Barbara Van der Mersch

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Barbara has been combining working with travelling for several years. On one of her travels in 2011, she tried out a yoga class in Peru. She was a gymnast when she was younger and was drawn to yoga because it reminded her of those times. However, when she tried her first class, she realized it was more to it than the physical movements. Concentrating on the breathing, she found herself being in the moment, which was a turning point in her life. She has always been a fast-paced person and through yoga she found a balance in herself which she couldn’t live without anymore after she experienced that. There was a yoga teacher training going on when she was in Peru and she said to herself, ‘one day when I have more experience, I’d love to become a teacher’.

In 2014, she was able to make that dream come true. She came across a poster in Thailand that said a yoga teacher training was starting within a week on the island of Koh Phangan. She had the time and the motivation, so she went for it. It was a fantastic experience which only added to her love for yoga. She followed a general Hatha training but next to that she learned how to teach Vinyasa, Yin&Yang and Yin classes as well. As an addition to teaching yoga, she took a training in Thai Massage which perfectly compliments her yoga knowledge, since this type of massage is named ‘Passive Yoga’.

She enjoys learning more as she goes along the yoga path but the most important lesson that still influences her own practice is how to get back to the moment through breathing, how to find strength in her own stillness through movement. She hopes to inspire others the same way she was inspired through this physical and spiritual practice.