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Yiwen and daughter (4 years old) are the cover yogis of the Dutch Yoga Magazine (December issue, 2017)
Read more about Yiwen and her demonstration of advanced poses for the "Mission I'm possible", please check the Yoga Magazine.

    - interview in the IKON TV program "De Nieuwe Wereld" watch the interview

"Op mijn reis raakte ik geinspireerd om meer met yoga te doen. De manier waarop mensen in Azie, en ook in China waar ik vandaan kom, een minimalistisch leven leiden, zonder veel bezittingen, dat vond ik erg inspirerend. Hun geluk is onafhankelijk van hun bezittingen. En, hoe minder bezittingen je hebt, hoe meer je kunt geven..."

    - article by Daphne Geerligs (Researcher TV) Read the full article.

About Yiwen: from a scientific researcher to a yoga teacher

Dr. Yiwen Eliens Wang was born in a traditional Chinese Taoist family. “Ϊ Wu Wei” (Non-action) from Tao Te Ching was a life guidance in her personal growth.

She studied Computer Science in Shanghai before she moved to the Netherlands in 2004. In Amsterdam, she studied Multimedia and Culture at the Vrije Universiteit, conducted scientific research at the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam and later completed her doctoral study (PhD) in Mathematics and Computer Science at the Eindhoven University of Technology. The long-term academic study brought a scientific interest in her practice of yoga, especially in anatomy and Sanskrit.

After finishing her PhD, Yiwen travelled one year (2010-2011) through Tibet and China, together with her husband Dr. Anton Eliens and their new born baby Yvette. They had many special experiences, including joining the Tibetan Buddhism funeral “sky burial” on the snow mountain. The journey back to her roots brought her a new perspective towards life, family and future.

In 2003, Yiwen took her first yoga class in the summer school of Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, which became the beginning of an ongoing experience with many yoga teachers worldwide. In 2013, her second child Simone was born. Being a mother of two daughters shifted her interest and attention from practicing yoga towards teaching and sharing yoga with children. This brought her to London, where she completed a kids yoga teacher training (2014), and back to her new hometown Amsterdam, to follow a 500-hours Vinyasa Yoga teacher training at Svaha Yoga (2015-2016).

To deepen her knowledge of yoga, Yiwen and her family travelled to south India (2016-2017). At the Ashram Sri Ramana Maharshi in Tiruvannamalai, she studied vedanta philosophy and the Self-enquiry method; at the Amritapuri Ashram in Kerala, she visited the hugging mother Amma who teaches Bhakti yoga of love and devotion; and in Mysore, she took the advanced Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga teacher training. The India trip helped her connect the old tradition and wisdom with real experience and new inspiration.

In 2014, Yiwen founded GEM Yoga. Throughout the years, she has been teaching kids yoga at Dutch primary schools, at the parents kids centre of Amsterdam’s Public Health Service (GGD), at various yoga studios and festivals. She also taught a kids yoga teacher training to teachers from international schools in the Netherlands.

Currently she is interested in Taoist Yin Yoga and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) : Qi, meridians, acupuncture points, and Yin Yang theory... It brings a faraway familiar feeling.

Keep a beginner’s mind. The journey continues!

Side life: a writer and a translator

Yiwen wrote and published her first book "Kids Yoga Asanas" in March, 2019.

Between 2014-2015 , Yiwen wrote a newspaper column "׺ɋHӌ" of raising children in the Netherlands for the European Chinese newspaper “ϕr United Times, addressing issues of individual growth, parental guidance, school system. Read Yiwen's article: Why yoga for children?

Yiwen is also a translator (Chinese-English) for articles and documentaries in the field of modern Chinese culture and art.
The most famous documentary which she translated is "Langs De Oevers Van De Yangtze" from VPRO.



Facebook: Yiwen Eliens

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