Founders & Lead Teachers

 
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Lana Beex

Lana has worn many hats over the years: dancer, biomedical scientist, neurophysiologist, serial student, yoga teacher. Leaving a life of scientific research behind to begin her studies in osteopathy – a path she began in 2016 – has been a sea change on her path to self-actualization and one she sees as an ideal compliment to the practice and teachings of yoga. Though her path has been winding, Lana says that the one constant in her adult life has been yoga. She was specifically drawn to Ashtanga for its strong tradition, which has allowed her to experience the deeper aspects of yoga through self-study. Among the many mentors and role models involved in her journey, Patty Ivey and Peg Mulqueen have been particularly influential to her development as a teacher. Gretchen Suarez, her teacher, and David Keil have been integral to her growth and connection to the softer side of this fiercely beautiful and healing practice. 

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Mercedes Parellada

Mercedes left Buenos Aires at the age of 15 to study at The Royal Ballet School in London. After graduating, her career brought her to Amsterdam and the Dutch National Ballet. Fifteen years in point shoes were followed by ten years on her feet managing some of Amsterdam's most demanding restaurants and clubs. Amidst this crazy lifestyle, she discovered yoga and what began as a means to stay fit gradually became a source of stability and inner strength. Of the styles she has practiced, Ashtanga yoga has become her anchor. She founded two successful studios in Amsterdam and eventually, together with Lana, The Breathing Space was born. Her mat is a ‘laboratory of self-exploration, understanding and acceptance' and she is honoured to share her ever-evolving understanding of the practice with her students. She is inspired by the teachings of Gretchen Suarez and David Keil. Among the teachers who have shaped her path, she especially thanks Asaf Hacmon, Ali Hill, Toni Roberts, Marilou van Hoek - and of course Lana for her friendship, partnership and ongoing support through practice.


Tracey Ingram - Retorative Vinyasa  Tracey first encountered Restorative Yoga during her Vinyasa teacher training. But it wasn’t until her struggles with a chronic health condition reached boiling point that she  truly  discovered the practice and all its nurturing benefits. At the point when she could barely do a sun salutation, Restorative became part of her healing process. Now, guided by her teacher Lizzie Lasater, it is part of her daily life. Although her path was largely prompted by illness, Tracey sees Restorative as both therapeutic  and  preventative – a meditative tool for wellbeing. Many of us know how to do more but find it harder to do less. Tracey likes the idea that an active yoga practice represents an inhale and Restorative, an exhale. We need both. She encourages her students to learn to embrace stillness and to make conscious rest a daily habit.

Tracey Ingram - Retorative Vinyasa

Tracey first encountered Restorative Yoga during her Vinyasa teacher training. But it wasn’t until her struggles with a chronic health condition reached boiling point that she truly discovered the practice and all its nurturing benefits. At the point when she could barely do a sun salutation, Restorative became part of her healing process. Now, guided by her teacher Lizzie Lasater, it is part of her daily life. Although her path was largely prompted by illness, Tracey sees Restorative as both therapeutic and preventative – a meditative tool for wellbeing. Many of us know how to do more but find it harder to do less. Tracey likes the idea that an active yoga practice represents an inhale and Restorative, an exhale. We need both. She encourages her students to learn to embrace stillness and to make conscious rest a daily habit.

Gabriella is originally from Hong Kong. She first obtained the 200-hour Yoga teacher training in Hong Kong in 2015. Soon after she also completed the additional 100-hour Pregnancy Yoga teacher training for prenatal, postnatal, and birth & baby accredited by Mindful Birth Australia. In the same year Gaby relocated to Amsterdam.

Gabriella is originally from Hong Kong. She first obtained the 200-hour Yoga teacher training in Hong Kong in 2015. Soon after she also completed the additional 100-hour Pregnancy Yoga teacher training for prenatal, postnatal, and birth & baby accredited by Mindful Birth Australia. In the same year Gaby relocated to Amsterdam.

Clare Trotter  Clare started her yoga journey in her early 30’s where she started out trying different forms of Yoga from Hatha to Yin to Vinyasa and then a home practice using different online classes. In 2016, at the age of 41, she decided to deepen her practice and learn more about what yoga is about and how she could really integrate this into her everyday life and started a 10 month long vinyasa teacher training programme under the guidance of 2 wonderful teachers, Lana & Mercedes. It was during this time, she discovered and fell in love with Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga which has now not only become a daily active practice but has been the constant in her life to keep her grounded.  After making the decision to leave behind her successful corporate career and embark on this continuing journey of self discovery, she wants to share her experiences with others and that it is never too late to start!  She teaches vinyasa classes with a strong Ashtanga foundation that have a playful style where students can take their time to tune into their bodies and really feel and experience each breath & posture.

Clare Trotter

Clare started her yoga journey in her early 30’s where she started out trying different forms of Yoga from Hatha to Yin to Vinyasa and then a home practice using different online classes. In 2016, at the age of 41, she decided to deepen her practice and learn more about what yoga is about and how she could really integrate this into her everyday life and started a 10 month long vinyasa teacher training programme under the guidance of 2 wonderful teachers, Lana & Mercedes. It was during this time, she discovered and fell in love with Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga which has now not only become a daily active practice but has been the constant in her life to keep her grounded.

After making the decision to leave behind her successful corporate career and embark on this continuing journey of self discovery, she wants to share her experiences with others and that it is never too late to start!

She teaches vinyasa classes with a strong Ashtanga foundation that have a playful style where students can take their time to tune into their bodies and really feel and experience each breath & posture.

Walter Bouwman  Walter started practicing yoga when two things collided: an all time low in life, and continuous injuries stopped him from long distance running. Vinyasa Yoga was favourite at first, later Ashtanga became the number one. Lana and Mercedes played a big role in this, as teachers during practice and in his teacher-training course.  Many things have changed since Walter stepped on the mat, and he feels like it is only the beginning. Next to having stopped running physically, he also runs less in daily life and in his head. He is taking various courses and workshop to further explore, e.g. the courses Gretchen Suarez hosts at The Breathing Space, a 10-days Vipassana course, other meditation workshops and healings.

Walter Bouwman

Walter started practicing yoga when two things collided: an all time low in life, and continuous injuries stopped him from long distance running. Vinyasa Yoga was favourite at first, later Ashtanga became the number one. Lana and Mercedes played a big role in this, as teachers during practice and in his teacher-training course.

Many things have changed since Walter stepped on the mat, and he feels like it is only the beginning. Next to having stopped running physically, he also runs less in daily life and in his head. He is taking various courses and workshop to further explore, e.g. the courses Gretchen Suarez hosts at The Breathing Space, a 10-days Vipassana course, other meditation workshops and healings.