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My Manduka creates an oasis for me to become all of me. When I step on my Manduka mat it is like I am stepping onto a mirror. My Manduka sees me in ways that no one else does, and provides with me with a safe and comfortable place to be who I am. No judgment, no criticism, just self- reflection. This mat is like no other mat. It is awesome! There is no place I would rather be than on my mat! My Manduka is my crystal ball- it knows where I am going, even before I do.

-Gayl Walder
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Sonja van der Weijden

Sonja van der Weijden

TE Alphen aan den Rijn, Amsterdam

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Why Manduka?: Manduka and I, best friends forever...

What does your Manduka help you #practice?: My Manduka helps me practice... Like practicing on a magic carpet: flying through inversions and immersions and feeling grounded finally in shavasana...

Yoga Style: Vinyasa Flow

Practice with me here: Body Mind Alphen

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Sonja is the founder and owner of Body Mind Alphen, studio for Yoga and Pilates and there’s also a yogashop in this beautifull studio in the Netherlands (Alphen a/d Rijn). It is centered between all the big cities: The Hague, Utrecht and Amsterdam.

Yoga came on her path when she lived as an expat in Singapore. There she fell in love with yoga. Back in Holland she started from 2004 exploring many different styles and started with teaching Ashtanga Yoga and Pilates. In 2010 she studied in Los Angeles for 5 weeks with Shiva Rea. And now she is fully committed and in love with this more free-liberating-style of yoga: Energetic Prana Flow Yoga and Yoga Trance Dance.