My journey to become a yoga teacher, yoga practitioner and exercise therapist (Oefentherapie Mensendieck) started from an early age. As a child I started to experiment with the human body, I was quite good at walking on my hands instead of my feet. My passion for precision and movement lead me to join the Dutch Junior National Gymnastics team by the age of 11. After 3 years of intensive training and competitions, I had to let go of my dream to join the Dutch Olympic team, due to a severe injury on my left wrist .
(Funny enough I continued to do gymnastics only using my right hand. Two weeks before one of my trips to Mysore, India, I broke my right hand which meant I had to use my left hand to do my yoga so I was balanced again ).
The numerous operations and physical therapy sessions I had to undergo, made me aware of the wonders the human body holds, and the healing potential of it. It wasn't until I felt at 'home' with my body and embraced my injures that I decided to deepen my learning in the art of body therapy.
Despite all of these set backs, at the age of 20, I started my studies at the College of Movement Therapy-Mensendieck. I learned how to visualize the human body, analyze its postures and movements, and facilitate the process of behavioral change. I had the opportunity to work in private practices, hospitals, rehabilitation centers as well as with teams of specialists. My focus was primarily in the use of conscious movement and breathing to help patients that had suffered a stroke.
After dedicating 10 years to rehabilitation therapy, I was asked to join the Dutch stunt team in which I had the opportunity to perform acrobatic sequences for different movies. It was during my time as a stunt double that I got introduced to yoga. I decided to explore the wonders of this art and noticed many similarities between Movement Therapy- Mensendieck and Vinyasa yoga, as they both connect the movement to the breath.