About me

My name is Moniek Hopman. Since I was young I have been interested in human movement and I love helping others to feel better.
IMG_20151227_153649I have been practising various forms of movement throughout my life. My grandmother introduced me to yoga when I was young. Through continued practice, I learned to listen and be gentle to my body. As a teenager I started dancing. I took various modern dance classes for 14 years and performed in a couple of small theatres in Amsterdam. In 1999 I began doing Qigong. These profound and beautiful health exercises have been an important part of my life ever since. I first encountered Feldenkrais in 2012. After a couple of Feldenkrais lessons the pain in my pelvis, which I had had since my pregnancies in 2000 and 2002, completely resolved. It was fascinating to experience how effective the system of body-awareness and exercises, developed by Moshe Feldenkrais, can be.

In my first years at University I studied Human Movement Sciences in Amsterdam, where I learned about a wide range of things, from Anatomy and Physiology to History and Philosophy of Human Movement. Although I realised the significance of what I learned, I was not ready to start a career using this. After studying Mathematics (master’s degree, University of Amsterdam) and teaching maths for more than 15 years, I felt it was time to start using all the knowledge about human movement I have gathered in the course of my life. I was ready to do what I feel truly matters in life: helping people to feel better through Gentle Movements.

3 thoughts on “About me

  1. Hi Moniek
    The whole website looks great and reads beautifully…I can think of no ways to improve it.. The font is perfect and the photos too. Lovely to read how the three threads of what you practice are interlinked.


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