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I thought I knew quite a lot about health and global issues. I’ve been immersing myself in the subject of nutrition for the last 4 years, I’ve worked for several NGOs, and in Uni teachers bombarded us with facts and videos about health, development, inequality, animal and human right violations, and climate change. Yet, until yesterday, I was still eating chicken (not often), and animal products like goat cheese and eggs. And fish (very often)! I absolutely love fish. In […]

October Challenge: Going Vegan


Tracy Gray
Tracy Gray decided 8 years ago at age 39, to turn her life around and swap her IT career for a yoga teaching career. With 3 kids, she manages to study everything there is to know about yoga, anatomy, yoga therapy and thai massage, teach her classes, run her own retreats,  be there for her family, and still schedule in some time for herself. She says that one of the best lessons she’s learnt so far, is that she can’t be superwoman. I disagree. I think […]

Dream Chasers: Tracy Gray


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Nikki Stevenson runs her own business in yoga mats and yoga clothing. A true entrepreneur, she’s a rad surfing yogi from Australia, based in Bali. Nikki is also a yoga teacher and publishes her classes online on her website, a great source of inspiration for any yogi.  The first time I met Nikki was during a yoga class at Serenity. She was teaching. The things she said were so spot on and valuable, I just had to tell her how much I appreciated […]

Dream Chasers: Nikki Stevenson



4Ways To Improve Your Self-Worth and Feel Confident What is self-worth? According to the dictionary, it’s a “sense of one’s own value or worth as a person”. But there are many ways to value yourself. True and healthy self-worth comes from within, accepting all parts of yourself, loving yourself in its entire form and feeling complete just as you are. Self-worth versus self-esteem There’s a difference between self-worth and self-esteem. Self-esteem is more directed outward, it’s more about what you do. […]

How To Improve Your Self-Worth: 4 Ways To Boost Your Confidence


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Amanda Battle, Soul Coast Yoga The second power woman to take part in the Dream Chasers series is Amanda Battle. She runs her own yoga studio Soul Coast Yoga in Rockingham, Western Australia. I met Amanda during our teacher training in Bali. A strong, inspiring and loving woman who took the leap to start her own business. And it’s thriving. Here’s her story. Dream Chasers is a series of interviews with women who are working hard to turn their dreams into reality. […]

Dream Chasers: Amanda Battle, Soul Coast Yoga


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Bali Healers: My First Balinese Healing Experience For a long time I’ve wanted to try a Balinese Healing session. More for the experience than anything else. But, last week I totally eat-pray-loved it. I was a 33 year-old Western single woman on a mission in Ubud, Bali’s center for healing. Elizabeth Gilbert would be proud. I visited one of the best of Bali healers, and here’s what happened. Meet Desak: a Balinese healer with electric hands It started because a (Dutch, super […]

Bali Healers: My First Balinese Healing Experience



Rosa Winkel
Welcome to the first of many: Dream Chasers. A series of interviews with women who are working hard to turn their dreams into reality. Women who choose their own path, who follow their heart, run their own business, and do what they love no matter what. Rosa Winkel The one to kick off this series is Rosa Winkel. Rosa is a Relationships Coach who’s living the dream in Bali, Indonesia. She runs her own business called Relationships That Matter, teaches Life […]

Dream Chasers: Rosa Winkel


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How to be happy is something everyone looks for. Happiness is the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Are you feeling like you’re a universe away from spotting that rainbow, let alone spotting that pot of gold? It’s okay, don’t despair.  Here are 10 ways to help you be happy and get that spirit of yours high again. On life, not on drugs. 1. Understand what suffering is What are the root causes of suffering? Let’s use some […]

How to Be Happy: 10 Ways to Lift Your Spirit


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Do you want to improve your surf skills? Start with yoga! And stop thinking that you’re not flexible enough. Even if you can’t reach your toes, you can still do yoga. Do it to increase your flexibility, your strength and endurance. Not only physically, but also mentally. Overcome your anxiety in (and out) the water by learning how to control your breath. Enjoy this yoga for surfers 7 best exercises. Practice and all will come. Strengthening 1. Down Dog (Adho Mukha […]

Yoga for Surfers: Best 7 Yoga Exercises



Ear Infections: How To Prevent And Cure Them Naturally Chances are big that when you are a travelling surfer, you’ve not only seen many beautiful surf spots, you’ve also seen many ugly hospitals. We get hurt a lot. We endure fin cuts, reef cuts, abrasions, concussions, ear infections and many more injuries and illnesses in our endless search to get our next fix. A common problem, not only for surfers, are outer ear infections (Otitis Externa). Especially in warm climates […]

Ear Infections: How To Prevent And Cure Them Naturally


This post is long overdue, about some 4 months. BUT, what is better than reminiscing over sunny summery photos in the midst of winter?! And… to look forward to next year’s retreats (28-30 July & 25-27 August 2017 for Scheveningen, and April and/or May 2017 (dates TBA) for Bali, Indonesia)!? 😉 Really, this Weekend Retreat was one of the best experiences in my life. A dream came true to organise, host and teach 12 amazing women all about Surf & Yoga. It was such […]

Impression of the Surf & (SUP) Yoga Weekend Retreat in Scheveningen August 2016


Pop-Up Surf & Yoga Weekend Retreat 26-28 August 2016 Feel like spending a weekend full of surf, sun, (SUP) yoga, meeting new friends, enjoying healthy meals and good vibes?! Join my friend Georgina van Dijk and me this Summer. Right in the heart of surfer’s town Scheveningen, The Hague. A great opportunity to connect with like-minded people and learn, or improve your surfing skills. Start or deepen your yoga practice, re-energize and become more in tune with nature, and yourself. Start: […]

Pop-Up Surf & Yoga Weekend Retreat 26-28 August 2016



Yoga leggings. They’re a phenomenon. Either you hate ’em or you love ’em. You’re a lover? Then you might find this review helpful in upgrading your wardrobe. You’re a hater? Please read on, and I might just convince you to give these leg huggers a try. I am definitely a lover of yoga pants. More of some than of others (depending on how they make my butt look, which is – of course – very important in my yoga practice). But yeah, […]

Review: My Mantra Active Yoga Leggings


Aaah Portugal, one of the sunniest areas of Europe. With around 3000 hours sunshine a year, it’s no wonder so many Northern Europeans escape their polar climate, and head down to the land of plenty. Ideal for surfers (so many different waves), Portugal has something to offer every traveller. So when I was invited to review the Perfect Spot Hostel for a Surf & Yoga Retreat in Cascais, Lisbon, I didn’t need to think twice.

Review: Perfect Spot Hostel Lisbon, Portugal


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This week’s theme in class is ‘finding balance’. Finding balance in an unstable environment, such as the ocean, such as life. We focus a lot on arm balances, core exercises and standing balances. But how do you find this balance? Just practice? Yoga is all about balance, but is anyone ever really ‘balanced’? How good a yogi you may be, doesn’t everybody lose their balance sometimes?

How To Find Balance in Your Life



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If there ever would be a yoga festival with these 5 teachers giving classes or workshops, I would book a ticket immediately, no matter where on earth it may be. These international yoga teachers are each inspiring, unique, energising, down-to-earth yet spiritual, and just overall rad human beings. 

5 Inspiring Modern Yoga Teachers to Follow and Learn From Online and Offline


(English below)Begin je week goed! Op maandagavond 28 maart 2016 starten mijn yoga lessen in de Keizerstraat in Den Haag weer. Even lekker uit je hoofd stappen en bewegen. Een fijne manier om die ‘Monday blues’ van je af te schudden. De lessen bestaan uit een vloeiende (Flow) serie yoga bewegingen (Asana’s) waarbij de focus ligt op het volgen van je eigen ademhaling. Ademhaling en beweging vormen een geheel (Vinyasa). Je bouwt door deze lessen meer flexibiliteit, kracht en uithoudingsvermogen op. Ideaal […]

Vinyasa Flow Yoga Classes Start On 28 March


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Have you ever been to a yoga class, and felt like you were attending a fashion show instead? You know, all the fancy yoga pants hopping around in their down dogs and wild things… You might have a pair of Lululemon’s yourself. Then you understand that western yoga has become a serious fashion and fitness business. Do you think there’s something wrong with that? I don’t. Here’s why.

How Fancy Yoga Pants Will Save Your Soul (And The Rest of The World)



A couple of years ago I was reading this Dutch magazine about happiness, called Happinez. Many people who read Happinez, are looking for happiness in their own lives. So was I. It wasn’t that I was unhappy, I had a good life. I had a great partner, an awesome job (I really loved that job), and I lived in a nice house. I was surfing twice a week, and I did my yoga. There was something missing though. I didn’t […]

Fuck It: The Ultimate Spiritual Way


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This title sounds like I’ve become a full-blown hippie. Fear not, I still shave, I just had cosmetic surgery (had to remove a mole that was annoying me), I eat meat, and I use airplanes. After 15 years of taking the Pill though, I have decided to quit. I did it once before, and it felt good. Somehow I started again, but now it’s definitely time to quit once and for all. I’m just gonna put it out there: hormones […]

Natural Birth Control with the Lady-Comp: Why I Quit Hormones


Summer has come to an end here in Holland. And so has my stay. It has been a blast, this whole Summer. But, now it’s time to follow the sun again. One year ago, while living on Bali, I made the decision to one day come back again. That day is in 2 weeks. So, on Wednesday the 23rd I will teach my last yoga class in Scheveningen for this year, as I will be going to Indonesia for 6 […]

Last Surfers Yoga Flow on Wednesday 23 September for 2015



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Thailand is one of the best countries to visit if you want to immerse yourself in yoga. If you want to do some ‘karma’ yoga (aka volunteering), and if you like elephants, I would definitely recommend joining the Elephant Nature Park in Chang Mai. On our trip around the world, my boyfriend and I spent a week on the ‘Journey to Freedom’ project. Here’s my review. If you have any questions, please leave a comment and I will answer as soon as possible.

Review: Elephant Nature Park, Chang Mai, Thailand


Summer has arrived!! The summer is ON in Holland. Grab your beach towel or yoga mat and join us on Wednesdays in Scheveningen for Surfers Flow: Yoga on the beach*! The classes involve a flowing movement through a series of poses. Vinyasa Flow is focused on synchronizing your breath with your movements – building flexibility, strength and endurance. Perfect if you want to increase your fitness. We end the class with the best part…: the relaxation exercise. 🙂 Where: Meet at Yoga Studio […]

Surfers Flow: Yoga on the beach


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Whether you’ve been gone for 3 months, or 3 years, coming home after long-term travel is weird. Actually, that’s an understatement. It’s super weird. Especially if you live in a fast-paced country or city, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into the Twilight Zone. Everybody is just so strange, people are mostly hurried, cranky and preoccupied with stuff that you just don’t get. Where are the smiles, the smell of kretek, the billion scooters driving around everywhere and nowhere? Fortunately, there […]

Coming Home After Long-Term Travel: 10 Tips to Make it Easier



Naast de reguliere Vinyasa Flow op woensdagavonden bij Studio Zowat aan Zee, kun je mij de komende twee weken als vervangende yogajuf zien bij  The City Retreat in Den Haag. 😄💗 Next to the regular Wednesday nights Vinyasa Flow at Studio Zowat aan Zee, you can see me during the next two weeks as a substitute yoga teacher at #thecityretreat in The Hague; • Monday 8 June: 9.30hrs. • Tuesday 9 June: 18.00 & 20.15hrs. • Thursday 11 June: 9.30 […]

Extra Yoga Classes Update Schedule


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5 Core Yoga Poses: Build Up Core Strength and Mental Focus Many of the people who I teach how to surf, ask me what they can do at home to better prepare them for the waves. I tell them to practice popping-up at least 5 times every morning, and I tell them to start doing yoga. Yoga creates more strength and flexibility in both your body and mind, helping you to deal with all kinds of challenges. Here are 5 core […]

5 Core Yoga Poses: Build Up Core Strength and Mental Focus




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(English see below) De zomer komt er aan! Ben jij er klaar voor?! Vinyasa Flow Yoga is een van de leukste manieren om fit te worden, uit je hoofd te stappen, en compleet te ontspannen. Daarbij leer je jezelf goed voelen in je eigen lijf. Zo treed je zelfverzekerd de zomer tegemoet. De les bestaat uit een vloeiende (Flow) serie yoga bewegingen (Asana’s) waarbij de focus ligt op het volgen van je eigen ademhaling. Ademhaling en beweging vormen een geheel (Vinyasa). Je […]

Vinyasa Flow Yoga met Jess: vanaf 6 mei 2015


Yesssss here we go!! First official yoga class in The Netherlands! Are you in for some delicious Vinyasa Flow, with a little bit of Hatha? Want to work on your core and shoulder strength? Join me in Scheveningen on April 14th. We’re going to do some Vinyasa Flow, with a pinch of Hatha Yoga. This class involves a flowing movement through a series of poses – building heat, flexibility, strength and stamina. You can determine your own pace. Focus is […]

Tuesday 14 April: Free Vinyasa Flow Class with Jess


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Far, far, far (depending on where you are) away lies Fiji and its 333 islands. Yes, 333. I didn’t know that before either. We’re here for 14 days, and since day 1 I feel like I’ve stepped into a postcard of the ultimate paradise island. Everything is so beautiful. The water is clear and turquoise, the sand soft and white, coconuts and ukulele’s are plentiful and the people are so, so friendly. Every time we arrive on a new island, the hosts […]

Where to go in Fiji: Top 3 Fiji Yasawa Islands



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Chocolate is the ultimate soul food. Especially when it’s good for you! By now everybody knows (or should know) that chocolate has the potential to be super healthy. I’m not talking about those sugared up bars, I’m talking about the rawww version. Just check out my Chocolate Chunks. They’re crazy delicious and easy to make at home (15 mins preparation and no oven needed!). What is raw chocolate?

Soul Food Recipe: Healthy Raw Chocolate Chunks


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So sweet! Therese from The Baked Apple (a nutrition student from Norway and an awesome food blogger) nominated me for the Liebster Award, an award giving to bloggers, by bloggers. Thank you so much Therese!! What is the Liebster Award? Liebster is a German word and means something like ‘dearest’. According to wordingwell.com: “the Liebster award was created to recognize and/or discover new bloggers and welcome them to the blogosphere.” There are a couple of things that I need to do.

Liebster Award: Paying It Forward


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Surfing requires a lot of paddling. Your shoulders and your back are constantly active, rotating forward. Wave after wave, after wave. Sometimes you have to paddle against currents, crowds or close-outs. No wonder your muscles get sore! Here are some yoga poses to stretch and release deep muscle tension. Hold the poses for a longer time (1-2 mins) so you release tension in the muscle fascia and joints. These poses are also great for non-surfers and people who work behind desks or with computers […]

6 Post Surf Yoga Stretches That Feel Great



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20 Lessons Learned from Traveling Around the World What is it like to be traveling the world? To travel for months and months, just exploring new places? I’ll tell you what it’s like; it’s the best thing ever! And… it’s seriously hard work. You have to organize basic necessities day after day,  survive in unfamiliar places, and stick with it. Long-term travel is no vacation, it is a full-time job. After 14 months of traveling, I wish I could tell […]

20 Lessons Learned from Traveling Around the World


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Are you thinking of doing a Yoga Teacher Training (YTT)? Congratulations! You’re going to learn a lot. However, choosing a YTT can be quite hard. There are just so many out there. Here are 10 important Q&A’s for choosing a training that is right for you. I’ve had some questions from different readers, asking me how I chose my YTT. These are my answers. Please feel free to comment on them below. Q: what kind of YTT did you do?

How to choose a Yoga Teacher Training


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Top 10 Intermediate Friendly Surf Spots in the World Are you a beginner or intermediate surfer? Are you looking for gentle spots to practice your skills on? Then take a look at this top 10 list of intermediate friendly surf spots in the world. Fun guaranteed. Of course, it all depends on swell size and other weather conditions if a spot works for you or not. Yet in general, these places have relatively soft-landing features (meaning: low risk of losing skin or breaking bones when […]

Top 10 Intermediate Friendly Surf Spots in the World