Edwin Johannes

My first encounter with yoga was in 2001 in Pushkar, a town in India. Previously I had some experience with zen meditation, but I never had done yoga before. After this first encounter I lost interest and for the next five years I was more focussed on meditation and my career as an amateur contemporary dancer. However when poweryoga was introduced at my local gym I joined and soon became quite enthusiast about yoga. Over the years yoga became an additional practice that I combined with other physical practices like fitness and dance. Gradually I also became more interested in the meditative and spirituals aspects of yoga.In 2010 yoga had become such an integrated part of my life that I decided to follow a teacher training to become a power-yoga teacher. After I’ve had finished my teacher training and started my career as a par time yoga teacher, I gradually became more attracted to the practice of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. I was fascinated by Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga due to its traditional approach and its fixed sequence of asanas. It made sense to me. Soon the practice of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga became an integrated part of my personal life and my career as a yoga teacher.

In my own style of teaching I very much emphasise that asana itself isn’t the goal of a yoga practice. Asana is like a finger that points to the moon, as they say in Zen Buddhism. Asana combined with the proper breathing technique and a focus that turns inward is very powerful tool that results in generating both a flow of energy and a very deep calm and focussed awareness at the same time.

Next to my career as a yoga teacher and my work as a nurse for the GGD, I’m also a student at Leiden university. In 2014 I finished a bachelor in World Religions, with a specialization in Hinduism. Currently I’m working hard to finish my master in theology and religion at Leiden University.