My name is Britt Broekhaus and I am an astrologer, yoga teacher and writer, based in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. I’m passionate about personal development and creating a deep connection with myself and others. With my astrology work and writings, I invite you to get to know yourself and trust yourself and intuition.
Having a 9th house Sun, it is perhaps unsurprising that I initially started my career in academia. Being an academic was a life long dream of mine, so I decided to pursue a PhD in critical food politics. Although I was researching a super interesting topic (the political economy of plantbased meat alternatives), I soon struggled with the immense pressures of the academic world. Additionally, I was facing burnout as a result of working two other jobs on the side (given that I didn’t receive any external funding for my research). I started suffering from severe anxiety and regular panic attacks.
Long before I started my PhD, I had already developed an interest in personal development and spirituality. I have been a regular practitioner of yoga since a visit to India in 2012, and have been interested in astrology for as long as I can remember. Yet it wasn’t until I hit rock bottom with my mental health that I gave myself the permission to listen to my authentic self and take a different path. After some deep soul searching, I decided to quit my PhD in 2018 and study to become a yoga teacher and astrologer. Having experienced issues with mental health, perfectionism and self-worth, I see my mission as one of helping others find their path in life and become more conscious of who they really are.
Although I often look at the planets and stars for guidance, I consider my astrology practice to be down-to-earth, inclusive and informed by (intersectional) feminist and anti-capitalist ideas. Both in my personal and professional life I continually look for ways to dismantle and deconstruct my own privileges as white cisgender woman, as well as seek ways to build a socially inclusive and economically just practice. This I do by speaking out against racism and any forms of social injustice, and by offering sliding scale services.
I believe that everyone should be able to have access to deeper healing and reconnection with their true selves. Through my own experience with anxiety and depression I have come to believe that inner wisdom emerges as soon as we take the time to slow down and listen to ourselves. In our current day and age, we’re often too busy to feel what’s going on inside of us. Astrology and yoga are some of the tools we can use to slow down and reconnect with ourselves. With my work in astrology and yoga, I offer you the space to feel yourself from the inside out and discover your inner universe. This is what Innerverse stands for.
Background & Training
- BA Cultural Studies, Radboud University Nijmegen (2009-2012)
- rMA Cultural Analysis, University of Amsterdam (2012-2014)
Yoga & meditation training
- Introduction to yoga and ayurveda, Kannur, India (2012)
- Yin yoga and Reiki 1, Barcelona, Spain (2018)
- Hatha yoga teacher training, 500 hours, Saswitha Yoga & Wijsbegeerte (2018-2022)
- Yin yoga & anatomy teacher training, 200 hours, José de Groot (2019-2020)
- Yoga nidra, 50 hours, Arhanta Yoga (2020-2021)
Various courses and workshops with, among others, Kelly Surtees, Chris Brennan, Austin Coppock, and Steven Forrest (2018-present)
Enrolled in the Astrology Training and Certification With Kelly Surtees, Kelly’s Astrology (2020-present)
- Teacher’s assistant to Kelly Surtees (2021-present)
Some more facts about me
I love vegan cheesecake (not the cashew kind). A hot cup of herbal tea. Mustard yellow and forest green. Handwritten cards. Snuggles with my cat Nori. Banter with my husband. Japan. Autumn leaves. The number 23. To feel the wind.
I am an only child (very Saturn in the 4th!), which is one of the reasons I’ve learned to enjoy and cherish my own company from a very young age.
Before I became an astrologer, I was obsessed with MBTI personality types. I’m an INFJ.
I love reading and writing. My favourite books are 𝘛𝘰 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘓𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘴𝘦 by Virginia Woolf and 𝘓𝘦𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘛𝘰 𝘈 𝘠𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘨 𝘗𝘰𝘦𝘵 by Rainer Maria Rilke. I also love the work of Mary Oliver.
I’ve been eating plant-based for about eight years now and have a mostly vegan lifestyle. My favourite foods are Indian curry, Chinese noodles and Middle Eastern food.
In addition to astrology, yoga, and meditation, I love baking. I bake my own sourdough bread every week and also like trying out new vegan pastries and cakes.