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.
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.
With her academic background in Asian studies, Annabel has always had a particular interest in Eastern thought and philosophy. Her studies on Buddhism eventually led her to explore yoga and meditation. The combination of devotion, philosophy, and moving meditation is what drew Annabel to Astanga.
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.
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.
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 did not intend to become a Yoga teacher, but when she was suffering from severe nerve pain and began practising Yoga daily, it literally changed her life. Yoga helped her to find freedom, joy, and strength when nothing else seemed to work.
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.
Born and raised in Germany, Christian came to Amsterdam in 2002. His yoga journey started in 2008, when he tried out a yoga lesson in his gym. He was immediately hooked. The teacher, Andreas Trussat, became his yoga mentor for the next couple of years, including some beautiful retreats in Vlieland, Ibiza, India and Bali and lots of laughter.
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.
Yoga came to Ellemijn while she was graduating from University. It changed her life completely. After she graduated, she decided to travel the world and learn more about herself and Yoga. She got inspired through practicing yoga and meditation daily and sacred practices such as Yoga, Chinese Medicine, Daoism and Ayurveda.
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.
Fi’s Journey in Yoga began when she was a kid. Going to weekly kids Yoga to then being dragged to Yoga classes as a teenager by her parents (finding it a little boring) and having her own Yoga revelation as a young adult once she learned the philosophy behind the Asana practice.
Yin, Meditation, Restorative, Mindfulness
Francesca is a second-generation Yoga teacher. She brings her lifetime of spiritual practice and study into her classes. Her passion is integrating spirituality and mindfulness with everyday, human life: body, mind, emotions, environment. To this end, she has studied many lineages of meditation and Yoga, Qigong, psychology, neuroscience, Traditional Chinese Medicine, aromatherapy, and the Alexander Technique.
During Froukje's first 200-hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training in India, her teacher said, “Why do you spend all this time in your head, when you have a beautiful home in your heart”? This is still one of her favourite reminders and also describes what yoga is all about. When she felt quite disconnected, yoga helped her to reconnect. Her path started at Delight Yoga, with a 50-hour Pre-Teacher Training which was soon followed by a journey to India. While deepening her practice through a 200-hour Vinyasa Teacher Training back in Amsterdam, her biggest lesson was learned. A couple days before the training, her back was completely locked. When talking to the teacher about this, she was told that this is actually a great way to start the training. She would now have to really listen to her body, because ,"Yoga must be adjusted to your body and not the other way around." This transformed her practice and is now also the most important thing she wants to share in her classes. Like Vanda Scaravelli describes beautifully, "Yoga must not be practised to control the body. It is the opposite. It must bring freedom to the body, all the freedom it needs." As the yoga teachings available are endless, Froukje went back to India in 2019 to complete a 100-hour Yin & Nidra Training followed by Vipassana in Java. In May 2020, she will continue with a Nidra Immersion with Kamini Desai and a Women's Health Training in October.
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.
Move your body and dance yourself free! Jason is a gifted dancer with a great sense for choreography. His classes are open for dancers of all levels as well as non-dancers. His goal is to have you walk out with more confidence and a sense of freedom. He believes that everyone can dance and knows how to touch people and motivate them to move their bodies to the music.
Astanga Led, Hatha, Yin, Yin Yang, Mindfulness Meditation
Jeanine first started practicing Ashtanga yoga in Suriname in 2005. Although she still loves her Ashtanga practice she ventured out and discovered her softer side with Yin Yoga in 2012 and now feels that the twostyles are a perfect mix to bring balance to her life. She moved to The Netherlands in 2016 and has been teaching yoga here since.
From a young age I was into movement and sports. Mostly field hockey and dancing was wat I loved to do. During my student years as a young adult I got into (marathon)running. In hindsight a big part of what I loved about running long distances was that it could bring me into a meditative state.
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.
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.
At a very young age, Lidewij was introduced to yoga and meditation through her mother. But it wasn't until graduating from university that she started to practice regularly. After a few years of practicing Iyengar Yoga, she fell in love with the Astanga Yoga practice. She traveled through and studied yoga in India, Thailand, and Bali
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.
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.
Lovely’s journey on the spiritual path began on the age of 25. When she discovered the practice of meditation. Attending Zen meditation classes and Satsangs, she became fascinated with the question: ‘Who am I really?’. Self- inquiry became a very important part of her journey. She felt very much inspired by teachers like Adyashanti and Jeff Foster. And later on, also Mooji.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nanneke teaches Yin, Hatha, Pranayama and Circular Breathing. Inspired by the teachings of Adyashanti and Eckhart Tolle, her classes focus on the reconnection with our true nature, where the emphasis often lies on a creative mix of breathing in motion, soft qigong movements, pranayama and meditation.
Naomi is a versatile teacher specialized in psoas and fascia focused yoga therapy, personal sessions, as well as yoga for the eyes. Naomi teaches in a friendly, encouraging way aimed to provide you with an efficient, vibrant practice and enable you to tap into your deepest truth, connect with what is essential and nourish yourself in your core.
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.
Ayurveda, Astanga Mysore (Beginners)
Ombretta is an Ayurveda Practitioner (Academy of Ayurvedic Studies) specialised in women's health, pregnancy and postpartum (Arya Ayurveda, India) and experienced in Pancakarma procedures (Yojana Ayurveda). She is also a Birth Doula (BIA Doula, Amsterdam) and an Ayurveda Postpartum Caregiver (Centre for Sacred Window Studies, California), an Ashtanga Yoga Teacher (200hrs YTT, Gregor Mahele and Monica Gauci)
Pamela Driessen was born in The Netherlands and raised in the tropics. Living in different countries and experiencing different cultures was very enriching and dynamic. What remained constant was her love for dance and movement. As a ballet dancer, she was used to moving her body and pushing her boundaries.
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.
For Patty, yoga is about cultivating love, compassion and awareness for yourself, for others and the world around you. Her yoga practice reminds her to trust and let go, to embrace the beauty of change and that it is okay to just be.
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.
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 has been exploring various Yoga and Meditation forms in-depth, such as Yin Yoga, Vipassana and the art of 'just Being', while also studying and practicing several therapeutic systems like focussing and therapeutic breathwork.
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.
Working the first half of her twenties as a fashion buyer, she quite soon learned the hard way that her journey through life was not based in an office. A burn-out and some life-altering decisions completely changed her vision of the meaning of life. She started a mindfulness course, increased her time spend on her yoga practice and sought guidance from a spiritual coach.
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’.
Skadi started her passion for movement at a young age. As a child, she learned to experiment with the human body at an early age, which led to her joining the Dutch Gymnastics Youth Team at the age of eleven. After three years of intense training and competitions, she had to let go of her Olympic dream due to various injuries on her left wrist.
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.
Born in the Netherlands Tine developed a strong connection with water. In her work as a water economist it is her daily practice to re-establish the balance between nature and modern human society. Even so is balance and connection the driving force behind Tine’s yoga practice.
Yin, Restorative, Restorative Yoga
Vera has a background in physical education, sports and theatre. She attended her first Yoga class in 2002 while studying to become an all-round theatre performer in Amsterdam. Yoga was one of several ways to keep her performer's body in shape, but after an on-stage injury, Yoga also became the way she explored her new physical state. Changes quickly started to show on levels beyond the physical.