How to be happy? I think this is what yoga has taught me and is still teaching me. It is not just the asana, pranayama and meditation practice that matters but the integration of yoga over the whole scope of your daily life. It is a way to update the matrix, to eat differently, to treat others with kindness, to realize you do not need any conditions to be happy, to be a creator, to go beyond the person into awareness itself, to spread love, to live from the heart. Someone asked me after my class what style of yoga I’m teaching. My style is influenced by my education and work as psychologist, mindfulness teacher, reiki healer, thai yoga masseuse and by my retreats, teachers and travels I made over the years. Teachers that had a profound influence on my meditation and yoga practice are Mooji, Osho, Swami Sivananda Saraswati, Thich Nhat Hahn, Christina Feldman, Satya Narayan Goenka, Eckhart Tolle, Jon Kabat Zinn, Teal Swan, Abraham Hicks, Gibran Gonzales Madrid, Sudhir Rishi, Joanna Vladescu, Irena Taneva, Suryan Punyafo, Gijs Jansen, Marc Steinberg, Steven Hayes, the Buddha, Kristin Neff, Andy Puddicumbe, The Dalai Lama, Rubina Cortin, John Peacock, Surinder Singh, Hermant Singh, Trish Bartley, Joep Schiphorst, Loes Ruland, David Dewulf, Bert Hoogstad, Roy Thewissen, Rob Vincken and Franka Warmenhoven.
When teaching I like to put the mindfulness aspects ( self acceptance, compassion, presence, patience, non striving, trust, always starting again/ beginners mind, non judging, etc.) and safety first. For me yoga is not about no pain no gain, it is about no pain no pain ;-). There is already enough suffering in all of us, so it is better not to cause more by putting the bar too high and too fast. Fast food and fast yoga are both not that healthy on the long term but fits in perfectly with our competitive minds and consumerism society’s. What is a less popular alternative is “BEING”, so not trying to get anywhere or to become, just here and now. I do know my own mind and for the mind that is so difficult so also with this “being” I think “go”/ “BE ” Shanti shanti!
I have followed a Yoga Teacher Training in Ashtanga and Vinyasa Flow ( 200 hr Yoga Alliance ) at Sampoorna yoga and a second teacher training in Hatha yoga (200 hr Yoga Alliance) at the Arhanta ashram in India ( Arhanta Yoga Nederland). I also go back to Rishikesh quite frequently to practice with different yoga teachers like Ashish, Surinder Singh among others.
I teach a style of yoga that is a mix of ACT/ mindfulness meditation/ sivananda yoga or ashtanga/ vinyasa flow/ hatha yoga and at the end I give a little bit of reiki and thai yoga massage. I can adapt my teaching style depending on what is required. I have about 160 hours teachings experience in hatha yoga (Sivananda style), vinyasa flow and yin /restorative yoga. I am teaching yoga at the beach to pilgrims that walk the camino to Fisterra in Spain.
I also have been teaching at La Crisalida, a yoga and detox retreatcenter in Spain. A few years ago I taught daily classes in an Albergue called “Monte Irago”, to pilgrims who were walking the French way of camino de Santiago de Compostella. In addition to this I was teaching in Guatemala to visitors of the Yoga Forest and La Paz hostel in Guatemala. See some photos of those classes below.
Yoga classes at the yoga forest in Guatemala