I took my first Bikram Yoga class in The Hague on 8 October 2006. I passed the studio on my way to work every day and there were flyers on the reading table at the café where I worked. I was always active; doing sports like running, spinning and aerobics but was looking for something that would bring me more than just physical health. I did not know I would find it in a hot room! I have always been a big fan of heat, that’s why I love spending time in tropical climates, so I thought I would try this yoga. I fell in love with it right from the start and asked Lydia after a couple of classes what I needed to do to become a teacher. She said do a lot of yoga and so I did. Three years later I attended the t=Teacher Training Program.
I think this kind of yoga touches people on all different levels; some are very clear like changing body shape, others are on a less visible level. But I think what is most important to me is that the yoga helps you to accept yourself and what’s going on in your life. At difficult times the yoga is always there and never fails to make you feel better and to see and accept things the way they are. It is never boring and there are always challenges to find. Every class is completely different even though the postures are the same.
I love to see how the yoga helps people that are willing to change. People change body shape but they also change their mind and perception about things. It is a gift to be able to witness these changes in people. I very strongly believe in the self-healing powers we all possess and I think that yoga is one of the ways to strengthen these powers and to help us overcome physical and mental illnesses.
I am passionate about life itself. There are so many things to love: blue skies, sunlight, people, art, yoga and more.