Originally from the Netherlands, I am now living in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. An amazing place on earth in the Mexican Caribbean. I am a certified yoga teacher since 2015, and fully enjoying studying, sharing and teaching my yoga practice.
Right after moving from The Netherlands to Playa del Carmen, there were 2 things that got me totally fit, healthy, balanced and happy: yoga and combat sports like boxing and MMA. They naturally came together as a perfect fit. My daily yoga practice insanely improved my overall fitness, focus and strength. This fact gave me a lot of insight and curiosity in what yoga can do for any type of athlete. I started teaching yoga at various martial arts gyms, working with athletes. My goal was and is to truly help fighters and really all athletes to succeed in their career with a little help of yoga. Some extra rounds on the yoga mat will help you breathe better and improve your velocity, stamina, flexibility, power and recovery.
Next to this I've been teaching a number of yoga styles at various yoga studios in Playa del Carmen and creating lessons for private clients. There's so much fulfillment in studying and teaching yoga that I am constantly looking for new ways to do so, and new audiences to share with. I love to come to an event or retreat and teach a class or workshop as a guest teacher, the same way as I love teaching my own regular groups or at my own event.
You can't be a student and teacher of yoga without taking your teachings with you off the mat. I try living consciously, act and speak intentional and from a kind heart, to take care of my physical health and emotional wellbeing, to share and to motivate others around me to be their happiest peaceful dopest powerful selves.
What I know by now is that I love in-person teaching way more than teaching in any other form. I believe it's the best way to transmit my knowledge and to cater to each student at my best. Therefore I'm available for teaching -anywhere- even if that requires traveling to other places.
Did I mention the ocean yet? The Caribbean Sea has a special place in my heart and teaching SUP Yoga is one of the ways I get to enjoy being on/in the water right of the coast in my home town!
Here's a random little Q&A to get to know some facts about me and my yoga.
Music and yoga practice?
Sometimes not. Quietness en silence can be golden, and allow you focus and to listen closely to your inner voices, crackles, prana, fluidity and fire burning.
Just as golden for me can be some music that makes be breathe to the beat. As an 80’s baby I love me some hiphop. My yoga tune can be anything from that to reggae, r&b, experimental, or acoustic singer/songwriter stuff.
In my classes though, you can expect a mix of world music, ambient, acoustic sounds and sanskrit mantras.
Any book recommendations?
I’m reading and re-reading so much this year 2018. Here are some of my favorites:
- Perfectly Imperfect - Baron Baptiste
- The Hidden Life of Trees - Peter Wohlleben
- The Autobiography of Malcolm X as told to Alex Haley
- Hijos de las Estrellas - Maria Terese Ruiz (in Spanish)
- Milk & Honey - Rupi Kaur
Sanskrit word of the day?
Purna पूर्ण : wholeness, oneness, all and everything.
Message to your students?
Breath over asana. And I like to remind them of the most valuable lesson I learned through yin yoga: use the posture to get into your body, instead of using your body to get into the posture.
No one is me, that's my superpower. No one is you, that's your superpower.
Still: I'm another you and you're another me.
So you really like combat sports, like you’re aggressive like that?
Aggressive nah. But, I love boxing and other combat sport styles. LOVE with capitals. I train for years already. It taught me many of the same things yoga teaches you: your power to give and take, intent and focus, movement and endurance, distance and nearness, response and initiative.
Favorite asana breakthrough?
Anuvittasana. This standing back bend was a p.i.t.a. for me. But I got it. I got it. I got it. With patience and perseverance I discovered my way of practicing this pose in liberating way. I'd love to teach you too.
And whenever you're not on the mat?
Boxing. Stand Up Paddle boarding (SUP). Long walks with my dog Paco. Beach. Reading, writing, holding interesting conversations. Finding delicious fruits and other goodies at the local markets. Also, I work occasionally as a photographer/photojournalist, it’s my ‘former’ career and I still love the process of creating images with various purposes.
Education & Certification:
2018 – Akenara Yoga at Casa Ananda, Playa del Carmen
10-hr El Arte de Sequenciar (art of sequencing) / Vinyasa Krama
2018 – edX/HarvardX, online course
Hinduism Through Its Scriptures
2017 – Rachel May Welch at Casa Ananda, Playa del Carmen
30-hr Ayurveda Intensive on diet, asana and lifestyle
2016 – Fally Love Weiss, Tulum
Thai Yoga Massage Certification courses:
-Thai Yoga Massage level 1
-Thai Yoga Massage Therapeutics
2015 – Arielle Thomas Newman at Yoga by the Sea, Playa del Carmen
200-hr Yoga Teacher Training
Hatha yoga and it's alignment, anatomy, philosophy
2015 – Yoga by the Sea, Playa del Carmen
Yoga teaching modules:
-Post- and prenatal yoga
-Yoga for healthy aging
2018 - Graduation Retreat by Love Yoga Studio (MD), Playa del Carmen
- Guest yoga teacher
2018 – Yoga & Surf Retreat, Ericeira, Portugal
- Hostess and lead yoga teacher
2018 - Lululemon Mexico City Sweaty Sundays
- Ultra Deep Yin Recovery for athletes and non-athletes
2017 - Lululemon Mexico City Sweaty Sundays
- Yin Yoga
2017 - My Freedom Retreat by Lita Lewis, Puerto Morelos
- Guest yoga teacher
2017 - International Yoga Day, Akumal
- Summer Solstice ceremony and yoga practice
2017 - Yoga into Spring! Yoga Festival, Lisbon, Portugal
- ‘Yoga for a Warrior State of Mind’
- ‘Ayurveda and Yoga’
- ‘Spring time Restorative Yoga’
2016 - Full Moon Rooftop Yoga Sessions, Playa del Carmen
Monthly Full Moon yoga and ceremony
Studio Teaching Riviera Maya:
2018 - Academia Predatory, Playa del Carmen
Corporate yoga at Bahia Principe Resort
2016-2017 - Underdog Fight club, Playa del Carmen
Yoga for Martial Arts (sports yoga for recovery)
2016-2017 – Shalita Yoga, Playa del Carmen
Hatha flow, vinyasa
2016 – The Union, Playa del Carmen
Yoga for Martial Arts
2016 – Peaceful Warrior Fight club, Playa del Carmen
Yoga for Martial Arts
2015-present – Yoga by the Sea, Playa del Carmen
Hatha, vinyasa, restorative, yin yoga
Yoga Teacher Training:
2018 - Teaching in 200hr Yoga Teacher Training, Yoga by the Sea, Playa del Carmen
2017 - Teaching in 200hr Yoga Teacher Training, Yoga by the Sea, Playa del Carmen
2016 - Assisting in 200hr Yoga Teacher Training, Yoga by the Sea, Playa del Carmen
200-RYT with Yoga Alliance (800+ teaching hours)
2017 - House Hunters International appearance
2017 - TV Azteca on SUP YOGA at Aloha Paddle Club