Who Am I
Hi there! I am Carolien. I am a dreamer and a soul searcher who has chosen to focus on that which unites us and not which divides us. I believe in the beauty that exists within each person I meet and each place I visit along my journey. I have known love and pain, and I continue to learn life-changing lessons through it all. This I know: to each experience, I bow and give thanks; for they have all intelligently, divinely brought me to where I am and who I am today.
With my husband and two little surf-dudes, I live the Dushi Bida, or sweet island life, in sunny Aruba. I spend my days lecturing Business and Marketing at the University of Aruba and teaching yoga. When I’m not teaching, I am playing in any combination of in the sand, in a handstand, in the gym, running, being with our foster puppies, or spending time with my beautiful family. We are meant to thrive! I wake up every day to do just that.
To me, practicing yoga means creating space to feel “at home”. It is where I can let my guard down and move creatively or sit completely still, breathing into and beyond whatever is. My mat accepts me just the way I am, no matter how that differs from day to day. From this home base, I then feel empowered to challenge myself, explore and peel off layers, and discover more and more of my true self.
Yoga can be vigorous, dynamic and sweaty. Yoga can be peaceful, nurturing and releasing. It is all this and so much more. It keeps my body strong and healthy, heals old injuries in both my heart and body, and it gives me tools to bring my mind into serenity and calm. Yoga is with me on or off the mat. It is my passion. My Now. And it is my honor to be able to share this passion with you.
Who are we really?
I have been practicing yoga asana for over a decade, and I’ve found my best way to create balance is through both Yang and Yin styles. Yang offers dynamic and energizing yoga, and Yin offers a more calming, relaxing and reflective yoga. In 2016, I founded TerraWave® – a fun and unique yoga experience on an Indo YogaFit® Balance Board. I’ve recently begun combining my corporate side with my yogi side by guiding corporate workshops which combine business and yoga philosophy. Read more about my asana background and training here . In every setting, my style of teaching is fluid, creative, approachable and down to earth. My aim is to help you find your own beauty within and to release it out to our world in ways only you can.
THAT IS, IF YOU ASK ME, IS TRUE FREEDOM.
“Calming the mind is yoga. Not just standing on the head”
– Swami Satchidananda