Our Teachers


All our beautiful teachers are certified and have several years of experience of yoga behind them. 

Rajeev PM Achari


Competencies: Kalaripayattu, Martial Arts

Level: Kalaripayattu

Languages: English

Level: Beginners and Intermediate

Days: Saturdays

About me: Experienced Martial Arts practitioner and Kalaripayattu teacher, who hails from and received his training from the state of Kerala in India, the birthplace of Kalaripayattu.

Class Specialty: The classes are targeted at training the mind and body, through yoga-like poses (without the use of weapons). Classes are suitable beginners and for all ages from 7 years onwards.

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Indra de Bree – van der Meer

Parent-Child Yoga

Competencies:Level: Parent-Child Yoga

Languages: English & Dutch

Competencies: Parent-Children

Yoga Level: All levels

Days: Wednesday and Friday

About me: As a child I was already helping in my parents’ yoga school. Now is the time to start teaching myself. In 2011 I started with Kindercoaching Spelend Wijs, where I mainly focus on communication and contact between parent and child. And especially for expats kids I developed a program to learn Dutch in a playful way. The Parent & Child Yoga is a very nice addition to what I already do. For this I followed the training with Helen Purperhart (kinderyoga.nl)

Class Specialty: Parent & Child Yoga is for children from 0 to 4 years. Basically yoga for children is the same as yoga for adults. The difference lies in the approach. It is a combination of yoga and play where pleasure is paramount. There is a lot of reference to the animal world and use is made of yoga games, stories and songs.

In this way young children and their parents enjoy the positive effects of touch, movement, rhythm and relaxation. By combining the various components, the senses are stimulated and body awareness is increased. Parent & Child Yoga is a great way to discover and relax together and to have fun at the same time.

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Burcin Ozyurek

Prenatal Yoga

Competencies: Pregnancy Yoga, Post Natal Yoga, Yin Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga

Level: Prenatal Yoga

Languages: English

Level: All levels

Days: Wednesday

About me: I was introduced yoga in 1999, while I was working in advertising. The classes I was attending were the most relaxing and peaceful moments I was having the whole week. In 2004 I got married and moved to Amsterdam. Here I realised that this could be a whole new opportunity to bring in more happiness, peace and balance into my life. I attended to Sivananda Hatha yoga teacher training. In 2010, I completed pregnancy and postnatal yoga teachers trainings with Birthlight. I am also a certified Yin and Vinyasa yoga teacher.

Class Specialty: Pregnancy Yoga, Post Natal Yoga

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Carolina van Haperen


Competencies: ACT, Mindfulness Yoga, Physiosocial Therapy

Level: Mindfulness

Days: Mondays and Private Lessons by appointment

About me: I am a licensed and certified Mindfulness & ACT trainer, Psychosocial therapist and coach. This is my main profession, and am affiliated with VMBN (cat. 1), LVPW, RBCZ & SCAG. The affiliations can provide coverage with your insurance. It is my intention to help my clients to discover tools and skills so that they can manage their lives more mindful and meaningful. Finding balance in a busy live, and engaging with that what makes them happy, healthy and connected with others. Besides the above I am also a Aikido instructor (5th dan aikikai) in Amsterdam, and running my own Aikido school.

Class Specialty: MBCT, MBSR, ACT, Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness, stress & burnout prevention & recovery, Solution Focused therapy

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Maria Ivanov

Iyengar Yoga

Competencies: Iyengar Yoga

Level: All levels

Languages: English

Contact: info@shivayogacenter.nl

Days: Friday


Hatha & Vinyasa Yoga

Competencies: Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga

Level: Hatha & Vinyasa Yoga

Languages: English

Contact: info@shivayogacenter.nl

Days: Monday

About me: I have 15+ years of experience practicing yoga in India, the birth place of Yoga. I started practicing Iyengar yoga as early as the age of 9, and religiously followed yoga as a way of living. Later practiced Hatha yoga to perfection before getting certified as a yoga teacher. I spent several weeks in Mexico among a group of yogis to understand how the western world adopts yoga.

Class Specialty: My classes are mainly in Vinyasa, Hatha and Yin style of yoga along with Pranayama.

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Stephanie Rhode

Hatha Yoga

Competencies: Hatha Yoga, Personal Yoga

Level: Hatha Yoga

Languages: Dutch & English

Contact: info@personalyoga.nu

Days: Thursday

About me: I am doing yoga since I was 20 years old, my lessons are about: personal awareness, attention, self-reflection and inner well-being. You will experience this through the yoga I learned during my 4-year yoga education at the Saswitha Opleiding voor Yoga en Wijsbegeerte (Saswitha Training for Yoga and Philosophy) in Bilthoven (NL).

Class Specialty: My yoga classes are focused on stress reduction and experiencing vitality though yoga. The lessons focus on, among other things, the Hatha yoga asana, yoga breath, mindfulness through energy exercises, visualization, meditation and deep relaxation. I specialize in yoga for target groups, people with burnout and other stress conditions, people with physical discomfort but also in yoga for young people, children and elderly.

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Divya Beste Dolanay

Yin/Yang Yoga & Mindfulness

Competencies: Mindfulness Yoga, Yin/Yang

Level: Yin/Yang Yoga & Mindfulness

Languages: English Contact: bestedolanay@gmail.com

Day: Saturday

About me: I started my yoga journey in 2000 and my first words after my initial yoga class was ‘I have to teach this!’. I am passionate about sharing the ancient teachings of yoga, the benefits and the transformative power of it. I am a certified yoga teacher since 2003 (Vivekananda Yoga Therapy University), participated in countless workshops and training programs all over the world throughout the past 15 years, including the Yin/Yang Yoga teacher training from the pioneers of Yin Yang yoga, Paul & Suzee Grilley and Sarah Powers. I’ve taught hatha yoga, kids yoga, yin/yang yoga in Turkey, South Africa, India and Holland. I am also a holistic wellness coach and a mindfulness meditation teacher. I’ve also trained through the Shambhala lineage since 2008.

Class Specialty: There are three parts to this Yin/Yang and Mindfulness Yoga class; Taoist Vinyasa movements, the yang yoga, which will help to warm up the body and stimulate the ‘chi’ (life force) in the meridiens (energy channels) Yin yoga poses, that are static using tools of time and gravity, which will bring therapeutic effects, especially to deep tissues and joints. The mindfulness and meditative aspects, which will be an important part of the practice, that will bring relaxation, clarity, calmness and balance throughout your mind, body and spirit.

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Puspalata Sahu

Vinyasa Yoga

Competencies: Vinyasa Yoga

Level: Hatha & Vinyasa Yoga

Languages: English

Days: Saturday

About me: I am a Certified Yoga Instructor from Yoga Minds Academy, Amstelveen. I have been teaching traditional Hatha Yoga and Vinyasa Yoga in Amstelveen for more than a year now in the Netherlands. Trained by Dr. Olav Aarts, Anne Soffer and Olivier Soffer from Yoga Minds Academy in the Netherlands and from my father since childhood. I have profound knowledge of asana, pranayama, mudra, bandha and chakra philosophy.

Class Specialty: At the Shiva Yoga center I am going to give Vinyasa lessons for all levels which will include all aspects of Vinyasa krama those are asana, pranayama, bandha, drishti and vinyasa.

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Transform Your Life (Mausam and Keshen)

Meditation for Peace and Illumination

Competencies: Meditation for Peace and Illumination

Level: Guided Meditation

Languages: English / Dutch

Days: Tuesday

About us: We are a husband and wife team, married for over 10 years and each experienced in teaching Meditation courses and Pranic Healing for over 15 years. Meditation is a powerful tool when practiced in combination with daily life. We are both working professionals that have had first-hand experience with how transformational it really is.

Class Specialty: Meditation is a tool that helps us to find our inner spark and become a better version of ourselves. That inner spark is the true and lasting source of tremendous strength, confidence, happiness and inner peace. During this class, we will learn how to find that spark and grow it into a flame. We will start with the basics and build it up during the course of the month.

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Anita Niekel

Anusara Yoga

Competencies: Anusara Yoga

Level: Anusara Yoga

Languages: English/Dutch

About me: After practicing yoga for several years I started my first 200 hr Anusara Teacher Training in 2010. This year I finished the 300 hr Anusara Advanced Teacher Training. I love this yogastyle because it focuses not only on the alignment but also on the heart which allows you to bring the practice into your daily life.

Class speciality: Flowing with Grace In Anusara Yoga we work with a theme and the Five Universal Principles of Alignment. We start with an introduction of the theme, a centering and we chant the Anusara Invocation. The class has a slow flow. The asanas and pace of the class are related to the theme. We tend to hold the poses a bit longer. Oftentimes we work towards a peakpose.

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Hatha Yoga & Pranayama

Competencies: Hatha Yoga, Pranayama

Level: Hatha Yoga & Pranayama

Languages: English

Contact: info@shivayogacenter.nl Days: Sunday

About me: I had my first yoga experience as a child alongside my father in India. Yoga, has since then, been a big part of her life and personality. A certified Yoga Instructor, from India, my passion is to spread the awareness of the Yoga way of Life.

Class Specialty: A weekly Abhyasa or Practice of various Asanas in Hatha Yoga coupled with Pranayama, I believe is a holistic combination unifying your Breath and Bodymind for your well being and greater happiness (Ananda).

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