Marcel has been practising yoga for over two decades, after finding the healing benefits of the practice and meditation helped him navigate a difficult period in his life. He started his journey with Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga and Vipassana meditation, moving into more static, alignment-based yoga.
Then he met Yin yoga’s founder, Paul Grilley and his wife Suzee, who showed him the physical, mental and spiritual uniqueness of every individual's body. Studying under their wings significantly changed Marcel's perspective on asana practice and meditation. The understanding that we're all unique and therefore need a unique approach to whatever we do now underpins all of Marcel's teachings.
Marcel is a highly experienced teacher with almost 20 years of teaching experience, including teacher trainings and workshops worldwide as well as weekly classes in his Amsterdam-based studio The Yoga Garden, along with Anat Geiger. He calls the style of yoga that he teaches Functional (Vinyasa) yoga, which explores how to use yoga poses in the most beneficial way for your unique body, rather than trying to force or fit your body into an aesthetic pose.
Marcel is a long-term gym goer, a (N.A.S.M.) personal trainer in the gym and level 1 Crossfit trainer. He teaches a combination of strength work and weight resistance to help his clients recover from injuries or other physical issues. Marcel blends yoga, meditation, weightlifting, boxing and running to maintain a healthy lifestyle. He believes that combined with healthy food and proper sleep, functional, multi-disciplined movement is the best way to maintain physical health.