A trip to India opened my eyes.
In 2011, I traveled to Mumbai and Goa in search of adventure. What I received was a clear arrow pointing toward my life path: to dedicate my life to raising awareness of a healthy body and a healthy world, and inspiring people to reconnect to, heal, and strengthen both. My goal is simple: To make this planet a greener and a more beloved place for everyone, and to smile along the journey. Yoga is a powerful tool and the one I call on every day to fuel my mission. Because when you feel whole on the inside, you can be of service on the outside.
If you had a tagline for your life, what would it be? Mine is: Always in motion, just like the ocean. I travel the world for a living and for growth. I love empowering people through organizing inspirational workshops and festivals, and I assist in trainings for self-development that I can pass on to my students. I also rarely sit still since running, jumping and dancing are way more fun.
My journey brought me to a Caribbean island as a program manager and event coordinator for Island Yoga Aruba, as well as an active volunteer for the non-profit global initiative, 109 World. Both companies use the influence of social media and social mission trips to empower everyone everywhere to stand up as a humanitarian in their own way, and I’m so happy to be a part of it.
I get out of bed every day with hope for our world because I believe in the power of awareness, community, and love. Do you want to plan an epic event? I am your girl.
Step by step and with a smile, we can all be the change. Send me a message and let’s work together!
I believe the real beauty in loving ourselves is the gift that it gives the world. If you know how to take loving care of your body and soul, if you’re connected to yourself, then naturally, you will honor the needs of our planet and take loving care of it, too. If your mind is clear, you can help spread clarity. I teach tools of personal wellness because that is the key to global wellness.
Love yourself, love your Earth!
Teaching runs in my veins. I’ve been teaching a wide variety of sports since I was 17, naturally adding in massage therapy and nutrition as my love for holistic wellness grew. I will never stop learning, but here’s my timeline so far:
- 2018: Master Class – Yoga Works, Los Angeles, California
- 2016: 150-hr Advanced Teacher Training – De Nieuw Yoga School, Amsterdam
- 2016: The Art of Vinyasa Workshop – Simon Park, Haarlem
2016: Master Class – Tara Stiles, Amsterdam
- 2015-2016: Masseur Therapist – Aalo
- 2015: 50-hr Yin Intensive Training – Amsterdam
- 2015: 100-hr Strala Yoga Intensive Training – Tara Stiles, Amsterdam
- 2015: 50-hr SUP Yoga Teacher Training & WPA Certification – Rachel Brathen, Aruba
- 2014: Schoevers University; Master degree: Event management & Human resource
- 2014-2015: Nutritionist and Detox Coach Certification – Civas
- 2014: 200-hr Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training – Thailand
- 2013: Schoevers college Office management
- 2011: 100-hr Hatha Yoga Teacher Training – India
A Way of Living
YOGA, FROM MY EYES
I live my yoga because I know the manifestation of anything I desire starts with me. What does that look like?
- I get on my mat even when I don’t want to.
- I practice loving kindness even when I would rather not.
- I show up every day dedicated to learn, grow, and make a positive impact, no matter the challenge.
Yoga is not an exercise to place yourself higher than you used to be or how anyone else is. The Sanskrit word yoga translates to “union; to yoke; connection”. Yoga is about connection to our truest and purest source (a source that we all share), to something bigger than ourselves, and everyone is welcome. I’ve seen the yoga industry create separation and even competition between people. This is not the yoga that I practice or teach.
My favorite students are the ones who are new to yoga or maybe don’t even like it! There is nothing like helping someone come home to themselves, maybe for the very first time. My own yoga journey didn’t change me overnight, and I don’t ask my students to dramatically change themselves faster than their own journey asks them to.
One step at a time, patience and acceptance of what is, curiosity of what may be – these are the keys to yoga, to connection.
“It’s all about where your mind’s at” – Kelly Slater
“If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden” – Frances Hodgson Burnett
“Always in motion, just like the ocean”
Yoga is a profound practice for your soul and entire being. It struck a chord in my heart when I took my first class, and I’ve immersed myself in the practice ever since. I use a wide range of workshops and practice styles to teach people of all ages the secrets of this ancient and powerful practice.
In my classes on the water or on land, the focus is always on love for yourself and others. I guide my students through the elements – external and internal – for a meditative dance that leaves you a little confused as to how you got so sweaty. Life doesn’t have to be taken so seriously, and neither does a yoga class!
Yoga on a Stand-Up Paddleboard
SUP YOGA CLASSES
“When you force yourself into anything, it will drag you down like an anchor while the meaning of life is to learn how to float.”
I have a love affair with the ocean. Its wisdom inspires my teaching on and off the water.
Stand-up paddling is a complete workout for both mind and body. A few years ago, this age-old Hawaiian practice was rediscovered by surfers from the United States. There are now specifically designed SUP Yoga SUP boards with a yoga mat pad on top so you can downward dog and not slip off (as easily). My favorite SUP Yoga board company is BogaYoga.
After completing Rachel Brathen’s first SUP Yoga Teacher Training and WPA Certification in 2015, I brought SUP Yoga to Amsterdam for the first time where I now lead SUP Yoga excursions, bringing people through a floating yoga studio adventure. Splitting my time between Amsterdam and Aruba, I lead SUP Yoga classes in a canal or on the Caribbean. Wherever I go, you can always find me on the water!
SUP Yoga provides a unique workout that activates your muscles, bones and focus for power and balance unlike a practice on land. It’s humbling, fun, and brings tons of laughter and smiles! The special effect of practicing yoga on the water is the naturally arising meditation – there’s nothing like resting in savasana as the waves gently rock you.
During my classes, your board is anchored so you don’t have to worry about floating away. You don’t need to be an athlete swimmer, seasoned yogi or have paddleboarding experience, either. Join me for yoga on the water in Amsterdam or Aruba! See my teaching schedule below to sign up.
Yoga on a mat
Yoga poses, called asanas, provide your whole self with energy, power, balance, and relaxation. It is freedom and union wrapped into one life-changing and lifelong practice.
My teaching style is a dynamic vinyasa flow. We learn how to flow from pose to pose – one moment to the next – with simplified intention, awareness and lightness. I creatively sequence each class so that you can open up and strengthen your core, balance and inversions. My classes are playful and never the same twice. I guide my students through the practice in a clear and easy to learn way, so everyone is welcome! I’ll see you on your mat!
Organizing Epic Experiences That Make A Difference
Cultural understanding is essential to create harmony in our connected world.
How does understanding happen? Through experience. Through seeing a way of living with your own eyes, and through realizing how alike we all really are.
I’m a daydreamer for change who won’t stop traveling. Because travel educates, it connects, and it transforms. I take my yoga off the mat by planning experiences around the world that educate people on sustainable wellness for themselves and for the planet.
Start-ups, non-profits, small or large corporations… If you have a dream to bring more health and happiness to the planet, let’s talk. I’ll be your right-hand assistant, creative consultant, or “go home and relax, I got this” program manager. Together, we will make it happen!
I’ve helped build and host large-scale and intimate missions, like…
- Humanitarian projects with HOTOSM and 109 World
- Self-healing programs and retreats with Yoga Girl and Island Yoga Aruba
- Communities that foster healthy living with O’Neill SurfLife and independent exercise studios around the world
My expertise includes managing the planning, logistics, and on-the-spot plot twists from ground level and a bird’s eye view. Catch me keeping it cool and calm for the guests while juggling every event detail in my head to ensure it goes off without a hitch.
Why do I love working my ass off for these programs? Because they stand the chance of changing the world. And I won’t settle for anything less.
I love creating special workshops where you can let loose (like this Glow in the Dark Yoga Dance Party), play with arm balances and light your fire, or explore your practice at a deeper level.
Join me! My upcoming workshops can be found below.