The Brussels Yoga Loft is and will always continue to be a “small” studio. When starting the studio, Barbara wanted to ensure that all students become and stay as passionate about Yoga as she is. Being small allows teachers to know your name, to know your practice, your injuries, your challenges, and it allows teachers time to give you personal attention during the classes and help you improve or modify your practice … This is Barbara’s commitment to your Yoga Journey.
Curious control over the life (as Tao says)- that is what yoga gives her. It is a tool to know herself and love herself more. It gives her the space to observe and explore, reminds her that however philosophical and far it might sound- there is only the present moment so she tries to get the most of it. Eva has a 200 RYT Ashtanga TT certification from the Yoga loft, STRALA Intense certification (with amazing Tara Stiles), has attended workshops with the well known experienced Yogis such as Manju Jois and Damien de Bastier and has practiced with many other wonderful Yogis from all around the world especially fantastic friends and teachers from the Loft. She feels blessed having a chance to get to know the world and yoga gives her the real powerful kick and energy to continue learning every day and to share it with all the lovely people who come to practice to the classes with her.
Sofie started practicing yoga in the States with Tania Rice (Nashville, TN). In 2013, she moved to Brussels and continued her practice at the Yoga Loft. There, she obtained her Ashtanga Teacher Training Certificate (200h). After teaching Ashtanga Yoga, she signed up for Pregnancy & Prenatal Yoga at TriYoga in London. Now, she gives Ashtanga, Vinyasa and Pregnancy yoga classes. Sofie believes it is important to embody all aspects of yoga: the poses (asana), breathing (pranayama) and focus (drishti). By doing so, she invites her students to connect to their bodies, mind and soul. Sofie says, “be gentle with your body. In yoga, we try to understand its message, speak its language and take care of it. If you learn how to take good care of your body, you learn how to be gentle with yourself, others and the environment”.
Marc Pouw is the co-owner of the Yoga Loft Brussels and is a member of the vast and renowed “Its Yoga Community”, which was founded by Larry Schultz. His wife introduced him to yoga as a challenge. He trained with Larry from 2007 to 2011 and has immense experience in teaching Ashtanga . Above all, he is an “Experienced Yoga Alliance Certified” (ERYT) teacher with more than 6500 hours of teaching in the Yoga Loft and other studios around the world. He has taught several 200 hourTeacher Trainings, lead countless retreats, workshops, master classes in different types of yoga classes (Ashtanga, yin, acro, couples, kids and prenatal). Marc is an excellent yoga practitioner with more than ten years as an Ashtanga yogi.
Claudie took her first yoga class when she was 17, following the advice of her family doctor to help her through difficult teenage years. Over the years, she attended many classes (hatha, Sivananda, yin, Kundalini, Anusara, laughter yoga, etc). In 2006, she encountered traditional Ashtanga Yoga through the teaching of Luke Jordan and Paul Whelan in Ireland. It was a revelation. After moving to Belgium, she followed a 200hr certification at the Yoga Loft. Claudie practices 6 days a week, she studies yoga texts and chants and she travels regularly to attend international training courses. By being a teacher, she aims to pass on the knowledge that she has received, she aims to share the practice of traditional Ashtanga yoga.
Jeroen followed the first teacher training with Marc and Barbara at the Yoga Loft in 2012 (RYT200). He then developed a “Gentle Flow” series, building on his mindfulness meditation practice where awareness of body and breath is central. Jeroen is the co-founder of the Brussels Mindfulness Institute and has trained with yoga and mindfulness trainers around the world, including Mark Williams, Pedro Franco and Janice Marturano. He believes yoga provides a breathing space – a time to have a deeper and more meaningful connection with yourself and others. Jeroen is Dutch and lives with his Romanian wife and three boys in Brussels.
Sinziana first experienced yoga in 2008 and she accomplished the Teacher Training at the Yoga Loft in 2014. She also explored Yin Yoga and Acro Yoga, which she thinks complement and enhance her Ashtanga practice, but she feels most at home in the vinyasa flow practice. Sinziana is committed to her journey with yoga and regularly takes part in courses with inspirational mentors and teachers, and she finds in each and every class and encounters an opportunity to learn and discover the richness of the practice, the human body and the wondrous ways of the mind. She believes that yoga invigorates, strengthens and liberates, and she is forever under the spell of the amazing healing and solace the practice brings.
Katerina is from Greece and begun yoga at the age of 24 as a way of stretching before and after dancing. When she realized that yoga helped her reach out to the best version of herself, she decided to share her experience through teaching. She completed various trainings (Hatha, Anusara, Vinyasa) with Vivi Letsou, Natasha Rizopoulos, Petros Haffenrichter, Suryan Thakur, Laruga Glaser, Dylan Bernstein, Magnus Ringberg, Alexandra Rossopoulou and other bright and dedicated teachers from Europe, USA and India. She is specialized in pre and postnatal yoga with Sue Elkind and Carla Anselm. Her lessons reflect her view of yoga as a means of developing a strong body, open mind and courageous heart through an energetic flow with grace, alignment and balanced breath.
Having practiced hatha yoga since the 1980s, Jeannette discovered Ashtanga yoga at Jonny Kest’s first Center for Yoga in Detroit, Michigan in the 1990s. The relationship between movement and breath continues to fascinate her. After completing the Yoga Loft’s 200 hour teacher training in 2015, Jeannette teaches MPS and Vinyasa classes. Her approach is eclectic, philosophical, and organic, firmly rooted in direct experience of the principle “when the student is ready, the teacher appears” – and vice versa.
After moving several times around Africa andEurope and dedicating her life to her stressful work, she needed to recenterand find peace and clarity in her mind. Therefore, Kiriko decided to startpracticing Yoga. Not only did it greatly improve her physical condition butmost importantly, yoga helped her transform her way of thinking, allowing herto face her innermost self. Kiriko is now a dedicated yoga practitioner. Sheloves to share her experiences and to continuously broaden her knowledgewithin the yoga community. She also particularly enjoys the experience ofheat and shared energy during group practices.After completing a teachertraining (RYT-200) in 2015, she started teaching classes. She loves to bringfun but also challenges in each of them.
Yvonne discovered yoga in Ireland and tried several styles of yoga before completing the 200hr teacher training at the Yoga Loft in 2014. She teaches MPS, and a Gentle Flow class that is designed to relax the body and settle the mind to enhance balance and awareness. “In this hectic world, it’s important to slow down and reconnect with what we’re feeling. I love seeing the relaxed zen faces of the students at the end of class.”
What drives her yoga journey? “It’s a neverending quest for deeper knowledge, understanding, and experience that I can bring to my classes both as a student as a teacher.”
With 200h Teacher Training and 50h Vinyasa Teacher Training, Poland native Marta’s true loves lies in Vinyasa yoga. She also teaches MPS and FPS at the Yoga Loft. She has participated in workshops on Iyengar Yoga, Sivananda yoga, Kerala, and Ashtanga Yoga. She practices regularly in Thailand with Kirsten and Mitchell and with Damien de Bastier. Marta thinks of yoga as a super special treat in which invokes strength, focus, calmness and happiness, on and off the mat. Yoga has taught her patience, devotion and faith, and importantly, fun! “As our Guruji said- practice, practice, practice and all is coming.”
Lindell Yin Teacher at the Brussels Yoga Loft
Lindell’s first contact with yoga dates back to when she was a kid, through her parents and uncle who practiced yoga. She have a classical dance background and came to yoga as a means to find my own space and peace. After years of practice, including a disciplined home practice, she decided to enroll for a 200hrs Hatha Yoga Teacher Training and completed a 30hrs Yin Yoga Training directly following. Now she am spreading my yogalove through teaching.
Linda Pre and Post Natal teacher at the Brussels Yoga Loft
Linda came across yoga several times in life but fell in love with it when she moved to India in 2012 and started practicing Iyengar yoga. Love brought her to Bruxelles and here is where my daughter was born.
During her pregnancy she realized how important is to live those nine months in a serene way and how precious a good preparation for birth is. She also understood how the months after the baby is born are delicate and important, and so she decided to follow a training to become a Perinatal and Postnatal yoga teacher. She is now a teacher in training with Birth light and she loves working with women in this special phase of their lives!”
With a background in hatha and Iyengar yoga, Tanya became certified in ashtanga through the Yoga Loft’s certified teacher training program. During her recent pregnancy she also discovered kundalini yoga. She loves the self-acceptance yoga has instilled in her and can now live with compassion and awareness. Tanya says, “every class is a chance to live a new experience, whether it’s a room full of yogis you know or a just a couple beginners, it is a delicious experience to be savoured with the knowledge of the yoga tradition in mind, but always combined with the awareness of the people you’re within the here and now.
Despina completed her Children’s Yoga Teacher training in 2013. It had a profound and therapeutic effect that understanding, respecting and educating children is the ultimate act of caring about our society and its future. Since then, Despina is committed to sharing yoga classes with children. In her classes children breathe, move, stay, jump, play, gather around in circles and relax.