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Every day unfolds anew, with it come different delights and demands. Regardless of my daily circumstances and the ever-lasting dynamic of change that life brings, my daily yoga practice allows me that magical space “to be” with myself, to check in truthfully, every day. In this way, my yoga has become a great anchor and teacher. Yoga gives me a deep sense of connectivity with my life in many ways, in a kinder and more loving way.
It is a humbling and beautiful experience to be able to teach and share yoga in a personalized approach at our school – where it is about learning, experiencing, understanding through the body, being with what is and often laughing as completely new perspectives unfold. Yoga is not about performing. The world is quite filled with analysis, comparison and performance – all of us know this, myself included (read more). In my teaching I find it important that practice is a time for reaching inwards, establishing space and anchors within – not outside us.
I took my first yoga class (it was an ashtanga class) at Yoga on High in Columbus, Ohio, in 2004. To be honest, I did not expect much. At that time I knew myself as a competitive rower building a career in science. I suspected that yoga would be sitting on a mat doing some stretches. So much for expectations! After my first yoga experience, I felt as if I had stretched and nourished my physical and mental body for the first time ever in a very profound way; nothing I had every experienced before. And my yoga journey started. Since establishing a daily self-practice much has changed, for the better. My practice has given me roots and space and continues to inspire me. In 2010 I started teaching and Bhumi Yoga came into existence.
I have much gratitude to my teachers and all my students who have shared and continue to share so much with me. My teaching is inspired by my main teachers whom I travel to regularly: Nancy Gilgoff, Susanna Finocchi, Sharmila Desai, Sharath Jois and Matthew Sweeney; and all my students who inspire me much.
(Maxi is on maternity leave and will be back teaching January 2021. The wonderful Bhumi Team of teachers is covering all classes in this time).
I studied classical and modern dance at the Royal Academy for Classical Dance in The Hague for six years. After completing this study I worked as a dance performer and started teaching classical and modern dance. I started doing Hatha yoga in addition to my dance practice to balance the intensity of dancing with the peace I felt doing my asanas on the yoga mat. During my travels around Asia I found my passion in Ashtanga yoga. Combining the physical power with the meditative flow appealed to me tremendously. In 2017 I completed my Primary Series teacher training at the Ashtanga Yoga Academy in Rotterdam. I followed this up with Therapeutic Ashtanga Yoga teacher training with Manju Pattahbi Jois and I completed the Ashtanga Yoga Intermediate Series teacher training. Having practiced Ashtanga with Maxi for a couple of years now, I am still learning and growing in my practice. It feels wonderful to have the privilege of supporting you all during your practice and sharing the passion and joy of yoga.
Sometimes you come across things that just “fit”, and for me Ashtanga turned out to be one of those things. It started in September 2017 when I joined Maxi’s One month Ashtanga Mysore Yoga Immersion Course for newcomers. My motivation was to improve my core stability and flexibility to help with my hobby of cycling long distances. I wasn’t even an early riser, but soon I found myself at the yoga shala every morning at 7.00am enjoying what unfolded and all the unforeseen benefits my yoga practice present. Besides Ashtanga I’ve become very fond of Matthew Sweeney’s Moon Sequence that Maxi taught me as an alternative practice. Since 2019 I have been assisting Maxi in the Mysore classes and I graduated from the RYT200h Ashtanga teacher training in Eindhoven in spring 2020. I continue to be an inspired student of yoga and look forward to sharing practice with you!
In 2016 my journey in Ashtanga yoga started. The practice of the Ashtanga sequence means to me a graciousness and elegance in the movements, a combination of strength and flexibility, flowing on the breath. But, Ashtanga is not just a physical practice. It works on a deeper level. It opens a lot of doors in body, mind and soul. The ritual, the daily work, of practicing Ashtanga is very helpful and beneficial. For me, the practice helps in getting to know me (whoever I may be). It shows how I inhabit life and how I relate to my surroundings. It helps me in trying to be a good, kind, soul in this world. I’m thankful Maxi gave me an opportunity to help you in your practice. I hope we can share experiences, learn together in a joyous way and have fun. Happy and curious to meet you on your journey!