My name is Viviane de Doncker, and I love Yoga. I have a personal practice of over 25 years, and have been teaching since 1997. I have over the years developed a deep respect for the Yoga tradition in all its aspects.
The inspiration for my classes arises from my personal practice and studies, and my interactions with my students. I believe each student is a unique individual, and that this uniqueness is a cause for celebration, rather than a source of frustration.
My classes integrate the principles of alignment and technical precision to ensure a safe practice, while concentration and enthusiasm are cultivated through the use of breath and well-and-lesser-known bandhas.
When I first started teaching Yoga in Singapore, I was strongly drawn towards Vinyasa, and I was the first teacher to offer it here. This style of Yoga was at that time not really considered ‘serious’ Yoga, but to everyone’s surprise, students liked my Vinyasa classes. Today, many teachers in Singapore offer Vinyasa and Ashtanga Yoga, and it has become one of the most popular styles of Yoga in Singapore.
Though the emphasis of my teaching is no longer on Vinyasa classes, I still enjoy teaching – and practicing of course – this style of Yoga very much.
The beneficial effects of Yoga on my own back problems initiated my interest in the physical transformation which can be achieved through Yoga and its effects on the spine. I have worked intensively with students suffering from back problems.
Over the last couple of years I have been focusing on students suffering from Scoliosis, and I am currently conducting specialised courses and classes for them. So far, we have obtained some very encouraging results, which have been established medically.
I have also conducted workshops for students and Yoga instructors (including Vinyasa, Back Care and Scoliosis) in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.
Over the years, I have met so many nice students. Some of them have in their turn become teachers. Others have left Asia and are living, working and doing Yoga in other parts of the world. With them, I share an interest in and love for all things Yoga. I have been looking for a way to share information on all things Yoga with them, and I hope to do so through this blog.