Yoga for more strength, balance and relaxation in body and mind.
If you experience stress and have tensions and feel under the weather, yoga, meditation and breathing exercises can certainly help you find more relaxation and balance in both your private and your work life.
But yoga is also definitely for you if you are already fit and healthy; to maintain this level, or to build more strength and flexibility.
It can also help you (re)discover what your priorities are, your challenges and limitations.
Yoga goes beyond the exercises you perform on your mat.
Yoga for mental and physical health
Yoga is a great way to stretch, build muscle strength and endurance, improve flexibility, build balance, optimize organ function, achieve long-term wellness, access our inner intelligence, relax, and improve the overall quality of our lives.
Breathing exercises will help to use your full lung capacity and will help you to relax your body and mind. It will also improve your breathing in daily life.
Through movement, breathing and relaxation exercises you become more aware of yourself and you can release stress more and completely relax.
It is for individuals of all ages and all levels of experience and fitness.
Whether this is your first yogic experience or you’ve been practicing for decades, whether you have physical limitations or not. My approach is to customize the class to your needs and abilities.
I guide you in a way that is positive, motivating, attainable and enjoyable.
Reasons to do yoga:
In our modern life the balance between body and mind is often disrupted. Yoga offers us exercises that restore the balance. It makes the mind and body lively and flexible. Through yoga, you learn to listen to your own body.
Like me, many people start yoga as they want to relax. But after just a few classes, now more than 25 years ago, I discovered that yoga has so much more to offer.
Reason to do yoga could be that you:
- Want to learn to relax yourself better
- Wish to attain optimal physical, mental and emotional health and well-being
- Are advised by your physician or physical therapist to practice yoga
- Want to experience a deeper connection to yourself and to the world that surrounds you
- Want to be more aware of your body
- Want more control of your body
- Want to improve your sense of balance
- want to decrease feelings of stress, fear and anxiety
- You do not breathe properly and want to do that better
- Want to be more flexible
- Want to develop your spirituality
- Would like time to yourself
- Because it’s fun!
Yoga is not all being silence and serious. There is also a lot of laughter in my classes. We share stories, create a nice and safe environment in which everyone can be themselves.
Type of yoga
The base of the classes lies in Hatha yoga, supplemented by other styles such as vinyasa and yin-yoga.
I often implement various breathing techniques, vipassana -and mindfulness meditation.
The form and intensity of the class is adjusted to your wishes and possibilities, or those of a group.
I take into account everyone’s possibilities and limitations and at physical and mental challenges.
In private classes of 1 person or small group, we can deepen individual processes.
Breathing techniques and Meditation for relaxation and awareness
Breathing exercises and meditation are indispensable elements in a yoga class.
Meditation is so much more than feeling physically relaxed and getting a calm mind. It is also very healthy for your body.
With regular practice you will notice the benefits of breathing exercises and meditation in your daily life.
With every yoga movement and pose there is attention for the correct breathing.
In addition, there are many different breathing exercises that are added to a lesson. Breathing exercises are also called pranayama. This is a Sanskrit word, which can be translated as ‘control of breath’. Prana means breath or life force and ‘ayama’ control.
Some forms of pranayama are:
-Ujjayi pranayama (ocean breathing)
-Dirga pranama (‘3-part breathing’)
-Nadi Sodhana (Alternate Nostril Breathing)
Meditation styles during yoga class
There are many kind of meditations in the world. I practice and teach in below styles:
-Vipassana – mindfulness meditation – training observation, awareness and insight. See also my page Mindfulness meditation
-Body scan and Savasana – guided meditation to let go and relax every part of your body.
In these blogs you can read more about how you do savasana and the benefits of savanasa
-Metta meditation –guided meditation in metta, which can be translated as loving kindness
-Gassho meditation – traditional meditation from the Reiki tradition
-Chakra meditations – focusing on all chakra (‘energy wheels in your body) or one specific.
My yoga classes and all meditations are free from any religion, although the origin may be in Hinduism or Buddhism. They are for individuals of all ages and all levels of experience.
Wonderful yoga classes with clear step by step instructions
Prices for yoga classes in Jordan, Holland and online
Below prices are based on a one-time class of around 75 minutes
Prices vary for multiple classes and for large groups
€ 30 / JD 25 – up to 3 people
€ 10 / JD 8 per person for groups of 4 people and more
After class tea or a refreshing drink is served.
Possible additional costs: travel costs and travel time, depending on the location.
All possibilities and final prices will be discussed and confirmed in advance.
Location for yoga classes in Jordan and Holland
Classes are given in Aqaba and Amman, Jordan.
On request session can be hold on other locations, like Wadi Rum.
From May 2022 (with reservation), classes take place in and around Hoorn and Amsterdam, Holland.
Yoga and meditation retreats in Jordan
Retreats are generally given in Aqaba and Wadi Rum.
Other locations are possible or request.
At the moment there are no retreats planned
What to wear and bring to the class
- Comfortable clothing in which you can sit easily with meditation and move easily during yoga.
- Water if desired
- Yoga mat or reserve a mat in advance.
- Meditation pillow or meditation stool if you have your own
My years of experience with yoga
About 25 years ago, I took my first step into a yoga studio. Those first years my weekly practice was mostly for a moment of relaxation and working on my flexibility. Without realizing it right away, yoga offered me so much more than that. This process I recognize with many of my students.
After my first years of practicing yoga regularly, I deepened my practice through training and courses, retreats and teaching. Everyone is welcome in my classes, and I find that I especially get a lot of satisfaction from guiding beginners and older people.
The great thing about yoga and meditation is that you always keep learning. In addition to theory, it is mainly a matter of doing to get what it can do for you. You develop further every day.