• 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.”
Fall down 7 times, stand up 8." This Japanese saying summarizes Serge’s philosophy of life and his approach to yoga. After 15 years of very diverse professional experiences (working in banking and the jewellery industry for instance) and 12 years of varied yoga practice all around the world (Bikram, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Yin…), Serge decided to start teaching yoga and sharing the many lessons learned on the winding road of life. He has dedicated himself to yoga getting many certifications and studying with renowned teachers along the way. His personal teaching style is fun, accessible for everyone and has his special French touch.
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.
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 as well.
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.
Nur started yoga over ten years ago and fell in love with the more active yoga styles. She really needed the flow and movement to be able to turn more inwards, focus, and relax. After her study at an art school she decided to follow her heart and signed up for her first vinyasa teacher training. As her own practice developed she noticed it got so much easier for her to find stillness and relaxation, which drew her more and more to yin yoga and meditation. Eventually falling in love with yoga nidra. Nowadays she likes to have both yin and yang in her life and she loves to incorporate this balance in her classes as well. Her goal as a teacher is to create space for the students to connect with themselves and to shift from thinking, to feeling and simply being.
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.
Burcin started practicing yoga in 1999 while working a full time job in advertising. She realized how much balance yoga was brining into her life because the classes were the most relaxing and peaceful moments she was having during the whole week. In 2004 she got married and moved to Amsterdam and thought that this change could be a great opportunity to bring more happiness, peace and balance into her life so she decided to go to an ashram and attended her first Sivananda Hatha yoga teacher training. In 2010, she completed pregnancy and postnatal yoga teachers trainings with Birthlight as well and then went on to study Yin and Vinyasa yoga as well. Now she is here to share her practice and her joy of yoga with you.
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.
Marta started her teaching adventure as a fitness instructor. From there she was drawn to pilates and attended a training for mat based pilates. Then she went even further and received a diploma in kinesiology. Step by step she gained a better understanding of the mechanics of her body. She eventually made her way to the yoga mat too, and developed a regular hatha practice in conjunction with pilates. As a teacher she focuses on finding a balance between mobility, stability, flexibility and strength. She believes in the motto ‘Anima sana in corpore sano.’ Or, ‘A healthy soul sits inside a healthy body.’
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.
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.
Magda is constantly studying many aspects of yoga as she keeps being amazed by the impact yoga can have on one’s life. Her inspiration comes also from Ayurveda, as it gave her more understanding of how every body is different and needs a different practice. Even more so it shows how you may need something today that you didn’t need yesterday. It helps her to really see her students and give them personal attention according to their own needs. Ayurveda reminds us also how deeply we are connected with nature, her other love. In her class she will invite you to, first and foremost, feel your body, understand what your body is trying to tell you, and accept that.
Ayelet first participated in a yoga class at 17, and was immediately fascinated by how yoga connects body and soul. She has practiced many yoga styles and trained as a teacher in Vinyasa, Yin Yoga and Chakra meditation. She also studied Anatomy Trains Body Reading and Yoga TuneUp. She practices Stott Pilates, and attended Alexander and Caesar technique lessons. She is passionate about Yin Yoga, Yin Yang Yoga, their effect on our fascia, and their connection with Traditional Chinese medicine. Her Yin Yoga classes impart body awareness and pain relief tools, and use insights in yoga philosophy and Chinese medicine to improve wellbeing and self awareness.