Aukje van Gestel
I am mad about slow flow Vinyasa: slow, flowing, repetitive movements, stimulated by the breathing rhythm, which creates space to turn all the senses inwards.
I am. Imperfect. On my way. Thankful
For a big part of my life, dance has been the primary language that I use to express myself. That is why a strong connection with my body has always been very familiar for me. When I encountered yoga through a growing interest in Buddhist philosophy and meditation exercises, the spark was there right away.
Asana practice, pranayama and meditation have by now become indispensable to me in order to maintain my balance. I can still be surprised by the effect of even (or maybe precisely) the simplest poses and breathing exercises.
I do. Aside from yoga, I have a passion for regenerating agriculture and permaculture; I work as a volunteer on the beautiful care garden in Haaren. Recently I have lived a couple of periods as a woofer and worked in biodynamic gardens in the Netherlands and Austria. At the moment I am working as a financial administrator for creative entrepreneurs.
For you. in my dynamic lessons, I like to make use of creative vinyasa flows, with one or two challenging (peak) poses. I am mad about slow flow Vinyasa: slow, flowing, repetitive movements, stimulated by the breathing rhythm, which creates space to turn all the senses inwards. For alignment, I lean towards the Iyengar style. This means there is occasionally a lot of attention for physical details, and the use of props for fine alignment of the poses.
During the quietening lessons (yin, restorative) there is a lot of attention for the quality of breathing, and connection breath, pose and consciousness. During this lesson, all props may be used to support, comfort and deepen. It’s so beautiful when the practice helps people get to know their body so well that they can adjust the poses and props to what is fitting and needed at that moment. During and after the lessons, there is a lot of room for the healing force of silence.