I am your teacher in yoga; yoga is your teacher in life
I am Lana, yoga teacher and psychologist. In India, ‘lañā’ happens to mean ‘to carry’ or ‘to accompany’. That is my all-encompassing purpose: to guide you through your process of self-development – which is exactly what yoga is about.
Personally, I got in touch with yoga as a teenager. It started as a way of physical movement that helped me to connect with my own body, with more kindness and awareness than I used to do. On my way, I noticed that yoga also had a deepening effect at the mental level. I learned even more about yoga philosophy when I traveled in India and Nepal – a whole new world opened up for me. Yoga became more and more intertwined with my life. It is a lifestyle that helps me to keep learning every day.
As a yoga teacher and psychologist, I am further specializing in yoga therapy. Yoga therapy is a multi-faceted approach to health and wellbeing. I am very passionate about this field, integrating different perspectives from ancient yoga philosophy and modern science.
I studied clinical and neuropsychology at Utrecht University, and completed my yoga teacher training at Arhanta Yoga in India. I started my career doing research into brain-based therapeutic techniques for mental health, but soon discovered my heart lies in working with the people themselves. I then continued my path as a psychologist in mental health care, where I am still working with a broad range of psychological problems. In addition, I am teaching regular yoga classes and private yoga therapy sessions. My expertise lies in yoga therapy for mental health issues such as depression, anxiety and trauma-related issues.
I have graduated in clinical and neuropsychology (MSc.) at Utrecht University, The Netherlands. I am registered at the Dutch Institute for Psychologists (Nederlands Instituut voor Psychologen, NIP).
I am a certified and registered hatha yoga teacher. My main yoga teacher training was at Arhanta Yoga Ashram in India. I am continuing education in yoga therapy through the Svastha Yoga Therapy programme.