As a child I remember doing lots of handstands and wheel poses. My granddad, a Hindu pundit, was very supportive and told my mum to let me do yoga. However in the early eighties yoga for children was not a common activity which you could enroll in at every corner of a Dutch street. And whilst growing older I gradually forgot all about my early yoga experiences.
Until my first burn out hit me in 2009. My massage therapist suggested I do yoga. But it wasn’t until 2012 at age thirty-nine-and-a-half, when I walked past a newly opened Bikram yoga studio just around the corner of my home, that without hesitation I signed up for an introduction lesson. After the first lesson I knew this style suited me well; the power, the sweat, the clear instructions, the attention to detail and alignment. Although older and stiffer, I felt that my body was still capable of plying itself into advanced poses once I’d practice more. But more importantly it gave me that balance that I was seeking as a rollercoaster rider.
After a year I completed my 30 day challenge, practicing yoga daily for 30 consecutive days and I permanently lost 9 KG of weight, bringing me back into both mental and physical balance. At age 42 I started extra training for the Dutch National Yoga Asana Competition and competed for the first time in April 2015 in Rotterdam. The year after I trained again, however no nationals were being organised.
I have completed my 500 hr Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training with yogi Kamal Singh in Rishikesh, India. I now teach Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Hatha and Yin Yoga. I practice Ashtanga primary and intermediate series on a daily basis. Yin yoga is part of my weekly practice and I still love to enter a hot room for a good sweaty Bikram or Gosh flow class.
I enjoy evolving my practice and follow workshops with top yoga guru’s worldwide. I’ve trained with Esak Garcia, Zeb Homison, Gianna Purcell, Benjamin Sears, Lydia Wright and Samantha Macgee.