Yoga is a practice of deepening your sense of body awareness. This practice includes physical movement, breathing, focussing your attention and noticing your needs. This practice can be beneficial on the physical level. It can make you stronger, more flexible, help you develop the right body posture, improve your breathing and heart and vascular systems. This practice can be beneficial on a mental level and support you in taking rest and developing resilience. This practice can do wonders for your energetic experience. This practice can expand to deepen your spiritual awareness.
I (Alya) practice Hatha yoga, a branch of yoga which embraces the practices of asana (posture), pranayama (breathing), mudra and bandha (special gestures). Within Hatha yoga many styles have evolved. My initial teacher training was in Vinyasa Flow yoga with a special focus on body alignment (influence of Iyengar yoga), I have deepened my practice by the studies of Yin yoga, Hormone yoga and Shakti Tantra yoga. By tapping into a well of knowledge of these traditions, deep listening and learning from my own body and those of my students, I have developed a unique blend of these practices.
Currently I teach weekly classes, every class has its own dynamics and rhythm and all of them are united by care, love and attention to detail that I put into creating them.
Slow Flow Yoga
Your mind comes to rest , as you are lead through a series of mindful
flowing movement s synchronised with your breathing, while your
body is developing gentle strength, flexibility and mobility. Be
warned, that the feeling of inner balance and beauty might stay with
you for a while!
This class is for you if you are seeking a peace of mind through
movement, love to take a bit more time for your yoga postures or
have minor to medium health concerns.
A sequence of interconnected yoga postures united by the breath
and deepened awareness. Flow helps release the tensions in the body
and mind, stimulate circulation, activate your muscles, lubricate your
joints and boost your mood.
This class is more strenuous than Slow Flow Yoga, but less vigorous
than Vinyasa Flow Yoga, so you get the best of both!
Vinyasa Flow Yoga
Let your body flow through a series of interconnected yoga postures supported by mindful breathing and the single-focussed mind. Develop strength and stamina, improve your flexibility, tone your muscles and joints, improve your circulation and boost your sense of vitality with this energising dynamic form of yoga!
This class is for you if you enjoy vigorous movement and creative mindful approach!
Stress Relief Yoga
A lovely blend of flowing movement, mindful breathing and vitalising techniques from different yoga traditions (Hatha yoga, Tao yoga, Hormone yoga). Learning to listen to the messages of the body and mind helps us to tap into the body’s inherent wisdom and healing capacities, so that we can step back into the world rested, restored and balanced.
This class is for everyone who wants to improve their self-care, both women and men. It can also be supportive in dealing with anxiety, fatigue, burnout, menstrual disorders and menopausal symptoms.
In a beautiful meditative practice of Yin Yoga we take a step back from the active doing of daily life and the dynamic muscle-oriented practices. Yin focusses on the connective tissue of the body: tendons, ligaments and fascia. While the muscles are toned by movement and repetition, we can improve the strength and elasticity of the connective tissue by passive longer-held stretches. Through the connective tissue we are reaching the energy meridians removing any stagnation and rebalancing the whole system.
This class is accessible for everyone looking for more balance of the body and mind. People who enjoy vigorous dynamic practices might also benefit from Yin as a complementary balancing practice.
To become fitter, stronger and more supple, to find pleasure in movement and cultivate a good mood – all of this comes together in this dynamic workout. In this class we work on our whole body from our core (abdomen, back, hips and pelvic floor) with awareness, focus and appropriate breathing. The exercises comprise a selection of classic Pilates, modern gym and yoga.
A special approach is used in these classes – the Flow (borrowed from Vinyasa Flow yoga). This means that all exercises are connected by the order, rhythm and breathing, which allows you to come deeper into your body and use your energy in an efficient way. All distractions and the feeling of time disappear in the Flow, and you re-emerge refreshed and energise, in your body and mind.
Inner Power Yoga
In a series of seven sessions this workshop focusses on the energetic body and the physical and mental structures connected to the specific areas – chakras. Chakras are vortices of life energy, that relate to specific areas in the brain as well as endocrine glands and nerve plexuses. Every class is themed around one or two chakras to create a powerful sequence of specific asanas, pranayama, mudras and bandhas.
This workshop is accessible for everyone interested in deepening their yoga practice.
Embodiment in Art
Are you experiencing a lot of stress in your art studies or practice? Are you feeling blocked or stuck in your head? Do you remember the time when learning or making something was fun? In this workshop you will learn to pay attention to your body and embark on a journey of slowly learning its subtle language. Through this delicate attunement you will gradually build confidence and trust in your inner knowing, which will help you to develop your creative practice as an authentic expression of your beautiful self.
The workshop is building upon a yogic approach of dynamic body-postures and mindful breathing.
The workshop is fully customisable for Art Academies, schools, groups and creative individuals. Let us know what you need!
• I teach weekly yoga and pilates classes at Amstelhof Sport & Health Club in Uithoorn, VDO in Uithoorn en KDO in De Kwakel.
• Private lessons can be offered and workshops can be developed in collaboration with you, let me know what you need!