My Path to Yoga
Why I became a yoga teacher
Yoga and meditation have been present in my life since my childhood thanks to my mum.
Since 2016 I’ve been practising yoga intensely, initially only because of my chronic back pain. Over time, I discovered many more benefits of yoga, and it became an important part of my life.
I made the decision to become a yoga teacher after one extraordinary private yoga class in Thailand. Not focusing on asana at all, that exceptional Thai woman changed my life.
Since then I completed my yoga teacher apprenticeship in India, a training in yoga therapy in Germany, and I continue to learn and grow with amazing teachers in Sydney, Australia.
What is yoga
Yoga is everything – the whole life, even (in fact particularly) off the yoga mat. Every change is yoga.
For many yogis, practising asanas (physical postures) is the first encounter with yoga. And it’s absolutely natural, because the physical body is the easiest to perceive and to comprehend. However, according to Yoga Sutra (the main yogic text), asana is only one of the 8 limbs of yoga that ultimately lead to liberation from the physical world and to the return of the soul to the Unity.
Physical postures (asana), along with conscious breathing (pranayama) and the withdrawal of the senses (pratyahara) are a preparation for meditation.
If you want to change your mind, change your body first.
“The true practice of yoga happens off the mat, not on it.”
Features of my practice
MOVE WITH LOVE
STATIC + DYNAMIC = BALANCE
Many advanced yogis prefer long postures of asanas as they’re considered more strenuous. But dynamic yoga (more movements) definitely has its place in every practice. Dynamic exercises warm up the body and prepare it for longer postures. They move the prana through the body and thus enliven it. Static postures, on the other hand, promote strength, endurance, discipline, and present a challenge for the mastery of our senses – because our mind can no longer concentrate on a movement.
YOGA PRACTICE SHOULD EXCEED THE MAT
Yoga principles and practice also refer to our daily lives (see 8 members of yoga here). On the mat, we can focus the practice on a specific topic that actually goes beyond the mat. Physical postures along with breathing exercises have psychological and physiological effects, and thus yoga can help with problems such as stress, tension, anxiety, relationships, aggressiveness, emotionality, back pain, etc.