The principle of humanity and reconnecting through yoga – my version

Being a military lawyer, the principle of humanity is a concept I learned about right at the beginning of my training. It’s part of the ‘four principles’ of international humanitarian law, designed to limit suffering during an armed conflict. The principle of humanity forbids the infliction of all suffering, injury or destruction not necessary for…

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International Day of Yoga Amsterdam 2019

So, this happened. On behalf of the Dutch Ministry of Defense, together with my colleagues, I actually got to teach a yoga workshop on Dam Square in the heart of Amsterdam last Sunday. The city of Amsterdam celebrated its fifth International Day of Yoga on the 16th of June 2019 and we were invited to…

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Around the world in asana #3

Tadasana and Urdhva Hastasana in the Dutch tulip fields! Ready for some color? Well here it is, a very colorful third edition of around the world in asana! On today’s blog I’ll talk you through Tadasana (Mountain pose) and Urdhva Hastasana (Upward Salute pose). I was really struggling with the pictures for this blog though,…

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Around the world in asana #2

Marjaryasana and Bitilasana in Piedmont, Italy Around the world in asana number two is a fact. I’m so excited to share this with you! Read all about Marjaryasana (cat pose) and Bitilasana (cow pose) and prepare your body for your next practice! A couple of weeks ago I wrote my very first blog in the…

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Around the world in asana #1

Padmasana in Rotterdam Journeys start with preparing yourself for them. Reading that lonely planet, buying that extra pair of socks and underwear, and making sure your neighbor is around to water your plants. It’s all part of making sure you are ready for your next adventure. Or at least as ready as you’ll ever be. And…

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Around the world in 40 asana

First of all, let me start by saying I’m sorry it’s been while since I’ve posted anything on my website. I’ve been very busy with my teacher training and I started a new job in The Hague. Also it’s a new year, full of exciting ideas and plans for 2019, that have stopped me from…

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New year’s inspiration: ‘When I fall’

Let me fall Let me climb There’s a moment when fear And dream must collide Someone I am Is waiting for courage The one I want The one I will become Will catch me So let me fall If I must fall I won’t heed your warnings I won’t hear them Let me fall If…

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Nusa Lembongan – it’s an island life for me!

Perfect diving, again amazing food, beautiful sunsets and my first acquaintance with Yin Yoga and Manta’s. Definitely more about that later in the blog, but first, let me tell you a little more about the island. About Nusa Lembongan Nusa Lembongan is a small island south of Bali. Getting there is very easy by boat…

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Canggu – Not just a surfer’s paradise

Canggu is hot. And I mean not just Fahrenheit or Celsius-wise. This beautiful, once sleepy beach town has rapidly become one of Bali’s top travel destinations. And rightly so. With its relaxed vibe, nice bars and beautiful beaches, Canggu is definitely worth the visit. Besides surfing, drinks and (very) good food, Canggu also offers you…

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Ubud – Let it work its magic…

Yoga and Ubud (Bali) are undoubtedly connected. So much so, that it may even have become a bit of a cliché to come to this part of Bali and practice. But I didn’t care. I had visited Ubud last year and was now ready to discover the ‘other Ubud’. The more quiet version that revolves…

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