Dona Holleman

« Centered Yoga is an attitude of the human being, as an element of Nature and the expression of Life Force that runs through it »  

In the 60’s Dona meets Krishnamurti: they have long, private conversations in Gstaad, Switzerland, and she learns from him the concept of meditative mind and total attention or the ‘not-doing’ of the mind, i.e. relying on the reptilian brain to perform the asana, which is opposed to the modern brain of thinking.

Thanks to Krishnamurti, Dona will meet B.K.S. Iyengar and in 1964 and in 1969, she will travel to India to get the precious direct teaching Master-Student. He will teach her the traditional discipline and the hatha yoga’s physical techniques, thanks to which she will learn the Bodyscape and the Elongating.

She will introduce in Europe, for the first time, the hatha yoga in Iyengar Style; indeed, between 1964 and 1969, in the Netherlands, she sets up the B.K.S. Iyengar Yoga Work Group and she also begins to train teachers. She works with Victor van Kooten, Angela Farmer, John Schumacher, Patricia Walden, Maxine Tobias, Mary Stewart, Gabriela Giubilaro, Emilia Pagani and many others.

In the 80’s, she dissociate herself from Iyengar international community, still following in both practice and studies the essentials of the training got from him and encouraging all his students to follow the pure and original tradition of his method.

Dona Holleman Interview 2023

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