During my college years I worked as a waitress. The restaurant had this great offer to get a gym membership with discount. So my former colleague and lovely friend Jill and I got a membership. I then started to take BodyBalance classes on a regular base. I guess we both liked the vibe and flow of the class and of course the sauna sessions afterwards!

After a while we switched to PowerYoga classes with Mandy Bolder that the gym offered, that’s where my yoga love and journey started. I switched from the gym to the yoga studio of Mandy at whom’s studio I just finished my teacher training. Ever since then I took yoga classes on and off. From once a month to weekly classes. Those college days were the times when I needed yoga the most and didn’t go regularly but that’s how life goes.

As of last year I started working out in the gym again and at the beginning of this year I joined the health-initiative: Personal Body Plan (PBP). I love the combination between yoga and lifting weights. Getting stronger but with proper breathing techniques. Stretching and going for it.


A while ago I saw an announcement for a BoxingYoga workshop at YogaHartHaren. Wow thats cool; boxing and yoga combined! I signed up, asked yogi Esther and Anita from my home studio to join. Esther and I went to the morning session and Anita joined us at the afternoon session. First of all we felt really welcomed at the studio, owned by Angela Gotlieb in Haren. I loved the painting of the word ‘namaste’ on the wall. After a short introduction of the teacher Froukje Heres we started the 90 min BoxingYoga class. Usually the duration is 60 min, but in this particular workshop we took some more time for explanation and much needed ‘childposes’.

BoxingYoga was developed by Matt Garcia, owner of a boxing club in London, and Kajza Ekberg, experienced yoga teacher. They felt the need to add yoga to the regular training routine of boxers. To prevent injuries, heal faster from injuries and to improve the quality of boxing. The BoxingYoga training has 12 rounds split up into four phases: warm-up, strength phase, mobility and cool down.


What an intense class, I felt all my muscles and my core was definitely more than turned ON. I mostly enjoyed the ‘flowy’ part of it. I loved the mobility round with twists and flows all from downward facing dog. It’s a real full body workout separated into different rounds. I must say I missed some centering and of course a well deserved shavasana as a yogi. I discussed this with Froukje and she told me that this training is mostly used for boxers right before their regular boxing training so they need to end the class quite energetically.

I think BoxingYoga is a great way for boxers to improve their training and prevent them from injuries. It would be nice to integrate or teach them some more breathing techniques as well. That has always helped me in the gym when it gets tough. It felt like a bit like a BodyBalance class, because there is one sequence that can be adapted for every level; beginner or experienced. For yogis it’s nice to fire up every once in a while, although I might say I got interested in taking a regular boxing technique class. So if anyone knows a great school in the Northern part of the Netherlands, let me know! 😉

Froukje her mission is to spread her love for ‘BoxingYoga’ in The Netherlands. She is trying to introduce these classes in all 12 provinces in the Netherlands and so far has already done 10! In 2016 she is already organizing two separate 100hr Boxing Yoga teacher training sessions. For more information please take a look at her website: dates of the teacher trainings.

Having done a variety of cooking workshops in Marocco, Nepal and Bali it was time to do one close by. I came across a vegan workshop at a fairly new place in Groningen, called Anat. Anat is the first place in Groningen that solely serves vegan food!

Set in a cute, old building, which was historically a cigar store, Anat serves lovely salads, soups, and the best sweets. All of which 100% plant based! A year and half ago, I started cooking with less dairy and animal products. It still is kind of a challenge to create tasteful combinations, so this cooking workshop was a win-win.

Together with Marleen, we went to learn all about vegan cooking. It was busy, with twelve other enthusiastic women and one guy! We got paired up in teams and all got to cook two recipes. The workshop’s theme was vegan dinner bites. I paired up with Sanne, with whom I was responsible for the sweet potato and onion chutney, and…the vegan chocolate bites 🙂

Firstly, we got all the ingredients together and started cutting the onions and potatoes. What I liked the most about Anat’s recipes and philosophy was that for most ingredients, you got to decide how much you wanted to add! Why? Because you have to taste over and over again and learn what to add to get the taste how you want it to be. It might sound silly but I discovered that the secret about (vegan) cooking is seasoning! Take our vegan chocolates for example, we didn’t have some of the ingredients and had to get creative. We made a chocolate ganache from dates, cocoa powder, beet juice and beet pulp. To finish it we topped it off with vegan dark chocolate. Yum!

Once everything was prepared we were quite hungry and ready to taste all the colorful dishes! We made a table full of vegan food: sushi, banana bread with cashew cream, courgetti, tofu bites with sate sauce, mini mushroom pies and so much more.

Soon I will share one of the recipes on the blog so stay tuned!

Got hungry? Go try the daily vegan combo at Anat’s place!
Verlengde Grachtstraat 1, Groningen.