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#8 Jeffrey van Opzeeland | Yogi Heroes

Updated: Mar 11


Meet Jeffrey, the is the owner of Yogi Heroes, a yoga school located in the cozy and creative spot, Werf35 in Hilversum. Besides being a real yogi, he has also been a coach for 17 years and specializes in burnout and personal development methods.

We had the pleasure to interview him for our Green dreamers portrait series - scroll down to read the entire interview!

Why and when did you decide to enter the industry you are in?

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That was around 2014-2015. It was a long time coming, I've been a life coach for about 18 years now, but the point of connecting everything and starting my own business was 2015. From that point on, it all came together very quickly because the foundation was already present, which made it pretty easy to go into a flow state and do what makes me happy, on all levels; physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially.

What would you like to see different in your industry?

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My main focus group is men because of the stigmatization around men's self-care routine. With today's hectic society and family life, it's not always easy to make such essential things a habit. My goal is to bring men more in touch with their emotions -bring balance between male and female energy- make them aware of their heart connection, and give them tools to slow down and be more in the now, instead of living from moment to moment. Let's take the focus off aesthetics and turn inwards for a lasting and loving relationship with ourselves.

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What does sustainability mean to you (how do you incorporate it in your business)?

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That's quite a tough question. When we talk sustainability, I immediately think, physically, mentally, and emotionally - so basically, your overall state of being. For example, my dad is 85 years old. He is still in excellent shape and walks 12km per day; for me, that is what sustainability is about. It's not about a few years of looking your best, but the foundation you build with your mind and body, which is something that should last almost your whole life.



How would you define your mindset towards manifesting your dreams? What did you have overcome to get to where you are now?

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I had to overcome a lot! First of all, I believe it's an ongoing process.

I think manifestation is about exploring and letting go of the outcome in which it will manifest. There are so many forms of manifestation power, for example, sexual energy. Most people have no idea about the force behind this energy. But it is so essential to be aware of what you are creating. Because we can also manifest things, we did not intend to. That's why it is so important to get to know oneself and be specific with what you want and dare to create.

What I had to overcome, my upbringing, already made me aware of the spiritual side of life. Thus, I learned about the power of manifestation from an early age on - I was told to think about why I thought or liked something, and I think that's a very interesting way of going about life.

Tell us about a project that didn't work out, what did you learn form it?

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Lots of things. Just some time ago, I received an invitation to do training sessions at MediaMonks, but in the end, it didn't work out. Still, I was invited to work on a different concept, and so in the end, it all worked out, and I learned a lot about the process.

What Advice Would You Give To Someone Wanting To Enter The Industry?

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Practice, practice, practice - When it comes to becoming a yoga teacher, your yoga certificate is of no use; go out and practice and knows where your expertise lies. The same applies to coaching, proper training, practicing a lot, and always being aware that you are not projecting your shortcomings onto your client.

Tell us about your biggest green dream?

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I would love to do something for the seas, like the end of plastic for sea life. And to bury deceased people naturally by planting forests. To blend into nature, as you were created, you will be given back to the force of life.

You can follow Jeffrey @yogiheroes & Yogi Heroes

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