Vera de Nood


For the biggest part of my life I lived near the coast in the Dutch province Zeeland. My interest in psychology led me to the big city with all its turbulence. Once arrived, it didn’t take long before I had found yoga with its quietness and relaxation, which I was missing so much. After the first lesson I was sold! Now, five years later, I still practice yoga on a daily basis and can’t imagine living without it.

I tried many types of yoga, from hatha to bikram, and I still enjoy trying new types. However, my first experience in yoga was a yin class and until today I love this type the most. This love, or passion, comes from an interest in the mind and mindfulness. During my classes I pay a lot of attention to these two fundamental parts, because next to working on a flexible body, (yin) yoga also contributes to a healthy mind.

During a yin yoga class some poses, asanas, are held from two up to ten minutes. The long static poses put a strain on your body as well as your mind. Some poses may feel uncomfortable and may evoke a variety of thoughts. When this happens, the real challenge is to notice your thoughts and emotions, observe them and then try to let them go. In maintaining these poses you will experience that the thoughts and (intense) sensations will slowly fade away.

Currently I teach both yin and children’s yoga at different locations. Parallel to this I am a nutritionist and a student in clinical psychology at the Erasmus University. I believe in a holistic approach when it comes to medical complaints like ‘feeling out of sorts’ and try to apply my knowledge to the fullest extend of these three different disciplines.

Since April 2016 I’m privileged to teach yin yoga at Yoga Maya. I would love to meet you in the studio!