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.
WHY YOGA MATTERS
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.
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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. My purpose is to connect science and tradition by sharing yoga in a scientific language. 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. 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.
WHAT I DO
I explain psychological science and the benefits of yoga and in a down-to-earth way. I do this through lectures, workshops, private coaching, writing, and yoga classes.
How I got here...
experience and education
May 2019 – Present
I teach regular yoga and meditation classes at Yoga Zeeburg, Hotflow Yoga, Great Club, online on youtube and insight timer,and at my own events.
Psychological scientist, lecturer, coach
March 2018 – Present
I am a regular guest lecturer and work-life coach at the University of Amsterdam, TU-Delft, Schouten & Nelissen University of Applied Sciences, Downsideup, and Neuro Habits.
I teach courses, workshops, and masterclasses on identity change, behavior change, healthy work habits, stress and burn-out, teamwork and leadership, problem solving and decision making, and start-up psychology.
2018 – Present
Next to teaching yoga, I will always be a yoga student. I have a daily personal yoga practice, and I am currently training under the guidance of expert teacher Nick Presser. Before starting to teach myself, I traveled to Thailand in 2019 to do a yoga internship at the yoga community Future Hippie, where I developed classes on yoga philosophy, meditation and asana (physical) practice. I received my formal diploma and 200HR teacher training at Himalaya Yoga Valley in India, in 2018, under the guidance of expert teacher Lalit Kumar.
Researcher, Lecturer, PhD
University of Amsterdam
2012 – 2018
In my Postdoc (2016-2018) and PhD (2012-2016), I studied the effects of attention, emotion, motivation, and feedback on stress, creativity, and proactive behaviors. I coordinated courses on prosocial behavior, helping, and volunteering, work- and organizational psychology, writing, data analysis, and coached individual students through their thesis projects.
Master & Bachelor in Psychology
University of Amsterdam
2012 – 2018
I started to study psychology because I am fascinated by human behavior, and I wanted to understand and help people.
Eventually, I developed a passion for research, and became a scientist. Helping people came back as a calling when I started my yoga journey.