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.
Today, I give away smiles all day! Afke used to live a rock 'n roll life style, working in art, tv, and film, surrounded by a world that felt increasingly artificial. Her longing for real authenticity grew stronger and stronger. It was time to transform her life completely. She gave up all previous attachments – her relationship, work, house, glamour life – and started travelling the world humbly. Whilst exploring many cultures, peoples, and places, she reconnected to the world around her. She found so much joy in nature, in stillness, in being pure, and Yoga entered naturally, as a daily practice. In her longing for freedom, Yoga became a profound structure; the fertile ground where she could plant her seeds. Seeds that not only would serve her, but also others; let’s celebrate life together in a conscious way! In 2011, she came back to Amsterdam to share her love for Yoga. In her Yoga classes, Afke focusses on moving with the breath. The breath is the base. She is a very positive teacher, and her smile is contagious. Do not take life too serious. Take your heart serious. Take time to practice, and to live your life as close to your true self as you can. Study and teachers: 2010 Jiva Mukti workshop with Sharon and David 2011 Vipassana meditation (S.N. Goenka) 2012 Hatha Vinyasa Yoga 500+ hours Svaha Yoga 2014 Prana Vinyasa started training with Shiva Rea 2015 Yin Yoga 200 hours RYT José de Groot (DNYS) Other important teachers: Clive Sheridan, Sarah Powers (Yin), Rusty Wells, Lady Ruth, Mooji, Eckart Tolle, Osho Before her daily Yoga practice she was practising Martial Arts, Jade egg, Healing Tao (Mantak Chia) more info about Afke on www.afke.org
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.
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.
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.
Ever since she came in contact with it during her work as a producer in the electronic music business, Shiatsu has played an important role in Hellen’s life.
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.
After having finished her Medical degree, Irene (1985) worked as a doctor for a couple of years. As she felt she was bumping into the boundaries of Western Medicine, Irene quit job in 2013 and traveled to Byron Bay Australia for a Hatha Yoga Teacher Training with Rachel Zinman. She met herself on a deeper level and re-discovered her passions: healing and music!
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.
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.
Megan and Jurre met in Mysore a few years ago. 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.
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. She has received personal instruction and training from some of the greatest Tibetan teachers of our time who authorised her to teach. In addition, she has also studied with some of the leading scientists, pioneers and teachers of mindfulness, loving kindness and self-compassion in the West.
Kirsten Drooger Having spent most of her childhood years on horseback in nature, Kirsten has found in yoga a new way to connect with nature now that she lives in Amsterdam. Kirsten studied Prana Yoga at the Prana Yoga College in Vancouver, and is currently studying Centered Yoga with Dona Holleman.
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.
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..
After many years working as Operations Manager at international advertising agencies, Malai decided to follow her heart and directed her energy into Yoga, meditation and massage. In 2013, Malai became part of the Delight Yoga family. As Operations Manager, she and a dedicated team managed the Delight Yoga studio’s. Simultaneously, she built up her daily practice in Yoga and meditation.
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.
Michiel Kaemingk Michiel (1979) changed his working career in 2003 when he discovered the art of massage. He followed intense trainings in Deep-Tissue massage and soon realised this was his path. Working with people on a deeper level with the healing power of touch was the way to go for him.
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.
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.
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.
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.