Interview: Erlijn Bakker Joins As Baby Elephant Yoga Teacher

by | Aug 3, 2017 | Blog | 0 comments

Join us for Erlijn’s first class tonight at 6PM.

We are thrilled to welcome Holland’s Erlijn Bakker to the Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel yoga family. Erlijn will be introducing a style of yoga to Siem Reap which is currently popular in Europe at the moment called Yin Yang yoga. Read on to learn some more about her approach to yoga and to learn more before your next class.

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“Generally my classes are energizing and calming at the same time, full of positive & calming energy”

What styles of yoga will you be a teaching and why do you enjoy teaching these styles?

Vinyasa flow, Hatha, Yin/Yang yoga and Ashtanga. I love the combination and the diversity of all of them. I enjoy teaching something different every day. I really love teaching the dynamic and creative part of Vinyasa, the deepening character of Hatha, the balancing part of Yin and/or Yin Yang, and the powerful and structural part in Ashtanga.

What were you doing before you became a yoga teacher?

Before I became a teacher I was working in Holland as a musician, singer, performer and actress. I also worked in different positions within the hospitality industry.

Is there one sentence you could use to sum up your love for yoga (and/or meditation)?

I love the sense of connection and awareness I have found in yoga. Becoming aware of, and making connection with, not only yourself, but also others, nature and your surroundings.

How do you feel travellers can benefit from yoga?

Traveling is amazing but it can also be very chaotic, hectic and overwhelming. I think taking a yoga class can be a very useful tool to stay close to yourself and (re)connect. Calming the mind from all the impulses it has to process and staying physically active as well.

Erlijn’s first class is Yin Yang Yoga on the rooftop tonight at 6PM

What can people expect from your classes?

The nature of class is depending on what class you attend! But generally my classes are energizing and calming at the same time, full of positive & calming energy. Focused on trying to listen to your own body and its needs.

What’s on your bucket list? What are your goals and dreams?

My goal in life is to spread a little bit of positive energy everywhere I go and every place I have left. I love feeling satisfied at the end of the day with my contribution to my own and others’ moments of happiness. Besides that I have a lot of things on my bucket list: learning how to dance salsa properly, learning how to surf and do rock climbing, visiting the Northern Lights, and learning new languages are just some of them.

“Give at least one compliment to yourself and to someone else every day.”

What’s your favourite plant/animal/colour/movie?

Favourite plant is a palm tree. It reminds me of tropical surroundings, and for some reason palm trees always made me smile as a kid. My favourite colour is deep green, because it reminds me of forests and nature.

While you are living here, what are some of the things you can’t you wait to go and see in Cambodia?

I love to explore the countryside, riding through the rice fields, visiting Cambodia’s beautiful pagodas and temples. A trip to Sihanoukville is also something I would like to do.

What is a social or environmental cause you are passionate about?

I am passionate about rehabilitating nature’s original vegetation, being involved in saving animals from extinction and projects that are empowering for women.

BABY ELEPHANT CLASS SCHEDULE:
Tuesday 6PM Hatha or Vinyasa Yoga
Thursday 6PM Yin Yang Yoga
Sunday 10AM Ashtanga Yoga

What is a fun fact about you that people don’t know?

I drink tea when I shower.

What is a Siem Reap secret you want to share with the travellers of the world?

The roasted pumpkin sandwich at Sister Srey Cafe. It’s very good!

Siem Reap is very spiritual, making it a perfect place to deepen your yoga and meditation practice.

What is one skill that you think people should learn/ practice every day?

Giving at least one compliment to yourself and to someone else every day.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

Be kind to yourself and others and cherish all the little things and people that make you smile! ☺️

BABY ELEPHANT CLASS SCHEDULE:
Tuesday 6PM Hatha or Vinyasa Yoga
Thursday 6PM Yin Yang Yoga
Sunday 10AM Ashtanga Yoga

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