Hi, my name's Hande, I'm founder of PlaygroundZ47.
If you're a loud mind, this space is created for you to explore, experience and express your truth in mindful, compassionate and playful ways to so we can open more space for ease, joy and freedom in daily life.
My name is Hande, I am the youngest child of my family. I was born in a coastal city near to Istanbul, where my twenties after moving to study in university.
Throughout different phases of my life, I have always been surrounded by loving family members and supportive friends who have always been there for me.
I am grateful for that, but life hasn't been always that sweet. I've spent more than 15 years of my life dealing with the impact of anxiety, traumatic events on my character and life, and perfectionist and self-critic tendencies.
Like all experiences, the challenging ones are also a part of life, and I believe that healing is a lifelong journey. I also believe that sharing what I have learned is a part of it journey.
After studying in the translation department at university, I worked in the communication industry for a few years. My desire for learning and understanding myself led me to explore human nature and engage in personal development studies.
Energy healing, pedagogical education, creative drama, learning about trauma and psychology, therapy, mindfulness, compassion, yoga and other self-help teachings - you name it - many things have been my passion to build a happier life since 2015.
Throughout the years, I have searched for a place or something that I fit in, it wasn't possible to practice or teach a specific yoga style, or feel that belonging to a particular group. I couldn't find a label for myself, as I believe that everything can change depending on the context.
The only thing I know for certain and that remains unchanged is that my mind is a loud place, and being with myself usually was a challenging experience.
The idea of PlaygroundZ47 arose from the need to be as I am and the desire where ease, joy, and freedom are accessible in daily life, rather than in an imaginary future.
That's why instead of following a specific discipline or holistic practice, I wanted to bring together what I have learned and share it with other dudes with loud minds like myself.
Think about a playground for a moment. It's a safe place you can come as you are.
There are no labels, there's no need to judge; there's no winner or loser.
You're in connection with yourself and others, you're there to enjoy.
As a loud mind, who have suffered for long years I believe we need this approach more in self-care and self-development.
The Z represents my personal nickname, 4 and 7 are my favorite numbers. If you look closely, they are actually the same numbers, they transform into each other.
"I've had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened."
If most of your worries and fears have never actually happened in life, it's likely you spend a lot of time in your head, and maybe even notice that it can be extremely loud :)
The idea of practicing body, mind and soul activities with this mindset can open more space for a ease, joy and freedom in your daily life as well.
Programs & Certifications
Here is a list of certification programs I've completed:
8 weeks of mindfulness program by Buğu Türkoğul 2018
200 hours fundamental yoga teacher program vinyasa, hatha + 12 hours functional anatomy) Rana Ortan 2018
50 hours all levels yoga sequencing by Rana Ortan & Sinem Er 2018
50 hours developmental kinesiology for movement instructors by Görkem Dizdar 2018
200 hours of mindfulness based yoga teacher program (with yin yoga) by Zeynep Aksoy 2021, 2022
8 weeks of mindfulness by David Cornwell 2022
8 weeks of mindfulness and compassion by Banu Çeçen 2023
Embodied Presence by David Cornwell 2023
350 hours mindfulness and compassion program by Banu Çeçen & David Cornwell 2023
We follow non-judgmental attitude in our actions and communications.
We cultivate mindful respect in our communications and interactions.
We explore compassion towards self and others when possible.
We are aware of our limits, we encourage getting support from the experts (medical, mental etc.)
We respect the privacy and don't share sensitive information outside.
We encourage curiosity, comedy, sillyness and playfulness with respect.
We are all made of stars and you’re accepted and welcomed as you are
We explore being true to ourselves and take responsibility for our actions.
Meet Our People
Studied translation, brand communication, pedagogical education, fundamental psychology, yoga, mindfulness.
Music and spring lover, princess of her beloved family, learner of self-love and acceptance.
Yoga instructor, Reiki practitioner,
Founder of PlaygroundZ47
Studied and trained in creative drama, pedagogical education and was a student in theatre, fine arts.
She has been an actress in countless theatre plays, educator, director and creative drama leader for the past 10 years.
Founding partner of Tiyatro Mundus.