Ashtanga Yoga is an ancient system of yoga that was taught by Vamana Rishi in the Yoga Korunta. This text was imparted to Sri T. Krishnamacharya in the early 1900’s by his Guru Rama Mohan Brahmachari, and was later passed down to Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (1915-2009), the founder of the Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore, India.

Ashtanga is a daily method of yoga involving synchronizing the breath with a progressive series of postures. This process produces intense internal heat and a purifying sweat that detoxifies muscles and organs. The results are improved circulation, a light and strong body and a calm mind.

Ashtanga is traditionally taught in the “Mysore” style: a supervised self-practice. The same series of asanas (poses) are practiced each day. New poses are introduced by the teacher once the student memorizes and becomes proficient in the previous asanas in the sequence.  People of all ages and health can practice Ashtanga. A student works with the teacher to advance at their own rate.




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Desirée is a sun child who lives for warmth, health, and happiness. Born in the Netherlands, this daydreaming creative type loves to travel and make beautiful memories along the way. Sunshine, amore and being around positive and beautifully spirited souls makes her the happiest. She is one very happy hippie.


She took one of her very first yoga classes in 2013, at her local gym. Even though the class wasn't exactly as she had imagined, it still inspired a spark in her, and in her continuous journey on the path of yoga. She moved to Italy and took yoga classes there as well. These allowed her to clear her mind and discover herself and her own path in life. When she moved back to the Netherlands, she still continued to take yoga classes here and there, until she found hot yoga and Bikram yoga, and she became a more serious practitioner.

Desirée then switched to a different yoga school, and took every single class they offered, trying to discover which type of yoga was her favorite. As it turned out this would be Ashtanga yoga. She has been practicing almost daily ever since. And that is when she decided to not only be a student of yoga, but to also become a teacher of yoga. 

She is the founder of Happy Hippiez and Happy Hippiez Yoga, which she both started in 2020. She is currently studying to become a verified RYT 200 yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance, and will go on to teach Ashtanga and Vinyasa based yoga in the tradition of yoga teachers T. Krishnamacharya and K. Pattabhi Jois.



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