Our story

Amsterdam Yoga Collective is a Hatha-based yoga collective, founded in 2020 by Seth Kamphuijs and Sharleen Westhout. Our vision is to serve different communities throughout the city, and the world at large through our online videos. The idea is to help students of yoga gain strength, balance and flexibility and to find peace within themselves and with others. Central to our philosophy is meeting the individual needs of those who come to our classes. Whether the groups we teach are large or small, or when classes are one-on-one; we strive to make everyone feel welcome, appreciated and safe enough to leave their comfort zone and go deep within.

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About us Seth
Seth Kamphuijs

Seth started practicing Yoga as a means of recovery after suffering a broken back from a traffic accident in 2004. Steadily building his own practice, he was certified at the foundation and advanced levels in 2015 and in 2019 (500 hr RYT) at Arhanta Yoga Ashrams. Since 2015, he has taught over 5000 hours of Yin, Hatha, Vinyasa, Yoga Nidra, and Meditation, throughout Amsterdam and abroad. Key components to his teachings are balancing playfulness and seriousness, meeting the individual needs of his students and creating a safe environment so that students feel free to go deep within and open up to their true selves. Seth founded Amsterdam Yoga Collective with Sharleen Westhout at the beginning of 2020.

About us Sharleen
Sharleen Westhout

Sharleen’s previous professional life was in marketing. As a longtime student of yoga, Sharleen’s love for the discipline developed into a calling to share her passion with others. After a sabbatical trip through Southeast Asia, she obtained certification from Arhanta Ashram in Khajuraho, India. On her return to Amsterdam, she started teaching and founded ‘Amsterdam Yoga Collective’ together with Seth Kamphuijs. Sharleen’s teaches Traditional Hatha and her classes are characterized by a deep care for her students and her clear , safe and compassionate teachings. She currently studies,‘Chakra Studies: Vision, Language, Leadership & Intimacy’ with Erica Jago.

About us Reina Hoctin Boes
Reina Hoctin Boes

Reina fell in love with Yoga at the same place, known today as The Innersense, where she currently teaches Restorative and 55+ Yoga with AYC. Reina is full of compassion and grateful to be able to continue to pass on a deeply rooted Amsterdam Yoga tradition in De Pijp.

Reina studied history at the University of Amsterdam and was certified by Dr. Chintamani (PhD) of the Nepal Yoga Academy in 2016, at the foot of the Himalaya Mountains, with a 300-hour yoga certification. Her mission is to let her students experience their true strength and wisdom.

About us Lindsey Housden
Lyndsey Housden

Lyndsey is inspired by people’s capacity to overcome their limitations through yoga. She aims to create a safe and peaceful atmosphere for each student to develop physically, mentally and spiritually, and help them find their own unique practice in yoga. Lyndsey teaches traditional Hatha yoga to support and promote health and well-being. Alongside the physical postures, breathing, relaxation and meditation form an important part of the practice. Her deep commitment lies in helping the student to connect to themselves by drawing their awareness within. Alongside her yoga practice, Lyndsey is an artist and art teacher.

About us Antar
Antar Khirad

Antar is a yoga teacher and Ayurvedic massage therapist. He was born in India and has been living in Holland since 2000. He has been sharing his lifetime experience of Ayurveda, yoga and meditation internationally ever since. His classes focus on awareness through physical exercise and breathing techniques (pranayama) and controlling emotions such as anger and depression and symptoms such as fatigue, insomnia and overweight. Antar received his main yoga education at the Sivananda Ashram in Rishikesh and Sivananda Ashram in Kerala, India. He has been teaching yoga and meditation from a young age in India and nowadays runs a meditation center near Rishikesh.

About us Florence van der Poel
Florence van der Poel

Florence has been practicing yoga and meditation for years, which she has always combined with a busy career as brand manager and entrepreneur, to maintain the right balance. She practices different styles of yoga and has focused on Yin Yoga and Yin Yang Yoga since 2016. Central to her classes are compassion, feeling safe, the energy channels of the meridians and meditation. Florence received her Yin Yoga Teacher training (200hrs) with Skadi van Paaschen at NYS, Advanced Studies Yin Yang with Skadi van Paaschen and Yin Yang Yoga and Mindful Meditation (100hrs) at Sarah Powers Insight Yoga Institute. She currently studies Yoga Therapy.

About us Petra van Spellen
Petra van Spellen

Worsening migraines and a search for peace and self-discovery led Petra to yoga when a friend took her to her first Hatha Yoga class in 2005. On the mat, Petra discovered what she was looking for: connecting, going inward, the joy of a stronger more flexible body and an awareness that we are more than our thoughts.

Petra lovingly guides her students through their yoga journey and the experience of its beauty. Petra teaches Hatha, Yin and Breathwork. 

About us Mo Stipsen
Mojan Stipsen

Mojan Stipsen began his yoga journey around the turn of the century and trained with, among others, David Lurey, Simon Park, Shiva Rae, and John Friend. In addition, he studied Svastha Yoga Therapy, Traditional Hatha in Santosh Puri Ashram, Ashtanga in Mysore at Krishnamacharya Yoga Institute, and was initiated into the Krya Yoga tradition of Lahiri Mahasaya in 2014. In the Netherlands, he studied with Svaha and followed the advanced teacher training at Delight with Ayurveda and Yin modules. Besides Yoga, Mo trains in Chinese martial arts and movement art, fitness, calisthenics, kickboxing, and Chi Gong. Mo is also a personal trainer and breathing coach.

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Farrah Spaargaren

At a time when she felt lost, Farrah started practicing yoga and became more connected with herself. She then took two Hatha courses, a children’s yoga- and a prenatal course. After teaching in several studios, Farrah opened her own yoga studio and saw her greatest wish come true; becoming a mother. After four successful years, Farrah closed her studio to focus on her family. In 2020 she started a yoga therapy teacher training, to support students in their overall balance in well-being. With a wealth of experience, Farrah is now passionately shares her knowledge in her classes.

About us Jane Stevens
Jane Stevens

Jane began her path of yoga in the UK over twenty years ago while working as a professional dancer. What had started as the continuation of a physical practice quickly became deeper as she entered into a world of inner awareness and meditation. Jane has traveled extensively and always found a home away from home in the worldwide yoga community. Jane merges her dancing background, classical Hatha training, and love of meditation to create a class combining conscious breathing and a meditative flow. She holds a RYT 200 in Hatha Yoga, a RYT 200 in Multi Style Yoga, a diploma in ballet and modern dance, a comprehensive anatomy certificate from David Keil.

Connection

Amsterdam Yoga Collective is about connection… connecting to one’s true self and about connecting to those around us – and connecting to our beautiful planet that is in such desperate need of our care. Because yoga gives such a strong ability to feel and live more connected, we believe that this gives us the ability to act in a better way towards everything and everybody we meet. Yoga brings us closer to our nature of kindness and understanding and helps us to share the limitless life force we have within.

At Amsterdam Yoga Collective we celebrate many different styles of Hatha Yoga (Hatha, Flow, Vinyasa, Yin, Restorative e.o.) and meditation and welcome all levels of practitioners. Everyone has a unique path to follow and as teachers we rejoice in observing the progress that our students make on the mat, and off. We also try to lovingly help them through setbacks with grace.

Yoga is about creating union, relieving suffering and seeking freedom for our bodies and souls. We invite you to cultivate strong, vibrant and healthy bodies and work towards creativity, happiness and tranquility of the mind. We put much time and effort in the spaces we teach in and work hard to create environments where participants can feel at ease.

What is yoga like at Amsterdam Yoga Collective?

Hatha Yoga incorporates poses (asanas), breath practice (pranayama) and meditation (dhyana). At Amsterdam Yoga Collective we’ve immersed ourselves in the ancient old tradition of yoga and it’s proven effectiveness to enhance all areas of health and wellbeing comfortably and modernly. We find joy in bringing diverse individuals – youths adults and singles – couples and families together through our wide variety of classes. We love yoga and this is expressed in all we do. So please be welcome. We have a spot waiting for you!
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