I am a Psychologist (Acceptance & commitment therapy), coach, mindfulness & yoga teacher, reiki healer, blogger and thai yoga masseuse.
Over the last decade I have been working as a psychologist and mindfulness teacher. I mainly apply technics from acceptance & commitment therapy and mindfulness. Both based on wisdom from the East. I love thinking and living outside the box, dancing salsa and philosophy about life.
The interest for yoga was reawakened after some life events and I started practicing ashtanga yoga intensively in my hometown in the Netherlands. This had a profound effect on my level of wellbeing. Therefor I felt I needed to explore yoga and other healing technics further in Asia. So I followed a Yoga Teacher Training in Ashtanga Vinyasa Flow ( 200 hr Yoga Alliance ) and 2 years later another one in Hatha yoga (shivananda sequence). I also learned reiki healing and traditional thai yoga massage.
My mission in life is very basic: to help myself and others to suffer less and to be happier. How to be happy? This is what yoga has taught me and is still teaching me. I learned that it is not just the asana, pranayama and meditation practice that matters but the integration of yoga over the whole scope of your daily life. To me it is a way to update “the matrix”, to eat differently, to treat others with kindness, to realize you do not need any conditions to be happy, to be a creator, to go beyond the person into awareness itself, to spread love, to live from the heart and in the present.
My teaching/therapy/healing style is influenced by my education and work as psychologist, mindfulness teacher, reiki healer, thai yoga masseuse and by retreats, teachers and inner and outer journeys I made over the years. I use my sense of humor, show up with authenticity, vulnerability and metaphors to explain complicated concepts.
Per 1 November, I will be teaching a beginner’s yoga class at il fiore healthcenter. In the near future I will also be teaching a chair yoga class to elderly and/or less mobile persons
YogaStar is a small yogastudio where personal attention is of the utmost importance. I believe that everyone can reap the benefits of yoga if you adjust your practice to your level, needs and physical limitations. I see it as my duty to help my students with that.