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Thrive Yoga has been offering an ongoing professional Mindfulness program with certified trainers in the tranquil surroundings of the yoga school since 2013. The popular 8-week Mindfulness trainings are held on Sunday afternoons in our quiet studio Amsterdam Zeeburg. In this training you will receive weekly practical and effective exercises that you can immediately apply in the practice of life, both at home and at work. Would you first like to know more about it and experience it to see if it suits you? Please contact our trainers for an informal information session or participate in an introductory workshop. You can also opt for an Individual Mindfulness Path with one of our trainers or a new Online Mindful Lifestyle Program. 

Experience of a Yogi

Threshold to go back to your practice? When I put my foot over the threshold at Thrive Yoga last week, after 2 years, a smile immediately came to my face. I breathed in the wonderful aromas of the studio ...

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Proven effective

Mindfulness training is a training with a clearly defined programme. Also called Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction training, the effectiveness of which has been scientifically proven. The American Jon Kabat-Zinn has combined mindfulness with Western psychological insights in the eight-week mindfulness training, which has now existed for more than 35 years and has been proven effective by numerous scientific studies. Research shows that mindfulness training leads to a higher quality of life and positive changes in cognitive and neurobiological functioning. Mindfulness also transforms the way a person looks at himself and the world and reacts to that.

The benefits of mindfulness

The benefits of mindfulness are extensive. mindfulness is also often seen as the training to prevent or combat stress and burn outs. Some concrete benefits (with scientific basis):

  • Mindfulness helps you to concentrate better
  • Mindfulness leads to better focus
  • Mindfulness helps to put your thoughts in order
  • Coping better with stress
  • Allow yourself to be guided less by emotions
  • Enjoying the now moment more
  • Mindfulness increases empathy and compassion

Individual mindfulness training

All the benefits of a mindfulness training and more attention to personal issues. Individual mindfulness sessions give more space for recognising and transforming patterns and healing (old) emotional wounds through feeling the emotions that are activated by thoughts about past events. The training can be followed with one of our trainers, online or on location. For example on Sabine's boat, on the Borneokade. The price for an individual course of 10 sessions in three months is € 1145.

8-week mindfulness training

Mindfulness aims to teach you how to become "Mindful". That is, how you can learn to live fully in the here and now and enjoy everything around you to the maximum in the now moment. The eight-week training is a practical training in attention, letting go and non-judgement through concentration exercises and meditations, among other things. The training consists of 8 weekly meetings of over 2 hours and an (optional) practice afternoon in silence. You receive a workbook (hardcopy or digital) to practice with at home and practical assignments that help you to be attentive in daily activities.

We start a new training every two to three months on Sunday afternoons in our studio thrive Zeeburg . The training is often eligible for reimbursement by health insurance companies. Would you first like to learn more and experience it to see if it suits you? Then follow the optional introductory workshop. 

Please find below the upcoming trainings.

Training 2023 can be taken in the well-ventilated Zeeburg studio with a maximum of 8 participants. 


  • € 395, - incl. VAT private (eight meetings of 2 to 2.5 hours)
  • € 395,- excl. VAT business ZZP
  • € 550 excl. VAT for employer (when training is reimbursed)

Including personal intake (by appointment).
Optional: day of silence € 45 (additional session)

Mindfulness is tax deductible for both individuals (for trainings > € 250,-) as well as freelancers and employers. Trainings can be reimbursed by more and more insurers at certified mindfulness trainers. Here Click here to see if your health insurer will reimburse Mindfulness Training.

Thrive mindfulness trainers

Cecile Mertens

Cecile Mertens, is a member of the professional association VMBN cat. 1 which makes her trainings eligible for reimbursement by several insurance companies. Here you can see if your health insurer reimburses Mindfulness Training. She gives yoga, coaching and mindfulness training to both adults and children. She has over 30 years experience in the field of awareness and spiritual deepening; many forms of yoga, meditation, bodywork and psychotherapy. She regularly follows longer (silence) retreats with her teacher in India. Cecile's training can be given in Dutch or English.

Sabine van der Post

"Mindfulness teaches me to appreciate life in every moment as it is. To live from an open mind, an open heart and an open 'will'. To marvel at the beauty of the here and now and to embrace the slips and challenges each time with compassion and awareness. I don't have to hold on to thoughts, stress, doubt or pain. Nor do I have to resist them. I always come back to experiencing the oneness that I am; individual, ego AND its consciousness, a part of everything that is alive and constantly in motion. Here and now. I realise that life moves through me. The meditation techniques and mindfulness teachings give me that insight, that is what I want to pass on.

Iryna Ivanova

Iryna Ivanova is the founder and owner of Iryna Business Yoga. Her focus is on reducing stress, increasing energy levels and improving performance in the business world. Iryna Ivanova is a certified mindfulness trainer and provides programs such as: Business Mindfulness, Stellar Performance and Emotional Intelligence. Iryna has an international business background and knows the challenges of working in an office environment. She has developed effective ways to reduce stress, regain focus and achieve inner peace. Iryna works with international teams and business professionals to increase productivity, sustainable motivation, inner peace, positive thinking, new healthy mental habits and a more fulfilled and happy life, both at work and at home.

Reviews from mindfulness training participants

"Best investment ever

All in all, the training with Cecile has been a highly transformative and a healing experience. I would recommend it to everyone as it is the best investment into yourself and your family you can ever make.  

- Zuzana (2018)

Daily tools

Overall, I was very happy with the course, its structure and the results I am step-by-step obtaining. Cecile did a really great job and provided me with tools I can use daily to try keeping a more aware, relaxed and positive approach to life. Thank you very much Cecile. 

- Mateo (2019)

"Practical approach

I can heartily recommend Sabine's mindfulness training. It's an investment in yourself that I wish everyone could make. Important things I learned are to live more in the now, to listen to my body, to look at my thoughts as an 'observer', to accept (unpleasant) things instead of pushing them away and above all to make mindfulness a permanent part of my daily life. Sabine uses a practical approach in her mindfullness classes, which I found a relief. 

- Naomi (Mindfulness Training 2019)

"Satisfied, calmer, friendlier".

Small steps, big changes. Sabine showed us in a pleasant and clear way that Mindfulness is available for everyone and is not difficult, and that small insights (and conscious application of them!) can lead to big changes in your life. I myself have long doubted whether it could be something for me. Because you are just the way you are, I thought. But you can change the way you see things and react to them. And that is precisely where the space was for me, to feel much more content, calm and friendly. This is the kind of training that I wish I had done 10 years earlier and that I would like to grant everyone. 

- Suzanne (Mindfulness Training 2019)

"Loving guidance".

I really learned a lot. Among other things, more insight into my automatic stress reactions, my ways of communicating, into negative thoughts, my energy guzzlers, and breathing. But I am also much more aware of the signals in my body. I have learned that emotions can be felt differently, without the stories around them, and that you can then get in touch with the core. In general I notice that I appreciate the present moment much more and experience it more consciously. The loving guidance of Cecile was very nice. It is really different from just practising at home, because you share your experiences for a longer period, learn a lot about the theory, get specific exercises, can ask questions and always have support.

- Janna (2018)

Two or five Trial Classes of Yoga or Pilates

To give you a good impression of Thrive Yoga, we offer you the choice to start with:

  • 2 Trial Classes within 1 week (€ 17)
  • 5 Trial Classes within 1 month (€ 35,-)

The classes can be used in the studio, outdoors or for livestreaming! The perfect way to get to know the different classes and teachers at Thrive. You can take both Yoga and Pilates(with a maximum of one Aerial). We recommend trying out several classes / teachers so you can experience our varied offer. This introductory card offer is available once if you have not previously taken classes with us and is only available if you live in Amsterdam (or neighbouring towns).

You can take a single Trial Class for Pregnancy Yoga for € 10,- . If you are already a Thrive member and have a membership card, you can also use it for a one-off Trial Class without extra payment.