Jason has been on the yoga path for 25 years 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. He lived on an ashram in the south of India and 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 the mind. Jason also offers Personal Yoga Coaching. If you want to go further, all you need to do is ask. Otherwise, just enjoy the mat.
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.
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.”
For Merdan, yoga is like a best friend, always there by his side, helping him to stay centered and healthy, giving him support, strength and the knowledge that all is already there. That he is enough. As a former biologist and current choreographer and masseur, in yoga it all comes together for him: working with the body and learning through direct experience about oneself. He feels inspired to share his passion for yoga with you on your journey toward well-being. With a focus on breath and alignment, you can expect a blend of dynamic postures with a more intense flow and steady postures, taking time to sink in. 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.
Daniel started practicing hot yoga in 2016 and completed his first teacher training with us at You Can Yoga in 2021. He specializes in Hatha, Vinyasa, and Yin and uses yoga to bring himself back into the here and now. This helps him to reevaluate his intentions with his actions. A much-needed practice next to his job as a performer and costume designer. His classes have an open-minded and non-dogmatic approach. Leaving plenty of room for students to understand their own unique bodies and minds. Through the asana practice, Daniel trains students to become stronger, well-balanced, and more focused. In meditation, he encourages everyone to connect to their intentions and create a healthy mind-body connection.
Dorien fell in love with yoga in 2012 and has explored different styles ever since. She began her teaching journey by attending a Yin teacher training in Amsterdam in 2016. Then she traveled to India in 2018 to study Yin and Yang Yoga, as well as the meridians and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Most recently she completed her training in Pregnancy Yoga and Mindful Kids Yoga. Next to her personal yoga practice, she has a regular meditation practice and she likes to take this to her students, creating a very mindful approach in her classes. “The practice of yoga gives me a sense of coming home, which is the best feeling there is! In my perspective, yoga gives us the opportunity to celebrate life and being alive, from the inside out. It is my humble mission to reconnect people to themselves. My classes are all about the finding (and respecting) of boundaries, activation of energy, and deeper relaxation.”
Kasandra is both a yoga teacher and a yoga therapist. She uses a functional approach to yoga to make this rich practice accessible to everyone, especially for those suffering from chronic pain and/or restricted movement either due to autoimmune conditions or injury. Living with chronic Lyme has inspired her to adopt different styles of yoga joined with myofascial release techniques to deal with muscle aches, joint stiffness, and inflammation, as well as anxiety. Kasandra is passionate about the therapeutic power of yoga and myofascial release and her mission is to help her students achieve the healthiest and happiest version of themselves.
Adele found yoga in 2020 during a very stressful period in her life, quickly it became her best friend. Physically and mentally it helped her to reconnect with her soul. Wanting to learn more and deepen her practice Adele completed teacher training at You Can Yoga in 2022, discovering that she had a fascination with energy channels in the body and a love of teaching others. A caring mother, keen long-distance walker, hairdresser, and cold water swimmer, Adele’s a believer in enjoying every moment of life to the max, loving to laugh and have fun with others at every opportunity.
Gretchen has been in love with movement since a young age. A former dancer, she was introduced to yoga through her dance training and truly fell in love with the practice when she moved to San Francisco and discovered Laughing Lotus Yoga Center in 2007. She completed her 200-hour teacher training in 2012 and since then has completed over 300 hours of additional training. Gretchen has spent over a decade teaching Vinyasa classes and training teachers in Amsterdam. Her classes are creative and challenging, and connect movement and breath with the flow of a dance. She encourages her students to find their own expression of the yoga practice and fosters a creative and empowering atmosphere.
Lotte started practicing yoga in 2003 with one of her aunts and straight away felt that it was something for her to explore more in depth. It was very confrontational, difficult, deep and yet beautiful at the same time. She practiced with her for a few years and then started to look elsewhere to expand her knowledge. She went on to do several teacher training courses in many styles of yoga and yoga therapy. Yoga brings so much to her life, it calms her down and helps her to become more aware of her full potential more and more. It also enhances her connection between body, mind, and spirit in an open and explorative way. She wants to let other people experience this too while helping them to be more in sync with themselves.
Finding yoga helped Rico to retrieve the link he had lost with his body. He started practicing in 2020 after many years of being physically inactive and living mostly unconsciously in his mind. His newfound practice brought some fresh air and inspiration into his life. The additional study of Eastern philosophies nourishes his days with devotion and peace of mind. Meditation is no longer an option for him but a way of life. He took part in our Teacher Training Course to consolidate his foundation in yoga and to start sharing the benefits he received along the way with others.
Annalisa approached the holistic world in 2013 when she moved to Shanghai, China for her studies. It all started when Herbal Medicine – that origins from Ayurveda – helped her overcome some psychosomatic difficulties, then breathing techniques and Yoga came along: she started observing all the little changes occurring in her body and mind over time and learned how to readjust her lifestyle accordingly. Respecting her body’s structural and energetic frames has been so eye opening and life-changing that she decided to make it her purpose in life. Annalisa wants to spread the knowledge that helped her in the first place to live a better life, making this a better and healthier place! She took part in our Teacher Training Course and is now making her first steps into the teaching world, join her on the Yoga 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.”
Singing and dancing from a very young age, Eline has always felt a connection with breathing, moving and the influence this has on the mind and ones emotions. During her training at the Conservatory she came into contact with meditation. Moving to Amsterdam in 2016, she was enabled to take yoga practices on a regular basis in the abundance of a big city. She experienced the benefits of the practice and was introduced to it’s wisdom. There is a lot to find in practice, and the curiosity for this led her to the teacher training at You Can Yoga in 2022. The applied focus, connection to the breath and movement brings her more in her body, enhances her strength, and it brings peace in her non-stop monkey mind. It has become a part of her life she would not want to miss anymore. Eline is very excited to take her first steps into teaching her practice and is hoping to bring more of it into the world and other people’s lives. She is looking forward to seeing you on the mat.
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