I started exploring my breath in 2014 while being hospitalised. This was when I was burned-out, and unable to move. My body informed me it was time to listen to my body (for the body keeps the score). Time for deep Inner-Work.
I realised my breath shows me what is going-on ánd informs me what I need. My breath allows me to experience what loving self-care feels like. How to stay close to myself, even during overwhelm. My breath inspired me to quit the job I didn’t like. My breath inspires me to be with people and in places that resonate with me. My breath shows me how to connect to people.
I’ve learned to allow my breath and body to be my compass. To allow my senses to guide me towards what is really going on. Body-oriented-therapy and bioenergetics encouraged me to travel down the depths of my life-experiences. These modalities made me realise how humans -like myself- belief the stories we tell ourselves. One of them being: “I feel depleted because they are not letting me live my life”.
Stories also provide wonderful guidance! Like noticing how miraculous the world is. Self-inquiry and therapy brought made me aware of what’s holding me back. Informed me how to re-direct my attention. How to use my qualities and skills to shine brightly.
Every modality and training continues to inspire me to interact with myself and with others with clarity and love. Experiencing the art of being. Allowing me to open-up to my natural flow. Opening my heart.
I attended the Amsterdam Steiner School and completed my Master of Arts at the University of Amsterdam. I have worked at the Dutch Cancer Society for 10 years. At 17 years old, I started body-oriented inquiry with yoga and meditation. As a yoga teacher (>2005), I was initially inspired by Jivamukti Yoga. Other Bodywork-trainings followed, e.g. Somatic Experience, Yin Yoga and Kundalini Yoga. I have a Croatian / Dutch background. My partner and I raise our teenage daughter and son.
My journey strongly evolved since I became a Certified Breathwork Facilitator. Exploring the wisdom of my breath and body ever since. I apply Bioenergetic Therapy in my Therapeutic Breathwork.
Currently I’m in the last year of an exquisite training, guiding people professionally in the art of living. Including systemic therapy, transactional analysis, ego-psychology, visualisation, somatic therapy, Jungian Archetypes, bioenergetics, and body-oriented-psychotherapy.
Me in Dutch mijn persoonlijke verhaal
My training and inspiration
Yoga: Gösta van Dam and Patrick Vermeulen (Jivamukti Yoga), Gert van Leeuwen, (Critical Alignment Yoga), Sarah Powers, Paul Grilley, and José de Haan (yin yoga), Yogi Bhajan and Guru Nanak (Kundalini yoga), David Lurey, Leo Peppas, Donna Farhi, Anil Sethi, and Elena Brower (other yoga).
Meditation: S.N. Goenka (Vipassanā), Mooji, Jon Kabat-Zinn and Tarthang Tulku.
Breathwork: Judith Kravitz, Dan Brulé, Ashanna Solaris, Jim Morningstar, and Giten Tonkov.
Psychotherapy: Eric Berne, John Welwood, Matt Licata, Bessel van der Kolk, Eline Brinkhof, Eddy Stap.
Bodywork: Peter Levine, Wilhelm Reich, and Deb Dana.
Obviously many others inspired me with cognitive methods and spiritual wisdom.