Anouk Prop is a psychologist, registered Yoga Alliance (500 RYT) yoga teacher and reiki master. Originally from the Netherlands, where she was practicing hatha yoga for years, her deep dedication for the yogic path and its healing effects was triggered during travelling in India in 2008. Being caught by the dynamic forms of yoga and its daily practice, the arising deep connection between body, mind and soul, she embarked on a journey of discovery towards deep inner strength, life force and purification on a physical and mental level. The discipline gives her focus, creates peace, clearness and concentration and ignited an inner fire that burns through all difficult obstacles in life.
Along the way she completed teacher trainings in vinyasa flow, Ashtanga, mindfulness, CBT, system therapy & family constellations and reiki, and dived deeper into the world of yoga therapy by following several courses in this area. The leading anchor on this path is the breath and therefore she specialized her Yoga Alliance Continuing Education (500 RYT) in pranayama with Paul Dallaghan and Sri OP Tiwariji.
She combines yoga, psycho therapy & energetic healing through their very compatible aspects and stresses on the non-medical methods in healing and offers a holistic approach as such. Postgraduate education in trauma healing in combination with yoga put into practice, she has a broad range of experience in the field in different settings, varying from working with children and adults with a history of abuse, addiction, anxiety disorders, depression, but also car-accidents and other traumatic events like war or natural disasters. She has worked independently for many years, in her own mind & body practice and as a free lancer for rehab clinics, yoga studios and mental health institutions in the Netherlands as well as in developing countries.
Anouk encounters people with deeply rooted tension, trauma or blockages on a level which goes beyond cognition and shows that yoga and energetic healing can open doors in this. Her mindful approach is focused on empowerment and guiding people towards their own unique essence by gently inviting them to look in the beautiful, though sometimes confronting mirror life provides, taken by her hand of compassion, positivity and enthusiasm.
She also stresses the importance of karma yoga on the yogic path, which has led her to several places in the world to volunteer in projects to serve others. As a dedicated ambassador of Yoga Gives Back she travels often to India to work with traumatized orphans and women, using yoga as a tool to heal.
Anouk follows her heart and realises her dreams. She left the academic world (and her PhD) to really work with people in an authentic way. After running her own mind & body practice in the Netherlands successfully for many years, she decided to spread her wings and support orphans in trauma healing in India, where she stayed for several months and now goes back frequently. After this she lived in Phnom Penh, Cambodia where she was studio manager of a yoga NGO to bring the healing power of yoga into the local communities. Currently, Anouk is based in Koh Samui, Thailand where she works amongst others as a yoga teacher and psychologist at Samahita Retreat, a lifestyle retreat center. She offers face to face or online private and group sessions, gives workshops on yoga, trauma healing and reiki. Furthermore, she travels often to the Netherlands where she is involved as main teacher in a 200 hours intensive teacher training and continuing education modules focused on yoga, healing, trauma therapy and therapeutic adjustments.