We, Marieke & Tim, have been practising and teaching Kundalini Yoga for the past ten years and since 2016 we are sharing through our international online platform: Kundalini Yoga School
In the beginning of 2020 revelations concerning sexual misconduct and abuse at the hand of Yogi Bhajan, founder of Kundalini Yoga, came to the light which made us decide to distance ourselves from his approach, since it no longer feels in alignment with our hearts to be representatives of his teachings. We do however feel the Kundalini Yoga practice and its effects are valid and beneficial and that its foundations are based in a much larger body of teachings that extend beyond Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan.
On a practical level
Since a couple of months we have started developing our own approach based on our gained experience and insights over the past ten years. We are no longer sharing Kriyas & meditations as taught by Yogi Bhajan in our new videos & livestreams. Also we will no longer actively involve the Sikh derived elements into the yoga practice.
Now, like many yoga teachers in other traditions, we compose yoga-sets and sequences ourselves from a compendium of exercises to work on specific themes, chakras, organs, etc. through asanas, Kundalini Yoga style exercises, meditation and pranayama.
We gain inspiration and knowledge from various yogic scriptures and traditions, in which ‘Kundalini energy’ is seen as a universal concept referring to the dormant energy at the base of our spine. In the process of ‘awakening’ it moves up the spine and stimulates an expansion of consciousness.
Kundalini Yoga is a dynamic yoga style with a spiritual and holistic approach. Within a single session you will find yourself practising classical asanas, breath-work, mudra, rhythmic exercises and chanting. You don't necessarily need to be flexible but the practice will stretch your comfort zone in many ways, allowing you to expand your awareness, release emotional and physical tension, build strength and vigour, become physically and mentally stronger and healthier, transcend your limitations and feel deeply connected to yourself. In short Kundalini Yoga is a great tool to experience yourself in a whole other way, giving you access to your full potential.
Your online guide to a daily yoga practice
The online Kundalini Yoga School supports the growth of your awareness with videos & livestreams of yoga-sets and meditations. The online guided Sadhanas help to integrate your experiences and insights gained on the mat into your daily life.
We experience first hand how the practice of Kundalini Yoga can help to embrace life as it is, with all its ups and downs. Through sharing our insights we hope to inspire you to explore the depths of your own being. Through our online community we offer a platform to share with each other on this transformational journey.
Marieke (1978) is a certified Level 1 & 2 Kundalini Yoga Teacher and currently in the process to become a Teacher Trainer. After practicing Hatha Yoga for 10 years she switched to Kundalini in 2011 and is teaching on a daily basis ever since via her own Yoga School; Kundalini Yoga Amsterdam. In 2013 she also completed her Kundalini Yoga Therapy training and became Yoga Magazine's Yogi of the Year in The Netherlands. Besides her daily classes Marieke teaches on several big Yoga Festivals, organizes workshops on the yogic lifestyle, also in India. She also leads Yoga Journeys & Retreats to France, Italy, India and Nepal. She loves to share her broad knowledge about the yoga wisdom & lifestyle in her classes to empower everybody to live healthy and happy lives using Yoga as direct key to overall well being of body, mind and spirit.Marieke’s love for Kundalini Yoga stems from the tremendous richness of inspiration and variation within this tradition. With her background as a theatre director she finds in Kundalini Yoga all the possible tools to awaken one’s creativity and potential. Her classes always are a deepening experience beyond the comfort zone, to discover new dimensions of 'being'. Selfobservation is playing a key role throughout the practice towards selfdiscovery.
As a Yoga-psychologist Tim (1985) integrates Yoga with Psychology. An early fascination for the mind made him choose to study Psychology at the University of Amsterdam. During his studies he practised Yoga & Meditation, which introduced him to a new awareness of thoughts, emotions and bodily sensations. Currently he teaches Kundalini Yoga in Amsterdam and online. Besides group sessions Tim is specialised in Yoga-psychology consultations with individuals and leading Kundalini Yoga Journeys & Retreats at inspiring locations worldwide.
Tim finds that Kundalini Yoga & Mindfulness based techniques are effective to see clearly, beyond illusions of the mind. He encourages a daily practice, allowing a new perspective on problems and challenges, instead of looking for ‘perfect solutions’ from the dualistic mind only. In his classes he guides his students to establish themselves in their hearts, towards a life filled with compassion and kindness.