When did you start with yoga and how long have you been practicing?
When I was 10 years old, I was at a bookshop with my mom where I saw a book about meditation and Yoga. I was fascinated by all the postures and the pictures and told my mom that is what I wanted to do. I was a bit young, so my mom said ,,no”. I started practicing in secret with crappy books from the library and had no clue what I was doing. Some time passed by and I finally was allowed to attend yoga classes. In my teenage years I kind of lost Yoga a bit. I moved to a community house where a Syrian Yoga Guru invited me to join his meditation. I was blown away, it totally changed my way of seeing life. He was so at peace, loving and kind. After that I discovered Yoga Nidra and Yin Yoga and tried to read as much as I could about yoga. I always wanted to become a yoga teacher at some point in my life, so I started looking around for teacher trainings. I found Lotos Yoga and immediately knew that I wanted to do my teacher training here. Best decision ever. During my teacher training, I learned the foundations, integrated yoga more in to my life and saw the benefits of practice and living the philosophy.
Why is yoga important in your life?
Yoga for me is a way to connect with my inner self and god. It grounds me, calms my mind and keeps me activated and nourished. Without practicing, especially the breathing exercises I don’t feel the same. Letting go of the ego has been a big part of my journey too. Not believing the lies and ideals the ego tries to put in our heads. Letting go in general is a big part for me in my everyday yoga too. Not allowing the wild horse in our head to jump from topic to topic, but to consciously observe the thoughts and to let them go. Yoga is also taking responsibility for me. I am responsible for the things I am doing and how I see a situation. Learning and integrating the yogic values in to my life is very important for me.
What advice would you give to someone who is starting their yoga journey?
How do you include yoga in your daily life?
I invented a little morning flow, including pranayama (breath work). It is nothing spectacular, just some movement and connecting to my breath, before I start my day. Often after work, I do some yin yoga, to let go of the day and the experiences I had. I do Yoga Nidra as often as I can to get in to the deeper levels of my being. Yoga for me is present in my whole day. It is the way I speak, being kind and humble, treating people with love and respect, letting go of negative patterns and thinking etc. It is all a process and I am thankful to learn and better myself through my practice.
What can I expect when I join one of your classes?
I mainly teach Yin Yoga, Yoga Nidra an Hatha Yoga. You can expect a save space, where you are welcome as the whole beautiful that you are. I try to get away from ego based Yoga (touching the ground with your hands is totally not required ;). I also integrate some Pranayama exercises (yogic breathing exercises). During the class i try to explain some of the anatomy and what the asana is good for. We start and end with a meditation. In general it is very important for me to give you the space you need to connect with yourself and your breath.
What is your favorite asana?
I think I will go with Childs pose. For me Childs pose brings you back to the origin of life and that’s a beautiful thing to me. Away from the ego, back to the true self and the source we all came from.