Alejandra sees yoga as a tool for life. To stay in balance, as a mom with two kids, yoga connects her to her inner strength and spirit. She is both Chilean and Dutch and has been teaching yoga for over 10 years. She has studied with David Swensson and completed the Sva Dharma Teacher Training with Katiza Satya and Kevin Sahaj. She is deeply inspired by Ayurveda and is studying advanced studies of Ayurveda with Victoria Hyndman. She is grateful for her teachers who have given her the chance to deepen the practice, not only on the mat but also in daily life. Alejandra’s classes are from the heart, playful, fun, calming and strengthening. It gives you the chance to feel deeply connected to your inner being.
Amanda komt uit Wales, GB. Ze heeft jaren in sales gewerkt, en daarna als purser in de luchtvaart, waardoor ze verschillende culturen heeft leren kennen. Met haar Nederlandse echtgenoot verhuisde ze naar hier en kreeg drie kinderen.
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 Neijsen Health food nutritionist Special for the Delight Spring Detox we asked Anouk to be available for extra advice. Do you have particular issues you want to work with during this detox process? Would you like to integrate additional cleansing practices (like enema’s) in your detox program? Yes? Then Anouk can help you. About Anouk From an early age Anouk has been very interested in healthy living and eating. When she started to develop a regular Astanga yoga practice her awareness of the influence of food on body and mind grew further. While doing her first teacher training in 2012 she learned more about different philosophies on food and this lead her to experiment with the effects different foods and diets have on her. In the same year she did her first detox during a yoga retreat in Thailand. This was a transformative experience – with impressing effects both body and mind. This made her want to learn more about detoxing. In 2015 she graduated in the ‘Detox coach’ course at the Sonnevelt institute. Nowadays there are many different views on what constitutes a healthy diet. Especially after doing a detox many people want advise on how to continue eating while keeping the feeling of lightness and peace of mind that they experienced while detoxing. Apart from that Anouk wanted to be able to form her own opinion on all the different diets that are being advised. This lead her to do the ‘Health food nutritionist’ course at Civas. “The most important lesson I have learned is that food has a very strong influence on our health but also that every body is different. It is my passion to help you find out what your body needs to function at its best and make you feel happy and alive!” Request a personal consultation Anouk via firstname.lastname@example.org. - 25 minutes for €25 - 50 minutes for €50
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.
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.
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.
Dylan is al vanaf jonge leeftijd gefascineerd door grote levensvragen, die hem op een ontdekkeingsreis van verdieping van zijn begrip van menselijk gedrag hebben geleid. Daarnaast is hij altijd bezig geweest spiritualiteit te onderzoeken door spirituele teksten te bestuderen en begeleiding te zoeken bij verschillende leraren.
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.
Ergün heeft altijd een voorliefde gehad voor sport en beweging. Hij heeft jarenlang gevoetbald en vele uren doorgebracht in de sportschool. In zijn zoektocht naar meer inhoud begon hij later met de beoefening van een vechtsport (Wing Chun Kung Fu), wat hem de gelegenheid gaf om training van lichaam en geest te combineren met de principes van de Oosterse filosofie. Hoewel dit zeker een bijdrage heeft geleverd aan zijn zelfontplooiing verlangde Ergün naar nog meer diepgang. In 2012 deed hij spontaan mee met een yogales die zijn leven veranderde. Na verschillende yogastijlen te hebben uitgeprobeerd bij Delight Yoga, begon Ergün zich toe te leggen op Astanga Yoga en Yin Yoga. Hij vindt beide stijlen elkaar goed aanvullen en zeer nuttig als hulpmiddel voor zelfontplooiing. Ergün heeft een Yin Yoga lerarenopleiding bij Yoga Garden Amsterdam afgerond onder leiding van Anat Geiger en Marcel van de Vis. Tevens volgde hij de Delight Yoga Pre-Teacher Training onder leiding van Govinda Kai en Claudia Pradella. De beoefening van yoga blijft Ergün inzichten geven die toegepast kunnen worden in het dagelijks leven. Ergün blijft zichzelf verdiepen in yoga door middel van zijn eigen dagelijkse practice, yogaliteratuur en trainingen en workshops in binnen- en buitenland. Tijdens een Yin Yoga-les van Ergün zul je door verschillende houdingen worden begeleid, waarbij je enkele minuten in een houding blijft om de diepere lagen van je lichaam te stimuleren. Dit geeft je de mogelijkheid om te onthaasten, te ontspannen en je geest tot rust te brengen.
In 1996 ging Eric Weber vanuit zijn persoonlijke interesse en nieuwsgierigheid op onderzoek uit in de wereld van Iyengar yoga. Hij verdiepte zich in de yogafilosofie en concentreerde zich op de alignment van de asana’s. Zijn onderzoek naar yoga begon als een passie en heeft hem tot de dag van vandaag niet meer losgelaten.
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.
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.
Astanga Led, Astanga Mysore, Yin, Mindfulness
In het verkennen van bewustzijn ligt Irina’s passie. Als kind zocht zij de stilte op in de kerk van haar ouderlijk dorp en voelde zij zich thuis in de omringende natuur en dierenwereld. Later beleefde zij in dans de vrijheid en oneindige ruimte die ons ter beschikking staan.
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.
Adem is magisch voor Jurre. “De adem brengt me naar plaatsen in het lichaam die aanvoelen als binnen in de ruimte”. Zijn astanga lessen zijn gefocust op bewegen op het ritme van de adem, één worden met de adem en die gebruiken om rust en ruimte te vinden.
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.
Tijdens haar opleiding aan de Hoge Hotelschool ontdekte Lindsay haar liefde voor gastvrijheid. Als salesmanager en evenementen organisator ging ze een intensieve periode door, maar bleef in balans door yoga. Door een aantal reizen naar Azië kreeg yoga meer en meer betekenis in haar leven en leek werken bij Delight Yoga een logische volgende stap.
Lisanne’s passie voor yoga begon in een hete Bikram yoga studio in Amsterdam in 2008. De intense lessen waren in eerste instantie een manier om stoom af te blazen van haar stressvolle leven als mode ontwerpster. Al gauw bracht het haar ook spirituele ervaringen die langzaam uitvloeiden in haar leven ‘off the mat’. In 2012 verhuisde ze met haar man naar Azie en ontdekte daar vele andere vormen van yoga waardoor haar liefde voor de ‘practice’ steeds sterker groeide. Ze volbracht haar eerste YTT in 2013 met Yandara in Bali, onder leiding van Christopher Perkins. Toen ze zwanger raakte besloot ze haar yoga studie te verdiepen en volgde een zeer uitgebreide Prenatale Vinyasa YTT in Bali in 2014 met Jennifer More. Lisanne ziet lesgeven vooral als het doorgeven en delen van wat haar is geleerd en wat ze zelf ervaard in haar eigen leven, zowel op als naast de mat. Haar lessen zijn open, eerlijk, sensitief en aanmoedigend. Soms uitdagend, nooit té serieus. Het is haar doel om mensen te helpen de schoonheid te ontdekken van de adem en de beweging, om te helpen energie te brengen tot in de kleine teen, nog even iets verder te reiken en dan uit te dagen om daar zachtheid te vinden. Nu ze weer terug is in Amsterdam is ze enthousiast het yoga landschap van haar geboortestad aan het her-ontdekken; terwijl ze tevens in verwachting is van haar tweede kindje.
Hatha, Yin, Yoga Basics, Meditatie, Yin Yang, Restorative, Mindfulness
Na jaren yoga beoefend te hebben naast een drukke kantoorbaan, werd Lonneke nieuwsgierig naar meer. Een aantal dingen kwamen samen die haar bij yoga filosofie, mindfulness en Chinese geneeskunde brachten. Dit was een persoonlijk helingsproces.
Al zolang Lotte zich kan herinneren is ze geïnteresseerd in de werking van het lichaam, emoties en gedachten. Dus toen ze met yoga in aanraking kwam tijdens een van haar reizen door Azië, en de diepe helende werking ervan ontdekte, realiseerde ze meteen haar onschatbare betekenis.
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.
Beweging is altijd een belangrijk onderdeel in het leven van Marije geweest. Toen zij besloot om naar de universiteit te gaan om psychologie te studeren en om niet door te gaan met de dansacademie waar zij op dat moment op zat, kwam yoga in haar leven en die yoga vulde het gat op dat was ontstaan.
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.
Matsyendra’s yogalessen gaan van hart tot hart. Hij legt een verbinding tussen de uiterlijke yoga van houding en ademhaling en de innerlijke yoga van concentratie en meditatie. Hij geeft les in de klassieke Hatha yoga stijl, met invloeden van zijn eigen Kundalini Tantra en Kriya Yoga practice.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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, Astanga Mysore, Yin, Yoga Basics, Restorative
Sido kwam in 2008 uit nieuwsgierigheid naar een yoga les boven zijn werkplek, dit was één van de eerste lessen van Kristin Vikjord in Amsterdam (mede-oprichtster van Delight Yoga). Dit is waar hij Astanga Vinyasa ontdekte. Al snel merkte hij wat een positieve invloed yoga had op zijn lichamelijke en mentale gesteldheid.
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.
Hatha, Vinyasa, Yoga Basics, Pranayama, Restorative, Ayurveda
Op een luchtig manier, maar trouw aan de authentieke yoga leer, maakt Victoria in haar yogalessen gebruik van de wijsheid van Ayurveda, om haar studenten de mogelijkheid te bieden om door fysieke yogabeoefening toegang te krijgen tot spiritualiteit.