For me yoga has been about showing up. Showing up for myself, for life and for others. I came to yoga at an early age through my mother and I did my first Yoga Teacher Training at 18 years old.
I have been practicing, teaching and, most importantly, been a STUDENT of yoga for over 20 years. One thing that I have learned and observed over the years is that we/life keeps evolving. Things change constantly and we simply can’t stay as we are. I teach what I learn in my own continuing evolution.
My evolution - My Practice
In the beginning, yoga for me was quite physical. I love the dynamic styles of yoga like Hatha or Vinyasa flow, that focus on strength, stability and fitness. I have always been an avid student and it was in the 'Clarity Process' (meditation training) that I began to embody the teachings of meditation and self-inquiry. Both practices encouraged me to see past my old stories and the conditioning that was holding me back, and instead experience true presence. This shifted my practice to be more meditative and I now also cherish slower practices like Yin Yoga and Meditation.
“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” - Rumi
After the Clarity training I began to see the traditional texts like the Yoga Sutras and Bhagavad Gita, in a new light. Rather than just reading the words, I understood them on another level because I had touched the deeper layers within myself in an embodied way. For philosophy to come alive you have to experience it!
Another aspect that has influenced my practice is age! It happens to us all and learning about my body as it changes over the years has enabled me to practice more functionally and, as a result, to be injury and pain-free! It's now much more embodied, with elements from Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin, Restorative, Meditation and everything else that I have picked up along the way, that encourages you to be at home in your body and present with life.
I am forever developing my own practice through continued study and training. And I am always open to questioning previous methods (including my own) and challenging myself, integrating new knowledge and insights into my teachings. I combine all of these learnings into my online classes, live workshops, festivals, retreats and trainings worldwide.
I am very grateful to my early teachers, Clive Sheridan, who taught me not to take life too seriously and Taetske Kleijn, with whom I studied the Clarity Process – plus my training and work as a therapist. I'm currently studying with Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach.\
Here's to forever learning, always evolving, living the teachings!