I am the founder of Ynanna yoga and breath coaching. Ynanna was born out of my mission to help you find your happiness and well-being by connecting with yourself. I believe this connection with yourself is the key to happiness. If our relationship with ourselves is healthy, healthy relationships with others will naturally arise as well as the ability to take better care for our environment and the earth. As the saying goes: ‘’it all starts with you.’’
Yoga has been an essential part of my life for the past thirty years. It helps me to keep finding myself in the hectic pace of life.
I was working as an account manager at an advertising agency when I first tried yoga. What I found in yoga I had not found anywhere else: a moment for myself, to really feel how I was doing. A way to get out of my head, to stop my endless thoughts for a moment.
When I became overworked around the age of 40, I realized that I could not match this. My drive for perfection had caused me to set the bar so high for myself that it was never good enough. I had no idea how else to function. I kept running and was getting less and less done. I completely burned out.
It took a while
I started my practice Ynanna yoga and breath coaching in 2014. At that time I was still working part-time in communications, I had a young family, taught yoga classes and gave coaching sessions while completing my yoga training. With a social life on top of that, this was quite a mix. I found that through my own yoga practice and breathing exercises, I was always able to bring myself back to a base level of calm. However, I realized that I having trouble learning my own lessons. I could not sustain this level of activitiy, I was really doing way too much. I had to choose. At the end of 2018 I quit my job and shifted my focus entirely on my own practice. This helped me to regain my balance.
As you may have noticed from my story, I am goal-oriented and decisive. It might have something to do with my American mother’s upbringing. She taught me that if you want something you have to go for it. As the child of a Dutch father and an American mother, I grew up between two cultures. This left me with a lot to explore when it comes to basic truths and what really matters. After some wandering I settled and have now lived most of my life in the Netherlands. I have seen and experienced a lot in my life. This makes me a better coach and teacher.
“Christina is fantastic! It was an emotional journey, she taught me to let go, to feel and to reconnect with myself and my natural breathing.”Monique Smits
“The HeartMath training with ChrisTina has given me a lot: much more peace. Regular rlaxation exercises and meditation didn't work well when I experienced considerable stress. HeartMath gave me just that little bit extra. It is not difficult and incredibly practical. In this program ChrisTina taught me very concretely how to better deal with energy leaks.Babet, 50 jaar
A year later, I still use HeartMath almost daily. It only takes a few minutes and helps me relax faster at other times as well. ChrisTina guides you in a very pleasant and personal manner. She observes and listens carefully and is clearly very knowledgeable. I highly recommend this program.”
“During breath coaching sessions I find peace, support and space for myself. I am learning to listen to the signals of my body and my feelings - something that does not come naturally to me.”Kyra, 29 jaar
“Christina is a warm personality who puts you at ease and really takes the time for you. The sessions were very pleasant, I rediscovered what a relaxed body actually feels like which has resulted in more energy.”Bianca Dijs