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For the past 13 years I have been moving around the globe. Born and raised in the Netherlands, I moved to California in 2007 and have lived in Switzerland, Hong Kong and Singapore since then. I recently landed back on European soil. As a former Communications Director and holding a MA in French language and literature, Public Relations and Communications, I was fortunate to make a career change when I moved to the US. Passionate for dance since my early childhood, I've always been interested in the human body and its movement. After an introduction to Pilates years ago when I was diagnosed with spondylolysis, a fracture in the lumbar spine, I decided it was time to share my knowledge with others. Pilates has literally changed my life as it had made me stronger, flexible and more in touch with my body and mind. Becoming a Yoga teacher, Personal Trainer and Health Coach have only added to the mix, bringing me closer to who I am! I am also back pain free and live a happier and healthier life because of it. I‘ve had the privilege to work all around the world with people of different nationalities, with different characters, lives and bodies. But no matter where we live, we all deal with the same types of challenges. A stressful and often seated lifestyle, a lack of work-life balance and bad food choices, cause all kinds of health problems. From not being able to relax or sleep well, to having aches and pains in neck, shoulders and back, all are the result of unhealthy habits in our daily lives. My style of teaching is a blend of everything I have learned from personal experience, my own (teacher) training, conferences and workshops I attend, new research that is being done and most importantly, through feedback I get from clients. My classes are fun, challenging but always with an emphasis on correct form, posture and alignment. This will help you with body awareness, something you can apply in your daily life and when taking other classes. Come and try for yourself!