• Meet Our Teachers •
Jason has been on the yoga path for two decades now. His interest started with meditation when he was a teenager which led him to his own self created yoga practice at home. Not happy with what he found in books he decided to go to India and study at the source. There the real inward journey began. Knowing that not everyone is on a spiritual path, but everyone can benefit from yoga, he decided to create a space where yoga is made accessible for everyone. No dogma, just yoga. We are all free to find what we need from yoga whether its relief from stress or pain or just a way to ease your mind. Jason also offers Yoga Coaching. If you want to go further, all you need to do is ask. Otherwise, just enjoy the mat.
Gladys emphasizes movement with precision in a safe and intelligent way. Movement has always been a part of her daily life. Though she has a professional background in coaching, communications and change management, her two decades of experience as an oriental dancer and teacher contribute to her style of teaching. She is a certified yoga and pilates teacher and in her classes she creates an environment in which students can move mindfully while increasing awareness of their body and mind. Her goal is to have students leave the class feeling relaxed and energized. "My core values are passion, creativity and personal development. A healthy balance between body and mind is indispensable; your own balance is the foundation to be successful.”
Jo began practicing vinyasa yoga in 2008 to help create a sense of balance between her studying and professional life as an interior architect. After 8 years of practice she traveled to Goa, India to dive deeper into her practice and complete her teacher training as a vinyasa instructor. She's been teaching yoga for 4 years now and and has been part of the You Can Yoga team ever since. Jo’s approach to yoga takes on a modern twist as she incorporates her natural creativity with powerful movement. She motivates and empowers her students to reach their fullest selves and overcome their fears.
Mary has been practicing yoga for over thirty years. She moved to Amsterdam after living in New York City as a technologist, artist and single mother of two. She attributes her yoga practice to her sustained energy, flexibility, and fearless spirit. With a love of active sports and road warrior travel, she relied on yoga for stamina, balance, and restoration. Her classes integrate the physical alignment of vinyasa flow with Hatha / Iyengar based asana and a spirit of playfulness. Her goal is to have students step off the mat refreshed, nourished and balanced.
Suzanna started teaching yoga in 2009 in combination with sailing workshops in Greece, but her practice started a longtime before that. She started practicing yoga 20 years ago at the Iyengar Institute in Amsterdam and later she shifted her focus more towards deep therapeutic stretching. She is a Yin, Mindfulness and Hatha teacher. With these combinations her focus is on deep stretching combined with breathing to unblock physical imbalances. She enjoys giving lots of individual attention and corrections when needed. For her, Yoga is to be connected with your inner self, others and nature, to be open minded and not trapped in daily habits.
Sim started her first Vinyasa teacher training simply because she wanted to know more about yoga. After experiencing several different styles and workshops she really wanted to broaden her horizons. During this training she had to teach as well: something she didn't really want to do, but ended up liking it a lot! After that she went on to study Hatha yoga in India. Upon her return to Amsterdam so continued her study with yoga. She likes to teach now because she found it has been a very good way to get to know her own body, mind and spirit better. She teaches from the perspective that every body is different. One of her favorite quotes, from Bernie Clark, is "We don't use the body to get into the pose, we use the pose to get into the body”.
Indian music and philosophy sparked his passion and interest into the world of yoga before Tobias had even set foot on a yoga mat. After having lived in many different countries, it was in Amsterdam where he started to follow the path of yoga with dedication and devotion. A few career changes and life crises later, he then started a teacher training and deeply fell in love with the transformative power of yoga. Being a singer-songwriter off the mat, Tobias takes you on a musical journey and makes you smile through well aligned postures and breath flowing sequences with some occasional jokes.
Erika is a certified yoga, pilates and mindfulness teacher. She has been passionate about mind-body awareness practices ever since her first pilates class as a young teen. The combination of yoga, pilates and meditation has been healing and transformative physically, mentally, and emotionally for her. Inspired to share these benefits with others, she spent half a year in India and Southeast Asia to study and train in yoga and meditation and completed her comprehensive Pilates teacher training in California. “In my teaching, I aim to create a space where students can experience mindful movement and intentional stillness while cultivating awareness, strength, balance, curiosity, and appreciation. I hope students will leave class smiling, energized, and inspired by a deep connection to the body and soul.”
Kasia discovered yoga while working as a project manager in Amsterdam. She quickly got hooked, followed her first teacher training in Ashtanga in 2015 and started to share this beautiful practice with others herself. Coming to the mat every day is what brings her energy, grounds her and keeps her sane. It is also what helped her throughout her pregnancy, labor, and changes that came after. The impact of yoga on that life changing journey was so amazing that she decided to take Pregnancy yoga teacher training with Birthlight and HypnoBirthing Practitioner training with the HypnoBirthing™ Institute. Now she is sharing with others what gave her strength throughout that special time when pregnant and as a young mom during Ashtanga, Pregnancy and Mama & Baby yoga classes.
Ashwini discovered yoga at a very young age during her school days in India and immediately fell in love with it. She built her initial practice by doing yoga and meditation at a temple located in a peaceful hamlet in Southern India. She has practiced Yoga in several different styles in India, USA, and the Netherlands before deciding to go on a Yogic pilgrimage to Mysore, India to learn the traditional form of Vinyasa Yoga. Her classes incorporate a combination of Asanas, Pranayama, and Meditation with safe & proper alignments, preparations, and props for students. Her classes are well suited for both seasoned practitioners who are looking for fast-paced flows, as well as for beginners looking for a solid foundation. Ashwini’s teaching is aimed at creating an awareness that Yoga is the perfect opportunity to be curious about who we truly are. She is also passionate about Yoga philosophy, Reiki, and Ayurveda.
Alexis began practicing Yoga to help reduce stress. Quickly, he felt how the body and mind started to shift, old patterns began to break, and his stress was reduced significantly. Then he found our Teacher Training and decided to follow it to go deeper into his personal practice while seeking more overall knowledge of yoga and the body. During the training his love and interest of sharing yoga as a teacher intensified even more. He sees his practice as a transformational process that has been possible thanks to constant and confronting work. Alexis teaches Vinyasa and has a strong background in Astanga and believes change in the body and mind is only possible with a conscious, regular and strong practice. It’s the way to progress, and to break old patterns in the body. He brings a light sense of humor to a very dedicated practice.
Fernanda is a professional dancer who has delved into different techniques of training as the core of her artistic practice, and her daily life. After experiencing a severe back injury five years ago she had to reconsider her approach to movement from a more holistic and sustainable point of view. Yoga, pilates, gyrotonics, and somatic practices became fundamental to her approach to movement. Fernanda’s class takes from all of these different teachings and aims to reset the body into new, well thought, released, available patterns that allow for joy, articulation, space, strength, and pleasure in the body.
Dorota fell in love with yoga a few years ago after experiencing firsthand the benefits of maintaining a regular practice. She followed her first teacher training to better understand why yoga had such a powerful effect on her life, and to be able to share that experience with others. She finds that it helps her to keep a better sense of balance, take care of her body and mind, develop self-awareness and reduce stress and that yoga can bring so much more than physical benefits. In her mindful Yin Yoga classes, you are invited to leave your ambitions outside the door, move inwards, recognise your boundaries, let them go, and reach a deeper sense of relaxation.
For Merdan, yoga is like a best friend, always there by his side, giving him support, strength and answers to his own questions about life and bringing him closer to himself. As a former biologist and current choreographer and masseur, in yoga everything comes together for him. Working with the body and learning through direct experience about oneself, choreographing and moving through a sequence of postures, refining the body and mind more and more until finally moving beyond it; into stillness and peace. He is inspired to share his passion for yoga, to empower others on their way to find a deep sense of peace, connection and joy within themselves, which is always available for free. The focus in his classes are breath, intention, and alignment. The whole practice becomes a meditation in movement, ending in the final relaxation posture, where you can let go completely.
Sabrina started her yoga journey when she moved to Amsterdam in 2011. Initially, yoga was only a physical workout, however, soon she started to realize that it gave her so much more than that: a quiet mind and more contentment in her life. She soon fell in love with Ashtanga and went on to complete a Vinyasa teacher training. Being so happy to share this beautiful practice with others, makes every class she teaches a gift to herself. During her classes she aims to pass on to her students what she receives from her personal yoga practice: a quiet and peaceful state of mind. She aims to create a warm atmosphere during her class, supported by relaxing music. Once in a while she shares some anecdotes about her practice but most importantly, she tries to give the students as much personal attention as they need.
Since first connecting with yoga as a teenager, Kathleen Egan has integrated yoga into her daily life, growing and honing her own personal practice and establishing herself as a Vinyasa, Family and Children’s Yoga Teacher. Kathleen’s Vinyasa Yoga certification with Kids Yoga and Mama & Baby Yoga certification with Kidding Around Yoga, form a complementary extension of her formal education in Family Welfare and Child and Adolescent Development. Experiencing first-hand the benefit yoga has on the development and learning of children throughout their lives, Kathleen adores her role and privilege in sharing yoga with so many lovely families and young people, watching them flourish and grow. Kathleen’s classes give space for families and children to experience yoga, giving balance, body and movement awareness while maintaining a sense of fun and play.
Aline has always loved travelling and sports. During her travels she got in touch with Yoga where she found quietness in herself and a way to truly relax. She then shifted her interest from a hectic life in tourism toward a more aware life including a conscious diet. When she read something about a yoga teaching training course she knew that this was clearly the next step to take. Her Hatha classes are approachable for everybody. You will find harmony and a down to earth atmosphere. Just try to connect with your body and enjoy your time with her.
Carola van Ingen
Carola fell in love with yin yoga after starting to practice a couple of years ago. After each lesson she experienced having a more open body and relaxed mind; exactly what she needed. Her curiosity brought her further to a yin teacher training, to learn exactly why it offers such exceptional results and how to embrace this practice into her busy life. Those elements are what Carola likes to share today in her classes. Not just teaching the poses, but also sharing more in depth information of yin and adding meditation techniques into the practice as well. All in a relaxed and approachable way. She also tries to make sure that you leave with techniques you can also use when you’re not on the mat.