Everything came together during my first yoga workshop. Simon Low, a British yogateacher, came to Utrecht to teach. I had been using the practices on his DVD for several years and was curious to experience his teachings in real life. The focus on safe practice, the respect for individual body (mine didn’t really agree with a lot of the movements) and the combination of meditative yin and dynamic yang yoga, that adopts knowledge from different movement principles (yoga, Chi Kung, osteopathy, structural bodywork, Chinese medicine etc), felt like the perfect fit.
During that day I decided that if I ever were to do a training that it would be with him. Not to become an actual teacher, just to deepen my own practice and knowledge, or so I thought… Until I went on a surf and yoga holiday in Portugal, where the group asked if I could teach, because the yogateacher wasn’t there, I discovered that sharing this passion was exactly what I did want.
And so, I completed the Yin and Yang Yoga Teacher Training and Study Immersion in March 2015. In the mean time I’d found out about Thai Yoga Massage which turned out to be beautifully complementary to the practice and teaching of yoga and gave me the opportunity to physically experience anatomy in a different way.
In the years that followed my practices deepened towards therapeutic, embodied and experiential movement (yoga) and touch. Expanding my knowledge of (subtle) anatomy and my experience of my own body, movement and breath through different practices like restorative yoga, somatics, tai chi, structural bodywork, contact impro and tantra. In March 2021 I started a training to become a certified yoga/movement therapist.
Seeing the incredible value in slowing down, being present and focussing on quality and connection with myself and with whomever I’m sharing the practice. With the help of these practices I’ve been able to get through my anxiety attacks and re-connect with selfcare and love.
Since July 2017, I’ve been living in my campervan Lotje. After having travelled through parts of Europe, I’ve landed in the South of Spain. My journey, the inner and the physical ones have been documented in my blogs.
The study of the mind, body and soul have infinite possibilities and I will therefore always stay a student.
What’s in it for you?
In our sessions there is enough time to work together on what you want to work on. The times set for the sessions are an indication. Sometimes it might be a bit shorter, sometimes a bit longer, depending on what we encounter in your body. It is YOUR time, so you are invited to always share your intention, wishes and needs. Bodywork and movement sessions tend to have a longer effect than just the time we spend together. It can sometimes also bring up emotions or a more intense response from your body, like feeling a bit sick or physically unstable. So, make sure you dedicate some time for yourself to allow your body to do what it needs to do. New movement patterns usually take some time to be integrated and pain to be reduced, and you do have to practice them. In the end I can only guide you on your journey, but you are the one who has to (want to) do it.
These practices can give you the space you need to (want to) get to know yourself better. It can support you during more challenging periods in your life, to allow you to appreciate the beautiful parts of life more intensely. It can bring you freedom and true happiness.
This is what is has done for me and why I want to share it with you.
Feel free to send me a message if you would like to work with me!
- BSc Life Sciences, Molecular Biology, 2006
- 200-hour Yin and Yang Yoga Teacher Training and Study Immersion 2015 with Simon Low, The Yoga Academy, Koh Samui, Thailand
- 5-day intensive (32-hrs); Working with injuries in yoga classes with Julie Gudmestad at Yogacampus, 2015
- Thai Yoga Massage (30hrs)(Nuad Bo-Rarn) level 1 training at Thai Hand Amsterdam, 2015
- Thai Yoga Massage (30hrs)(Nuad Bo-Rarn) level 2 training at Thai Hand Amsterdam, 2015
- Thai Therapeutic massage (30hrs)(Wat Po style) level 1 training at Thai Hand Amsterdam, 2015
- 3-day (19.5-hrs) Inner axis teacher training at Yoga Moves with Max Strom, 2016
- 4-day A therapeutic eye in yoga teaching and practice at Yoga Moves with Doug Keller, 2016
- 50-hour study immersion on yin and restorative yoga, pranayama, meditation and somatic awareness, with Simon Low, Turkey, 2016
- I love anatomy online training, Functional Synergy, 2016
- Chair massage workhop, Thai Hand, 2016
- Anatomy Trains in Structure (14hrs) at Incitus in Antwerp, 2017
- All-round tantra masseur training (4x 3-day training) at Helios centrum Heerde, 2016-2017
- Body Reading 101/102 (14hrs) at Incitus in Amsterdam, 2019
- Intro into somatic movement part 1&2, Essential Somatics, 2020
- Therapeutic yoga intensive module 1 at Functional Synergy, 2021
- Therapeutic yoga case studies module 2 at Functional Synergy, ongoing
I’ve practiced Somatics with Martha Peterson, contact impro dance, Tai chi chuan and attended yoga workshops with Simon Low, Max Strom, Sarah Powers, Lizzy Lasater and Susi Hately and others and massage at Thai Dee and Thai Hand.
Vyana is one of the vayu’s (inner winds/lifeforces), which spreads out through the whole body and connects and nourishes the other 4 vayu’s; prana, apana, samana and udana. Vyana vayu brings strength and moderates movement from the center outwards, creating harmony.
The body is balanced, yin and yang.
Yin and yang yoga combines movement principles from different yoga styles, Chinese medicine and Chi Kung. Yang is more fluid, dynamic, powerful with an outward focus. Yin is more passive and meditative with an inward focus.
Yin and yang are depending on each others existence and are always relative to one another. There can be no yang without yin and the other way around. Our western lifestyle has a mayor yang influence (busy and stressful) which creates a need for more yin (peace and quiet) to be able to restore balance. Yin and yang yoga helps to recreate that balance within your life and yourself.