Welcome to Yoga Ommen

In Ommen, the green heart of Overijssel, you can enjoy yoga in a pleasant atmosphere. Come visit, and see what yoga can do for you!

Welcome to Yoga Ommen

Yoga combines physical exercises, meditation, breathing exercises, and other techniques to improve “mental, spiritual, and physical well-being”. “Yoga is based on the harmonization of mind, body, and soul. It’s practiced by young and old, without discrimination on the basis of sex, class or religion, and has become popular worldwide.”

Yoga is for everyone! For young and old. Any shape or size. On your own or in a group, flexible or not, with or without limitations. Everyone can practice yoga to their ability. With the help of yoga postures and breathing techniques, you learn to be consciously present in your body and in the present moment. Step by step, yoga calms your mind, teaching you how to know, understand, and heal your body better. Feel welcome to attend a trial lesson and see what yoga can do for you!

Hatha Yoga is an age-old way of exercising in which we pay attention to breathing and relaxation. Yoga means coming home to yourself. Yoga Ommen also offers therapeutic yoga programs that you can practice by yourself, such as Restorative Yoga and Critical Alignment Yoga.

Available now:

Online Yoga: Back Care Basics based on Critical Alignment Yoga

What do you do when you are not able to be in Africa? Well, you let Africa come to you!

Africa Yoga Project and Yoga Ommen together organise the first HHH-Europe tour. We start in June 2020 for the first time in the Netherlands!

Join us with this first HHH-Europe tour in the Netherlands

Hugs. Handstands. Happiness. We can not think of three other words that describe walking into to the Africa Yoga Project Shine Center. There, in our community based yoga center, hundreds of people practice yoga weekly in Nairobi, Kenya. We want to bring the contagious energy, enthusiasm and talents of AYP Teachers to communities across the Netherlands with our HHH-tour.

This tour is our first of its kind! Read more

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Host AYP-HHH tour Netherlands

You can learn more about me to read my personal blogs;

It all starts with a wish

It was late August 2006, our car was loaded with camping gear, and, once again, we were on our way to France.

We were approaching Zwolle, when my husband asked: “Can we make a quick stop at the bookstore?”

I looked at him, with questioning eyes: “What kind of book do you need?”

“Well, um, a management book,” he said.

Me: “But you already own every management book there is!” Somehow, I didn’t believe his answer read more

Safari Kenya – Africa Yoga Project

Safari means journey in Swahili. Together with three other (adoptive) moms, I traveled back to the land of our children. We met in 2009 when we were all in the midst of our adoption processes and became friends. For all of us, a long-held wish came true. Ten years have passed since then and our children are now around twelve years old. We still see each other and remain close read more

How the Journey of My Life Began

The journey of my life began in the Summer of 2005. A few things had changed in the years prior. I no longer worked at the hospital. We had moved to a new house and I drifted from one temporary job to the other. We were halfway through IVF treatment because we had trouble conceiving. I didn’t want to go through with it. I knew the time had come to face fact: we would stay a family of two. Read more



“Karibu sana” means “welcome” in Swahili

Many of us make resolutions. The trick is to keep them. For a long time, I had a wish, and in 2016, I put my money where my mouth was.

Yoga Ommen has close ties with Kenya, the country where our daughter is from. From the moment I first heard about the Africa Yoga Project (AYP), I knew that I wanted to get involved.
The aim of AYP is to create employment and wellbeing in Africa by teaching and practicing yoga. In june I will visit AYP in Nairobi, Kenya Read more


Articles :

Can you use the backbender to solve complaints in your neck, shoulder, and back? Yes, you can! Let me explain…

The backbender is one of the props we use in Critical Alignment Yoga. The backbender serves as a bridge, guiding you to a feeling of space and lightness, the way life is meant to be. Read more

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Back to Lightness with Critical Alignment Yoga

Moving as smoothly and lightly as a child again, could that be possible? Yoga teacher and writer Gert van Leeuwen is convinced: “Dissolve obstructions and your energy will flow.”

The Happi-boddy section of Happinez magazine introduces its readers to Critical Alignment Yoga. Gert van Leeuwen developed this type of yoga after years of research. Gert now travels around the world to share his method with others. Read more

Critical Alignment Yoga: The Crooked Upper Back

People are often unaware of their posture. When practicing Critical Alignment Yoga, you are confronted with tension that you have unconsciously built up over time, and with how this has influenced your mobility. Read more

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Critical Alignment Yoga: How Stress Can Affect Your Shoulders

People are often unaware of their posture. When practicing Critical Alignment Yoga, you are confronted with tension that you have unconsciously built up over time, and with how this has influenced your mobility. Read more


Critical Alignment Yoga: The Connection Between Your Arms and Back

Life is happening in front of us. We reach out to embrace it. Eager to reach our next goal, we round our backs and stretch out our arms, away from the upper back. When you lose the connection between your arms and back, you also lose strength in your upper arms. Read more

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Critical Alignment Yoga: The Stiff Lower Back

When it comes to chronic pain, low back pain is THE number 1 complaint. Something frequently goes wrong when we use our backs. Your lower back is hollow by nature. When it flattens, your back can’t properly transfer energy and movement from one part of your body to the other. Read more

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Critical Alignment Yoga: More Stability in Your Lower Back

Chest forward and tailbone toward the floor: it’s a posture often advised to women. But according to Gert van Leeuwen, this advice can have disastrous consequenses for your lower back. Read more

Critical Alignment Yoga: Bending Down and Forward

Bending toward the ground is a movement we habitually make. We have all developed our own ways to do this: a pattern. How do you ensure bending in a way that is anatomically justified? Read more

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Critical Alignment Yoga: Heart and Stomach / Space and Relaxation

The feeling of relaxation and space that you experience when your stomach and chest area are in balance. Your breathing provides the connection between these two important points. Read more


Interview with Gert about Critical Alignment Yoga published in Wild Yogi Magazine

Gert van Leeuwen (Amsterdam) over the last 35 years has been working on a new style of yoga, which he calls “Critical Alignment Yoga”. Read more


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