Yogi Casino is “a one of a kind yoga teacher” in the words of one of his teachers Sequoia. He is a natural born healer and teacher with an inquisitive nature. With a very questioning nature at a young age Casino was observing the nature of reality, why are things are things at all? Little did he know that this insightful sense of observation would unfold into this timeless path.
During his first class in New York City he had an awakening of sorts, that ah ha moment. Reconnecting to himself through breath and posture the power of manifestation became clear. Visions swirled in his mind of the spiritual journey to come. This would eventually lead him to the birthplace of yoga; India. Mother India embraced Casino as though it was written in the wind. He found himself immersed in her studying, meditating, and practicing with teachers from the traditional to the unconventional and unexpected. Almost immediately karma would have Casino thrust into teaching.
Yogi Casino now resides in India, still drinking from this vast well of sacred knowledge, living each day aligning more and more with teachings. With the destination of total absorption of all aspects of the yogic life, Casino believes that self inquiry, self practice and compassion for all beings is key. Full of gratitude to have found the yogic path, he is now focused on extending the reach of yoga guiding more onto this path. Holding space for all who seek to go deeper, asking students to crystalize their awareness with honesty.
Casino’s classes are highly influenced from his Ashtanga Yoga and Kundalini Yoga training, as well as Buddhist guided meditation from the Tibetan Mahayana tradition.
‘Yoga can change your life dramatically’, Mariska’s teacher said when she started a beginners course Integral Yoga in the Netherlands in 2005. He was right. Within half a year she met the man of her life and got a dream job. Yoga helped her to let go of thinking patterns that were blocking her life. Suddenly she had a clear view on herself and the world. Before soon she started the teachers training Integral Yoga and discovered that passing the blessing of yoga on to others helped her on her spiritual path.
Integral Yoga integrates all yoga styles. Classes are very diverse, with static yoga postures but also flowing series of asanas. Breathing exercises and meditations let your whole being benefit. Mariska: ‘It’s also about integrating awareness in your daily life, not just only on your yoga mat.’ She also gives Pre Natal Yoga, which prepares mothers-to-be for a smooth birth and helps them to relax body and mind. And Kids Yoga, which encourages the self-esteem, creativity and body awareness of children.