In a nutshell
My name is Anneke Sips, a Yoga practitioner and teacher from The Netherlands. Also I am a social psychiatric nurse (RN) and a bridge builder between Yoga and Mental Health. Connection is key in both Yoga and Social Psychiatry. I working on connection on many levels: in my own practice, with my students and clients, help them find connection, with their breath, bodies, the community, nature etc. I’m a member of Yoga Alliance and International Association of Yoga Therapists. I am mother of daughter Mila, I love traveling and photography.
The whole story
For about 16 years, I have been working in the field of psychiatry as a RN. I combined that work with living and traveling abroad. This introduced me to many places, people, cultures and experiences. All of these experiences have given me a global perspective of the world and my place in it.
The first Yoga-Seed was planted also 16 years ago when I was eighteen years old. Ashtanga yoga was the basic philosophy I practiced then and from there I started developing. About eight years ago, my personal study/practice of Yoga shifted to the next level when I began my journey as a teacher of Yoga by attending my first 300+ hours teacher training.
The source of my yoga practice and teachings can be found in the lineage of Krishnamacharya. Studying the philosophy like Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras brings deeper understanding in my practice and I believe adding a whole lotta Love will help to transform and grow. I am very grateful to all my teachers on the on-going Yoga path and receiving their valuable lessons. I’ve been inspired by senior Ashtanga and Jivamukti teachers, attending their classes and workshops regularly all over the world. I traveled to Mysore (India) to practice and study Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga with Sharath and took Sanskrit and chanting classes.
My ongoing yoga studies continue in the direct lineage of Krishnamacharya and yoga therapy. I study with K.Desikachar in a mentor/ student format, attend trainings with Mohan and I have completed a training in “Trauma Sensitive Yoga” with the Trauma Center (Boston) Yoga Program. Besides all this I am inspired by the teachings on Buddhism, Mindfulness and meditation. I received lessons from Thich Nath Hanh, Sogyal Rinpoche and others less known but excellent meditation teachers I met around the world.
This journey into the direction of yoga therapy makes me combine yoga with my other passion: social psychiatry. I want to teach people to let go of expectations and fear and learn from their own direct experiences, make contact with their intuition and trust (and Love) themselves (again). I don’t believe in changing people or ‘fix’ them, but rather help them find their own true nature and healing.
In 2010 I taught yoga for Project Air in Rwanda (that was amazing! Try to volunteer if you have the opportunity, see their website). The students were traumatized woman HIV+. In 2011-2012 I continued studying social psychiatry where trauma sensitive yoga in this field was researched by me. My article can be found here: wanneer je lichaam spreekt. I was teaching clients who are mentally vulnerable at Molemann Tielens center for psychoses in Amsterdam and still teach clients at Arkin, Amsterdam. One on one and in (small) groups. More projects are developing. Please subscribe to the newsletter or check this site regularly to stay informed.
East meets West
I feel privileged to witness the meeting of Eastern and Western minds, and am very interested and curious about where (neuro-) science, psychology, psychiatry and the original practices of yoga meet. Fascinated I learn and discover and when the findings make their way into my understanding – I’ll share it… I love to share and pass on all I know. Everyone can be a Yogi and I find it a challenge to inspire and help anyone with willingness to practice.
In my classes, there is lots of space for research, play and awareness to the valuable wisdom in the poses. I teach Vinyasa Krama classes for everyone based on Krishamacharya philosophy, where the 8-limb path (ashtanga) is part of.
Ashtanga / Vinyasa/ Therapeutisch/ Privates/ Pre,- and Post-natal Yoga
What others say:
Willem: “Anneke is an excellent teacher of Vinyasa Yoga. She has a good eye for every individual in the class, encourages to let go of too high expectations yet at the same time inspires to make the most of the class. Anneke is enthousiastic, loving and fun. I have been in her class till her maternity leave and will be sure to enlist again when she re-starts.” (December 13, 2012)
Dymphi: “Yoga from Anneke opens another window on life’s perspective. She has a nice way of explaining things- she explains the road while going to a destination. For me it means a growing souplesse: in body and in mind. Anneke is a good motivator and energizer with a radiant positive vibe. If you see a possibility: contact her.” (June 22, 2011)
Tom: “De oefeningen waren eerst en vooral rustmakend, een thuiskomen bij jezelf. Vergelijkbaar met mindfulness. Lijf en geest zijn door depressie vaak gespannen. In ieder geval is in mijn dagelijks leven het artikel ontspanning niet ruim voorradig. Zo’n twee jaar geleden is in mijn geval EMDR ingezet, wegens voortdurende last van trauma. Stress en nieuwe verlieservaringen deden in de eerste helft van 2011 de gevoelens van onveiligheid herleven, alsook de depressie. In die situatie ervoer ik de yoga-sessies als eilandjes van ontspanning: even een time-out.” (2011)
Jules Tielens (psychiater en oprichter Molemann Tielens): “In een jaar tijd heb ik Anneke meegemaakt als een bevlogen yoga docente met een grondige kennis van de complexe psychiatrie. Ze weet contact te leggen en de principes van yoga toe te passen voor de broodnodige balans bij mensen met een psychose.” (Mei 2013)