelled from India to South East Asia and deepened her yoga practice and knowledge along the way. After returning to London, she worked as a digital project manager in the busy web development world, but her love of yoga and travel continued to grow and was always pulling at her heart strings. In 2012 she left London for India to train in a traditional Indian Ashram and gained her teaching certificate in Hatha Yoga. When she returned to London she took further teacher trainings in Vinyasa flow with Mimi Kuo Deemer at Triyoga and Prenatal yoga with Yoga Mama London. She has also been lucky enough to take numerous workshops and immersions with international yoga teachers including: Chris Chavez, Meghan Currie, Kino Macgregor, Rachel Brathen, Ana Forrest, Emma Henry. Lauranza loves exploring creative movement with her vinyasa classes and feels honoured to teach prenatal yoga to women going through their amazing personal journey to motherhood. After having her first baby in 2017, she feels that she can bring her own experiences to the mat, helping students to adapt to the changes in their body in a positive way, through safe and effective yoga poses, breathing techniques and relaxation.
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 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.
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.
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.
Like most of us Mariah spends most of her time off of her yoga mat. It is however, on her yoga mat that Mariah finds the space and time for reflection, introspection and reconnection. Her yoga practice has become a tool to help her work on becoming a better human and making a positive impact on the world around her.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
After travelling to India at the age of 18, Sanne started her studies at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague. During her studies she discovered a reoccurring subject in her work; a deep interest in understanding human behaviour and exploring the inner and outer realms of being.
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.
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.
Originally from Germany, Sophie came to Amsterdam to pursue a Master degree in Environment & Resource Management.
Absorbed by Ayurveda for more than a decade, Susan is deeply invested in helping people transform their vitality and become their best selves through practical use of classic Ayurvedic nutrition, herbs, warm oil treatments, education and yoga. She is the founder & lead practitioner at Atma Ayurveda, a full- spectrum wellness clinic offering Ayurvedic consult & treatment programs in Amsterdam, where she specializes in women’s health & menopause.
'Happiness does not depend on what you have or who you are. It solely relies on what you think' - Buddha. Growing up in the light of spirituality made Tara ever looking for a deeper purpose in life.
While traveling Nepal in 2014, Tessa experienced her first Astanga Yoga class and immediatly fell in love. Her journey within started and from that moment on her lifestyle changed dramatically.
Hatha, Hatha & Pranayama
Veronica Perez is a professional dancer from Cuba. After years of theatre performing experience she felt the curiosity to go deeper into the universe of her body and her search took her to Yoga and its philosophy, attracting her so much that she decided to move to India.
Veronica is a Menstruality activist, coach & educator, Dance Movement Therapist, Astanga Yoga teacher and Co-Founder of CUNA Women’s Sanctuary. She aims to inspire women to embrace their cyclical nature as a way to reconnect with their feminine wisdom and own their authority.