A Yoga Collective is a hatha-based yoga collective in Amsterdam founded in 2020 by Seth Kamphuijs and Sharleen Westhout, with the intention to serve different communities throughout the city, and to the world at large through our online videos. Our idea is to help students of yoga gain strength, balance and flexibility and to find peace within themselves and with others. Meeting the individual needs of those who come to our classes is central to our philosophy. We teach small groups, where all are welcome and everyone feels safe enough to go deep within.
Seth has been practicing Yoga since 2004 after breaking his back in an LA traffic accident. He’s been steadily building his own practice over the years and has been certified twice by Ram Jain of the Arhanta Ashrams in India and The Netherlands. Once in 2015 and again in 2019 (500 hr RYT).
Seth teaches Yin, Hatha, Vinyasa, Yoga Nidra and Meditation throughout Amsterdam and abroad. Key components to his teachings are the harmony between playfulness and seriousness, meeting the individual needs of his students and creating an environment where everyone feels safe to open up to their true self and go deep within.
As a student of yoga for many years Sharleen’s love for the discipline evolved into a calling to share her passion with others. She graduated from an Indian Ashram (200 hr RYT Hatha) (See above) After receiving her teaching degree she dove in head-first and has been teaching throughout Amsterdam since.
Sharleen teaches Hatha Yoga and her classes are defined by a deep understanding of her discipline ensuring that everyone participating feels welcome and safe during class.
A 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 A Yoga Collective we celebrate many different styles of Hatha Yoga (Hatha, Flow, Vinyasa, Yin) 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. At A Yoga Collective, 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.
Hatha Yoga incorporates poses (asanas), breath practice (pranayama) and meditation (dhyana). At A 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 and adults; singles, couples and families together through our wide variety of classes. We love yoga and this is expressed in all we do. So please feel welcome. We have a clean mat waiting for you!
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