Mia Bloemenkamp

Rotterdam
Netherlands

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Yoga has long intrigued me ever since I took a few lessons as a teenager. My practice became serious when I was in university, and I was looking for something to help relieve the stress that came from working night shift at a hotel while I was a full time student. In 2011, I moved to The Netherlands from The USA to build a life with the man of my dreams. Soon after, I discovered Yoga Maya, which is where my practice really took off. In 2014, 5 days before I was due to give birth to my son Xavier to be precise, I began with the 500 hour teacher training offered at Yoga Maya. Of course this was a challenge, though I have always liked a challenge! This training was developed by Yoga Vidya in Germany, in the tradition of Swami Sivananda. Besides preparing me to share my passion, this experience has also been one of the ultimate steps in my evolution.

I was attracted to yoga initially because it seemed very accessible. The way that it combines elements such as movement, breath, philosophy, and meditation, in a way where each one enhances the other, has kept me attracted. It has given me the focus I need to stay true to my purpose in life and to help my son do the same.

Padmavati, my spiritual name, means “The goddess who sits on a lotus”. The lotus flower is symbolic for consciousness, and has long been admired for staying beautiful and pure even after rising from the mud.

Besides a yogini, I also play the roles of mother, plant-based chef, comedian, singer, and cat person. I take my practice seriously, but never myself!

I would like to express my gratitude to many teachers, especially Rama Shakti, Ma Tripurashakti Bharati, Sita Chaitanya, and last but certainly not least, my husband Andre and my son Xavier.

Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu - May all beings be happy. May all of my thoughts, words and actions contribute in some way to the happiness of all beings.

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