Woerden, Netherlands 🇳🇱

Liza Heap

Yoga Teacher

Hey! I'm Liza, the yoga teacher at Memorisely. I love people, animals, music, coffee, food, baking, plants, & movement. I slow down through yoga, meditation & mindfulness.
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Where are you based as a Yoga Instructor, and why?

Online :)

I opened Sunshine Studio’s during lockdown. It’s wonderful! I get to connect with people from all over the world and no one has to find a parking space in front of a yoga studio 😉

What led you to teach Yoga?

Life led me to it 😁

I’ve always loved movement. From when I was little, I loved athletics, dancing, netball, gymnastics and then, in, almost ten years ago, I came across the practice of yoga.

I’ve never been able to see myself as a 9-5’er, though I did it work in HR for a few years while completing my postgraduate, I always knew I wanted to do something that’s a bit different. Something creative and active, and that brings me, and others some form of sunshine. While figuring out ‘how-to-adult’, finishing my post-grad in teaching, and working in a corporate environment in the HR Office, I started doing yoga online. Because, jeez, I needed it 😅

While still completing my degree, I took the leap and left my 9-5. I went to Vietnam to teach English for 4 months. Then, I decided to go back to South Africa and worked as a Therapist for children on the Autism spectrum. I loved this! It was such a challenging job, but I loved the work I was doing. I started doing yoga with the children, and then I was on to something. So, I completed my Yoga Teacher Training.

Finally having received my postgraduate degree, I worked as Teacher at a school for children with special needs (Autism Spectrum, Down’s Syndrome, Severely Intellectually Disabled).

In 2019, my husband got offered a job in the Netherlands, and here we are :)

I’m teaching yoga online to people all over the world.

Hopefully I can start teaching yoga to Special Needs children in the Netherlands too.

Why do you continue to teach?

It’s my passion! I love my job!

What does a typical day look like for you?

Everyday a bit different, but also some structure 😁

Usually: Mindful morning with coffee, dancing/yoga/moving and breathing. Then, a quick tidy up (my kitchen is always messy), shower and breakfast. Next, off to the socials and getting some work done. Yoga and research during the day followed by lunch.

I try and have a meditation session or a mindful tea-break during the afternoon. The rest of the day changes - doing admin, working around the house, or reading.

And then, I prep for dinner before any yoga classes in the late-afternoon or evening. A daily walk with my husband. And finally it’s dinner and chill time 💃

What does your current setup look like when you practice yoga?

It’s a work in progress (always) 😁 We recently moved into our house, and still busy making our home. I have a room upstairs where it’s nice and sunny and I enjoy meditation and movement; but, it’s too small for when I teach online - so I have a makeshift studio downstairs as well. Yoga EVERYWHERE 😂

What advice to you have for folks who are new to yoga?

Don’t compare your practice to anyone else’s!

Never be too serious.

Practice often - it doesn’t have to be an hour every time.

Make time for it (yoga and meditation) - you'll never regret it.

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What is your go to wellness product?


Kidding...kind of...wellness is a big word, and these aren’t necessarily products...but for me, it would be:

  • Food
  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Sunlight
  • Vitamins
  • Sleep
  • Meditation
  • Self-care routines - love my candles and essential oils
  • Baking
  • Gardening

What are you most proud of in your life thus far?

Creating my own path and having the courage to do my own thing.

Which Product recently blew your socks off?

Baking Soda & vinegar

Not even kidding. I’m trying my best to live as plastic-free and low-toxic as possible and I never knew the wonders of this humble product.

What challenges do you face as a remote yoga instructor?

Not being able to be in the same space as the students with no physical adjustments. It’s a bit more challenging to gage the energy of students and to see if everyone could follow the cue. Also, not being able to create and offer a safe physical space to come to for practice (they have to find some zen somewhere in their own homes, which can be tricky).

What tunes do you listen to whilst flowing?

The Bootcamp and Greenhouse Flow playlists on Spotify are filled with music I flow to. Sometimes no music is nice too 😌

Where is your next stop on the travel list, and why?

There are a few:

  • Greece - views, culture, beach, food
  • Turkey - food, views
  • Bali - views, food, yoga
  • Norway - views

Three suggestions for folks wanting to implement more wellness into their lives?

  1. Keep is simple - rest, eat healthy foods, drink water, get some exercise, catch some sunlight.
  2. Start meditating, and if you want, do yoga 😁 Learn to slow down and turn off, even your laptop needs to update and shutdown.
  3. Practice more gratitude.

🥳 Bonus: remember to have some FUN! Create a life you don’t want to escape from.

Thanks for reading my story!

Woerden, Netherlands 🇳🇱

Liza Heap

Yoga Teacher

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