We do not use the body to get into the pose -
we use the pose to get into our body
- Bernie Clarke
Yoga & Meditation
One of my very first self-care practices is yoga. And up until today, yoga and meditation are one of the places for me to go back to when I want to connect to myself. When I was living in Amsterdam, I had my own space to teach, where I provided different types of Yin and Hatha-based Yoga and Meditation classes and workshops in a cosy atmosphere with small groups of people or as individual support. I was also regularly teaching at different yoga schools. Now I'm living in Idyllwild, where I offer workshops, retreat classes and individual support on request. My intention is to create a space for people to self-connect and nourish themselves both physically, emotionally and energetically. I hope to contribute and make life a bit more wonderful.
I have practised yoga and meditation and enjoyed classes since 2011 and joined an intensive Yoga retreat in Bali in 2015. After that, I started teaching and took a 200 hrs Yin Yoga training in Amsterdam (2016), a 500hr Hatha Yoga Therapy training in Rishikesh, India (2017), 20hr Yoga Nidra training in Amsterdam (2017) and a 100hr Kids Yoga training in Amsterdam (2018).
In my teaching, I am inspired by many more practices that I consider to be contributing to life. You can read more about this here: https://www.tamaracatharina.com/inspiration
When you scroll down, you will find all types of yoga, meditation an pranayama I offer. For questions about private individual or group sessions, workshops or facilitation during retreats, you can send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Yin yoga is the counterpart of the fast and exciting everyday life. In Yin Yoga everything goes slowly and quietly, you take time for your body and your emotions, being in the moment. Yin Yoga makes you develop flexibility on deeper levels. The flow of energy is stimulated, and blockages are resolved. Yin yoga incorporates many elements of mindfulness and has a meditative and calming effect.
Yin Yang Yoga
Yin Yang yoga is a very nice way to get to know your Yin and Yang side and how these two can help each other. The Yin, which you to observe your body and your mind, stretches the body. The Yang, which is challenging and changing, strengthens the body. The combination is an amazing practice which makes you feel more flexible and recharged.
This yoga practice is commonly known as yogic sleep. While the practitioner rests comfortably in shavasana this systematic meditation takes you through the pancha maya kosha (five layers of self). Yoga nidra offers a space to explore what you need in the moment, as well as an opportunity to work on releasing long-held emotions. Leaving you with a sense of wholeness.
The meditations I offer are meant to support you in coming back to your centre. A gentle practice to bring the focus inwards with the intention of self-connection. I offer different techniques, which can be helpful in finding a way that works best for you or that works for you at a specific moment. Meditation can bring inner peace, calm and balance that can benefit both your emotional well-being and your overall health.
A fun, safe way to keep moving into old age, while learning to accept the body's limits. Chair yoga not only makes the body fitter, it also calms the mind by stimulating a flexible and resilient approach to life. In addition, it is a wonderful way to be together, share experiences and listen to others.
Kids' yoga is fun, energetic and playful! In the kids' yoga classes, children can discover yoga and use their imagination in breathing exercises, games, yoga postures, relaxation and visualization. During our children's yoga, children learn how pleasant rest and relaxation can be, and on the other hand, they can also let themselves go and follow the impulses of their body during the yoga class.
This yoga class is intended for pregnant women from their 14th week of pregnancy. During pregnancy body and mind go through a major transformation. Pregnancy yoga offers a gentle approach to growing and maintaining flexibility, resilience, softness, deep breath, balance and trust in your body. My main intention is to support you in connecting to yourself and preparing for birth in a way that works for you.
After the transformational experience that birth is, not only the body but our whole system is shapeshifted. It takes time, attention and a gentle approach to connect to the new version of yourself. The intention of a postnatal yoga session is to support you in overwhelm, chaos, grief, tenderness, or wherever you are in the moment, to connect to yourself and nourish your body with special attention to what your body can handle.
Pranayama, like meditation and asana (the physical yoga practice), is one of the eight limbs of yoga. Just as our mental and emotional state can influence our breath, conscious breathing can affect our energy level and emotional and mental state. A pranayama class gives you tools to use your breath to calm down the mind, reduce anxiety, strengthen, create space in your body, and find balance, focus and energy.
Do you want to know more about what yoga can do for you? Which form suits you, how you can practice at home or anywhere else? Yoga coaching is a beautiful tool to work on your body, soul and mind in a very gentle and intuitive way. Learn to listen to your body and your breath, learn to relax and especially work on yourself. A possibility to touch all the different layers of you: physical, energetic, emotional and spiritual.