Born in 1954 in a small village connected to Amsterdam by a small bridge, Gert van Leeuwen grew up in the peace of the countryside and the speed of a city. Around the age of 16, Gert became interested in Indian philosophy and yoga—not so strange, given it was a time that 'Western' culture was starting to meet the 'East'. Maybe this curiosity and enthusiasm were inspired by the Beatles, who were initiated in transcendental meditation by the Maharishi. The works of J. Krishnamurti, especially, made a big impression on Gert.
During that same period, Gert worked at a retirement home reception desk. Every day at work, he saw the residents passing by, shuffling and cramped in their bodies. Reading about yoga, he thought to himself, 'This could be different'. He was inspired! From then on, everything in his career developed without any planning.