Rob Houkes. I am a Physical Therapist in Emmen, in the north of Holland with almost a decade of experience as a Physical Therapist. I have my own practice where I help people move better, help releave pain and teach people to have a better and more healthy way of live. As a Physical Therapist I have a good understanding of the human body, but especially the muscular-skeletal system of the body and the nervous system. With this knowledge we are able to understand the correct movements of each part of our body. Thereby we are able to see where problems occur in movement, and are capable of correcting this, ensuring a better functioning body, which might result in a happier and healthier person. I want you to have the knowledge to see, understand en experience the capabilities of our body, and of the students you teach. Our body is an intricate work of art. Understanding it’s workings is a journey that I boarded 15 years ago and which I enjoy every day. The human body never stops amazing me of its capabilities.
Hester Happé, a former scientist and Yoga Teacher (200RYT) she studied biopharmaceutical sciences at Leiden University and obtained her PhD in medicine at Leiden University Medical Center. “The scientist in me is always curious to find out how processes living things work and why. I enjoy thinking about how to answer key questions about they work or don’t work in case of disease. I always have been, and still am amazed by how nature works.
I am on a journey of personal development for a couple of years, but it all came into a slipstream after my first solo backpack trip in the summer 2015. Without realizing it there and then, going on that trip and what I experienced there, was a turning point in my life. It was when my yoga practice became much more than just injury prevention and a time to relax. Yoga is healing me… more than just my physical body. I now believe that there is so much more then science is currently able to detect and explain. Science is starting to discover what yoga has known for centuries. I see myself as a bridge between disciplines; the current scientific world and yoga. I personally have experienced how a yogic life style helps you to be the best you can be, how it can help you heal. In the future I want to help people heal themselves. I want everybody to live at their maximum potential, feel the best they can. I like to enthusiasm you, a fellow future yoga teacher, to understand how the human body works, what it needs to function best. And help you understand how practice can help your body, and how you can help your body to get the best from your practice. Your consciousness benefits from taking care of your body, mind and soul. What you feed yourself (breath, food, thoughts, information, environment) shapes you, affects you. Moreover, it not only affects you, it affects us all. We are one. I would like you to discover the beauty and wonder of your body using my expertise in anatomy and fysiology.”
Sarah Jane Rawkins. My first experience with Yoga was during a trip to Thailand in 1997. The very first class completely inspired me and sparked a deep interest in the subject of Yoga which still continues to grow. I spent many years following many different styles of yoga with different teachers internationally.I particularly loved the precision, integrity, authenticity and serious disciplined approach of the Iyengar system of Yoga.The attention to detail, alignment and subtilties of asanas and pranayama inspired me to follow the 3 year Iyengar Teacher Training program in the Netherlands which I completed in 2007. I have followed classes and workshops with senior teachers in The Netherlands, Australia, Canada, United States, England. I have been several times to study in India and I have been 3 times to the Iyengar Institute in Pune India to study directly with the Iyengars.I love to teach others and share my passion for Yoga. I have been teaching regularly in the Netherlands since 2006.I have taught workshops in England, Northern California, Prague , Glasgow, Portugal and Crete. I continue to further my studies of the subject, working with the Iyengar Teacher Certification system.I received Intermediate Junior 11 in 2013 and will continue to work towards higher levels of practice and teaching. I am currently following a 3 year therapeutics course to be able to teach and apply the therapeutic attributes of Iyengar yoga to help and guide people with injuries, illness or physical limitations. Yoga is a life long journey of exploration which is ever evolving. The more you learn, the more there is to learn, penetrating deeper levels of your self, your life, and your understanding. I love to share what I have learnt and wish to light the spark of inspriration in others.
Dylan Hendrix. Since a young age, Dylan has always been fascinated with life’s great questions; his own life journey has given him an unusual eye for the beauty and interconnectedness of life, and made him sensitive to the human condition. This has led him on an interesting journey of deepening his understanding of human behavior and spirituality through studying various spiritual texts and seeking out guidance from various teachers around the world. Dylan was introduced to Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga when he turned 30 and instantly fell in love with the method as a meditation in movement; a medicine for his body and mind and it has since become one of his daily Sadhana. Dylan has been captivated by the therapeutic aspects of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga and approaches his classes from this view point – to help students find their strength and balance in a safe space, whilst connecting to and integrating with the power of the breath and observing/understanding the patterns of the mind. Dylan has been fortunate to cross paths with many prominent teachers who have influenced and help shape his style of teaching and continues to journey and learn from/with Eddie Stern, John Scott, Govinda Kai & Petri Raisanen. He also gives respect to Claudia Pradella, Katizia Satya Ivulic, Sahaj Yogi & Eva Ugolini who have been a great source of support on his path. Deepest gratitude to Saraswathi Jois who continues to light the path for him and thousands of students today worldwide, sharing Guruji’s practice in its true essence and inspiring many. Dylan attended Vipassana meditation guided by the late Mr. S.N. Gorenka and continues to explore this path of meditation practice. Currently Dylan has published his first book, Art of the Storm, which was recently released October 19th 2017. His book brings together a collection of poems, short stories and reflections inspired from meditation, being in nature and yoga. Dylan is working on several other books and projects currently. Giving gratitude to all his teachers, Dylan hopes to share his passion and love of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and Yogic Philosophy, Meditation and Healing practices to continue to inspire others on the path of healing and being one with life.