The eternal search
I am Angelique Schutten, studiomanager of Balanzs Rotterdam, teacher and practitioner of yoga myself. As I never felt being in balance, neither being in the right place at work, I had an eternal search going on. Everything I did could be even better and more beautiful, I could be happier if I just… My head was always full of thoughts and thus I started to find something that could help me balance more. First I started to go to the gym. Easy to combine with work but not very inspiring. I tried bodybalance and got interested into yoga. In the beginning it was a little like a love-hate relationship. I wanted to join class, but I always had tons of excuses to not go.
Then a friend of mine introduced me to Bikram Yoga and I liked the heat, not having to deal with cramps and muscle aches anymore. I must admit, in the beginning, looking at myself in the mirror was confronting. I didn’t like what I saw. Though this was exactly what made me come more often. As I did, my body seemed to change. I got more flexible, more focussed, and I felt better in my skin. By the end of 2009 I quit my job and I went to Bali with the initial plan to do yoga every day, though I ended up scuba diving, drinking and smoking with the guys… This had to change!
Diving into yoga
I started to respect myself more. I made healthier choices. I stopped smoking. Got more health conscious. I went to yoga class more often. I did what I liked instead of doing what people expected from me. I worked abroad but lost my job and finally ended up in India where I decided to dive deeper into yoga practice. I did my first teacher training and kept on traveling and working after that. I felt happy and even privileged to work for a yogastudio in Bali. An average day at the office started in the green and lush area of Taksu Spa. I could join their classes for free and after class, working behind my laptop, I overlooked the palmtrees.
Move out of your comfort zone!
A year had passed. I returned home with the idea to move back to Bali after earning some money and getting the right paperwork done. This never happened. June 2011 wasn’t an easy time to find work and with little money I had to do work-trades to be able to practice yoga. In October that same year Balanzs opened her doors and I started to practice with them. I liked the variations they offered. Hot Yoga was something completely different and I liked being challenged. Shortly after they opened their doors, Zsoka, the owner of Balanzs, and I, talked about me starting to teach at Balanzs. It was time to let my light shine and to share what I know. I enjoyed being a Balanzs teacher a lot. It is really great to see people walk out of class with a big smile on their faces. I like to challenge people in different poses, moving them out of their comfort zone. I believe you can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable in trying something new!
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