If you really want to know about me, my teachings and how I got to yoga, let me share with you... I did my first movement/ dance training in Amsterdam from the age of 11 till I was 18, where my passion for dancing and intelligent movement was set alight.
I went on to study Contemporary Dance at the Laban Centre in London 1997-2000 where we were trained day and night and thousands of hours later, I became a professional contemporary dancer. Life as a dancer isn't an easy one and it was during the times off stage that I came to discover yoga.
The want to become a yoga teacher really began to establish itself with my Ashtanga Yoga practice with Mark Ansari in 2000. I started my training with AOCY back in 2008 when I completed their 500 hour advanced yoga teacher training worth (RYT500) and since then I also completed the first accredited 200 hour meditation teacher training with my inspiring teacher Alexander Filmer-Lorch at Inside Meditation. All in all I have over thousands of hours worth of intelligent movement training, I have had the honour of working with many different bodies of all shapes, colours and sizes. I study continually, I attend workshops, I do trainings, I continue learning.
I feel I have truly found my calling, my passion. I am grateful to be able to share that.
Thank you, to my wonderful teachers and students for giving me the opportunity to share all that I have learned and all that I will continue to learn and share....
Yoga should be a creative exploration of movement and breath that closely follow each others footsteps. From movement we enter and submerge into stillness, these two forces should be married to each other, yet most of us really struggle to find this balance in our day to day lives. Yoga gives the opportunity to connect to both these energies.
Not one of the classes/ workshops I teach is the same. I strongly feel that our bodies need variety, considering our life is full of habits already. Yoga is about unraveling the bows by which we are tied and finding freedom and flexibility in body, mind and soul.
Go with the flow
Life is full of ups and downs.
We start our days full of great expectations and promises to ourselves, but the day can easily fill itself with disappointments.
Today I feel like giving you my version of a truth that works for me and it includes yoga as it was the one thing that had the most profound effect on me:
Yoga is first and foremost about change.
It can be a small change, such as finding that you're back feels more free after your practice. But it can also be big change, like a mind altering expansion in consciousness.
Yoga can lead to transformation on all different levels....
We are moulding and sculpting our physical bodies so that our bodies become strong and resilient, yet pliable and flexible, less subject to injuries and having more proprioceptive awareness so that we can move through life sure footed and whole hearted. We can also find a kind of stillness in the physical body even when we are moving.
We know our body moves regardless of whether we make it move; our heart pumps blood around our circulatory system; we breathe into the capillaries of the lungs; we digest food and other impressions through our gut; our body can shut down some systems that it doesn't need at that moment when it's preparing for a fight or to flight. Like when we would have had to run for our lives from the sabre tooth tiger that was coming for us. It can also do that when we experience stress, even in the form of an email or text message.
I would be tempted to say our body is more intelligent than we even give it credit, in a world so obsessed with knowing more and learning, we forget that our body is a whole entire universe and that it is more intelligent than a lot of us. Sometimes we would be wise to step out of our mind and into our body, so that we can really experience and witness this huge and powerful element that is far from mechanical and unlike our mind, it is alive and it is subject to change and transformation if we let it and if we allow that yin/ yang energy to flow. Having a growing sense of acceptance for what is, instead of needing our life to to be this or that, conforming to, fitting in with or even down to whatever name we like to give ourselves, to make ourselves feel important, to fit in with whatever idealisms we have acquired.
Perhaps we would be wise to learn to go with the flow of life, rather than fighting it. Life will continue spinning. It will continue to throw things at us, from all directions and either we learn from those experiences and we decide to grow with that or we just keep on fighting against it, worrying about every little thing that we can worry about and holding on for dear life to our hamster wheel, locked in, caged up. Definitely no change.
If you haven't got a mountain to climb, then I say roll out a mat /or take some steps out into nature and change your perspective on life and on yourself. See for yourself how you truly unique, articulate and amazing you are.... A living breathing Universe. It surely doesn't get much better than that?
I think I choose change, you?
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