Annemieke van der Zouwen - Personal Biography
After being introduced to yoga in the Netherlands, Annemieke van der Zouwen traveled to India in 2001 to deepen her personal practice of Ashtanga yoga. Together with a selected group of people, she was trained by Manju Pattabhi Jois, one of the world's leading experts in Ashtanga yoga. Annemieke has studied and apprenticed with Manju extensively since 2005. She has had 500 hours of practice with Manju.
Annemieke invited Manju to the Netherlands to give teacher trainings and workshops. Since 2008, she has been Manju's assistant during his workshops and teacher trainings in the Netherlands. She attended many other teacher trainings all over the world with teachers such as David Swenson, Mark Darby, Robert Boustany, Nancy Gilgoff and Neva Ingalls, and traveled many times to India—Mysore, Assagao, North Goa, Auroville—to learn more about Ashtanga yoga.
Annemieke has been teaching Ashtanga yoga since 2000. In her classes, she combines traditional Ashtanga yoga with her strong knowledge of general sports. She obtained a degree in physical education from The Hague University, which makes her a fully qualified teacher. She has a wealth of experience in training, having worked together with physiotherapists and physicians in rehabilitation programs. She knows and fully understands what responsible coaching means.
In 2008, she founded the Ashtanga Yoga Academy (AYA) so that others could learn teaching skills (Registered Yoga School 200; 500 hours Yoga Alliance). She gives Ashtanga yoga workshops for the NYV, the Dutch Yoga Association. She also organizes Ashtanga yoga retreats in the wonderful province of Zeeland.
Annemieke is an authorized teacher by Manju P. Jois.