Yoga Festival Romania, 3rd edition

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Nieke Franken


Nieke, a Dutchie born in Kenya, was raised in Ecuador & the Netherlands. She has travelled a lot and now lives in Israel with her husband and toddler. She has been interested in movement since a young age. In 2005 she was invited to learn to become a teacher of several movement orientated classes in Amsterdam and Utrecht, the Netherlands. She got introduced to yoga in 2007 when attending a body balance teacher training course.
The yoga seeds were planted but only 2 years later the roots grew, when she fractured her spine while naively jumping off a 23 meter high cliff into a quarry. During the recovery process she took the road to healing through Yoga; a road that changed her approach to movement forever.
Over the years Nieke has developed a deep fascination for the ingeniously designed intelligent human body that we live in and to how it responses to movement and breath.
Nieke is has been sharing her practice and teachings with adults and children in the Netherlands, Australia, India and Israel and is currently teaching both in Israel and in the Netherlands.
Keywords for her teaching style are: ease, grace, feel, breath, stability, mobility, core, flow, presence and focus.


Intuitive Yoga Flow

Saturday, 30 November - 12:00 - 13:15

In this class our sense of touch will be guiding us through our practice.
How does it feel to move? How does it feel to be ‘still’? How does it feel to breathe? How do we incorporate intuitive movements while moving in a yoga class? Which movements are most natural to us?
Come and explore a wavy, circular movement class with room for personal exploration and intuitive movements. Your body will thank you.

Mobility Flow

Sunday, 1 December - 16:30 - 17:45

This yoga based movement class offers a music supported fluid class where we incorporate mobility exercises in a yoga flow. We will play with movements that challenge the range of motion in our joints while moving through a choreographed sequence, with a dance like feel.

Vinyasa yoga

Sunday, 1 December - 15:00 - 16:15

Nieke’s Vinyasa classes are dynamic, playful, creative and explorative, inviting and teaching the students to find their own suitable practice through play and flow, without losing focus on how we can use the yoga practice as a means to heal and reunite body, mind and spirit.
Classes have a holistic approach and incorporate philosophy, pranayama, meditation and mindfulness combined with an extended implementation of modern science on the human body. This allows us to be a bit more free and exploratory in our practice without losing the importance of certain alignment in our asana practice.
Nieke is grateful to and deeply inspired by her direct teachers and the amazing renowned yoga and movement teachers that set the most important fundamentals for movement in the 19th and early 20th century. Not to forget her family, friends, students and others who take this journey with her.