Live every moment! ♥
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Live every moment!

“Life is a balance
between what we can control and what we cannot
I am learning
to live between effort and surrender”

I live a happy life. I love my job, I meet beautiful people, there's joy, there's love. But there's no sugarcoating it, most days I'm in physical chronical pain that affects my joints, muscles and connective tissue, but mostly how I feel. I've lived with it for most of my life and accepting it and learning how to cope with it is a neverending journey; a balance between staying in control and letting go. I try to find balance. By watching what I eat, taking care to keep moving, reducing my stress levels and undergoing alternative therapies I am putting in effort to keep the pain at bay. The sunny and warm Portuguese climate helps as well, that's one of the reasons I'm there for long periods of time. Still, some days are worse than others. Days like that are unavoidable, and that fact can be difficult to swallow.

Someone else's 100% is not my 100%, and it took some time to fully accept that. By embracing that which I cannot change, I've learned to live a life of simplicity, learned to let go and live every moment. However, letting go is not the only answer. A measure of control and planning is important as well. We all have our obligations, and for me that means I'll have to seize the moment on a better day. I also have to bear in mind that a busy, active day, however wonderful, can have consequences.

Pain is outside of our control, while suffering is largely within our power. When we are able to distinguish between the two, we build the ability to accept pain as it is. By finding the balance between effort and surrender, we are able to ride the waves of life’s challenges while staying in touch with all the good and beautiful things that are still present in our lives. The support of others is vital as well. Other people cannot see the pain you feel inside, which makes it more difficult to understand for the outside world. That's why I'm so grateful for the help of my family and friends!

On a positive note, I'm convinced that this pain makes me a better teacher. I have more empathy for people that experience pain as well. Yoga is not just what you do on the mat. My teachings are not about performance, or creating a pretty picture. It's about the personal, inner process.

Being close to nature, resting, laughing a lot, focusing on the things that give you energy, with love and attention... those are all things that helped me tremendously. A sense of togetherness and support, as well as healthy activities like a retreat, massage, yoga and meditation can be healing for body and mind as well. Experience what they can do for you!

Love, Sanne

Amersfoort - Bindi | 31 

A collaboration so harmonious and fitting, you didn't think it was possible. It feels like that with the talented Caroline. A true synergy gives rise to magical things... like this beautiful Yin Yoga with live piano concert, in May at yoga school BINDI. You're welcome in the evening this time, from 19:00 to 21:30. 

Nothing stimulates so many regions in your brain as music. Music can have a huge influence on how we feel and behave. Listening to music reduces (physical) stress. This effect mainly occurs when we are with other people, for example on the dance floor or... in a yoga class. In Yin Yoga, positions are held longer. You do not use your body to get into a position, but use the position to feel your body better. It is a quiet form of yoga which allows you to take the time for your body.

Caroline's music is like a journey with peaks and valleys. Sometimes it is confrontational, sometimes it flows. It will never be conventional, but it might give you a glimpse of a place you have never been before.
Check out Caroline's website for more. She also makes stunning macro pictures!

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Amersfoort - MOOD | 31 May

Yoga Massage II is a deepening follow-up course for students that completed the Yoga Massage base course at MOOD massage institute. The information and skills learned during the first course will be further explored and deepened. You will learn more about the organs and the elements, and the connection between them. We will share tips and experiences. After completing the course, you will be able to combine yoga postures and massage techniques and create your own sequence based on complaints your clients may have.

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Amersfoort - MOOD | 2 June

Would you like to broaden your horizon by learning about a different type of massage? Come to the Yoga Massage intro day at MOOD massage institute to experience the powerful mix of yoga and massage. An ideal combination; both yoga and massage stimulate the flow of energy through the body and tackle any obstacles in that flow. 

Yoga Massage allows you to go deeper, it does not only involve the 'outside' of the body, but focuses on the inner body and mind as well. A nice addition to your knowledge and experience as a massage therapist. 

Including study material, tea, coffee, water and lunch.

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The Algarve - Encontro D'Alma | March through July

Everything you need is within you. You already have the capacity for happiness, fulfillment and greatness. You just need to uncover it. How? By embracing the still but powerful energy of Yin Yoga, which is all about grounding and turning inward. Yin Yoga is a calm, healthy and slow-paced and meditative form of yoga that improves circulation in the joints and creates awareness of one’s inner silence, feelings, sensations and emotions. 

Join these monthly Yin Yoga sessions at Encontro D'Alma in Faro and go on a journey through the elements and corresponding organs, a defining aspect of Yin Yoga. There are 5 sessions and each focuses on a different element. You can participate in one session to focus on a specific element, or take part in the whole series to really get to know Yin Yoga and its benefits. 

15 March - Metal
12 April - Water
10 May - Wood
14 June - Fire
12 July - Earth

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COMING SOON in the Netherlands 

More info on my Facebook and website, or send an email to
Yin Yoga with Live Piano Concert BINDI,

19:00 - 21:30
Yoga Massage II MOOD,

10:00 - 15:30
Intro Day Yoga Massage MOOD,

10:00 - 15:30
14, 15

19, 20
Yoga Massage I MOOD, Amersfoort
10:00 - 15:30
23, 24
A Deeper Touch of Yin:
Yin Yoga & Yoga Massage
Pure Energy Yoga,

10:00 - 16:30
COMING SOON in Portugal 

More info on my Facebook and website, or send an email to

5 Elements Yin Yoga Encontro D'Alma
Fri 18:00 - 19:30
15 - 19
Summer Full Moon Retreat Casa Danielle, 
Santa Bårbara de Nexe
Mon 15:00 - Fri 12:00

See you soon on the mat!
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