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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 into 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 elate to myself and others with clarity and love. Allowing me to dance my natural flow and open my heart.
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. Extended by a training to guide people in group-therapy. The training includes systemic therapy, transactional analysis, ego-psychology, visualisation, somatic therapy, Jungian Archetypes, bioenergetics, and body-oriented-psychotherapy.
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 daughter just turned 18 years old. My son is in high-school.
My training and inspiration
Yoga: Ad van Hassel (Hatha Yoga), Gösta van Dam and Patrick Vermeulen (Jivamukti / Vinyasa Yoga), Gert van Leeuwen, (Critical Alignment Yoga), Anusara (Elena Brower), Sarah Powers, Paul Grilley, and José de Haan (Yin Yoga), Yogi Bhajan and Guru Nanak (Kundalini yoga), David Lurey, Leo Peppas, Donna Farhi, and Anil Sethi (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.