About Jasmijn

I am Jasmijn, living in Haarlem, working in the corporate world, and serving as a Hatha and Vinyasa yoga instructor. I also enjoy drinking coffee, listening to music whenever possible, and, if given the choice, having breakfast three times a day (meaning I appreciate almost everything on a breakfast/brunch menu).

In 2022, I completed my 200-hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training (RYT 200, Yoga Alliance Certified) in Rishikesh, India, at the Himalayan Yog Ashram, situated by the Ganges at the foothills of the Himalayas. It was an incredible month where I started each day at 6:00 am, had two meals a day, and immersed myself in the philosophy of Yoga. I enjoyed it so much that I returned to India the following year…

Hatha Yoga Teacher Training

In 2023, I traveled to Goa, India, for my 300-hour Vinyasa Flow Advanced Yoga Teacher Training Course, which I successfully completed at Sampoorna Yoga. This was yet another distinct experience, but equally beautiful! Vinyasa, also known as flow yoga, is a dynamic style that emphasizes moving with the breath. All movements seamlessly flow into one another. In contrast, Hatha is a more static form of yoga, focusing on fundamental yoga poses and breathing techniques. The course was therefore physically more demanding, partly because it included an additional 100 hours within approximately the same timeframe as my previous teacher training. This achievement also grants me the designation of RYT 500, Yoga Alliance Certified 🙂

Why I combine yoga with the corporate world

When I made the decision to leave the Dance Academy in Rotterdam and later pursued my studies at the university in Groningen (Bachelor in Business Administration and Master in Marketing Management), I already expressed that I wouldn’t be suited for just one job. Everything fell into place when I transitioned from working five to four days a week to also teach yoga classes at companies (corporate yoga), gyms and yoga studios. I find myself more productive, creative, and solution-oriented on the days I work at Bol, and I consistently enjoy teaching yoga.

What yoga brings to my life

Yoga brings a lot of positive changes in my life. It helps me to stay focused on the present moment, which reduces stress and enables me to enjoy life more. The good habits I cultivate during my yoga practice and meditation spill over into my everyday life. As Yogi Ram always said, “The real challenge starts when you’re back home and dealing with the hustle and bustle of daily life.” For me, yoga truly begins once I step off the mat. Can I stay calm, focused, and solution-oriented in stressful situations? Can I find happiness even when things don’t go as planned? And, perhaps most importantly, can I be fully present in the moments I share with the people I love?

What brings me the most joy?

No matter how rushed and stressed people are at the beginning of my class, by the end of the yoga session, they are looking at me with a satisfied smile, a drop of sweat, and much more tranquility. It’s a delightful sight!