• Meet our New Teachers •
With lots of new lessons!
We're very happy to welcome Magda, who has been in the yoga world for over 15 years, and is starting in November a second 7am lesson at our Aalsmeerweg location on Thursday, in addition to our already existing early bird on Monday.
Marieke is the latest addition to our Ashtanga teachers. She started a completely new Ashtanga Vinyasa lesson on Friday evenings at 6pm at our Aalsmeerweg location; perfect for beginners who want to get acquainted with this Yoga style, and learn how to develop a self practice.
Our new teacher Enrico, who just returned from his Yogic journey through India and Greece, is now back to Amsterdam, where he first fell in love with the Ashtanga Yoga Style and has joined Mark, Kasia and Marieke with our Ashtanga Yoga program.
Kasia who is certified in both Ashtanga Yoga and Prenatal has already joined Mark with the 7am Ashtanga Vinyasa lessons at Stadionweg; teaching on Wednesday and Friday morning while Mark and Enrico will share the other days. She is also teaching the very successful Pregnancy Yoga lesson on Wednesday evening at 18:15 also at our Stadionweg location.
Our fantastic Mary from New York, who has been doing Yoga for over 30 years, is already teaching a Gentle Flow lesson on Sunday morning at 11:45 at our Aalsmeerweg location and she now has two more Vinyasa Flow morning lessons at 9:15: Wednesday at Stadionweg and Friday at Aalsmeerweg.
And last but not least, lovely Nausicaa, who has been working with children at "L'école de français" here in Amsterdam, has started teaching a super fun Kid's Yoga lesson on Tuesdays at 16:00 at Stadionweg.
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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.
Vinyasa Flow on THU @ 7am, Aalsmeerweg >>
Fascinated by the art of asana, Marieke started taking Iyengar yoga classes 15 years ago while studying in Amsterdam. She has kept a consistent practice ever since but it wasn’t until she discovered Ashtanga yoga that she became a truly dedicated student. Daily practice became a tool for life and provided a way of staying grounded and true to herself. She is also completing a 200 hrs Ashtanga based training. Her classes are traditional with a twist, aiming to make the practice fun and accessible for all.
Ashtanga Vinyasa on FRI @ 18:00, Aalsmeerweg >>
Enrico attended his first Ashtanga Vinyasa class here in Amsterdam and felt that he had immediately found where he belonged. From attending one class per week, he quickly developed a daily practice. He then decided to leave his corporate job and the Netherlands to start his yogic journey in India and then Greece. There he was part of an apprenticeship Ashtanga program for two years and lived according to yogic principles and lifestyle. He is now back with us in Amsterdam and is happily sharing that traditional knowledge with a kind and less physical approach to this typically physical and intense style of yoga.
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 Prenatal and HypnoBirthing Practitioner training, so she can share with others what gave her strength throughout that special time as well.
Ashtanga Vinyasa on WED & FRI @ 7am, Stadionweg >>
Pregnancy Yoga on WED @ 6:15pm, Stadionweg >>
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.
Gentle Flow on Sunday at 11:45am, Aalsmeerweg >>
Vinyasa Flow on WED @ 9:15am, Stadionweg >>
Vinyasa Flow on FRI @ 9:15am, Aalsmeerweg >>
Passionate about learning in a playful and active way with children and adults, Nausicaa is here to share a creative approach to the body and overall happiness through yoga. With many years of experience working with kids, she gives dynamic, fun and engaging classes that work with music, singing, books and imagination. The main focus on the kids yoga class is to embody a sense of connection with their own nature and environment while making a positive impact on children through the combination of fun, play and creativity.
Kids Yoga on TUE @ 16:00, Stadionweg. >>
• Meet the Rest of Our Staff •
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.
Jo began practicing Vinyasa Yoga in 2008 to help create a sense of balance between her studying and professional life as an interior architect and product designer. 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. 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.
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 more towards 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.
Gladys emphasizes movement with precision in a safe and intelligent way. Movement has always been a part of her daily life. Gladys has a professional background in coaching, communications and oriental dance which contributes to her way of teaching. Each class ends with a body-mind exercise working on inner balance and mental relaxation. Her goal is to have students leave the class feeling relaxed and energised. "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.
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”.
Teaching has always been a passion of Mark's. Directly after high school he became a swimming instructor and spent a year teaching swimming at the local pool. Then during his military service he also taught in boot camp and now he teaches yoga. His life changed completely after being introduced to yoga and he couldn't be more grateful for it. As many have said before him, yoga is a way of life, and now it is his. Working on his personal and spiritual growth are his my main focuses in life; sharing his experiences and the tools to better oneself is the other. Nothing is better than seeing the progress you provoke in someone else and that is what he continues to strive to do through yoga.
Isabelle discovered yoga while working in the tough world of corporate law. What began as an escape from the fast-pace of London life soon became a daily discipline and then a career in its own right. After training at the Byron Yoga Centre in Australia, she taught in studios in Byron Bay and Melbourne, before moving back to her home city - Amsterdam. Her background in science and love of knowledge are reflected in her classes, which incorporate beneficial alignment, active breath and mindfulness. The focus is always on students getting the full benefits of a pose rather than making it through the poses as quickly as possible. Her passion is to make yoga, and meditation, accessible and enjoyable!
Katharina took her first yoga class 15 years ago while studying to become a nutritionist in Marburg, Germany. Learning about the connection between body and mind opened up new perspectives. While her nutrition studies taught her everything she needed to know about human anatomy and body functions, it was - and still is - her yoga practice that really helps her understand this connection. Since her focus has always been on health, wellbeing and personal growth, completing the Vinyasa yoga teacher trai0ing was a natural next step. In her joyful classes she encourages her students to be confident, listen to their intuition and trust their inner voice so they can leave the class empowered and with a stronger sense of who they are.
Katrien received her yoga teacher certification in Vinyasa Yoga at Tranquil Space in Washington, DC, and she recently completed her second yoga teacher training at Yoga Garden in Amsterdam in Hatha Yoga. Yoga is Katrien’s passion. Since beginning her practice she sees many changes in her life, including a more positive outlook and more confidence in herself. Katriens style is meditative and relaxed. You will leave her class feeling rejuvenated and ready to face the day.
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.
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.”