I started yoga when I was about fourteen years old. My mom took me to a yoga school in Amsterdam and we practiced Restorative and Yin yoga together. It was a difficult time in my life, but yoga gave me back some peace of mind and I started to feel more and more confident.
After our teacher moved away, yoga took a less prominent place in my life. I went to art school and I was always busy, until I suffered from a burn out in 2016. I was twenty-four years old and already burned up. I realized I had to make some changes. I started practicing yoga on a regular basis again. I fell in love with Yin yoga and I went back to study with one of the colleagues of my old teacher. She told me that one day I would make a good yoga teacher. I did not believe her, because I felt like I would never be flexible enough to do all the amazing things she would demonstrate in class. But I really love yoga and I love to learn, so I decided to look for a yoga teacher training that would fit me.
I found Yoga Minds and started there as a regular student first. I tried different styles of yoga: Vinyasa, Hatha and Yin. I went to class as often as possible and again, I grew more confident. Even though I still felt that I was not flexible or strong, in time I noticed growth and even some self-acceptance. And I got better, stronger and calmer.
The Yoga Teacher Training was a wonderful time in my life. I was learning so much about Hatha and Vinyasa, yoga history, philosophy, the human body and my own body. I decided to do the Yin Yoga Training at the same time. Now, I am a Hatha and Yin yoga teacher. I never expected that I would love teaching so much, but I definitely do
Before I started this journey, I was always busy. I even felt guilty when I took a little time for myself. I had to learn it is okay to not always be busy and at full capacity. Yoga practice and Svadyaya (self-study) take time and it is worth it to take that time.
Yoga for me now is all about self-growth through self-acceptance. It is about you. The practice of yoga simply requires you to be present in the moment and to be attentive towards yourself: body, mind and breath.
My classes are accessible to everyone. We focus on meditation and pranayama (breathing in a conscious way) and we pay close attention to the asanas (yoga poses).
I hope to see you in class soon.