Aloha! My name is Desirée, but you can call me Dees or Desi. I was born and raised in The Netherlands, where I never really felt like I belonged. 


Travel proved to be the perfect way to discover myself, and so I packed up and moved to Italy when I was 18. After living there, and enjoying life to the fullest, I continued my travels and visited places all over the world. I met so many incredible people, learned from them, about their lifestyles, different cultures, different ways of being and thinking. The biggest transformation for me was visiting Maui, Hawaii, where I went to practice yoga. I no longer felt out of place. I had found my people, my tribe, my fellow happy hippiez. I returned knowing in my heart that I didn’t need to dim my light in order to fit in. We are not here to blend in with the crowd. We are here to stand out!


That’s when I changed my career path, and fully committed to only doing those very things that would light up my life and make my heart happy. At the beginning of 2020 I started my company ‘Happy Hippiez’, the (virtual) yoga studio and where I offer life coaching (focused on Self Love). 


In my spare time I love to be creative, cook delicious vegan dishes, go outside, and take photos. I’m always happiest when surrounded by my family, loved ones, and my sweet dogs.


I’m looking forward to meeting you on the mat!


I took my first yoga class in 2009, and fell in love with both the physical practice of yoga āsana, as well as the spiritual practice. With a deep interest for a holistic approach to life, I decided to study natural nutrition and Ayurveda, one of the world’s oldest healing systems that originated in India.


After taking many different styles of yoga classes, I found Ashtanga Yoga, which made the biggest difference in my life. I have been practicing daily, six days a week, ever since. Because of this love for the practice I decided to not only be a student of yoga, but to also become a teacher of yoga. 


I am a certified yoga teacher with over 1000 hours of training, a TCYM-T (Trauma-Conscious Yoga), a verified RYT-500 and RPYT (Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher) with Yoga Alliance. I am also a member of the Complementary Therapists Accredited Association. In order to be able to share this beautiful practice with others I am committed to my own practice. I fully believe in practicing what I teach, and teaching what I practice.


My love for yoga has inspired me to take multiple teacher trainings, and my yoga education is based on Ashtanga and Vinyasa Yoga, and Trauma Conscious Yoga. Trauma Conscious Yoga is a combination of Trauma-Sensitive Yoga with Somatic Psychotherapy and Indigenous Healing Practices. I am also a certified and registered Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga teacher.


My main teachings are focused and based on Ashtanga Yoga, but I also teach the above mentioned styles of yoga, and Hot Yoga, Bikram Style Yoga, Power Yoga, and Restorative Yoga.

For me yoga means coming home to myself. On the yoga mat I learn what helps me in my daily life off the mat. Practice can be challenging. Ashtanga Yoga is not only headstands and fancy postures. Every time you step on the mat and commit to your practice, it offers a mirror to the inner self. That is such a gift!


It is not about what it looks like, but what it feels like. Are you feeling what you’re feeling? Are you more aware of what your body is feeling and experiencing while you are practicing?


By consistently showing up on my mat, practicing yoga (both the practice of yoga āsana and the other limbs of yoga), I feel more in alignment and connected with my true self. It has taught me to be authentically myself and to follow my path.


I value that students feel at home, and safe to deepen their practice. My classes are fun, supportive, welcoming, and for everyone to benefit from. Wherever you are on your path, I will make sure to give you personal guidance, even in group classes. Students make big transformations in their practice, and grow a lot. I invite you to drop in for a class, and experience for yourself.


I’m looking forward to seeing you on the mat! Let’s practice together.



RYT 500 with Yoga Alliance (Registered Yoga Teacher)

RPYT with Yoga Alliance (Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher)

TCYM-T (Trauma Conscious Yoga Method Teacher)

Member of the Complementary Therapists Accredited Association


Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training, 200h (Mysore Yoga Teacher Training Institute)

Ashtanga Yoga Adjustments Teacher Training (Primary, Intermediate, and Advanced series)

Advanced Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training, 300h

Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training, 200h

Trauma-Conscious Yoga Teacher Training

Prenatal (pregnancy) Yoga Teacher Training, 85h

Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training, 20h

Applied Anatomy workshops

Ashtanga Pre-Teacher Training, 40h


Coaching (life coaching, business coaching)

with a specialty in Self Love Coaching



Mindfulness trainings

Natural Food Advisor / Nutritionist

PRACTICED workshops & Ashtanga Led CLASSES WITH

Kino MacGregor, Tim Feldmann, David Swenson, Sharath Jois, Laruga Glaser, Petri Räisänen, Harmony Slater

How can I serve you?




Practice with me and an international community of yogis all around the world, by joining one of the classes I teach at Happy Hippiez or make it more personal by booking a private yoga session, where I'll guide you through the yoga style of your choice.


HAPPY food


Get inspired to cook many different vegan recipes and try out some dishes you might have never tasted before. Have a look at the plant based cookbook I have launched with Mo Ismaeel called

"Happy Hippiez Kitchen"

filled with over 80 tasty recipes




Stay up to date with many of the wellness practices I share. Everything from meditation, journaling, high vibe practices, to living a healthy and authentic lifestyle in general.

Check out my on-demand Self Love program to love the most beautiful being there is: YOU!


Intro to Ashtanga

WHEN: 8/6, 15/6, 22/6, 29/6, 6/7 2022

TIME: 7-8.15 pm CET (Wednesdays)


WHERE: In person at Lively Yoga

Louis Loyensstraat 5, Maastricht, NL

WHAT: Ashtanga Led classes,

Half Primary Series

PRICING: €55 for all 6 classes

I am in!


Gentle Yoga Flow, Manifestations, Guided Relaxation (Visualization), Meditation Session, Oracle Card Reading, Journaling

HOSTED BY: Desirée & Kasia

WHEN: Sunday May 15, 2022

TIME: 12-2 pm CET


WHERE: In-person at Mac

Brusselsestraat 56, Maastricht, NL


I am in!



>> 2022 <<

Hot Yoga Intro

WHEN: 8/3, 15/3, 22/3, 29/3, 5/4, 12/4 2022

TIME: 9-10 am CET (Tuesday mornings)


WHERE: In person at Lively Yoga

Louis Loyensstraat 5, Maastricht, NL

WHAT: Hot Yoga 38 °C

PRICING: €55 for all 6 classes

Ashtanga Workshops

3 workshops & 1 Led class

WHEN: 26/3, 2/4, 9/4, 13/4 2022

TIME: Saturdays

10 am - 12 pm CET


7-8.15 pm


WHERE: In-person at Lively Academy

Louis Loyensstraat 5, Maastricht, NL

PRICING: €55 (Special Deal!)



WHEN: Sunday April 24, 2022

TIME: Hot Yoga: 3-3.45 pm CET

Ashtanga 4.15-5 pm CET

LANGUAGE: Dutch/English

WHERE: In person at Lively Yoga

Louis Loyensstraat 5, Maastricht, NL

WHAT: Hot Yoga 38 °C & Ashtanga


>> 2021 <<

Ashtanga Full Primary workshops

WHEN: August 28, September 25,

October 23, November 20 2021

TIME: 4.30 - 6.30 pm CET

(8.30 - 10.30 am MDT)


WHERE: Online at Live Well Yoga

PRICING: $64 for all 4 workshops

Pregnancy Yoga Classes

WHEN: 24/09, 01/10, 08/10, 15/10, 22/10, 29/10, 05/11, 12/11, 19/11, 26/11 2021

TIME: Fridays 9.30-10.45 am CET


WHERE: In person at Lively Yoga

Louis Loyensstraat 5, Maastricht, NL

PRICING: €165 for all 10 classes

Pregnancy Yoga Workshops

WHEN: September 25,

October 30, November 27 2021

TIME: Saturdays 10.30 am - 12.00 pm CET


WHERE: In person at Lively Yoga

Louis Loyensstraat 5, Maastricht, NL

PRICING: €99 for all 3 workshops

€42,50 for a single workshop

Hot Yoga classes

WHEN: 1/10, 8/10, 15/10, 22/10, 29/10 2021

TIME: 7-8 pm CET (Friday evenings)


WHERE: In person at Lively Yoga

Louis Loyensstraat 5, Maastricht, NL

WHAT: Hot Yoga 38 °C

PRICING: €55 for all 5 classes

Intro to Ashtanga

WHEN: 6/10, 13/10, 20/10, 27/10 2021

TIME: Wednesdays

3.30 - 4.30 pm CET

9.30 - 10.30 am EDT

7.30 - 8.30 am MDT


WHERE: Online at Happy Hippiez Yoga

PRICING: €10 drop-in rate or

€30 for all 4 classes

No current workshops and events.

Keep an eye out for the new events!