I teach a style of yoga that is a mix of hatha yoga and mindfulness meditation. Some classes are more focused on asana (poses) practice, others more on meditation and pranayama. At the end I sometimes give a little bit of reiki and/or thai yoga massage. I adapt my teaching style depending on what I feel is required for the people in my class. For pilgrims I won’t make classes too challenging seen the amount of kilometers they have been walking. 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 ” slowly!
Background and education:
I have about 160 hours teaching experience in hatha yoga (Sivananda style), vinyasa flow and yin /restorative yoga. I have most recently been teaching at La Crisalida, a yoga and detox retreatcenter in Spain. I also taught many classes in an Albergue called Monte Irago, to pelgrims who were walking the 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.
I have followed a Yoga Teacher Training in Ashtanga and Vinyasa Flow ( 20028515225_10155953806005944_2395980724792836102_o hr Yoga Alliance ) at Sampoorna yoga in India 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 Surinder Singh among others. I am also a registered psychologist and mindfulness meditation teacher in the Netherlands, for more information follow this link: Mindfulness meditation teacher