Born in 1944 in Amsterdam, Yoyo grew up in a nearby commuter village, with parents who were both born and raised in the East-Indies (where her grandparents had emigrated to at the beginning of the first World War) – with influences from Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam Pantheism and Taoism.
The divorce of her parents in 1950 left her mother with four children: she was the eldest (6), the youngest just born.
Pain of separation
The pain of this irreparable separation may be at the origin of her search later in life for something that could bridge seemingly irreconcilable opposites.
After high school and a a teacher degree of French language and literature, her work as assistent to the director of the Modern Art Museum in The Hague led her to embracing the Arts herself: painting appeared to be a wonderful means of expression that helped her to come to terms with her existential struggle.
Creativity and The Work
After finishing Art School in Arnhem she received a scholarship for the Academia Sztuk Pięknych in Cracow and later – after having been initiated by her spiritual teacher Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh (Osho) in 1979 – was awarded a first prize for European painting in Bruxelles.
This is when her work with people began. In her painting classes she found that (chronic) physical tension often blocked creative unfolding. Looking for ways to relax the body she discovered deep holistic bodywork as a means to release chronic tensions and integrate undigested emotions. By the end of the eighties she had finished her training Postural Integration at the School for Body & Soul and started her own practice. After that she trained to become a Neuro-Emotional therapist and during ten years studied Mind Management with Star’s Edge in Florida, completing the Professional and Wizard courses.
Self unfolding and the Art of Living
Towards the turn of the century she started her own School for the Art of Living (Laborint), in which she could combine her skills and experience and develop into the non-duality teacher she now is. Here people come awaken to who they really are. They heal their bodies, integrate emotions, review their mind-set, meditate, discover their talents and find their purpose in life.
PATRICK KICKEN’S INTERVIEW WITH YOYO ON NON-DUALITY