Spreading the light in Amsterdam

Hot, Hip and Holy Jivamukti Yoga 




Hot, hip and holy Jivamukti Yoga in Amsterdam with 300 hours certified teacher Sharon Bartels.




We Pop Up Everywhere 


During the Dutch Presidency of the European Council Yogabrigade and Thrive Yoga every sunday facilitated Jivamukti Open air yoga classes on the Kop van Java for Meet The Locals. In Spring and Summer we popped up in the Flevoparkbad, Amsterdam Oost and on Java eiland. And we teach special classes: in the Oosterkerk and the Zuiveringshal, Westergasfabriek and QRU all in Amsterdam.

Jivamukti Yoga 


Jivamukti Yoga is founded by Sharon Gannon and David Life in the ‘8s in New York ans is a physical, ethical and spiritual practice, combining a vigorous hatha yoga, vinyasa-based physical style with adherence to five central tenets: Shastra (scripture, bhakti (devotion), ahimsa (non-harming), nāda (music) and dhyana (meditation).


Yogabrigade is Amsterdam based Jivamukti Yoga teacher Sharon Bartels, who, practicing yoga for many years,  in 2016 completed the Jivamukti Yoga Teacher Training in India. The Jivamukti Yoga 300-Hour Teacher Training is a month-long residential program held at different locations around the world. This rigorous program taught by Sharon Gannon, David Life and other senior Jivamukti Yoga teachers is considered by many to be the most comprehensive yoga teacher training available and the Gold Standard.

Yogabrigade is about making a connection, inspiring each other, practicing together at surprising locations and in peaceful studios.


My Schedule

Come and join me at United.Yoga!


Yoga Studios 


From  September 2019 teaching in the new Jivamukti Yoga home in Amsterdam! Together with Anna Dukhanina and Lizzy Lechner, we are United:





Are you interested in coming along on a retreat? Drop me a message and let’s talk! And check special events going on:

No special classes coming up at the moment

Venetian Jivamukti Yoga WKND Retreat april 2020!
More info soon.

Buy tickets for Venetian Jivamukti Yoga WKND Retreat



Where are you now?


“Yoga is not for people interested in staying the same”. – David Life, founder Jivamukti Yoga

“I’ve never been more ready in my entire life to do this right now. Never”. – Beastie Boys, Alive


“My grandmother was a Amsterdam based yoga teacher, but as a child I only thought it very funny her doing all these pretzel like poses.  Little did I know that 16 years ago I would find my own way to yoga. Many inspiring teachers (Thank you  Gösta, Alison, Sandra, Lydia!) crossed my path, but I really felt like coming home, diving into Jivamukti Yoga, a physical, ethical, and spiritual practice. After doing my Jivamukti Yoga teacher training in India, I started teaching in Amsterdam. I like strong, creative and integrated classes, not only about the asanas, but with a focus on the core: the ancient yoga teachings/philosophy.

Born in Amsterdam, 1970, after high school I studied European Studies (Italian, Spanish, European Law, Art History) at the University of Amsterdam. I started working as a Communications/PR advisor and Press Officer for the Dutch Government in 1997 and continued working for different ministeries and projects.

One of my teachers David Life just says it all: “ Yoga is not for people interested in staying the same”. And then there’s always the Beastie Boys to remind us: “I’ve never been more ready in my entire life to do this right now. Never” (from Alive)”.

Communications Designer
Adho Mukha Svanasana's completed
Times seen the world upside down in Salamba Shirsasana
Spiritual Warrior Classes each week
Mantras sung

Vastu-samye-chitta-bhedat tayor vibhaktah pantah.

(Patanjali, Yoga Sutra IV.15)


“Each individual person perceives the same object in a different way, according to their own state of mind and projections. Everything is empty from its own side and appears according to how you see it.”

We are born to look and listen to the world.



Jivamukti Yoga  Focus of the month

Our interconnectedness and the environment 

In a lecture, Alan Watts explains the idea of how everything on the planet – humans, flowers, weeds, birds, bees; EVERYTHING – only exists because everything around it also exists. Flowers only exist because of bees, and bees only exist because of flowers.


We are of the earth
To her we do return
The future is inside us
It’s not somewhere else
It’s not somewhere else
It’s not somewhere else

Future plans

Venetian WKN Retreat in April 2020! More info soon.


Thanks you for your nice classes! Really enjoyed them, see you soon!
Vrienden Vereniging Flevoparkbad
Such a pleasure to facilitate the practice of 5 lovely yoginis at Kop van Java eiland, Amsterdam today. Chanting, asana and meditation in sight of this massive cruise ship!
Meet The Locals
It was fantastic! I’m still sparkling with energy. So much impact!
Ministry of Education, Culture and Science
Super leuk, was heerlijk.
Meet The Locals

I bow to my teachers:

Sharon Gannon & David Life

Jules Febre 

Ruth Lauer – Manenti 

Emma Henry (Yoga Flow)

Doug Witthaker (Jivamukti Sydney)

Moritz Ulrich (Peace Yoga Berlin)

Gösta van Dam (Svaha Yoga)

Alexandra Waters (Anahata Vinyasa Yoga)

Lydia Aytogmus (Svaha Yoga)

My Yoga Teacher Friends:

Brendan Carroll 

Andy Nathan (Svadhyaya Yoga)

Jacqueline Godfrey

Marco Rodie

Lilian van Dam

Claudia Castro-Leverett 

“We are all in this together. We are all this together” – Sharon Gannon – Founder Jivamukti Yoga.


Get in touch with us


1019 SL Amsterdam
BTW NL195448935B01
KvK 66351332

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