Yogamoodra offers group as well as private classes at various locations in Turkey as well as in India (seasonal).  My classes are rooted both in the Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga tradition.  They integrate meditation, breathing and relaxation techniques, and place special emphasis on alignment and mindfulness. 

The name I’ve chosen for this website is a wordplay on Yoga Mudra.  In Sanskrit, yoga means  “union” and mudra means  “seal” or  “sign”.

Spiritually speaking, yoga refers to the union of the individual and the universe.  On a more physical level, it usually refers to the union of body, breath, mind and soul.  A mudra is a symbolic or ritual gesture in Hinduism and Buddhism.  Some mudras involve the entire body, but most often they are hand gestures that stimulate a particular state of consciousness or mood.  They are performed as spiritual and energetic seals to reach the states of balance and self-realization.

In the Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga tradition, Yoga Mudra (yoga mudrasana) is a posture that is performed as part of the finishing sequence to seal off the practice. Next to its physical benefits, it also helps to deepen the practitioner’s mental and spiritual awareness.  I’ve grown to appreciate the Yoga Mudra pose as a state of stillness, a moment to turn my attention inward and enjoy the space that being in the present moment creates within.


It’s those immeasurably powerful moments when we stand still and stay close to ourselves that make us see things more clearly, and that give us a better understanding of ourselves and our connectedness with each other.  Next to the physical aspect of the practice, this is what yoga has come to mean for me.

Having embarked on yoga as a mainly physical exercise and in search of a better work-life balance, it soon started working its magic on me and continues to do so.  The magic for me is the inspiration I find in it – and I love to share it!  By now, both yoga and meditation have become an integral part of my life, expanding far beyond the yoga mat.

I trained in the Ashtanga and Power Vinyasa Yoga tradition with Johan Noorloos and Marcel van de Vis Heil (Amsterdam, 2010), which for me was only the beginning of a beautiful journey with infinitely more to explore.  To remain inspired and to keep growing as a practitioner as well as teacher, I continue to pursue my yoga studies by taking workshops and immersions in different styles of yoga including Hatha, Vinyasa, and Iyengar Yoga.  So far, I’ve had the chance to practice with and receive guidance and inspiration from some excellent teachers, such as Rajiv & Swati Chanchani (Old Rajpur, 2016), Ashish Sharma, Surinder Singh, Usha Devi (Rishikesh, 2014 & 2015), Julie Martin (Goa, 2012), David Swenson (Berlin, 2011), Heather Radha & Anthony “Prem” Carlisi (Bali, 2010), Helen Knox-Johnston (Ibiza, 2010), Jax Lysycia (Ibiza, 2009) and James DeMaria (Ibiza, 2008), which I’m very grateful for.

In the past four years, I traveled extensively and, next to Amsterdam, also taught in India, Nepal and Sri Lanka.  Traveling and teaching abroad, and meeting wonderful people – yogis and non-yogis alike! – for me is a huge source of inspiration.  Currently, I am teaching group and private classes in Kusadasi, Turkey. 

I would like to thank my students – old and new – not only for their presence in my classes, but also for their amazing openness and warmth.


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