I have lived in eight different countries and visited at least one for every year I’ve been alive. I have been a copywriter, a producer, an events manager, a ‘professional’ volunteer, and an Ayurvedic chef. Now I am a yoga teacher and a writer, based in Amsterdam. But I prefer to think of myself as a life-lover, a part-time philosopher, a dreamer, a doer and a facilitator of change. I love making things happen.
I was always so hungry to travel and forever in a hurry to grow up so I could go places. Perpetual itchy feet kept me awake at night. It spurned me to explore and to questions this life.
In the beginning
One of my earliest memories is gazing up at a glittering, star-filled, dawn sky and wondering what all of this was about; how is it I have come to be here now, spinning around on a pale blue dot in a sea of galaxies that give rise to infinity?
That’s where my relationship with yoga began. Not in a gym, not from a desire to be more flexible, but from an innate curiosity about myself, my place in the world and how to live a fulfilling, joyful life.
It was 2001, when I was 18, when I eventually walked into a yoga class. Back then I did not connect it with something that could reveal answers I had begun to seek.
On a mat in the back of the class, having grumbled painfully through downward facing dog, I lay down in Savasana and a whole new world opened. It was a fleeting, floaty, split second feeling. That Ah! moment when you descent into yourself and everything becomes luminous and beautiful. I cried. I had, perhaps for the first time, come home.
Yoga made me come alive, filling me with enthusiasm. Life seemed lighter and full of flavour. The little knocks became easier to cope with and getting on my mat grew into an antidote to living in a sometimes confusing and chaotic world. It gave me an appetite for life that made me to crave experience and adventure beyond the ordinary.
Into the unknown
In 2010, 9 years after I first stepped onto a mat, I stepped fully outside of my comfort zone. My desire to plunge ever deeper into yoga and travel had grown so strong I was willing to leave behind everything I had previously known.
I took off in search of a new way of life and to do my first yoga teacher training in Asia.
For a long time I drifted nomadically, circling the globe, practicing with esteemed teachers and pursuing new experiences that would, in time, inform the teacher I was to become.
As I practiced and travelled something in me unravelled. With yoga as my compass to navigate the winds of change, I revealed new frontiers within myself as I woke up to new horizons the world over. Away from the structure, the expectation and the demands and the deadlines of the life I had known I had the space to expand and see myself clearly. That clarity delivered me to my destiny and taught me how to live from a deeper place within myself.
The rest is history.
Yoga as a way of life
Realising the merits of yoga practice and the potency of taking time and space for yourself I was roused to run yoga retreats in inspiring locations immersed in nature. I chose to do what I do because nothing delights me more than holding space for you to make your own journey, inside and out.
When I’m not hosting retreats you can find me teaching group classes, workshops and private 1-2-1’s in Amsterdam.