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Gert van Leeuwen

"As an international yoga teacher, I have seen many yoga students from all over the world. When performing asanas, almost everyone works from the surface layer of the muscles, because they are connected to will power. It may sound strange, but even in yoga, many students develop more strain in their preference position instead of loosening the tension in order to create a new balanced alignment in their bodies."

Gert van Leeuwen, Amsterdam, is the founder of the Critical Alignment Therapy Technique, in which the mobility of the spine is the central feature. Gert van LeeuwenHe is founder and director of the Bharata Institute in Amsterdam. Bharata Yoga stands for precision in alignment.

He is the author of numerous articles and books including the just published, "Critical Alignment." Currently, it is only available in Dutch. An English translation will be available soon.

Using various props, Critical Alignment empowers almost everybody to get quick access to the deeper layer of muscles, especially around the spine, and therefore the student is able to be stable in a position in an active way.

For more information about Critical Alignment, you can visit his web site at
Brigitte obtained her teaching certificate after completing a 3-year course at the institute.

Brigitte Longueville

Brigitte Longueville (The Netherlands) is an international yoga teacher. Her teachings focus on the opportunity to "restore" innate capacities to their optimal expression through "relaxation as practice" coupled with traditional yoga practice.

She began her study of yoga as a nineteen-year old seeker when she journeyed to India and remained for the next six years immersed in the study of yoga. Brigitte Longueville teaching anatomy classesThis was before yoga became familiar to a world audience.

Her teachings are a reflective of her long study with international teachers and yogis in the area of "traditional" South India yoga, pranayama, critical alignment, and continued work with vipassana meditation.

She obtained her teaching certificate after completing a 3-year course at The Critical Alignment Institute of Yoga, Amsterdam, Netherlands. The institute is world renown for their work in critical alignment. She is a certified Yoga Alliance teacher and teacher trainer (E-RYT 500 + YACEP).

Brigitte's knowledge emanates from her past studies. Her teachings and approach are her own, derived from the teachings of her guides and coupled with her own experience, exploration, study and practice.

As a result, she terms her yoga teachings as "restorative yoga" defined as the opportunity to restore and rejuvenate the innate muscular and energetic capacity of the body prior to the practice of ansanas in order to optimize the practice of yoga.

In 1999 Brigitte and Guy Hamaekers founded Solstice Yoga Center in Zipolite where she served as director, teacher and teacher trainer. The Solstice Yoga Center can now be found at Las 3 Marías in San Agustinillo, a few miles further along the beach.

She has been doing pranayama for over 25 years and has been practicing vipassana meditation for ten years. An international yoga teacher and member of that community, she teaches workshops around the world including: The United States, Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, India, Antigua (West Indies) and Mexico.

Brigitte offers her teachings with profound gratitude to her teachers: Clive Sheridan, Mr. Pattabhi Jois, and Gert van Leeuwen.


Brigitte's First Teachers & Guides

Clive Sheridan

"Pranayama is the ultimate tool to energize the body, steady the mind and access our Bliss!"

Clive Sheridan, born in England, is an international teacher of yoga who gives annual retreats and workshops in Europe, Asia, and Australia. After spending half his life in India (where Brigitte first studied with him over 25 years ago), he now lives in Australia.Clive Sheridan

He has spent over four decades studying and practicing Hatha yoga and is a world-renowned teacher of pranayama.

Clive teaches that asana, pranayama and meditation are the channels to awaken the energies of the body, breath and mind. This practice, as he teaches, reveals the inner mysteries of yoga as indicated in the ancient texts. In his Satsang (discourses) he provides specific instruction on how to "open the heart and clear the mind."


Sri K. Pattabhi Jois

"Yoga is 99 percent practice and 1 percent theory."

Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (1915-2009) was an Indian yoga teacher who founded The Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute, in Mysore, India. He studied in the 1930's with Sri T. Krishnamacharya, an influential yoga master and scholar whose students include many of today's most influential teachers: K. Pattabhi JoisB.K.S Iyengar, the late Indra Devi and many others.

He further articulated the system of Ashtanga yoga that he had been taught. It is the predecessor to such American innovations as: vinyasa, power yoga, core power yoga etc., that in his opinion simplify the practice, presenting yoga as just a type of workout.

Ashtanga means "eight-limbed yoga" and refers to the eight-fold path outlined by sage Pantanjali. In one aspect of the practice, it is a series of poses linked by vinyasa (flowing movement) and synchronized with the breath to produce internal energy and heat. "Yoga is not just an exercise," according to Pattabhi. "Yoga is showing where to look for the soul."

More information can be found at, the official site of the Ashtanga Yoga Institute.


Therapeutic Yoga Teacher

Brigitte derives her knowledge in the field of therapeutic yoga from her studies at the Kaivalyadhama Yoga Institute & Research Center in India, her training with Gert van Leeuwen at the Critical Alignment Yoga Institute in the Netherlands, and her ongoing studies with David McAmmond, member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, Canada.
The yoga therapy components of her teaching are based on the above mentioned therapeutic yoga trainings and are not derived from her status as an E-RYT with Yoga Alliance Registry.


"Dearest Brigitte,
I don´t know how to start to express my love, grace, thankfulness to you. You give me so much and each time I return here to be and work with you something new and beautiful comes up! Your work is full of strength and flexibility, your teaching is full of love, wisdom and incredible balance of doing and letting go, movement and relaxation. This time, I learned from you how to become even slower and not to go back to my old patterns. And what is in the body is in the soul as well, so in this phase of my life this slowing down is like gold. It is soooo good!"
-- Béa P. (Hungary)