I studied psychology for many years because I am a curious person, and humans are a fascinating breed. My work as a researcher and teacher has focused on how emotions, attention, rewards, and feedback influence creativity, innovation, and productivity at work. I have always been passionate about my work. The upside of that is curiosity, exploration, discipline, and persistence. The downside is pressure, and in my case, a huge burn-out.
In my year(s) of recovery, I finally made time to reflect on my experiences from a peaceful perspective. Reading through the scientific literature on stress, burn-out, and yoga, and exploring yoga philosophy and practice on my teacher trainings in India and Thailand, this bridge was a path to reinvention when I needed it most.
Psychological science helped to understand how chronic stress is induced, while the practice of yoga helped me deal with stressors, regulate emotions, and build a solid health routine that supports me to stay focused and relaxed while working with passion.
Yoga is routinized, habitual practice of physical and mental awareness, which is needed if you wish to change the way you live. Mere understanding is just not enough. Practice is the gateway to change.
For me personally science is still a passion. I long for an understanding of the world and the people in it. That is why I studied psychology: I wanted to know how people 'work'. What makes us think, what makes us feel, what makes us move? In a broader sense, science is relevant because is the most important tool we have (yet) to understand the world a bit better every day. So if you care to understand what makes you tick, science is the best way to gain that understanding.
Psychological science is slowly discovering both the diamonds and the dogmas of a tradition that goes back at least 2200 years. I connect science and tradition by sharing yoga from a traditional and scientific point of view. I want everyone, no matter their background, beliefs, or discipline, to be able to experience that seemingly distinct extremes of a spectrum can be experienced in parallel. You can be spiritual and down-to-earth, rational and emotional, peaceful and passionate, all at the same time. My mission is to build a bridge between modern science and yoga, and to combine their forces to initiate change in whomever wishes to turn their life, family, or organisation in a different direction.
I explain psychological science and the benefits of yoga and in a down-to-earth way. I do this through courses, workshops, private coaching, writing, meditation, and yoga classes.
May 2019 – Present
In 2018, I received my formal 200HR teacher training at Himalaya Yoga Valley in India, under the guidance of expert teacher Lalit Kumar. Directly after, I traveled to Thailand for a 400 hour yoga teacher internship at Future Hippie. When I came back, I started teaching yoga in Amsterdam. My practice in Amsterdam has been greatly influenced by the work of my teachers Gregory Lennon and Nick Presser.
Curious what my meditations are like? Check out my meditations below.
March 2018 – Present
Coaching and training have always been part of my work as a teacher and scientist at the university of Amsterdam. Currently, I have my own coaching practice, where I coach people going through change processes. Next to my private practice, I coach and train people at the University of Amsterdam, TU-Delft, University of Leiden, Schouten & Nelissen University of Applied Sciences, and Downside Up.
I teach courses and workshops on identity change, behavior change, healthy work habits, stress and burn-out. Curious? Check out a sample of my audio course below.
University of Amsterdam
2010 – 2018
My fascination for how humans behave, think, and feel, started early on. When I chose my study topic, it was a no-brainer. I originally started my psychology studies to become a therapist, because I wanted to help people. During the course of my education, my curiosity for research grew, I wanted to learn and understand more about the human brain, and so my Master led to a PhD, and ultimately a postdoc. During this time I particularly studied how people think and regulate emotions, coordinated a variety of courses, and coached many students through their graduation projects. Somewhere along the way I re-discovered my purpose to help others, which led me to merge science and yoga into peaceful passion.
Curious about how I use science in my work? Read a sample of my articles below.
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