Who are the instructors during a retreat?
We work with professional yoga teachers, masseuses and other instructors during our retreats, events and workshops to ensure that participants receive the best possible experience.
On this page you'll find more details about their skills and background.
Joyce Duijndam - yoga teacher and masseuse
Joyce is 30 years old, originally from the Netherlands and now lives and works since several years in Barcelona.
She obtained her university degree in physical education together with sports massage.
After those studies she felt there is more than just the physical body and she wanted to learn more about the connection between body and mind. She started a hatha yoga teacher training, which became a life changing event for her: falling in love with the practice, the philosophy and the connection of body and mind.
She finished a course in Thai massage and worked and lived for a year in a yoga retreat centre in Spain where she learned more of the arts of massage and of teaching yoga.
Currently she works in Barcelona as a hatha yoga teacher and gives deep tissue, relaxation and Thai massages.
Yoga classes are available for all levels, from beginners to experienced yogi. Joyce will create a safe and inspiring setting and adjust her classes to the group. Classes will be given in English, Spanish and Dutch.
For more information about Joyce, please visit her Instagram profile: @enjoyce.yoga.and.massages.
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Hatha in Sanskrit is also translated as the “sun” and the "moon.” This refers to the balance of masculine aspects (active, hot, sun) and feminine aspects (receptive, cool, moon) within all of us.
We also refer to the body and mind, movement and stillness, breathing in and breathing out, feminine and masculine energy, holding onto and letting go, tension and relieving.
Hatha yoga is a path towards creating balance and uniting those opposites.
During the class the instructor will work with asana's (postures), pranayamas (breathing exercises) and meditation.
Yoga nidra is a state in which the body is completely relaxed, and the practitioner becomes systematically and increasingly aware of the inner world by following a set of verbal instructions.
This state of consciousness is different from meditation, in which concentration on a single focus is required. In yoga nidra the practitioner remains in a state of light withdrawal of the 5 senses (pratyahara) with four senses internalized, that is, withdrawn, and only hearing still connects to any instructions given.
The goals of both yogic paths, yoga nidra and meditation are the same, a state of meditative consciousness.
It is among the deepest possible states of relaxation while still maintaining full consciousness. In lucid dreaming, one is only, or mainly, cognizant of the dream environment, and has little or no awareness of one's actual environment.
Yoga nidra results in conscious awareness of the deep sleep state.
Acro yoga is a physical practice which combines yoga and acrobatics.
Acro yoga includes many types of (mostly recreational) partner and group acrobatics in which at least someone is lifted.
As such it also draws on traditions of circus arts, cheer-leading, and dance acro.
Acro yoga is more vigorous than many traditional forms of yoga as exercise.
Yin Yoga is a slow-paced style of yoga as exercise, incorporating principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine, with asanas (postures) that are held for longer periods of time.
For beginners, asanas may be held from 45 seconds to two minutes; more advanced practitioners may stay in one asana for five minutes or more. The sequences of postures are meant to stimulate the channels of the subtle body known as meridians in Chinese medicine.
Yin Yoga poses apply moderate stress to the connective tissues of the body, with the aim of increasing circulation in the joints and improving flexibility.
It is a more meditative approach to yoga, its goals are awareness of inner silence.
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